Monday, July 11, 2011

My Top 10 favorite Shoot Outs in Movies

     Well, I’ve posted lists of my favorite car chases and my favorite one on one duals, so what other great action related subject is there for me to list, oh yeah, SHOOT OUTS! Guns are probably the greatest and most clichéd weapons ever and are often what we want to see in action movies, like Die Hard, Rambo, Aliens and the Terminator movies. It can last for a few minutes or it can be the whole movie, bottom line, there’s nothing like seeing large chunks of ammunition being fired. So I’m counting down my top 10 favorite shoot ups.

10. Shoot Out from the movie “Commando” (1985)

Arnold Schwarzenegger is fully armed and feeling vengeful, an awesome and deadly combination. Arnold blows the hell out of this base looking for his kidnapped daughter and he just tears people apart. It’s hilarious how no one can shoot him even though he’s out in the open but all that stupidity just adds to the awesomeness.

 9. Shoot Out from the movie “Death Wish 3” (1985)

I’ll admit, I’m not that big of a Death Wish fan, and the third entry was probably the most poorly put together, but it did have one hell of an awesome final shoot out. It’s probably one of the most purely entertaining action scenes with no tension or realism, it’s just for fun. Charles Bronson just wipes the floor with everyone, then it becomes a full blown war as the neighbors all join in and it becomes this big free for all of people just shooting left and right. It’s almost like one big video game, there’s people on ruff top’s, windows, people shooting from trees and they all just keep coming out of no wear, it’s great. Everything ends with the lead bad guy getting taken out at close range with a rocket launcher, you don’t get any more awesome than that!   

8. Shoot Out from the movie “Predator” (1987)

Schwarzenegger and a team of heavily armed troops take down a rebel camp to rescue some hostages. Now there’s one thing we’ve already learned from "Commando" that is made perfectly clear in this scene, you don’t screw with Arnold Schwarzenegger because he and his team are unstoppable. They just keep walking through everyone like it’s nothing and we get an on slot of corny yet terrific one liners to go along with everything, it's good stuff.  
 7. Shoot Out from the movie “Robocop” (1987)

You really can’t pick out one individual moment because this entire movie is one amazing and brutal shoot up. It starts with a cop named Alex Murphy getting killed in what has to be the worst shooting ever. Then he comes back as Robocop and that’s when things get really awesome. He breaks into a factory full of drug lords and blasts the shit out of everyone. He’s like a walking bullet machine that can’t be stopped, it's awesome!

6. Shoot out From the movie “The Expendables 2” (2012) 

It was just a real treat to get an action movie from this decade that was literally one big tribute to 80’s action movies and it delivers all the way. We got a top notch cast of legendary action stars, lots of shooting, even more explosions and it’s fuelled with 100%, testosterone driven, male power!  

5. Shoot Out from the movie “Extreme Prejudice” (1987)
This starts as a simple dual between two men but then just like in Death wish 3, the entire town is at war. There’s nowhere to hide, bullets are coming from every direction and Nick Nolte (who plays the lead character named Jack Benteen) is just so perfectly calm and collected even though his wife is being dragged through all this carnage. There’s people driving by on jeeps, big machine guns going off and it all ends with most of the population killed, now that’s what I call a shoot out.
4. Shoot Out from the movie "Scarface" (1983)

This is often regarded as one of the most ground breaking shoot ups in American cinema and while it’s not my absolute favorite, it still is one heck of an ending. This guy Tony Montana knows he’s about to die and he’s pissed off. So what better way to go down then by unleashing all his anger and shooting the hell out of an oncoming team of armed criminals. He’s constantly getting hit by bullets but he just keeps coming with everything he’s got. Then there’s the classic line “Say hello to my little friend!” What a way to go out!  

3. Shoot out from the movie "Hard-Boiled" (1992) 

This foreign action flick directed by John Woo is one of the most mind blowing action spectacles of its time, and still very impressive today. The plot revolves around a cop who teams up with a rebel police officer and both are determined to bring down a sinister mobster and his crew. They pretty much declare war on these guys and it leads to some of the most relentless, explosive and breathless action shootouts I’ve ever seen. There’s a battle in a warehouse with lots of gun wielding hit men on motorcycles and lots of destruction. The climax is one long shootout in a hospital that will leave you exhausted by the time it wraps up. There’s some very impressive camera work and editing, including this one really long take with our hero’s running down a hallway that lasts for about four minutes, which is very impressive.  

2. Shoot Out from the movie “Desperado” (1995)

This is simply one of my favorite, soled action flicks ever. The writing, editing and directing of Robert Rodriguez is just perfect, the action scenes are put together beautifully and you can really feel his style of filming at work. We get the commanding screen presence of Antonio Banderas and the amazingly beautiful Salma Hayek as they get themselves stuck in one awesome, explosive action scene after the next. It’s entertaining as hell, its ridicules, not meant to be taken seriously and that’s why it’s awesome.

Before I reveal my #1 favorite, here are my honorable mentions. The shoot outs from ...

“The Wild Bunch”
“Big Jake”
“Bonnie and Clyde”
“Highlander 2”

“Rambo” (2007)

1. Shoot Out from the movie “The Matrix” (1999)
     Yet another number one favorite action scene from The Matrix and all I can say is DAMN! Our two lead hero’s named Neo and Trinity walk into a lobby and are fully armed with all kinds of fire arms. Then a swat team unleashes a hail storm of bullets. Neo and Trinity blast the crap out of every one, there’s ruble flying everywhere, cool slow motion shots and it’s all boasted by an electrifying musicale score. Best shoot out says nothing, this is one of the most amazing action scenes ever committed to film, period!      

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