25 October, 2012
Top (Film) Firefights: #6, #5, #4
With Gaelcon swiftly approaching I'm (as usual) working hard to get my game up to speed. By Tuesday or Wednesday next week you'll see some early results hopefully, but in the meantime here's the next few of my favourite film firefights
#6 Unforgiven: What happens to assassins around here
Skip to 2.25 if you are impatient
There is a dark poetry to this scene. There's absolutely no glorification when William Munny follows his victim's advice on the best way to win a gunfight. Indeed I always feel like Munny's deliberate and terrible procession places the audience as WW Beauchamp (the writer), fearful of this new unearthed truth of the nature of violence.
#5 Leon: SWAT raid the apartment
Fast forward to 3.40 if you don't want any character development
What can I say, a classic Luc Besson film. Gary Oldman plays a blinder as the incredulous crooked cop. My favourite moment - the hand that closes the door.
#4 The Matrix: The Lobby
I understand it's fashionable to scoff at the Matrix these days; given the disappointment of the second two films this is understandable - though a mistake. One has to stop to admire the sheer majesty of this gunfight.