These scenes blew us away this year.
2017 was a great year for action/adventure films. From Logan to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, memorable films were spread throughout the entire year, and especially those that had action sequences we’re still taking about to this day. Let’s take a look at the best action sequences in movies that came out this year.
10. Power Rangers – Third Act Boss Fight
Power Rangers definitely wasn’t a great film. There were numerous genre clichés and pacing issues. I grew up loving Power Rangers, so the third act fight that incorporated the original theme music made me SO happy. Plus, how funny was Elizabeth Banks and the whole Krispy Kreme thing?
9. War for the Planet of the Apes – The Ape Escape
War for the Planet of the Apes closed out one of the best trilogies ever. While the entire movie was great, the final act that has Caesar running towards the front line with a grenade in hand had me on the edge of my seat. The editing and score helped propel this scene to greatness.
8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Battle in Snoke’s Lair
Star Wars: The Last Jedi may be divided by fans, but none can argue how incredible the fight sequence between Rey, Kylo Ren, Snoke, and his guards was. The choreography of the fight coupled with the vibrant red production design of the room made it very pleasing to watch.
7. Logan – Wolverine and X-23 Fighting in the Woods
Logan is one of the best comic book movies ever made and the final act where Wolverine and X-23 are running through the woods together taking out enemies is worthwhile and memorable. X-23 jumping off Wolverine’s back has stayed in my head for months. Side note: it’s a shame Logan isn’t getting any Oscar buzz.
6. Baby Driver – Opening heist car chase
Baby Driver is Edgar Wright’s most ambitious film and it could very well be his best movie yet. The opening car chase was shot so well and the editing made the stylish escape all the much better.
5. John Wick: Chapter 2 – Second Act Club Shootout
John Wick: Chapter 2 is a stellar sequel that did a great job of expanding the universe the hit-man lives in. The shootout and escape in the second act really showed off Keanu Reeves’s fighting and shooting skills. I love how they shoot and edit the Wick films, as they have wider shots and less cuts as opposed to the typical, shaky-cam fast cutting style of most other action flicks. And I swear, Reeves is only getting better with age.
4. Atomic Blonde – “One-Take” Fight Scene
Atomic Blonde had a number of issues. You could see the twist coming from a mile away and the pacing was inconsistent. However, there is a lot to like in Atomic Blonde, including the “one-take” fight sequence in the second act. While there are numerous hidden cuts in the scene, it’s still super impressive because of all the moving parts that went into making it look and feel like a one-take sequence.
3. Wonder Woman – Diana Emerging from the Trench
I loved Wonder Woman. It gave me hope for the DC Comics properties on film, only to have Justice League diminish that hope several months later. BUT ANYWAY… The scene of Wonder Woman climbing out of the trench and marching towards the enemy in slow motion is not only iconic, but arguably the best moment in any superhero movie to ever come out. If you didn’t get chills watching this scene, you might not have a pulse.
2. Blade Runner 2049 – Third Act Fight
Blade Runner 2049 is currently my #1 movie of the year, though I still have a couple of other 2017 releases to see before making my final top 10. While I love every frame of 2049, the fight between K and Luv during the final act was absolutely incredible. With legendary cinematography Roger Deakins behind the camera, the camera coverage coupled with the editing had my palms sweating every time I saw this fight in IMAX.
1. Dunkirk – The Entire Film
I tried my best to pick a certain sequence in Dunkirk that was favorite, but that proved to be impossible. The entire movie is an exhilarating, heart-throbbing masterpiece and Christopher Nolan and his crew did with those IMAX cameras was unprecedented, yet remarkable at the same time. Bravo, Master Nolan. *insert clapping hands emoji*