I’m a big Frank Miller fan, but Marv is pretty wack. He’s too…too nothing but his character type. Not enough depth.
The Ennis/Braithwaite & Ennis/Parlov Punisher are pretty high up there for me. Braithwaite’s was a huge mass of flesh and Parlov’s was the meanest looney toon ever. They perfectly fit the character and scenarios.
Reese from Person of Interest is way up there too. There’s a good ep where he’s wearing body armor and shrugs off some bullets, but there’s ANOTHER ep where he no-sells some bullets without the armor, which was the bossest move I’d seen in the show up to that point.
Daniel Craig as James Bond is way up there. I knew I’d like Casino Royale once the black and white opening was through, but the moment I realized I’d love it was when, given the option of parkouring his way after a bad guy or finding another route, he just smashes through the drywall like it’s nothing. Pretty much any scene where somebody leaps from behind something solid to grab somebody gets me, even if it’s just particle board or sheet rock.
Iko Uwais as Rama from The Raid is a good one. A lifelong love for video games has left me overly fond of seeing hallways full of people get mollywhopped, and there are some seriously impressive hallway beatdowns in both those movies. There were even a couple restaurant beatdowns in the second, which is another favorite.
Donnie Yen’s supercop character in general maybe doesn’t count but it should. It’s pleasing to see that guy turn from beleaguered cop to death-dealer, especially when they let him show off his speed.
He doesn’t have one yet, but Liev Schreiber looks like he should. I hope he gets a good action role. Ray Donovan isn’t it, though it has moments.
Tragically enough, I’ve long bottled up a spittle-emitting rant about why THE RAID’s earlier knife-and-tonfa hallway fight is utterly and completely inferior to the machete-based hallway fight later on in the film. Sad, really. (Short version: Fight choreography pitting a protagonist against a limited number of enemies allows for much richer, complex and clever action storytelling than having Our Hero just decimate an endless stream of randos.)