Monday, August 23, 2010

Movie Meme Day 23 - Best explosion or action scene

I had to think about this one.  There are quite a lot of action movies that I like, and actually quite a few explosions in movies that aren't really action movies.  So I'm going to pick two.  The first one, the best explosion, is definitely the demolition of the Old Vic (I think) in V for Vendetta's London.  Adding the 1812 Overture to the explosion and seeing Evey (Natalie Portman) react to both the forbidden music and the destruction make it all the more exciting. 
The action scene that I love and don't usually fast-forward through is the final scene of Saving Private Ryan.  Since you didn't ask, yes, I usually fast-forward through the landing at Normandy in the beginning of the movie, it's just too gruesome.  However, the last scene is made up of all the characters we've come to like (that have survived) and their individual fights to try to protect Ryan (Matt Damon) and be sure the enemy doesn't make it across the bridge they're trying to hold.  It's well shot, without being too shaky, or too slow to make the viewer give up.  The pace keeps you interested and reveals a lot about each character and their individual fates at the hands of the Germans.  Best action sequence, culminating with Tom Hanks' death telling Ryan to earn the right to survive. 

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Man, now I want to go see V for Vendetta again. Great film.

I still haven't seen Saving Private Ryan. I'm slowly backing off my "No War Movies" policy and it's in my queue. One of these days.