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Impressive Moments in Lackluster Movies

I've seen many movies that I consider quite lackluster, but have a moment or two that are quite impressive; sometimes to the point you feel it doesn't belong in that movie.

Some that spring to mind for me :

-Ali-boring for the most part, but the whole Rumble in the Jungle sequence at the end is great.

-Godzilla' 98- the helicopters chasing Zilla through New York

-Transformers 2- any of the scenes with Prime kicking ass

-Revenge of the Sith - opening battle and Obi Wan vs. Anakin
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Old 10-26-09, 05:11 PM
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-The freeway chase in The Matrix Reloaded
-The birth of the Sandman in Spider-Man 3
-The airplane save in Superman Returns
-The last shot of Gangs of New York
-The T-Rexes attacking the mobile command center in The Lost World
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The Pearl Harbor attack seems to always appear in this sort of question.
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what about the 1st 15 mins of Day-Lewis and Neeson awesomeness? Totally better than the last shot in Gangs of New York.
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Empire Strikes Back skit in Reign of Fire
Space battle in Return of the Jedi
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The Maelstrom sequence in POTC: At Worlds End; just barely redeems the movie.
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There were some good special effects in Judge Dredd, but it sucked.
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Old 10-26-09, 05:58 PM
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From this year: the shootout in The International.
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There are going to be a bunch of action movie scenes mentioned, like the aliens attacking in Independence Day or the asteroids hitting in Armageddon.
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Action scenes from Roland Emmerich films, probably including 2012.
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The Bohemian Lodge shootout in PUBLIC ENEMIES. Also the final stalking of Dillinger at the end.

CONSPIRACY THEORY - the one with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts.
I liked the scene where she examines all the paranoid stuff on the wall in Mel's apartment. The look on her face tells us everything we need to know without dialogue.

The opening musical number in HAIRSPRAY.

The final musical number in CHICAGO (the Zellweger/Zeta Jones duet).

And I'm speculating that there will be an impressive moment or two in what I'm speculating will be an otherwise lackluster production from James Cameron...AVATAR.

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Snake Eyes vs. Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe

Logan taking out the helicopter on a motorbike in Wolverine

The storm sequence in White Squall
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Quite a few Martial Art flicks play out like this, Ong Bak always comes to mind.

Also, Porn.
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Clark Kent vs Bastard Superman in Superman III
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Transformers 2 may rank as one of the shittiest films I have ever witnessed, but goddamn, that whole chase sequence through the college, the streets, the warehouse and the woods is the only decent portion of that film.
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I have always thought the sacrificial sequence in the 1976 King Kong was very well done in the way it builds to his appearance with the trees falling and slight flashes of his face.
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Any time Wolverine (or young Wolverine) was cradling the dead body of a loved one, he would extend his claws, turn his face to the sky, and scream "NOOOOO!!!!!" like Homer Simpson. This was so awesome, they did it TWICE!!! What classic moviemaking.
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Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel View Post
Transformers 2 may rank as one of the shittiest films I have ever witnessed, but goddamn, that whole chase sequence through the college, the streets, the warehouse and the woods is the only decent portion of that film.
as most of this film was dog caca - I thought the opening battle and forest battle were impressive.

the dance party body bisection scene in Ghost Ship was very cool - the rest of the movie - meh!
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Originally Posted by BullGooseLoony View Post
-The freeway chase in The Matrix Reloaded
-The birth of the Sandman in Spider-Man 3
-The airplane save in Superman Returns
-The last shot of Gangs of New York
-The T-Rexes attacking the mobile command center in The Lost World
I agree completely - I tried recently to rewatch this on home video and the movie was just ordinary when it's not projected (and that scene in particular) in IMAX.
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-The bank shootout in Heat
-The opening credits of Watchmen
-"Is there no one else?!" in Troy
-The samurai attack in the fog in The Last Samurai
-"Duel of the Fates" of Star Wars The Phantom Menace
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-The bank shootout in Heat
-The opening credits of Watchmen
-"Is there no one else?!" in Troy
-The samurai attack in the fog in The Last Samurai
-"Duel of the Fates" of Star Wars The Phantom Menace
No way Heat is a lackluster film. I'd also argue that Watchmen and the Last Samurai don't deserve that title either.
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No way Heat is a lackluster film. I'd also argue that Watchmen and the Last Samurai don't deserve that title either.
While I agree with you, this thread will rely upon what constitutes a lackluster movie in other people's minds. I know some people might not consider Ali lackluster, but I do. I almost agree on Last Samurai if it weren't for the fog scene and the final battle.
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In my opinion, Heat is a lackluster film. Granted it's not Transformers 2, but it ain't Citizen Kane either.
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The explosion/hostage scene at the beginning of Swordfish was pretty cool, rest of the movie was pretty eh.
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Originally Posted by Giles View Post
the dance party body bisection scene in Ghost Ship was very cool - the rest of the movie - meh!
Agreed. I watched this again last night and that opening never fails to amaze me. The rest of the movie is okay but it pales in comparison to the opening.
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