Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Top 10 Coolest Explosions in Movies

What is is about guys and explosions anyway, I don't know, they just seem to be the epitome of eye candy in an action movie. They hardly seem threatening anymore, now there just awesome, visual splendors and here are my personal top ten favorite movie explosions. So sit back and enjoy that wonderful smell of napalm in the morning.

 #10 Taking down the helicopter from “X-Men Origins: Wolverine  

This movie was panned by critics for it’s over use of old action clichés, including this scene where Wolverine takes out a helicopter and slowly walks away with it blowing up in the background. There’s actually going to be a couple scenes on my list in which a hero will walk away with an explosion behind them, but this one makes my list for one reason. For as cliché as it is, Wolverine has always been one of my favorite action hero’s, and he looks pretty darn cool with a big explosion behind him.

#9 Final Flight of the Enterprise from “Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock” 

Long time Star Trek fans always regarded the Enterprise as more than just a cool spaceship, it was a home and to see it get blown sky high at the hands of Klingons left quiet the effect. It shows that the movie isn't afraid to take chances, and it all results with a bitter sweet but memorable explosion.   

#8 Night Security Ambush from “The Matrix Reloaded” 

Talk about starting you action movie with a bang, when a lone assailant named Trinity launches an attack on a security tower, she literally gets the drop on them thanks to her motorcycle and one big explosion. It may be completely implausible but it’s just so sweet that I couldn’t keep it off my list.   

#7 Liberating an Afghanistan village from “Iron Man” 

When the small Afghanistan village called Gulmira is attacked by terrorists, it’s up to the lone Avenger named Iron Man to put the bad guys in their place, free the civilians and just before departing, he blows up the enemy weapons leading into the most bad ass shot of a hero slowly walking away with an explosion in the background.  

#6 The White House from “Independence Day” 

There have been lots of classic alien invasion movies over the years, but none of them ever felt as iconic or threatening as these massive ships that decimate most of our nations landmarks. The most unforgettable of all being the destruction of the White House, which in many respects is an iconic movie moment and one of the most frightening explosions ever featured in a motion picture.    

#5 The Big Yeha! from "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

This one doesn't make my list just for the sake of eye candy, but because it's one of the most classic movie scenes from a comedy. As a nuclear bomb ship fails to drop it's missal, it's up to a crazy cowboy to put in a little elbow grease and release the weapon, unfortunately that means going down with it. Well, being a true cowboy he decides to relish his blaze of glory just before erupting into a massive nuclear explosion.

#4 Slaying the shark from “Jaws” 

This really is one of the greatest explosions in cinematic history because it’s the finally of the film and it goes out with a bang. A hunt for a ferocious great white shark leads into a thrilling climax, as Roy Scheider sticks an oil drum in the beasts mouth, then with one lucky shot from his riffle, he blows that smiling son of bitch back to hell where it belongs, it’s awesome.  


#3 Old Bailey and Parliament from “V for Vendetta” 

“Remember, Remember, the fifth of November”, and always remember that explosions are the most awesome when a masked revolutionary ignites his destruction, along with classic music like Shokalskiy’s “1812 Overture” and lots of fireworks to further emphasize how triumphant this explosion really is.  

#2 Nakatomi Plaza Roof from “Die Hard” 

Not only is this one of my favorite explosions, it’s also one of the most thrilling, near death escape scenes ever featured in an action movie. As our hero John McClain is trapped on the ruff off a huge building and pinned down from gun fire, his only option is to tie himself to a fire hose and take a daring leap off, just as the roof erupts into a massive explosion. It’s one of the most unforgettable moments from an action movie and one of the reasons that “Die Hard” remains a classic.   

#1 Death Star Raid from “Star Wars 6: Return of the Jedi” 

I know most people prefer the Death Star Raid from the original but this one’s personally my favorite as the Millennium Falcon makes a thrilling dash through the interiors of the station and escapes just before it goes Boom! This made it far more thrilling, the shot of the Falcon silhouetted against the explosion made it feel more triumphant and hearing Billy Dee Williams shout Yee Ha at the top of his lungs made it so much more awesome.   

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