Throughout my lifetime, I've had the great privilege of seeing some very unique and interesting films. Films that were truly a spectacle in terms of story, characters, dialogue, and most of all, the message. As a big fan of the action film genre, today I have the honor of showing you what in my honest opinion are the top five most thrilling and edge-of-your-seat action sequences in movie history!
'The Matrix Reloaded': Attack Of The Smiths
This scene from 2003's The Matrix Reloaded is truly unforgettable and classic. It is one of the many highlights from the Matrix series. It pins the main protagonist, Neo (Keanu Reeves), against hundreds of Agent Smith clones after entering a large empty space surrounded by buildings. Most of the fight is CGI for the more advanced stunts in the air, but on the ground , the choreography is well displayed through this magnificent scene of brutality. For its time, it's a really well planned and executed sequence that had me on the edge of my seat - and the movie itself had an amazing story with great characters. A true 10/10.
'Spectre': Bond, Hinx, And The Battle Of The Train
This scene from the 2015 film, Spectre, starring Daniel Craig in his fourth run as James Bond, begins with our protagonist on a train conversing with the 'Bond Girl', Madeleine Swann. The two are all smiles while riding a train to Tangier until the tall, buff, and menacing Mr. Hinx kicks their table over and completely kicks Bond's ass. Now, that doesn't mean that James doesn't put up a fight; he doesn't give up even after being kicked, thrown, and punched in the face so many times. He uses all his strength against the brutish Hinx and manages to defeat him by tying him to a rope that pulls him off the train.
This scene was very reminiscent to the fight scene from the 1964 film, From Russia With Love, which put Bond fighting against Donald 'Red' Grant. In both scenes, the camera stays focused on the fight with little angle switches, and there is no music included which makes the fight much more realistic and thrilling.
I look forward to the next Bond film, and whenever it's released, we are sure to see another great action scene just like those above.
'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron': Avenger vs. Avenger, Hulk vs. Hulkbuster
I wasn't particularly fond of this movie to be honest. I though the first Avengers film was a true masterpiece and pleasure to watch, since it had a better story and a more lighthearted tone. One thing is for sure, Avengers: Age Of Ultron is full of pretty good action set pieces, such as the beginning scene and the ending battle, but this scene in particular is one that really caught my eye. Iron Man, dressed in a new suit of armor named 'The Hulkbuster' takes on, you guessed it, The Hulk in a scene that is incredibly fun to watch.
Tony Stark tries to calm down the angry, green giant who is witnessing behavior altering visions that cause him to exert a deadly rampage through a city nearby. The two fight restlessly and not surprisingly, Iron Man is able to get the upper hand on The Hulk, punching him nearly a hundred times in a very funny sequence towards the middle of the fight, and then an elevator full of civilians almost falls, but Iron Man saves them from imminent death just moments before they are able to fall. This is a great scene from an alright movie, even though the action is spot on throughout!
'Django Unchained': A Free Man And His Vengeance
Just after witnessing the death of his best friend, Dr. Schultz (portrayed by Christoph Waltz), Django (Jamie Foxx) seeks vengeance for his fallen brother by completely slaughtering each and every white man attempting to kill him. While an amazingly edited mix of James Brown's 'The Payback' and 2Pac's 'Untouchable' plays in the background, we see Django go crazy with fury and unload bullets after bullets against his racist adversaries in a gory, over the top, and beautifully shot action sequence that represents just how awesome Django 'Freeman' really is.
We hear screams of the fallen men in pain, gunshot after gunshot, blood spilling all over the wooden floor of the Candyland Plantation, and witness a montage of death at the hands of the slave-turned-vigilante. Django Unchained is my favorite film of all time, and this scene is just one of many reasons why, not to mention that director Quentin Tarantino (one of the best directors of all time) has given us tons of great works, such as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and The Hateful Eight.
'Kingsman: The Secret Service': A Brawl In A Bigot Church
This action sequence from the 2015 film, Kingsman: The Secret Service is ultimately my all time favorite scene from any movie ever. My heart was beating very fast as I watched this great display of flawless cinematography. Harry Hart (portrayed by Colin Firth), is inside a hate church in Kentucky. Harry, obviously mad about what he's hearing, decides to stand up and leave the church. Just as he is about to reach the door, the bigots stand up and force him to stay. Meanwhile, the villain, Mr. Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) uses a brain signal broadcast in the churchgoer's cell phone SIM cards to cause them to become uncontrollably violent.
As everyone in the church is fighting, Harry takes the opportunity to unleash his bad-ass side and slaughter everyone in the church. He shows incredible force and agility, even as a man in his 50s, while he jumps over chairs, punches people, and switches from side to side to dodge attacks. He never misses a shot as he unloads his clip on every single person in the church, while the famous Lynyrd Skynyrd song, 'Free Bird' is playing in the background. This truly was a joy to watch as it was absolutely stunning and well filmed. The rest of the movie is also quite a fun experience and take on the spy film genre.
If there was an Oscar award for Best Action Scene, I'm sure these films would've won easily. They are not only action packed, but very well scripted and performed!