December 29, 2013

Top 5 Plane Crash Scenes

Plane crash scenes bring you to a place your mind really doesn't want to go. Fear of flying is one of the most common phobias with humans. Although your odds of dying in a plane crash are 1 in 20,000, 25 million people in the United States suffer with a fear of flying. Realistic plane crash scenes on film certainly don't make it any easier, but they surely touch on something visceral. When judging the quality of a particular crash scene, there are certain ideas to consider. Is it more than just pure terror or did the filmmaker do something different with it? Has it become a part of your normal life (like memorable scenes tend to do), if you fear flying do you picture that one crash scene in your mind?

5. Fearless (1993)
The orchestral music selection is a risky artistic choice from Weir but the right one, making the scene almost beautiful in a way.

4. World War Z (2013)
The 2013 zombie apocalypse behemoth's plane crash scene is as relentless and rapid as the rest of the film.

3. Alive (1993)
The early 90's classic. Marshall needs to be commended for pulling off this scene so remarkably well given the limited resources available in terms of effects in 1993. The joyous mood of the passengers on board only adds to the tension, giving you a false sense of security.

2. The Grey (2011)
A surprisingly good scene from a surprisingly good film starring Liam Neeson. The short dream sequence is very well done as well.

1. Cast Away (2000)
This one is permanently embedded in the memory of anyone who hates to fly. So horrifically well-done. Cast Away is an interesting film too; seems to have gotten better with time.

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