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Best movie action sequence EVER?

What's your favourite movie action scene?

Terminator 2: Truck chase7%[ 2 ]
Starship Troopers: Whiskey Outpost/Klendathu Drop7%[ 2 ]
Leon/The Professional: Final gunfight3%[ 1 ]
Spiderman 2: Train fight20%[ 6 ]
Hard Boiled: Hospital/warehouse gunfights7%[ 2 ]
Equilibrium: Gun kata20%[ 6 ]
Saving Private Ryan: Omaha Beach10%[ 3 ]
Army of Darkness: Ash vs. Army of Darkness3%[ 1 ]
Lord of the Rings: Any sequence13%[ 4 ]
Heat: Shootout10%[ 3 ]

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Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 11:26am

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Ok, another one of these. Probably more imaginative than Channel 4's polls, though.

What's the best action sequence you've seen in a movie? (doesn't necessarily have to be an "action" movie)

I can think of loads & I'm sure you guys can too. It would be interesting to see what kind of stuff has made a lasting impression on you.

Many people will not have seen the sequence you refer to so a bit of description would be helpful


EDIT: In a gormless attempt to draw this topic out as much as possible, I have added a poll of selected scenes drawn from suggestions here. I can't add anymore poll options so you'll have to make do with these. Enjoy!

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Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 11:28am

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starship troopers whiskey outpost
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I know it's proberly not on most people's list but I loved the case through the houses in POINT BREAK,
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I'll agree with xbreaka, Starship Troopers has pretty astonishing action. Whether I'd go for Whiskey Outpost or the Klendathu drop, I'm not sure. The sudden ramping up of tension at the start of Klendathu is amazing.

Recently, I was gobsmacked by the fight between Spidey and Doc Ock in New York, first on the buildings then on the train. That whole sequence was hugely imaginative, and totally unique - due to Spidey and Ock's powers, that action sequence couldn't actually exist in any other movie. Brilliantly innovative stuff and a perfect match of story, effects, action and emotion.

The opening sequence from X2 also stuck in my mind as being very impressive and unusual.

Pretty much everything in T2 is mindblowing stuff. Best stuntwork I've ever seen.
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 12:10pm

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The gunfight at the end of Leon (I believe it's called The Professional in the US) vast amounts of SWAT team operatives descend on Leons flat and blast the crap out of everything, but he is too quick and too clever for them

The car chases in Ronin.....Errrm, cars drive fast and crash occasionally...but it's all done in your mums Peugeot 406...
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Nice ones so far. I was watching the Spiderman 2 dvd & the visual effects guys were saying how they reckoned the train fight would be ranked as one of the best action scenes of all time. It is verrrrrry sweet.

I liked the aerial kung fu in Matrix Revolutions & didn't see enough of it.

I really liked the motorbike/lorry chase in Terminator 2. Stunts, big guns, a small motorbike versus a lorry - it all ends up in smoke. John & friendly Terminator are safe, but not for long, as the new Termnator appears out of the flames of the burning lorry...
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isnt a lorry in american called a 18 wheeler
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 12:58pm

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arnold with the minigun is pretty exciting
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 1:01pm

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isnt a lorry in american called a 18 wheeler
Depends how many wheels its got...
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 1:04pm

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HAHAHAHAH
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 1:13pm

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It seems your lorry indeed has 18 wheels

R.I.P Lowfat milk

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Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 1:31pm

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In the movie oldboy, there is a scene with the main character fights a whole gang in a cramped hallway, and all the main character has is a hammer. The whole battle is about 4 minutes, and one shot, and it's the best fight in a movie ever. check it out yo

here's a shot from the fight:
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 2:06pm

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The movie where Jackie Chan fights this guy in a trampoline store. Classic. Either that or the burly brawl. The editing on one of the final scenes of the Rundown is awesome as well.
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 2:41pm

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"Hard Boiled" aka "Lashou Shentan's" hospital shootout. Close behind is "The Wild Bunch's" "Battle of Bloody Porch". They're the two greatest shootouts ever.

