There are two films hitting theaters this week that celebrate the beauty of a great explosion. The first is obviously Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which is the first film that your grandfather can hear without his Beltone in years. But the second is a film that Cole and Neil have already dubbed the best film of the year so far – The Hurt Locker – a film that’s more about having bombs not go off (even if we’re always secretly hoping for a big, beautiful blast). Thankfully, both films deliver. So, in honor of Transformers and The Hurt Locker‘s willingness to endanger life, limb, and property with fireballs hundreds of feet high, we’re counting down 10 of our favorite cinematic explosions.
Ready or not, here comes the BOOM.
10. Live Free or Die Hard
While this PG-13 bumblefart (heh) didn’t exactly hit the pin on the primer, the explosion at the gas plant showed that the franchise still has some boom to it.
9. Chain Reaction
Keanu Reeves is generally linked to a different type of bomb. I kid. I like Reeves, and The Matrix almost made the list twice, but everyone remembers those explosions. Instead, check out Chain Reaction to watch little Keanu’s big, bad science project go big and bad all over a three block radius.
Perhaps the worst movie on the list. I can’t really recommend you watch it even though Jessica Biel is in it and she’s my babyboo (does that mean girlfriend, I’m not sure). What I can recommend you watch is this explosion. I’m not sure what the hell he fired, but it sure as hell packed a punch.
How bad does George Lucas feel that a movie-spoof of Star Wars not only has a better final explosion than the 1977 version, but the explosion of the giant atmosphere vacuum is better than the “Special Edition” too? Check out that baby blow.
6. The Rocketeer
You can score bonus points with me by blowing up unconventional things – like zeppelins. This rolling fireball is awesome and serves as a reminder of why we don’t float around in giant bombs anymore.
5. The Rock
Of course Michael AWESOME Bay has to be on the list and virtually any of his movies could be – especially Transformers 2 which has, at my count, 114,386 explosions. The Rock is perhaps his most widely accepted film as being totally awesome and extra awesome. The explosion itself may not be the biggest on the list (the score might be more intense), but it’s definitely one of the more memorable explosions in recent film history. Toss in a dropped bomb (that can vaporize!) and Nic Cage in slow motion, and you get the quintessential Baysplosion.
4. The Dark Knight
If you want to get a realistic explosion you’ve got to really blow up a big ass building, so Christopher Nolan did just that in creating perhaps one of the largest, most legitimately dangerous explosions ever. Bonus points for it being a hospital!
Arnold “I blow things up with my muscles” Schwarzenegger has to be on the list somewhere, and if you know me, you know I pimp Commando out all day, every day. John Matrix decided it was time to rescue his daughter and topple an evil dictator so he did what any shirtless man would do – fired a ton of rockets and blew up what amounts to an entire military base, killing thousands, most of whom were probably inside sleeping or eating. Bad. Ass.
2. Independence Day
This movie was king of explosions for a long time and is still worth watching when you need a fireball fix. Sure, the White House explosion gets a lot of exposure, but I prefer watching the Empire State Building get blown up and send massive waves of fire down the street. Boo to the ya!
1. V For Vendetta
England finally gets to win something! Well, sort of. When V’s plan kicked into action and he did his own version of the Gunpowder Plot, substituting hundreds of pounds of boom for gunpowder, he managed to utterly and completely blow the living shit out of Parliament. This explosion is long, full of debris, and totally worthy of multiple viewings on Blu-ray.
So those are ten of our favorite explosions – what are yours?