5 Movies with scenes that I found were compelling or enthralling
There are some movies that have in them scenes that are truly compelling, scenes that really move you or enthrall you. There was really only one that came to mind when I thought up this idea for the hub, it will be the first one in the list below. The other four I had to research a little, ask some friends and family and I finally rounded out the list.
A Few Good Men
This was a great movie from beginning to end, but there is the court room scenes near the end of the movie where things got really exciting. Danny Kaffee, played by Tom Cruise, is a cocky and somewhat arrogant lawyer who hadn't spent any time in a court room, and yet he could taste a significantly brighter future if he was to win this case. He was facing a most daunting figure, Col. Nathan Jessup played by Jack Nicholson. Of course, the most popular line 'You can't handle the truth' is the memorable one, but the whole scene where Kaffee gets the courage to start attacking the Colonel is such a compelling and riveting scene, it really is what was the impetus for this hub.
The Usual Suspects
Kevin Spacey plays con artist Roger "Verbal" Kint who appears to have cerebral palsy. Verbal is being interviewed throughout the film while what he is telling the interviewer is what we see in the movie. That what he is telling the interviewer is all fiction only becomes clear at the very end of the movie. When US Customs Special Agent Dave Kujan, played by Chazz Palminteri, completes the interview and starts to look around the office he is in, he notices place and people names that match the story he was told. A montage of all of those images and short clips from the scenes in the movie show how all of Verbal's story was fabricated. The whole movie was so complex and the story Verbal was telling was so involved, it was absolutely amazing that he could have put all of that together under the duress of being interrogated. So the scene when all of us viewers realize it is a fabricated story is what is so compelling in this one.
Eliot Ness, played by Kevin Costner, is a government agent brought in to stamp out liquor in Chicago where the trade is led by mobster Al Capone, played by Robert De Niro. Sean Connery was given an Academy Award for his supporting role in this film as Officer Jimmy Malone, who helps to guide Ness to victory. Sean Connery did an amazing job in this movie, giving an edge to the good guy's side that Ness didn't have, but it isn't a scene with Malone that I am referring to in this hub. The scene where Ness and his sharp shooter George Stone, played by Andy Garcia, are in the train station at the end of the movie, waiting to capture the bookkeeper, there is the woman with her baby in the baby carriage and Ness goes to help with the baby carriage. That whole scene is riveting.
The basic story line of this movie has been bantered about but few can argue that the visual aspect of this movie is astounding and beyond compare. In terms of visually appealing scenes this movie is full of them but there is one in particular that had me so enthralled I felt like I was with Jake. Jake Sully, played by Sam Worthington, has his Avatar out in play and got disconnected from his group as he was being chased by a wild animal. No longer with his group, totally untrained for this world, but with a strong survival instinct with military experience, he goes out and tries to survive the night. As the sun sets he is worried about lighting a fire so that he can see to keep an eye out for predators, but slowly he comes to realize that the vegetation itself can provide sufficient light. When I first saw this movie, in the theatre, in 3D, this scene of the forest coming alive at night was so breathtaking and it involved the viewer so much; this will stick with me as one of the most memorable scenes ever for the visual experience.
Once I started researching for this hub I realized there were a lot more I could add, so rather than add a single one here in detail, I will list a few more in shorter detail.
The Sixth Sense - I was totally dumbfounded when we learned the truth in this movie.
Unforgiven - the reluctant but resolute William Munny (played by Clint Eastwood) does a final charge to end the movie to give retribution for what was done to his good friend Ned Logan (played by Morgan Freeman).
The Thomas Crown Affair - the scene at the end where a bunch of similarly dressed men with the same bowler hat and same briefcase wander through the museum - amazingly well shot and edited.
When Harry Met Sally - Sally's faking orgasm in the deli.
Are there any scenes of a movie that you would add to a list like this? A scene that really enthralled you or you found was very compelling? Let me know in the comments.