The best action movie ever is "The Killer" aka "Die Xue Shuang Xiong" without a doubt.
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 3:25pm

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Battle of The Pellenor Fields
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 5:48pm

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Equilibrium. C'mon guys, don't forget that.
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 5:51pm

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sidewinder wrote:

Equilibrium. C'mon guys, don't forget that.
What about it?

Redhawk - I was going to mention LotR, but for starters I couldn't pick out an individual scene, plus it's kinda different in that. It's less about specific action and more about scope and story emotional scale...has a kinda different effect on me to more 'standard' action sequences.
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 5:57pm

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Alright, it's obvious, but the one that comes to mind of when I think of relentless action I think of the scene in the Matrix Reloaded from the point where Neo is fighting the Merovingians goons inside until Neo saves Morpheus and the Keymaker from the agents. It's elaborate, well orchestrated, and builds slowly until the payoff, which is great. I can't think of another action scene as long as that one that didn't begin to feel repetitive after a few minutes.
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 6:05pm

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Sidewinder wrote: Equilibrium. C'mon guys, don't forget that.

Tarn wrote: What about it?


Well it is pretty much has some of the best original fight scenes ever. Everone says it is like the matrix.....it is not at all. They made their own style with gun kata and other amazing feats.

Equilibruim and all its fight scenes would be my choice. If I had to pick one probaly...the ending gun kata fight.
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 6:08pm

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The really unlikely fight between the super-trained Christian Bale and the Rather Flabby Desk Jockey, who is inexplicably more of a challenge than the Smiling A Curious Amount For A Supposedly Emotionless Person guy? We found the film rather lacklustre in general - in fact, if it wasn't for Bale's presence it would have been fairly unwatchable. Best thing about it was Sean Bean's cameo, and he disappears from the film in the first 5 minutes.

Oh, another action sequence that just came to mind is the astonishing stagecoach vs indians chase in...Stagecoach. The stuntwork is utterly mad and pretty terrifying. Don't make 'em like that anymore!
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 6:10pm

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good point Tarn but we all have our differnt opinions.....
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 6:59pm

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# 1 Desert Chase from Raiders of the Lost Ark
# 2 Flying Wing Fight from Raiders
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 8:42pm

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The big gun fight at the end of young guns.
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 9:18pm

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Needless to say, the fights in Equilibrium were some of the best filmed and edited fights I've seen. That filmmaker knows what he's doing.

Tarn, didn't you realize that "flabby desk jockey" wasn't using prozium?
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 9:32pm

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Beginning of Saving Private Ryan. That scene had me gripping the edges of my seat.
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 9:59pm

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I know none of you have seen Casshern, but many of you have heard me mention it. There is a scene where the main character goes to town on the machines and it is truly thrilling.
Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 10:16pm

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I love LA Confidential, the whole of the latter stages where Sgt Eckley (Guy Pearce) decides to ditch the good-cop act & get tough...well, especially the final shoot-out smile
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 12:23am

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sidewinder wrote:

Tarn, didn't you realize that "flabby desk jockey" wasn't using prozium?
Yes, of course I realise that. That was half the point of the story. I'm not sure why that suddenly makes him able to fight Christian Bale, who realistically should have just whupped his ass.

Maybe I need to see the film again. I seem to recall it having tons of cool ideas, all muddled up in a big mess that didn't really work. Which is probably why I'm harsher on it than I should be....a film that is just bad and was always going to be bad doesn't bother me (and it's usually quite amusing). A film that had the potential to be something great and then...misses, well, that annoys me.
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 12:28am

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DXM, the whole thing. Seriously. The way it went with the music, everything. There are other movies but I can't think of any specific at the moment.
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 6:44am

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The Pretty much every fight scene in the matrix reloaded was simply incredible (i know, no one on here will admit that, because they are jealous of the wachowski's) Parts of revolutions end battle was really excellent as well.

Equillibrium was also inventive and very impressive. The scenes involving the dog was awesome, especially the zoom to faceguard when he spins the shotguns while they're still in the guards hands.

