Explosion! Gunshot! Gunshot! A car barrelling mid air through an inferno of fire and short fused gasoline pipes, propelling out the side of a building before doing three flips and landing perfectly for a well timed getaway!
Yes, we are counting down our 10 favourite action-packed scenes from the last 365 days of pure adrenaline.
Mad Max: Fury Road – Final chase
George Miller’s stroke of genius certainly finds its way onto our list. This action-packed sequence exhilarates the audience, with the heroes and heroines being chased in the middle of an uncharted wasteland by a line of giant armoured cars and motorbikes; one that happens to have a pathologically insane heavy metal guitar player strapped to its front, blaring rock and roll that just gets your heart pumping. This scene is an outstanding example of choreography, editing, sound mixing, directing, and anything else you can think of done close to perfection.
Spectre – Day of the dead opening scene
The latest instalment in the James Bond franchise brought out the most remarkable beginning that a Bond-enthusiast could ask for. For this scene to take place, the entire city square within Mexico City was boarded off from the public to allow for a dazzling display of masked skeletons celebrating the Day of the Dead festival. The scene included the total destruction of a building and a death-defying helicopter stunt that was actually performed over thousands of extras in the middle of the square. Money does not always compensate for entertainment, but in this case, Spectre’s extremely high budget paid off.
Creed – Single shot fight
This scene is an outstanding example of an extended single take, or “oners” as they are often called. Michael. B Jordan’s Adonis Johnson takes on the real life pro boxer referred to as Leo ‘The Lion’ Sporino in a single take two round match. To our surprise, this scene was not ‘cheated’ or paste together in editing, rather it was literally shot in a single take, accounting for some brilliant camera work and choreography. Fun fact: the scene was performed 12 times, with the actual used footage taken from the 10th shot.
Kingsman: Secret Service – Church massacre
This witty action comedy took a rather abstract and horrifying turn during one of its fight sequences that funnily enough we really liked. The plot of this scene is that the film’s villain (Samuel. L Jackson) trialed his new mind-control device on a subject of church-goers, along with Colin Firth’s charming English character. This device ultimately transforms people into murderous, unthinking lunatics with an urge for lethal violence… you can already tell that this is going to get messy. Firth’s specially trained spy skills come in handy (even under the influence of mind-control) and we pretty much see gruesome church massacre full of eye stabbing, shooting, spearing, bone breaking, axe swinging, crucifix impaling fun. To top it all off, the fast pace electric guitar backing track somehow blends in with the film’s overall comedy genre.
Star Wars The Force Awakens – Millennium Falcon escape
Star Wars is definitely not short of quality and action, especially when it comes to awesome CGI and an incredible score. As we tried to be fair and limit one action scene per film, obtaining a favourite from this wonderful movie was without doubt a choice harder than the Rock’s bicep. However, after careful deliberation and almost fatal disputation, it was agreed upon that the moment Rey and Finn (and BB-8) joined forces to manhandle the legendary Millennium Falcon, narrowly escaping from Jakku, was a sure winner. We love this scene because we get to see the real beauty of the Millennium Falcon and even though it appears to be in shambles, once it takes off, we are reminded just of what it can do in a breathtaking aerial display.
The Revenant – Bear attack
If you watched or heard about any Oscar talk, you’d know that the world was obsessing over this Bear that tore apart our Leo, mauling him from limb to limb. The essence of the film comes from the almost resurrection of Leo’s character after his assumed deathly encounter with a bear, and how his quest for revenge drives him beyond what was thought to be humanly possible. ‘Revenant’ itself means a person who has returned from the dead. But besides setting up the foundation of the story, this scene is awarded a spot on our action list for its feat in effects, sound mixing and to say it lightly, ‘pure class’. It’s a terrifying visual that shocks the audience, as we witness Leo’s entire body being thrashed and disfigured. The Oscar winning role unquestionably deserves a spot on our top action list.
Furious 7 – Escape from Etihad towers
The Fast and Furious films are notorious for having high-quality car explosions, drags and stunts, as well as now being on the forefront for excellence in CGI and effects. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker’s characters escape from a grenade launching Jason Statham with not one, but two full flights through the skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi. The two thrill-seekers floor it in their $3.4 million supercar, gliding (in slow-mo of course) 50 stories in front of a harsh desert sunset in sheer class and style.
Deadpool – Scrapyard fight
Ahh Deadpool! We loved Deadpool and all it had to offer! This scene, much like the rest of the film is outrageously funny and is still crammed full of slow motion stabbings and insane stunts that includes the decapitation of a head. Even within an intense fight scene, we see Deadpool slot in some witty one-liners and comedy that should not be taken for granted.
13 hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – First battle scene
Michael Bay explores the fear and mortality of war, while bringing to life the terrifying true story of chaos during an attack on a U.S compound in Libya. In true Michael Bay style, there are heaps of tremendous explosions and bullets whizzing through the air. There is a sense of disarray throughout the entire scene as shots are seen being fired into the midst of darkness without a clear cut of the enemy, and soldiers are quickly cut from different locations around the same area, making your hands sweet bullets.
Batman VS Superman – Son of Krypton vs Bat of Gotham
Although I didn’t think very highly of the film as a whole, the one-on-one fight scene between Batman and Superman made its way to the final spot on the list. Like come on, it had to… it’s bloody Batman Vs Superman we’re talking about! Batman’s re-modified bat-suit makes it a fair contest against the all-mighty strength of the Man of Steel. As the rain buckets down in Gotham city, the two go at it, throwing each other through building walls and floors. This makes for one really cool feat. Again… it’s Batman Vs freken Superman! What more could I want?