My Personal Top Ten Movie Explosions Ever!

I was thinking of writing about something politically relevant, and the first thing that came to mind was gun control. And then in typical Marikha-fashion, the thought of gun control made me think of other things that go BOOM, which in turn led to me to thinking about how damn cool explosions are when you don’t have to be afraid of them actually physically hurting you. Like in a movie. So here you go – a movie nerd’s Top 10 of the best movie explosions ever!

10.Ghostbusters (1984)

Don’t even try to argue against this. It’s a marshmallow explosion. Sorry, should I say that again? IT’S A MARSHMALLOW EXPLOSION.

9. Stealth (2005)

So I absolutely hated this movie, but this scene still deserves a spot on the list for being one of the biggest explosions in cinematic history. Seriously. It was like, 500 gallons of petrol big. The production company eve had to alert NASA. Pretty impressive right? Yeah, environmentalists didn’t really think so. They ended up taking the filmmakers to court.
Worth it.

8. Inglorious Basterds (2009)

Yup, I had to give Tarantino a spot too. But seriously, if you don’t think the cinematography in this scene is absolutely stunning, you’re crazy. Historians hate the film for its inaccuracy, but I feel like this this pretty much the most epic depiction of the end of World War II ever. Yeah, there goes everything I learned in middle-high school history, this is totally how the war ended in my mind.

7. When you see an attractive person and you’re just like…

6. V for Vendetta (2005)

Hell yeah, Natalie Portman sticking it to the man! It begins as the tragic end to a love story, you can’t help but internally ”awww” as Portman watches her masked lover roll away from her in a train with a wreath of red roses around his neck. But then, music! And then a crowd of masked protestors. What follows is a mash-up of the Houses of Parliament being blown to smithereens, complete with slow-motion multi-angle shots of Big Ben’s clock face getting absolutely wrecked. Thank God they’re masked, because I find it extremely to watch that scene without my jaw unintentionally dropping to the ground. What? I have a flexible jaw…

5. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Another movie that sucked (this was an especially bitter disappointment for me because I love, I repeat – LOVE – Indiana Jones), but has a kick-ass explosion scene. The scene itself coined the term  phrase ‘Nuke the Fridge’ to the English language as a synonym for ‘Jump the Shark’. But even if it hadn’t introduced a new phrase to the English language, it’s Harrison Ford in a fridge. He escapes from a nuclear mushroom cloud. In a fridge. *cracks whip*

4. Independence Day (1996)

Meanwhile, in Washington, Cap’n Will Smith is too busy saying ‘Damn!’ at everything that moves to notice that the White House has just been pulverised too. Damn!

3. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Nolan completely surpassed the genius of the hospital explosion scene from The Dark Knight. The use of sound in this scene is so damn perfect it gives me goosebumps every time. Every damn time. There’s this kid with the voice of an angel singing the national anthem, and whenever he pauses all you hear is an eerie silence. Then they throw Bane’s voice in there which sets of all the “oh fuck” alarms in our heads. And then before you know it the entirety of New York City is blowing up and crumbling to pieces, and finally you’ve got that football player who just scored a touchdown but the field ate the rest of his team. And the other team. And then, of course, the rest of New York begins to explode and fall to the ground. Imagine destruction on that scale in real life. Thank God for the movies!

2. The Hurt Locker (2008)

This is by far the most realistic explosion on the list, but it also makes it the most chilling. I remember watching this on the plane and being absolutely mortified. The slow motion photography is so captivating, and then all of a sudden BOOM Guy Pearce’s head explodes and it’s the most bone-chilling (or shattering?) sound in the world and it that just leaves you sitting there with all these emotions.

1. Bye-Bye Death Star!

Yup. I don’t care what you say, nothing can beat the explosion of the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi (1983). One counterargument I will bring up, however, is the superiority of the destruction of the original Death Star. All I can say is size does matter, especially when it comes to explosions. Besides, Luke got the easy way out. Lando had to travel to the center of the Death Star. And then he outran (outflew?) FIRE. And then the Death Star produced the greatest movie explosion of all time.



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