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Our top 5 dirty stunts ever

Our reader Marina Hillquist chooses five film scenes that instills viewers with awe and inspiration, in a list that will make your heart beat a lot faster!

Movies have always been a medium to convey messages, challenge beliefs and provoke thought in viewers. From epic scenes to thought-provoking stunts, movies have always had a way of evoking emotions and stimulating the mind. In this article, we’ll discuss the top 5 thought-provoking stunts from movies.


1. Opening scene from Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron, 2013):

Sandra Bullock features in this Movies in Numbers article by Lottoland due to her high earnings and the science fiction thriller by Alfonso Cuarón is considered one of her best roles. Cuarón started looking at a variety of actors for the role because he was seeking a lead who could “carry” the movie in a way similar to Tom Hanks’s character in Cast Away, being the only person onscreen for a significant portion of the picture. The opening scene of Gravity was a masterpiece in terms of visual effects and suspense. The scene involved astronauts Ryan Stone (Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) repairing a satellite when debris from a destroyed Russian satellite destroys their shuttle. The scene was not only visually stunning but also showcased the perils of space travel and the fragility of human life.


2. Zero gravity hallway fight from Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010):

The scene where Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and a group of thugs fight in a rotating hallway was a major highlight of the film. The concept of zero-gravity fighting was not only visually stunning but also made viewers question their understanding of space and motion. Movies scenes such as the fight scene between Neo and hundreds of Agent Smiths in The Matrix Reloaded (Lana Wachowski/ Lilly Wachowski) join others in The Wraps’s Movies That Had Absolutely Awful CGI and the Inception fight scene showed us it’s better to get creative with practical effects, rather than rely on computer effect being integrated effectively.


3. Bullet Time Effect from The Matrix (Lana Wachowski/ Lilly Wachowski, 1999):

The Matrix included fantastic action scenes, awesome martial arts, and restored Keanu Reeves’ badass persona. However, the term “Bullet Time” may be The Matrix‘s most enduring and significant legacy. The Bullet Time effect was a major innovation in the world of cinema. It was a technique that made it possible to slow down time and show bullets flying through the air in a 360-degree rotation. The effect was not only visually stunning but also made viewers question the concept of time and its limitations.


4. Long Take from Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron, 2006):

Though not the first movie to construct lengthy scenes with complex camera movements all within one shot, Children of Men undoubtedly changed the game. Directors have been creating breathtaking views with actors entering and exiting the frame as the camera is moving on a crane, track, or Steadicam for decades. None, however, had as much bloodshed and brutality as Children of Men did in its extended shots, which required days of planning to time the explosions, gunshots, motorcycles, and general carnage. The Long Take from Children of Men is a six-minute uninterrupted shot that follows the main character, Theo (Clive Owen), as he navigates a chaotic war zone. The scene is not only visually stunning but also makes viewers think about the horrors of war and the fragility of human life. A long take takes a lot of work, as outlined by Flickside’s 10 Best Long Takes In Film History and Children of Men nailed it.

The long take from Children of Men is illustrated at the top of this article.


5. Car Chase Scene from Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015):

The Car Chase Scene from Mad Max: Fury Road is an intense and exhilarating action sequence that showcases the power of practical effects and stunt work. The scene challenges viewers to think about the limits of human endurance and the consequences of living in a post-apocalyptic world. Fury Road received 10 Academy Award nominations, including one for best director for George Miller and one for best picture because they went for practical effects and the audience felt the peril.

These stunts demonstrate the power of cinema to stimulate and defy convention to make us really feel exhilaration.

By Marina Hillquist - 27-02-2023

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