Some movies, no matter how hard the studios try, just aren’t popular with viewers. Whether it’s a prequel like The king’s man or a promised fight in Batman V Superman, these films simply cannot be remembered so well by the public. However, there are moments, usually just one throughout the film, that remain highly beloved by audiences.
That doesn’t mean these movies can’t have that stroke of genius, though. Even the most disappointing movies can have that big moment that leaves audiences on the edge of their seat or on the floor in stitches. These scenes stood above and beyond the rest of their films.
No man’s land, The king’s man
The king’s man was a prequel to the satirical Kingsman spy series that never really decided how seriously to take itself. The film is set during World War I and features many real historical figures. It takes a dark tonal shift midway through when one of the central characters is recruited for a mission in No Man’s Land during a battle.
As the team travels under cover of night, they encounter a German patrol. Knowing that any sound will trigger deadly crossfire, both sides agree to lay down their weapons and engage in hand-to-hand combat instead. The fight is high stakes, brutal, and nearly silent until one of them fires his gun, raining bullets down from both trenches. It’s a brilliant, tense moment in an otherwise incoherent film.
The life of a bullet, lord of war
Nicholas Cage with lord of war focused on the international arms trade. It’s far from being a bad movie but it doesn’t quite stick its landing. However, it garnered serious praise for its opening bullet-life sequence.
On Buffalo Springfield’s chill “For What It’s Worth,” the scene follows a single bullet as it travels from the factory across the globe, from Russia to Africa. Along the way, the bullet is dropped, inspected, loaded and finally fired at a child soldier. It’s a clever concept that’s well implemented, and the ending is still pretty punchy.
The warehouse fight, batman v superman
Fans have debated who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman since the characters first met. The path Batman V Superman settled that argument divided audiences, but one scene did a fantastic job of capturing Batman’s incredible fighting ability.
At the end of the film, Batman must rescue Superman’s mother from a warehouse full of Lex Luthor’s henchmen. What follows is one of the best depictions of Batman’s fighting style ever brought to the screen. Batman dispatches the villains with a mixture of gadgets and martial arts reminiscent of the incredible Arkham series of video games. The film may have been polarizing, but this scene is almost universally hailed.
Ghost Sex, MacGruber
Apart from Wayne’s World, films based on SNL sketches are generally not very well received. Although it spawned a television series, MacGruber was no exception to this. There are some funny lines, but nothing comes close to when MacGruber visits his late wife’s grave.
While paying their respects, MacGruber sees the ghost of his deceased wife Casey and the two engage in a passionate but incredibly corny love scene. Soon the scene cuts to the reality of the situation, where MacGruber walks around naked in the middle of the cemetery, much to the horror of a night watchman. MacGruber’s sudden cut and weird grunts are easily the funniest scenes in the film.
First Person Shooter, LOSS
The vast majority of films based on video games have not been well received by fans or critics. 2005 LOSS The adaptation didn’t break that trend, but there was one scene that moviegoers still fondly remember. The most memorable moment shifts to a first-person perspective, just like in games.
Viewers watch through the protagonist’s eyes as he fights his way through the demon-filled base, blasting and sawing through the demons with every weapon he can find. The scene features impressive cinematography and pleasingly cool action. It’s almost a shame that the whole movie wasn’t like that.
The Holdo maneuver, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Even by star wars standards, The last Jedi was extremely divisive. Some fans liked its bold move to change what had been set in the previous film, while many decried it as being too different. Regardless of its reception or impact, the film features spectacular cinematography.
Near the end of the film, the Rebel flagship is cornered by the First Order. After evacuating everyone, Admiral Holdo turns to face them. Instead of fighting, she leaps into hyperspace, tearing apart star destroyers in a moment that’s both satisfying and beautifully shot. This is arguably the coolest shot of the entire sequel trilogy.
The train’s final pursuit, The Lone Ranger
Disney’s recent adaptation of The Lone Ranger was a huge flop, in part due to highly controversial casting choices. Despite this, the movie has some great action set pieces, especially in its climactic battle through two high-speed trains.
Tonto and the Ranger jump between the two trains and ride their horses to save the innocents trapped on board and stop the bad guys. The scene is pure swashbuckling fun that captures the feel of a Saturday morning cartoon crossed with a Pirates of the Caribbean film. Add the iconic score and this sequence is an absolute pleasure to watch.
tall grass, The Lost World: Jurassic Park
It would have been difficult for any film to live up to the high standard set by jurassic park. The lost World didn’t quite reach that level, but it had several great moments that kept it entertaining. The best of these moments is when a group of hunters learns why the tall grass should be avoided.
Ignoring their comrade’s warnings, the hunters venture into a huge field of chest-high grass, disturbing a pack of velociraptors. An aerial shot reveals several leads sprouting through the grass towards the hapless hunters, and soon they are being eliminated one by one. The scene perfectly captures how clever and scary raptors can be.
Shipwreck of Beckett, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
At the end of the world wasn’t a bad movie, but it failed to reach the heights of the first two installments. The third act, however, is thrilling, funny, and easily the best part of the movie. After defeating Davy Jones in a maelstrom, The Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman team up to finish off the film’s other villain, Lord Cutler Beckett.
The ships line up on either side of Beckett’s flagship and open fire. As the ship tears apart in slow motion, Beckett walks calmly on deck. Cannonballs and splinters of wood fly around him as he accepts his fate before his body lands in the flag of the society he created. It’s surprisingly clever and one of the best scenes in the series.
The death of Gwen Stacy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 received a lot of flak for its overloaded plot, but everyone who watched the film will remember the now-iconic clock tower scene. During a fight with the new Green Goblin, Gwen Stacy is thrown into the shaft of the tower.
Spider-Man dives through the machinery after her in a desperate slow-motion attempt to catch up with her. A web moves towards her, taking the form of a hand desperately reaching out to her. The web catches her just in time, but the sudden stop snaps her neck and she dies anyway. The moment is devastating but it’s a phenomenally executed scene in an otherwise messy movie.
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