The Fugitive: An American Classic
In The Fugitive, there are several scenes in which formalism is used and used well. My favorite of which takes place when Harrison Ford has stolen an ambulance from the Hospital and Tommy Lee Jones is in a helicopter, pursuing Harrison Ford. The chase goes on for a couple minutes and comes to a halt when Tommy Lee Jones and the cops pin Harrison in a tunnel. Harrison Ford sneaks through a little opening in the gutter, which leads to an underground sewer chase. Throughout this whole scene, the lighting is dim and the music slowly builds as Tommy Lee Jones gets closer and closer to Harrison Ford, leading you to believe that there is no way that Harrison is going to be able to escape. Eventually the sewer runs out and Harrison Ford finds himself standing on a ledge at the top of a dam. Tommy Lee Jones has a gun pulled as the music is at its peak when all the sudden it stops. Harrison Ford starts to bend down to get on his knees with his hands raised above his head as Tommy Lee Jones reaches down for his handcuffs. All off the sudden, Harrison takes a swan dive off the ledge and into the water below. (I just have to point out that this was the only scene in the whole movie I found cheesy. When he leaps off the ledge head first, I was stunned! Then it pans out and shows this lifeless body (for sure a rag doll) just flying through the air.. I died laughing). Harrison then flows down river as the chase continues. I enjoyed to formalism in this scene the most because I actually found myself a little stressed out. The lighting, the music, the background, everything was just perfectly shot and the director did one hell of a job at catching your interest, dragging you into the story and shooting a great formalistic film. I truly thought that Harrison Ford was going to get caught in this scene. I loved this movie!