NOTE – Watch the clip above FULL SCREEN
I remember very clearly watching Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park and thinking, ‘blimey… did I just see what I think I just saw?’ Can that be true? When the T-Rex first attacked I was gobsmacked. It was amazing! But the honeymoon was short lived. Only a short time later, I recall sitting in ‘Lost In Space’ and thinking, crikey, I have got bored with this toy very quickly. The Brosnan Bond movies followed and it really was all down hill from there.
For me, good old stunts and special effects are part of the magic of cinema.
When you KNOW someone is in real jeopardy, such as a stuntman, you can feel something… honest. Something is different. While ‘Inception’ is drenched in visual effects, its stand out action sequence for me was the ‘van tumbling as Arthur fights in a spinning corridor (aka zero gravity corridor fight)’. It worked so well because it was all real. Genuine physics. Human beings being thrown around. And it shows (good behind the scenes of the setup here on Youtube).
That’s why this clip above has something that so many action movies do not have. It’s real. It’s exhilarating. It’s terrifying. I watched it the first time, mesmerised and asked, ‘how on earth can they do that not get killed?’
Then I watched it again.
And again. Really exhilarating and mesmerising.
Go on watch it again. How on earth did they not get killed?
Onwards and upwards!
Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author