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Kylee Peña
Why most of this summer's action films have sucked.
on Jul 17, 2013 at 1:43:35 am

Interesting article about scenery vs. choreography. A topic that's been somewhat discussed previously in this forum, perhaps most recently with Fast and Furious..

"I can still remember having my mind blown by that exploding White House in the trailer. But 17 years later we’re still blowing up the White House, and it’s goddamn boring now."

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Mark Suszko
Re: Why most of this summer's action films have sucked.
on Jul 19, 2013 at 2:31:03 pm

As a young teen playing with stop-mo animating toy soldiers in the basement, I found my work product unrewarding, and it was clear the reason was it was all explosions and shooting, without character, story, plot. I was a young Michael Bay.-) The FX are just noise, until you care about a character and what happens to them. Then even small FX seem bigger, because they are meaningful.


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Jeff Breuer
Re: Why most of this summer's action films have sucked.
on Jul 22, 2013 at 4:00:33 pm

"But because it’s so much more focused on choreography than it is with smashed up scenery, it’s actually visually interesting to watch again. Stuff gets smashed, sure, but it’s all secondary to the back-and-forth, balletic dance between the characters."

I like that. If it were about smashing things the last two Hulk movies would have been super successful, right? I like what he says about choreography, and I would just add more emphasis on originality. Take The Matrix for instance. They brought us some great action that was very inventive with bullet time (visually exciting) and good choreography as this article talks about. The bank fight scenes is classic! It wasn't the same 'guy goes through window' gag, it was really something inventive.

In terms of choreography, the free running chase scene in Casino Royale is one of the best action scenes for me in recent memory and it didn't even need an explosion. Same with the end fight in Gangster Squad. The gun fight was fun, but the end boss battle, a ballet between an old boxer and a street fighting soldier, was terrific. Really well done. Maybe it was the simplicity, maybe it was the characters, maybe it was because we cared, maybe because it was just a damn good fight.


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