I have yet to see Ong Bak 3. I must order it I guess. It will probably be as bad as 2, but I need every bit of excitement I can get in this boring hell hole.
Sorry to drag up an old topic again (I do that a lot, I really should start checking all the forums more often), but here are a few that do it for me which haven't yet been mentioned here as far as I know, in no particular order (Long, spoilerific post ahead):
1. The climactic duel between Benjamin Martin and Colonel Tavington, 'The Patriot.' Tavington was such a genuinely evil villain who you truly wanted to see go down for good for all the twisted things he did, and Martin had been gunning for him all throughout the movie, so you knew they'd have to have a big confrontation, and the movie didn't disappoint. Their fight kept me completely glued to the screen, what little dialogue you hear is flawless in its delivery by Mel Gibson and Jason Isaacs, and when Tavington was killed in it, it took every ounce of restraint to keep me from jumping up and cheering in the theater.
2. Dr. Octavius first turning evil and becoming Dr. Octopus, 'Spider- Man 2.' The whole scene is a perfect picture of how even good men (And as we had seen of him earlier in the film, Dr. Octavius was indeed a good man) can be driven to commit/ rationalize evil deeds. The music suited the scene well, the tentacles clicking and whirring were appropriately menacing and made them truly appear to have a mind of their own, and Alfred Molina's performance could not have been better. That scene alone is proof of why Doc Ock was easily my favorite villain in the Spidey films.
3. The "exorcism" of King Theoden, 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.' Wonderful music, wonderful performances from all actors, wonderful makeup effects, but it's Theoden himself that really makes this scene. Upon my first viewing of the movie in the theaters, I remember earlier in the film, feeling upset/ disappointed at how ancient and frail Theoden looked while under Saruman's spell. I mean, yeah, he's old in the books too, but he can still kick some orc butt when he has to. So, then, that made it that much more enjoyable when Gandalf saves Theoden by freeing him from Saruman's influence, which revives the king physically, mentally, and spiritually. When I first saw Theoden's face losing its wrinkles and regaining its strength/ youth as the spell was broken, I remember smiling in the theater and thinking to myself, "Yeah, THAT'S Theoden, THAT'S what he's supposed to be like!" Then, his joyous reactions to Gandalf and Eowyn and furious reaction to Wormtongue were brilliant. Probably my favorite moment in the LOTR series.
4. The torture/ rescue scene, from 'Kick- Ass.' This scene took me on a full range of emotions. At the start, when the Mafia thugs are gleefully beating and torturing a tied- up Kick- Ass and Big Daddy and having the whole thing broadcast live over the Internet, I felt immense rage over the sadism and barbarism the thugs (Particularly the one narrating the broadcast) were showing, coupled with an immense feeling of helplessness from seeing all the people (Including Kick- Ass's father, friends, and girlfriend) watching it online, their fear and concern rubbing off onto the audience. Then, just as the two heroes are about to be burned alive, Hit Girl finally steps in and begins slaughtering all the gangsters in the building in a brilliantly- staged action sequence which had me riveted with excitement, as well as relief that she was alive. Having Big Daddy shouting out battle strategies to her even as he burns was a nice touch. Then, when the fighting is done and Big Daddy is dying, you genuinely feel for Hit Girl as she tearfully says goodbye to her father, reminding us that, as strong and determined as Hit Girl is, she's still a little girl who knows she's losing the most important person in her world.
5. The entire Battle of Beruna from 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.' It starts up excellently, with the opening charge (And seeing in that moment Peter lowering the facemask on his armor and Oreius the centaur next to him sweeping out a sword in each hand without either of them faltering in their charge drove home that this is serious and the kid gloves have officially been taken off) and the initial fighting with all the various Narnians joining in. However, what truly has me on the edge of my seat is the last 1/3rd or so of the battle, as I noted in another CU thread a coupel years ago: First, there's the very well- styled duel between Peter and the White Witch. Then, just as the Witch has Peter down and is about to kill him, we hear Aslan's mighty roar, and see the expression of sheer terror on the Witch's face as the noble Lion she thought was dead and gone is alive again and leading a huge army of formerly- petrified Narnians charging into battle! I was grinning ear to ear at that part! Then, Aslan vanquishes the Witch and softly says, "It is finished." The scene honestly could not have been made any better.
Sorry the sound is so horrible.
This was a powerful scene.
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