Fist of legends was really crazy, with jet li taking on an entire dojo.

jackie chan in rumble in the bronx, all fight scenes.

since im an action fan, i could go on..but...im done for now.
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 7:09am

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Don't forget about Battlefield Earth. Some pretty amazing stuff in that film.
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 7:31am

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If I recall correctly, they didn't use any wires in Equilibrium? If so, it is even more amazing...

And You shouldn't underestimate older flubby guys - one of the greatest martial artists of this era (IMHO) was around 80 when I trained with him last (he died a couple of years ago), and though he had a hard time stepping onto the mat, I wouldn't have wanted to mess around with him too much for real. Flashing movements where needed and always precise, never an inch too much and no excessive movements. Experience do count You know...

I personally, as a martial artist, really enjoyed the final fight of Eq. (not the best ation sequence, or even suited for a movie maybe). In many ways it is very realistic, the way they actually fought for control over each others guns looking for a shooting opportunity. I know other guys that are into martial arts and self defence that thinks the same thing. Nothing flashy or fancy, just seeking for an opening to shoot while keeping control of the other guys gun. It also took the (if You want to be philosophical about it), the gun kata to a higher level sort of the epitome of it all...

My personal favourite action sequence is either the Lobby Shooting Spree (Matrix), or the shootout in the bio-lab in MI:2...

/Rico
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 8:22am

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All of T2, yup.

I love the scene in the hatians house in Bad Boys II. Or the bridge + ferrarri + lots of cars + a boat. Those two rule.

gun kata rules. its just really fun to watch. and i woudln't say that equilibrium was a mess. if anything, i think its about infinity and a half times better than reloaded and revolutions combined (if your comparing them).

Maximus + Tigris is really good.

The fight in crouching tiger when the chick is using a bunch of different weapons.

The last fight in blade II ... or the club scene where that guy goes around with the machine gun. that was more style tho and being badass.


but who can forget the greatest action extravaganza ever?

Bruce Campbell vs Army of Darkness of course. you cant get better than that for action enjoyment, I don't think.
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orion0340 wrote:

Don't forget about Battlefield Earth. Some pretty amazing stuff in that film.
Look on the brightside, one day.......you will die.
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 9:15am

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The train sequence in The General, it takes up about half the flippin film, and it was done with real trains, and probably no considerations for safety.
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 12:54pm

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lawnmover man cmon guys
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 1:16pm

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What about it?
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I cannot decide really which is the best. There are soo many friggen awesome ones, but my favourites have to be:

The sword fights in "Hero" with jet li
and LOTR 2, Battle of Helms Deep
Kiss of the Dragon with jet Li - the last 20 minutes
Leon
Saving Private Ryan - D-day scene

Yip, those are my top 5.

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Hm, the action in Hero left me very cold. The wirework seemed strangely 'wobbly' to me, and not at all graceful.

Have you seen House of Flying Daggers? That is a vast improvement on Hero in every respect. Including some majorly kick ass action. The main guy out-Legolases Legolas with a bow.
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I haven't seen Hero or House of the Flying Daggers yet, but I cannot wait to see both. Plus, there's that Russian film, Night Watch, that seems to have some great scenes in it.
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Terminator 2 - the truck chase scene.
Leon - the end apartment scene
Heat - the street shootout

Those are my top three.
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Heat! Yes, of course! That shootout is astonishing. Best shootout I've ever seen, in fact.
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Nice - I thought about that Heat scene; is it the one just after the bank robbery, where Val Kilmer goes apeshit?
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Yeap. That very one.

Most realistic/best gunscene in any film.
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The Way of the Gun - the last shoot-out scene, where it's Benicio Del Torro & Ryan Phillipe against a bunch of bag-men (lead by James Caan.) James Caan, wielding a revolver, takes out the younger guys who have assault rifles. Pretty cool - I don't know if it's my favorite, but a lot of my favorites have already been listed here. Another one in Way of the Gun is the sniper scene - unsuspecting Mexican Police, bodyguards, and bag men taken out from above...



