Over the last decade or so, it is hard to ignore the trend of movies wherein a woman, often a smallish, frail-looking woman, defeats multiple men in combat. Frankly, I find this conceit a little annoying. It is so unrealistic to see a woman beating up a bunch of men that it threatens my suspension of disbelief. The evil sexist in me suspects that one day, decades from now, grrrl power action scenes will be regarded as a quaint hallmark of action films of the late 90s to 2000s. Even so, I can think of some very good movies that I like in spite of such scenes.
Let us compile a list of such movies. I’ll start with what may have been the herald of this trend:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)