There are scenes you would hate to watch but you just are not able to look away. These movie scenes are so intense they could make you cry in anger and scream in joy at the same time. You never know what’s going to happen next. You don’t know where this is going. Things look so dull yet incredible. These intense movie scenes prove the power of cinema.
Escaping the Underground Bunker Scene – 1917
1917 is a movie that prides itself on being the first on the scene on several fronts. The movie has very little amount or retakes and it has some of the best sound mixing and cinematography we have ever seen in the history of humankind. The two lead actors enter No Man’s land and find out the enemy has already emptied their strongholds and retreated inwards. Little do they know that their foes have booby-trapped the entire network of tunnels and bunkers they had created during the war. The scene has an incredibly powerful tone. Deafening explosions with dust filling each and every corner of the sequence resonates with the audience. The audience could literally feel the plight of the two men trying to make it out of the place in one piece. They don’t make it like them anymore.
Final Chase Scene – Mad Max: Fury Road
Car chases generally do not get our blood pumping anymore. There are so many properly executed and choreographed high octane car chase sequences in Hollywood. But no chase scene in the industry could live up to the benchmark set by Mad Max: Fury Road. The final chase sequence at the end of the movie in particular, is one of the best in the entire Hollywood. The scene captured the very essence of chaos and mayhem. Director George Miller expertly blended both visual and practical effects to create a cacophony of utter destruction. The music by Junkie XL only helped ramp up the excitement. In cinema, rarely do we see a scene that is so overwhelming and yet manages to stay consistently engaging from the start to the finish. The scene ends with Immortan’s face being ripped off and a massive tanker crash.
The Babayaga Scene – John Wick
Not all movie scenes need to have bullets flying and cars exploding. To muster up intensity, a movie can also use the power of building up the story. Nobody knew who John was. A few unlucky idiots killed his dog and stole his car. It should have been a routine job. Little do they know that the man they robbed is a legend even the greatest of crime lords fear. This ‘common man’ with no past turned out to be what the Russians call the ‘Babayaga’. In Russian terms, it means the Boogeyman. The line by Michael Nyqvist’s Viggo Tarasov – “He is the one you call when you need to make the Boogeyman go away”, sums it up entirely. That scene told us one thing – YOU DO NOT MESS WITH JOHN WICK!!
Russian Roulette Scene – The Deer Hunter
Deer Hunter is a movie that tells us the horrors of war, evil, and Humanity’s greatest vices. And yet it is quite the irony that the most memorable scene from the movie is a scene involving the deadly game of Russian Roulette. Mike and Nick are Veteran US Soldiers fighting the good fight in Vietnam. They are then captured and then forced to participate in a game of Russian Roulette. The scene was so intense that the Director used it as a part of the movie’s official poster. The Deer Hunter scene has inspired pop culture for many years to come. To really understand the beauty of this scene, you need to watch the entire story and realize in just how bad of a bind Mike and Nick are in.
Tavern Games Scene – Inglorious Basterds
How do you insert a 25 minute long dialogue heavy scene into a movie that is all about World War Two action? Many do not know this but the editor of Inglorious Basterds said they were planning to completely delete that scene from the theatrical cut. The famous tavern scene was considered to be too long to be shown in the theaters. The movie worked around that issue by ensuring there was not one moment in the sequence where the stakes went lower. There were no troughs in this scene, only crests. From the very moment the allied soldiers walk into the Nazi Tavern bar in disguise, we knew something big was about to happen. One of the officers saw threw their disguise and it was game over. Or was it??
Birth Scene – A Quiet Place
In a world where even the slightest sound would lead to almost certain death, how do you give birth to a child? A woman giving birth to a child is one of the most painful and arduous tasks to ever exist. You are bound to scream and lash out. But like we said, even the slightest sound in the world of A Quiet Place invites monsters with super sensitive sense of hearing. The scene involved Emily Blunt’s character about to give birth with a monster currently inside the house. The adrenaline count went sky high when she accidentally pierces her foot on a floor nail. The monster is right there. Will she scream or will she survive is the million dollar question.
Batman vs. Superman – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
This is one scene that gives us the absolute reason why Batman was, is, and always will be the most badass superhero ever. Superman is overwhelmingly strong. There is no question of the fact that Batman’s victory is impossible. Lucky for Batman, he likes those odds. He has been playing those odds ever since he donned the cape and the cowl. “I be your parents taught you that you mean something, that you are here for a reason. My parents taught me a different lesson, dying in the gutter for no reason at all. The world only makes sense if you force it to.” That is some next level dialogue delivery. The entire action sequence was a master-class.
Orbital Docking Scene – Interstellar
Matt Damon’s character almost sabotaged Coops mission. But Matthew McConaughey’s character finds the courage in him to execute a risky docking sequence in the orbit. The docking is ultimately successful. The scene is short but is filled with so much tension you could cut it with a knife. The primary reason why this is such a memorable and intense sequence is because of Hans Zimmer’s powerful music score. It goes on to show that sometimes a mere background score is enough to put you on the map.
You Should Have Gone For the Head – Avengers: Infinity War
Lastly we have the one scene that made our hearts skip a beat. Whoever watched this movie scene clenched their fists and banged their knees, with their chest pounding out of their body. Thor really should have gone for the head. He didn’t. The entire universe paid the price. This movie scene is intense because it mashes up feelings of brutal despair and sadness. We watch our heroes fade away. The Avengers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after defeating countless world-ending foes, have finally fallen, literally turning into dust one by one.