Oh, and in America, we call a lorry a semi-truck or semi. Also, like it was said before, an 18-wheeler, if in fact it has 18 wheels. smile The only thing that drives me nuts about that scene in T2 is when the Termintaor makes that big jumb on his motorcycle, you can clearly tell it's not Arnold. That has bugged me for a long time, even though I love that movie (and thanks to technological advances, I have purchased 4 different versions of it, including two on DVD....sigh)
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I was obviously joking about Battlefield Earth, just incase anyone didn't pick that up.
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orion0340 wrote:

I was obviously joking about Battlefield Earth, just incase anyone didn't pick that up.
and now you killed the joke sad

Im gonna miss him
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And I thought you were serious!

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I just thought I was going to be ostracized for making suck a ridiculous comment.
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The ending of Dog Soldiers when Sean Pertwee goes apes**t on the werewolves, the chase through the forest is a nicely done scene too...


The prison riot in Natural Born Killers gets really chaotic, and has the feleing of a genuine riot, (not that I can talk from experiance there)

The end fight in Azumi is good, where a lone sword weilding girl takes on a hundred guys and her arch nemesis who is a omplete lunatic...
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"Dog Soldiers? More like PUSSIES!"
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I'm more of a gunbattle kinda guy. So If anyone wants to see some cool shootouts. Check out Woo and Peckinpah (obviously) but there're some other guys many of you will know but some may not have heard of.

Philip Ko. Stunt-man, Stunt coordinator, actor, direcor. Did "Killer's Romance" which features Triad vs Yakuza gun battles in London. His best action though (that I've seen) is in "Lethal Panther" the film's a bit rubbish but the Gunplay sequences are far superior than anything a living American director could produce. Just insane, especially the grand finale.

Ching Siu-Tung. Director, stuntman etc. Mainly does martial arts stuff. "Hero" and "Shaolin Soccer" the two obvious ones. But he was a stunt coordinator on Woo's "The Killer" and "A Better Tomorrow II" (Ying Huang Bun Sik II) he's done loads of martial arts stuff and he's directed a few good shootouts too. Check out "Belly of the Beast" yeah I know it's a Seagal movie, but the action is fantastic. Especially the gunfight in an exploding room.

Tsui Hark and Ringo Lam. Are two of the main directors to come out of Hong Kong. Tsui's stuff is insane, stylised and flamboyant, while Lam's usually gritty and realistic. (Apart from "Full Contact" which is out of this world). Also Johnnie To he made "Fulltime Killer" (Chuen Jik Sat Sau) which is one of the greatest Assassin movies ever made.

I've tracked down and watched some of the most spectaular stuff ever shot, some's really obscure but there's lots of it. Can't really remember right now.

For Martial Arts fight scenes. One of my favourites has to be the final piece to "Fong Sai-Yuk 2", and the starting battle in the temple of "Tai Chi Master".
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Thanks for all the posts smile

Duh, I forgot the train sequence in Mission Impossible - that was cinematic thrills at their best
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X2-Deathstryke vs. Wolverine
Not the best, but simply cool.

Also, the end fight in the Rundown and the comical and click fight end sequence in Rush Hour 2. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Need I say more?
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So many to choose, but one of my favourites is the plane top fight in the James Bond movie 'Octopussy'.

Bond and villians henchman climb out of a plane and proceed to fight on top of it. Much of the scene, except for close-up's of the actors, was done for real.There is one crazy shot where the plane roles with stuntman B.J Worth hanging onto the plane.

There are numerous other Bond scenes but I'd also put the ski chase sequence from the opening to "The Spy Who Loved Me", which culminates in Bond stuntman Rick Sylvester skiing off a 3000ft cliff, free falling then deploying his shoot.

Great days smile
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Tarn wrote:

Redhawk - I was going to mention LotR, but for starters I couldn't pick out an individual scene, plus it's kinda different in that. It's less about specific action and more about scope and story emotional scale...has a kinda different effect on me to more 'standard' action sequences.
Same here.
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In a gormless attempt to draw this topic out as much as possible, I have added a poll of selected scenes drawn from suggestions here. I can't add anymore poll options so you'll have to make do with these. Enjoy!
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Wooh, or should I say "Woo"!!! Hard Boiled's winning with 100 percent. So what if it's only me who's voted. It still counts. smile
Posted: Tue, 14th Dec 2004, 11:20pm

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A . O . D !

