The last in our series of 2014’s best and worst, we are capping it off with our top 5 scenes from the year. We’ve been ever-so nice and embedded the movie clips from each scene, to the best of our abilities, as not all clips were available.
1. The Quicksilver Kitchen Scene (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
This specific scene isn’t available, so we attached the VFX breakdown video instead.
2. Creation (Noah)
3. The White Council rescue Gandalf from Dol Guldur (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies)
4. The Kitchen Fight (The Raid 2)
5. The Five Dimensional Bookcase (Interstellar)
For obvious reasons, this scene isn’t readily available online, so here is another great scene from this movie.
Apparently Kitchens were a good place for action this year. The Quicksilver scene in Days of Future Past has to take number one, mainly because it’s exactly what I’ve been waiting to see since the Nightcrawler White House scene in X-Men 2, AND it was even better than that. It was laugh out loud funny, the stakes were high and the action was jaw-dropping.
Any other year Creation would’ve easily been in first place. It was an incredible scene to watch, especially on the big screen, and it was both startlingly original and made me feel strangely emotional. I also found the Bookcase scene in Interstellar very emotional, while The Raid 2 and The Hobbit both make the cut because I found it hard to breath during these scenes.
1. Hanging Tree (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part – 1)
2. We need you to hope again (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
3. It begins as a whisper (300: Rise of an Empire)
4. War weary Cage (Edge of Tomorrow)
5. Hammer Girl & Baseball Bat Man Fight Scene (The Raid 2: Berandal)
It’s interesting that only three of the five here, were in my top 10 films of the year. Perhaps that’s because other films were just consistently good or just worked better as a whole. Either way, the scenes I picked here were the ones that stuck with me, that I wanted to watch over and over, where I would catch myself thinking about them or humming a song….
The scene from The Raid 2 made the list (from a lot of good fight scenes), because it was brutal. Not just well fought and choreographed but the way the bad guys are killed so suddenly. No twenty-minute death scenes here, just crunch and gone. This gives the scene a much more realistic and down to earth feel than you’d expect and raises the tension in the best possible way.
I could have picked pretty much any scene from Edge of Tomorrow (or Live. Die. Repeat. or whatever new name those marketing idiots have picked today), one for comedy, or novelty or just sheer bloody awesome but I’ve gone with tired. In this scene, Cage has gone from being a coward, to a rookie, to an elite and now a veteran. He has PTSD and just can’t cope any longer, seeing people he cares about being killed over and over. Gritty and sombre but with a rage underneath that reminds you how good an actor Tom Cruise is, even if he’s a little unhinged in real life. It was an unexpected turn in the film for me and made what came next all the more surprising.
For those of you who’ve read the Hunger Games books, we all know that the third is probably the weakest of the trilogy and when we heard that it would be split in two, we all despaired. Damn Hollywood and their greedy, corporate, soulless, money-grubbing hides. **Cough**. Anyway…Mockingjay Part 1 turned out to be not bad. Not great, as it’s really the set up for Part 2, but pretty good. And for me, what made it were the additional scenes, the ones not in the book. There was room to expand and unlike The Hobbit, it wasn’t just hollow rubbish shoved in to fill the gaps. Care and attention went into adding to the story in a way that enriched it. As both a book lover and film lover, I don’t mind if things get changed around, don’t just do it to make money, do it to enhance the story. Which is what we got here, the books are told from Katniss’ perspective but here in the film we get to see the effect she is having on the districts first hand. The song made little impression on me when I read it, but here it held a mournful sadness, which crashed into a rousing song of defiance as a mob of rebels throw themselves into machine gun fire to bring down peacekeepers with their bare hands. Just one line from a book “A broken dam in 7” and yet a scene I can’t seem to stop thinking about.
1. Car Chase (Raid 2)
2. BAT PUNCH! (Dracula Untold)
3. Elevator Scene (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
4. That guy’s eye! (Guardians of the Galaxy)
5. You abandoned us! (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
The Raid 2 is packed full of amazing scenes. The scene that I remember most was the car chase scene, not only the great action but the technical side to the shooting as well. In the video provided you can see how they did one major shot. Pretty much, they dressed up a man as a chair so he could take the camera and pass it through the vehicle. Yes. They dressed up a man as a chair. This really happened.
The Magneto scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past is jam-packed of emotion. Fassbender delivers a great performance in a truly remarkable scene and to have Wolverine top it off with a snarly comment makes all that much better.
If I had reviewed Dracula Untold it would have earned one star alone for that amazing scene. We have Dracula mind-controlling bats to punch an army. That scene should go down in history next to the moon landing as one of human’s greatest achievements.
1. Koba goes ape (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
2. “Dance off Bro!” (Guardians of the Galaxy)
3. The Elevator Scene (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
4. The Credits (22 Jump Street)
5. The Police Are Here (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
No one saw that coming, did they? An Ape in a Planet of the Apes movie, actually acting like a proper silly, playful ape, only to then grab a machine gun and murder two hapless humans?! A tension packed moment that is both funny and brutal, it’s a scene that is both shocking and extremely clever, and one of the many reasons Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the best movies of last year.
My colleagues have already waxed on about how brilliantly choreographed The Raid 2 is, but spare a thought for the equally amazing efforts of the fight arrangers who worked on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, all of whom have helped produce some outstanding action moments like the aforementioned elevator smack down. The fact that the scene (and the movie) was directed by two (talented) sitcom directors is still astounding, even now!
22 Jump Street was easily one of the funniest movies of last year, but nothing sums up the film’s knowing meta-humour like the brilliantly inventive and bitingly satirical end credits, which wonderfully stabs away at movie franchises and all that come with it! It also makes us really long for a talking Ice Cube action figure!
1. End Credit Scene (The Boxtrolls)
2. Opening Hunting Scene (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
This clip has been shorten, but covers the key elements.
3. Groot Prison Scene (Guardians of the Galaxy)
4. Little Infinities (The Fault in Our Stars)
As this scene is toward the end of the film it isn’t available online, instead please enjoy the trailer.
5. Punch Scene (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
The reason I picked these scenes is because I felt they were the most captivating of the year. The Boxtrolls end credit scene was interesting to watch as you got a look into how the film was made. The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes scene was remarkable also as you got to see visually stunning computer generated apes and see how they all worked together. The other scenes on the list were added because they will always stay with me due to the emotion and hilarity.
What were your favourite 5 scenes of 2014? Please share in the comments.
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