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What Do You Like In Action Movies?

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please tell me
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Good choreographed action that is crisp and looks like you rehearsed it.

Also, quality sound effects and quality background music during fights/action sequences will add a lot of value. Also, cinematography will draw people in (or take people out...be careful!), such as framing correctly, not crossing the axis, going handheld in certain shots (only if it works-don't force it), and good overall composition.

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rogolo wrote:

Good choreographed action that is crisp and looks like you rehearsed it.
The things I like in action movies are almost an exact opposite to this. I like action which looks like it's actually happening - that the characters in the movie are genuinely participating in a fight or struggle they want to win rather than it being an over-rehearsed slow motion fest.

History of Violence and Batman Begins for example.
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 2:57am

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Hybrid-Halo wrote:

rogolo wrote:

Good choreographed action that is crisp and looks like you rehearsed it.
The things I like in action movies are almost an exact opposite to this. I like action which looks like it's actually happening - that the characters in the movie are genuinely participating in a fight or struggle they want to win rather than it being an over-rehearsed slow motion fest.

History of Violence and Batman Begins for example.
What I meant by that was that it is choregraphed in some way. If you like that kind of "real" style, you can choreograph it to look "sloppy", but with young actors/directors/choreographers who don't have Hollywood skills, it can come off as just a couple people wildly flailing their limbs. smile
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 3:00am

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In which case I agree.

Thinking about it, there are some obviously choreographed fights in movies which are excellent too - for example anything from 'The Matrix' or 'V for Vendetta'.

I suppose so long as the action is in some way authentic or representational of a real struggle with a motive then it doesn't matter how it's portrayed. Anything other than kids throwing themselves around their back garden with fake guns.

-Hybrid.
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 3:02am

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Unexpected or otherwise "goofy", instinctual-looking sequences.

Almost all of Collateral is like this, so it's a prime example. I loved it.
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 3:04am

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I like props like futuristic type of guns or concept cars.
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 6:22am

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Story. A rare concept for an action movie, I know, but a good one.
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 6:42am

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My story is good so far (classified) this is a secret poduction, I'm in the process of screenwriting it now, going to be shot on gl2
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 6:49am

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Wrong thread, my man.
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 6:51am

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I'm sorry, what?
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i think xperiment is asking what people like in action movies so he can try and put some of what people say in his classified movie, yes? razz
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 6:57am

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Yes, thank you, anymore ideas
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 7:08am

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I like to see explosions, guns, car chases, fights between multiple people at the same time (think Neo in Matrix Reloaded Chateau) and shadowy characters that control the others razz
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 8:00am

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tits gone wild =)

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Big, sweeping panoramic shots from various angles and locations. Think in terms of (and this is going back a long ways) the Die Hard series. People suspended over the edge of very high buildings where you're looking down past them at a 20 story drop and you find yourself grabbing the edge of your chair while you watch the film so you don't fall. Yes, you need the explosions and fights, ec. but I think what sells an action movie is the huge setting shots that really suck you into the scene like you're right there.

(Oh, and yeah.... boobies gone wild couldn't hurt either. twisted )
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Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 3:48pm

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A good gun fight, showing lots of empty brass spitting out.

A fight scene that looks down and dirty, no kung fu stuff.

A good plot, not the typical (better find the bomb before it blows up)

Actors that really look the part.

The main actor being killed at the end (a great twist)

Fast moving car scenes, with lots of low angle camera work.

More real life special effects (CGE looks CGE)

The good guy also wears black.

Moments where you think the main guy is going to die, but escapes (but not in a corny kind of way)

Tension building moments (like the waiting for the tank scene in Saving Private Ryan)

Less large explosions and more small ones.

First person camera angles.
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Make sure that the main character DOES get hurt from his fights. What I liked about diehard was that Bruce Willis' character actually got hurt, showing that he is human unlike many James Bond movies where he seems to be invincible.

As far as story goes, make sure that you don’t make the mistake that I have of thinking of cool action, and then coming up with the story as you go along. Much easier to come up with a story and then think “Oh, I can put this action sequence right after (insert plot twist)” It makes the action flow better.
Posted: Thu, 17th Aug 2006, 8:45am

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Plausibility, realism, real-life scenarios, believable characters and above all else: a plot with some depth and subtlety.

Nothing is more exciting than watching a scenario you could picture yourself actually being a part of, even in some minor way. Realism is key.

Cars which don't explode in fireballs/flip over when they nudge another car, guns which don't sound like the apocalypse, chases which don't conclude with someone doing a wicked flip, people showing fear, not nonchalant disinterest or gung-ho irresponsibility, people not always dieing from being shot, no kung fu bollocks.

"Ronin" exemplifies all of the above (although the plot could be a little less simplistic i suppose). Watch it 10,000 times, then get back to me.

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Posted: Thu, 17th Aug 2006, 9:08am

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"Ronin" exemplifies all of the above (although the plot could be a little less simplistic i suppose). Watch it 10,000 times, then get back to me.
Funny as soon as I started reading your post i thought of Ronin. Without a doubt one of the best action films I have seen, fear is placed well throughout each of the characters giving this a nice human touch. The first movie I had the pleasure watching on DVD. If people haven't seen this film I suggest they get themselves a copy right now! Also has the best car chase from any movie, although blues brothers is pretty close wink
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Yeah i think that car chase was rated something like 5th best ever, by Empire. Bullit was first, unsurprisingly, if i remember rightly.
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Xcession wrote:

Plausibility, realism, real-life scenarios, believable characters and above all else: a plot with some depth and subtlety.

Nothing is more exciting than watching a scenario you could picture yourself actually being a part of, even in some minor way. Realism is key.

Cars which don't explode in fireballs/flip over when they nudge another car, guns which don't sound like the apocalypse, chases which don't conclude with someone doing a wicked flip, people showing fear, not nonchalant disinterest or gung-ho irresponsibility, people not always dieing from being shot, no kung fu bollocks.

"Ronin" exemplifies all of the above (although the plot could be a little less simplistic i suppose). Watch it 10,000 times, then get back to me.
Watched Ronin last night, as it happens, and was thinking the same thing. biggrin

For me, it's all about plausibility. Whether it's in a submarine, a spaceship or a high-rise, it still has to be believable, and that's down to three things: Story, performance, effects (physical or digital), in that order.
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gun fights
car chases
explosions
boobs
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Posted: Thu, 17th Aug 2006, 3:42pm

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Thank you all, now I will start writing my script and my list of what I want and don't want in this film.