A . O . D !

A . O . D !
Posted: Wed, 15th Dec 2004, 7:49am

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no mention yet of Where Eagles Dare, the highest body count of any Clint Eastwood movie ever. Theres just one continuous fight that leads to hundreds of nazis dead
Posted: Wed, 15th Dec 2004, 4:03pm

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Yeah, that's a good one. But they show it on T.V. like once a week. I'm surprised to see the abscence of westerns and swashbucklers both old and new. And the admittance of classic 70's and 70's style pictures.
Posted: Thu, 16th Dec 2004, 11:28pm

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What is "The Matrix Series" chop liver!?!
Posted: Fri, 17th Dec 2004, 12:42am

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Equilibrium.. I just love the Gun Kata...
Posted: Fri, 17th Dec 2004, 8:15pm

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"What is "The Matrix Series" chop liver!?!" I think that'd make a good tagline.

And the answer is... no. They're just not very good. smile

Surprised to see Spidey 2's train fight so high. I saw it yesterday for the first time and was distinctly underwhelmed, it was well made but didn't really satisfy me and I can't be doing with action scenes when I'm watching some computer work, that just doesn't grab me. It was also only a few minutes long and I can hardly remember any of it. So yeah, can't really figure out how it got so high.

In that movie I find the action sequences, rather like the ones in "Top Gun", to be the worst part of the film. The spiderman movies to me are at there best during the comedy J.K. Simmons and "spiderman in lift" parts and especially the soap opera with added mutant spider romantics. The action's just going on in the background and is the weakest part, which is why I'm glad that movie finishes not with an action scene but with a fairly dramatic one, that's a much more satisfactory pay-off to me. (in "Top Gun" I find the cool yet not cool eighties music, sunglasses and homoerotic posturing the best part of the film, the flying stuff is a distraction.)
Posted: Fri, 24th Dec 2004, 10:24pm

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What the hell... I don't see enough people talking about the big ass killer elephants scene from Return of the King. That is, without question, the greatest action scene ever! biggrin
Posted: Sun, 26th Dec 2004, 3:41pm

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I don't think so personally, CG, CG, CG, CG, real person!!!!, CG, CG, CG distinctly yawnsome to me, the camera work was hardly inspired and the editing was the same as almost any other action scene made nowadays eg. stale and not very good, as if cut by someone with no faith in the film they were cuttings ability to be good. Which it was.

But then again each his own and I must confess that it has been a while since I've seen it.

Peter Jackson did not deserve his best director oscar, not when Sofia Coppola was in the same room up for "Lost in Translation" at least, his ability to create a universe is almost unparallelled, yet his ability to tell a story is by no means anything special. Her ability to create a story and characters from seemingly nothing and also create one single, fleeting moment of pure cinematic gold (though that is largely down to Murray and Johansson's performances in that scene, but the car doesn't win the race alone it's down to the driver) but anyways, once again each how own and to mention "Lost in Translation" in a topic about action sequences seems slightly pointless smile
Posted: Sun, 26th Dec 2004, 7:00pm

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I hated lost in translation, terrible film...aside from the opening shot razz

but maybe its not because of the poor direction, choppy writing, horrible cinematography, annoying lighting, no. maybe i didn't like it simply because im not a 40something has-been in the middle of a crisis so i can't relate. maybe that's why.
Posted: Sun, 26th Dec 2004, 9:20pm

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I preferred Virgin Suicides. Great visuals, acting & music.
Posted: Sun, 26th Dec 2004, 9:36pm

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Yeah that's on my one to watch list. I'll get round to that one eventually, but lets please stop talking about inaction movies in this topic. smile It's not the place for Chungking Express type films.
Posted: Tue, 28th Dec 2004, 11:53pm

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I thought the bourne supremacy stolen cab chase scene was fantastic.
Posted: Sat, 1st Jan 2005, 5:01am

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Did no one see T3!?!?!?!?! The scene where Arnold hangs from the construction vehicle and gets slung around the city through every possible building.

And if anyone is going to mention war movies, Black Hawk Down has GOT to be included, the entire movie was practically an action sequence.

Those are my two!

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