The suspension of disbelief is everything in movies. Filmmakers ask a lot of the audience. “Please watch our story and accept that most of what takes place can never actually happen in real life.” In return for the audience’s good faith, they get to be entertained. But sometimes, it’s all just too unbelievable, even for the most willing audience participant. Here are the most ludicrous action scenes in movies.
Of course, some of these weird and silly action sequences are totally entertaining. The idea that a single person (The Bride in Kill Bill) can defeat an army of 88(ish) trained fighters is totally, ridiculously insane. But that doesn’t mean the epic battle scene isn't a joy to behold. It's filmed with master precision by cinematic auteur Quentin Tarantino. In fact, Tarantino wants the scene to be absurd, in the most entertaining way possible.
On the other hand, some of these worst action movie sequences are just roll-your-eyes-way- to-the-back-of-your-head bad. Sharknado anyone? James Bond’s disappearing car? Could a helicopter really pick up a city bus?
Check out all those ridiculous action scenes and more. Then, let us know what you think are the worst action scenes in movies in the comments section below.
The fourth installment of the Die Hard franchise ups the ante from Normal Cop John McClane Fights Bad Guys to Bruce Willis Is Vishnu, Destroyer of Worlds. In one particularly absurd/totally awesome scene, John McClane (Bruce Willis) probably would have died about ten different times while driving a tractor trailer with an F-35 fighter jet in pursuit (hey, it happens, okay?).
After a slew of bullets hit the truck's windshield, McClane drives up a collapsing piece of highway. Somehow, the entire cab of the truck is destroyed, yet McClane remains more or less uninjured (because why not?). When the truck gets turned upside down, our hero falls out of the back of the semi, and safely lands on the F-35. Then he jumps off the plane as it crashes and slides down a broken piece of road as the jet explodes on top of him. NBD.
Earlier in the movie, a car goes flying through a helicopter; there's all kids of vehicular mayhem and ground vs air destruction going on.Ridiculous?
First things first. Action director extraordinaire John Woo asks a lot of the audience from jump street in his 1997 popcorn flick Face/Off. Spectators have to buy the premise that an FBI agent (John Travolta) is willing to undergo face-transplant surgery and take on the appearance and identity of the terrorist (Nic Cage) who killed his son, in order to stop an extortion plot. The spectator also has to buy that a surgeon is able to remove the faces of cop and terrorist, then successfully sew the other's face back on, without anyone knowing (including Travolta's wife in the film).
From there, there are literally a dozen scenes from Face/Off that could make this list. This one of Castor Troy (Cage) trying to escape on an airplane while Sean (Travolta) hops in a helicopter and safely lands on one of the plane's wings is pretty ridiculous. What are the chances the helicopter could take out one of the plane's engines without spinning totally out of control? If you said 0.0%, that's probably about right.Ridiculous?
Yes, we've seen Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) defy the odds many times, but when Colonel Trautman is captured by Russians in Afghanistan, our old pal must defeat an army. In this scene, Rambo and the colonel face off against tanks, helicopters, and dozens of Russian soldiers, cavalierly declaring "F*ck 'em" as he launches a grenade into a troop transport. Despite the stacked odds, somehow the Russians never even stood a chance.
As with any great, over-the-top action movie, things get started with a quip. As the two Americans face down a wall of Russian troops. the colonel asks "What do you think, John?" to which Rambo replies, "Well, surrounding them is out." F*ck. Yes. Plus those muscles. Seriously, look at them. How does he have time to go to the gym and work on his comedy routine?Ridiculous?
The Mummy Returns is another movie that could make this list on its horrific CGI alone. The 2002 sequel is filled with really bad special effects. However, this notoriously bad scene of the Scorpion King with Dwayne Johnson's creepy doll face stands out as one of the most epic CGI fails of all time. Like, seriously, what's even going on here? Are Brendan Fraser and Arnold Vosloo being attacked by a PS2 monster?Ridiculous?