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Posted on 8 May 2012 17:51:13 BDT
T says:
Hooper, the movie where they sneakily attach a motorcycle cops belt to a lamppost with a length of wire rope. Class!

Posted on 9 May 2012 07:51:03 BDT
The 11 minute car chase in "Bullitt" gets my vote for best action/stunt sequence. No "Green Screen", "CGI" or other camera trickery involved.

Simon J Binks.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2012 11:15:04 BDT
Except the car somehow lost 5 hubcaps in that chase??!! Bad editing on their part but a great chase sequence.
Try watching the original Gone in 60 seconds, a film made just for one long car chase!!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2012 21:18:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 May 2012 21:22:43 BDT
Indeed it did! A special after sales extra for the 1968 model Dodge Charger maybe! unfortunate "faux pas" on the editor's part me thinks. Also, there is no way that a 390 V8 Mustang could keep up with a 440 Magnum V8 Charger...except of course when driven by one Steven Terrence McQueen!

The original "Gone In 60 Seconds" has a great car chase sequence too...but the acting & script up until the start of the chase was terrible! Thank goodness for the fast forward button!

Simon J. Binks.

Posted on 10 May 2012 09:06:08 BDT
LRJ Burne says:
Did someone genuinely suggest the car chase in The Expendables as being one of the greatest ever action sequences...?! That chase was TERRIBLE. Ronin has two vastly superior car chases. Even Stallone's own film Cobra had a better car chase!

Anyway, other good action scenes, off the top of my head:
* Predator - the opening firefight. Hands down one of the most mental, high-octane shootouts ever put on film.
* Die Hard - the whole freaking movie.
* Fast Five - credit where credit's due, the final car chase was utterly crazy (if you can suspend all shreds of disbelief).
* Saving Private Ryan - as horrible as it is to watch, the Omaha Beach sequence is a spectacular action scene.
* Commando - can't believe no one's mentioned this yet! The big finale is just magic. Arnie takes out like a hundred guys single-handed in possibly the greatest pure action film ever.

Yeah, three of those are from the 80s, which was basically the best decade for action movies. Most of the stuff by Arnie and Stallone from that time has awesome action scenes.

Posted on 10 May 2012 10:15:06 BDT
"Commando - can't believe no one's mentioned this yet! The big finale is just magic. Arnie takes out like a hundred guys single-handed in possibly the greatest pure action film ever."

The bit where Arnie runs across an open lawn and NOBODY can hit him still makes me laugh. I think they should have gone to Spec Savers. I completely agree about Predator. The moment the mini-gun is unleashed is the director turning it all up to 11.

As for car chases there's the French film Taxi (NOT the American remake) that has a string of very good (and sometimes ridiculous) car chases that I might argue should be in the top five car chases on film.

Posted on 10 May 2012 11:09:29 BDT
T says:
"Arnie takes out like a hundred guys single-handed in possibly the greatest pure action film ever."

Is that with the M60 with a 25-round belt hanging out of it that he never reloads? Bet our troops would love machine-guns like that! :-D

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2012 11:11:11 BDT
LRJ Burne says:
Yeah, the amount of ammo he has left in the belt just spontaneously grows every time we switch to a new camera angle!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2012 18:39:07 BDT
Bourne1886 says:
Yes it was me who dared suggest that the chase scene from The Expendables was a great scene. Oh dear did I upset your delicate action sense abilities!

I never said greatest ever! Where did you get that from. Did you actually read my post?
I enjoyed it and that's all that matters. The sound was amazing.
Remember one thing LRJ Burne that chase wasn't terrible it was awesome,Stallone is the master of action, you're not 80's boy! For a fan of Sly and 80's action you're extremely disrespectful,how dare you, you naughty boy. Don't diss Sly. LoL.

Posted on 10 May 2012 18:57:03 BDT
LRJ Burne says:
It's more that that chase was the biggest disappointment of the entire film for me. I was expecting something epic and instead we got a low-budget sequence that looked like it came out of a direct-to-video film, with no big stunts, no excitement and really bad editing. The only good bit was Lundgren's big crash at the end, but the rest of it just felt so cheap. I'll grant you that the sound effects were good, but it didn't make up for the fact that the chase lacked in every other respect.

Posted on 10 May 2012 19:08:14 BDT
Bourne1886 says:
Oh well,we will just have to agree to differ. That's life!

Posted on 10 May 2012 22:07:08 BDT
The bit in Garza's compound with the automatic shotgun just exploding guts I thought I was back in 80s action heaven. It was violent brutal and no slow-motion flying doves to be seen. The film was alright but just its sensibilities reminded me in parts of the 80s which was nice.

Posted on 11 May 2012 00:49:35 BDT
T says:
The Bourne Trilogy has some pretty good chase, fight and general action stunt scenes in it. The little red Mini chase around Paris in Identity, overlain with Paul Oakenfold's Ready, Steady, Go is pretty ninja, as is the fight with the other Treadstone assassin in Bourne's apartment.

Posted on 15 May 2012 13:37:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 May 2012 13:40:06 BDT
M. Roberts says:
The 'zero g' fight in Inception - love it.
Old Boy the one shot corridor fight
Kick Ass - Hit Girls assault on Frank D'Amicos apartment
Matrix - the first Trinity scene - blew me away first time i saw it
Die Hard - when he jumps off the roof tied to the fire hose
The Dark Knight - the whole truck chase scene when they are transferring Harvey Dent - no music just fantastic sound the the Jokers 'noise' - awesome

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2012 14:19:10 BDT
You must be crazy if you think anything in "the expendables" was great in the slightest. "The expendables" was the most mediocre action film I can remember in recent times and hardly the glorious return to action movies of the 80s.

Posted on 31 May 2012 23:46:46 BDT
Most of Black Hawk Down, simply harrowing. As for car chase, how about the Blues Brothers, you'll never see so many smashed up police cars in one place again!

Posted on 1 Jun 2012 00:23:20 BDT
mr k was so right when he said kill zone, with donnie yen and sammo hung. check out iron monkey as well for some great fighting sequences. also, although the film itself was a bit lame, the bit in the toilet in unleashed is pretty good. crank is one large action sequence. expendables was really good, although they really underused jet li in my opinion. can't wait for number 2. the tournament with robert carlisle and ving rhames is a quality little film with lots of good action, and free running. and if you like free running stuff, check out district 13.

Posted on 27 Jan 2014 17:30:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2014 17:56:50 GMT
Point break-best of all the Car/Foot chase

Speed-the whole part involving the bomb on the Bus

To live and die in L.A.-awesome Car chase

The rock-the Car chase also involving a Humvy and a Tram.

Posted on 27 Jan 2014 17:31:45 GMT
Mad Max 2, amazing action sequences and easily the best chase sequence ever filmed.
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