Gravity, or the lack of gravity, has been used in movie special effects for decades. Over the last eleven years epic, gravity defying fight scenes have permeated the movie goer psyche. Becoming almost common place in movies, defying gravity is one way for writers, actors, and directors to push the limits of film making. Here are great scenes from five different movies that defy gravity in their own special way.
5. The Matrix: Neo vs. Agent Smith
When The Matrix came out in 1999 it redefined the movie fight scene forever. This gravity defying fight scene was one of the best ever produced. It was well done, so well done in fact that movie makers tried to milk this scene for years to come, much to the dismay of moviegoers everywhere.
4. The Phantom Menace: Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn vs. Darth Maul
Although the die-hard fans, critical of the Star Wars franchise, complained incessantly about The Phantom Menance, it’s fair to say that the inclusion of a gravity defying scene like the one above isn’t out of the realm of possibilities for a Jedi.
3. Hero: Nameless vs. Sky
This scene from Herois by far one of my favorite in the gravity defying category. Any scene with Jet Li is awe inspiring, and this scene is no exception. Focusing mainly on metal to metal contact this scene is a lot more fight, and not so much special effects fluff that a lot of movies (I won’t name any names) suffer from.
2. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Jen Yu vs. Li Mu Bai
After The Matrix, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragonis probably the movie that comes to mind for most people when they think gravity defying fight scene. Certainly one of the best in its genre, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragonintroduced, and made common, a style of gravity free fighting all its own.
1. Inception: Arthur vs. the Projections
Inceptionwas one of those movies that takes an over played concept, like low gravity fight scenes, and does something entirely new with it. Unlike most movies that use wires or CGI for their special effects, the team behind Inception created an entire rotating set. Capable of horizontal and vertical rotations this portion of the movie was the most difficult scene to film. Not only was the set a first for movie makers, it also required everyone, and everything, to be perfectly timed. I give my kudos to Christopher Nolan for pulling this one off.
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