A good Action sequence is something that is truly amazing to watch, as it can be as expansive as explosions crashing across the screen, or more intimate, like a duel between two people. This gives the best action scenes such a range and in 2019 we were given some truly amazing spectacles.
For me, the best action scenes are those that excel in every element, whether that be live actions, special effects, digital effects, or animation and bring every facet to shine. It is also the category that looks at some of the department’s people don’t often fully understand like stunt coordination or the 2nd unit.
So without further ado, these are the moments of action that awed us in 2019. Be warned that there may be some slight spoilers ahead for the films in question. Also, click on the banners to see the reviews of each film.
The best car chase of the year was on the surface of the Moon.
Directed by – James Gray
Second Unit Direction – Robert Alonzo & Dan Bradley
Stunt Coordination by – Robert Alonzo
Two giant armies smash into each other as lasers and fists fly.
Directed by – Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
Second Unit Direction – Dan DeLeeuw & Sam Hargrave
Stunt Coordination by – Chris Barnes,Monique Ganderton,Isaac Hamon,Danny Hernandez,Michael Hugghins & James Young
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan
Bullets fly around you as you hunker behind a mound not knowing if the next shot is meant for you
Directed by – Kriv Stenders
Second Unit Direction – Josh Tanner
Stunt Coordination Led by – Keir Beck
Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw
Hobbs & Shaw endeavours to find out how many cars chained together it too many cars
Directed by – David Leitch
Second Unit Direction – Simon Crane & Alexander H. Gayner
Stunt Coordination Led by – Gary Arthurs, Simon Crane, Karen A. Harris, Laura Herman & Greg Rementer
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Hand to hand combat with the cast of The Raid is only one of many amazing action scenes in this film
Directed by – Chad Stahelski
Second Unit Direction – Talal El Moustaghfir & Darrin Prescott
Stunt Coordination by – Jonathan Eusebio,Scott Rogers,Cale Schultz,Jon Valera & Jérémie Vigot
And the Winner is!!!!! –
In what was a great year for action sequences, even getting the list down to a top-five was no easy task. I do have to say that John Wick 3 just edges out the rest of the competition. The way I was able to pick one about the others was through the fact that with John Wick 3 I could not work out which was the best action scene to add to my description and when you are spoiled for choice you know you are in a great place.
By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.
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Credits – All images used were created by the respective studio and artists of each film