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.
Hard Boiled (1992) was director John Woo's last Hong Kong film before he headed to Hollywood, where he found international fame and fortune with the likes of Face/Off and Mission: Impossible 2. Hard Boiled's epic hospital shootout, involving revenge-seeking cop Tequila (Chow Yun Fat), shows the officer must have some sort of invisible shield, which protects him from the thousands of close-range bullets headed directly at him.
Inspector Tequila also seems able to shoot all the bad guys, even when he can't see them. Call it intuition? In the end, Tequila carries a baby out of the hospital, and even with a child in his arms, can accurately shoot to kill gangsters while avoiding their bullets. Yet, as absurd as the scene (and film) is, Woo is able to keep it somewhat grounded, thanks to his ingenious decision to cast two of the great Chinese-language actors of all time - Chow Yun Fat and Tony Leung - as his leads. Their performances lend a gravitas to Hard Boiled that makes the film's absurdity a lot easier to swallow.
The final chase scene in George Miller's beyond-epic apocalyptic opera of vehicular mayhem, Mad Max: Fury Road, is one of the most insane things you'll ever see. It features multiple big rigs hauling through the desert, a swarming flock of cars, motorcycles getting run over by said cars, circus performers dangling from gigantic poles attached to speeding cars, said circus performers snatching people off of other speeding cars, and one of the most "f*ck yeah!"-inducing explosions in the history of cinema. The sequence is so long it's broken into four videos on Youtube. Watch it, and be awed.
In The Protector, Tony Jaa plays a humble rural man whose job is to protect sacred elephants in the jungles of Thailand. When triads kill his grandfather and steal two of his elephants, Jaa goes to Sydney to get them back, and whoop ass much ass as possible. There are several fantastic and totally ludicrous scenes in the film (such as a four minute barrage of broken bones, or the roller-blade-and-ATV warehouse fight), though a single-take sequence of Jaa beating the living crap out of every triad in a whorehouse takes the cake.
The set up seems like something out of a video game - Jaa climbs a spiral walkway like the one in the Guggenheim, encountering an onslaught of triads as he does. He kicks them through doors, throws them off balconies, smashes them with vases, and knees them into oblivion. When he gets to the top of building, he faces off against Johnny, a low-level triad boss who just might know where his missing elephants went. It's over-the-top, pure cinematic joy. Like not one of these guys has a gun? They can't team up and attack Jaa all at once?
A mere 13 samurai take on an army of 200 in Takashi Miike's 2010 remake 13 Assassins. The most absurd aspect of this totally epic battle scene is, it lasts about 45 minutes, basically half the movie, making it Seven Samurai level epic. During the battle, several of our hero assassins are killed, but not without a serious fight. In the end, the samurai, against all odds and any strain of common sense, defeat the war lord. Although the battle is ridiculous on a common sense level, it is a spectacular accomplishment in filmmaking. In an age filled with CGI, Miike's monumental clash is choreographed and filmed the old fashioned, effects-free way. Plus samurai swords everywhere.