First impressions count for a lot, because if a film doesn’t captivate audiences from its first scenes, it will have to fight tooth and nail to gain their sustained attention for the rest.
It’s fair to say that not all great movies are immediately compelling from their first scene, and in fact, it’s quite rare for a movie to really succeed in locking the viewer’s gaze from its first moments.
When that happens, it’s truly miraculous, assuring audiences that they’re going to experience something really special if the filmmaker can keep that momentum going for the rest of the film.
In the case of these 10 films, each took full advantage of every tip in the toolkit – a great cast, a veteran cinematographer, an Oscar-worthy editor, and even a sound music selection – to make sure that they have your undivided attention from the jump.
It’s hard to pull off, and sometimes movies that try it end up falling flat on their stomachs, but luckily that wasn’t the case with those classic movies. Each had viewers hooked to every word and image from the first moments …
The first moment in George Miller’s post-apocalyptic high-octane epic – after a brief opening narrative, that is – is a mind-boggling glimpse into the beautiful but barren desert, while Max ( Tom Hardy) and his trusty Interceptor loom over the horizon.
Within moments, Max killed and ate a mutated two-headed lizard, jumped in his car, and fled into the expanse, as he was being chased by a gang of War Boys.
So begins what is actually a two-hour chase movie in which Max teams up with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) to help defeat the vile tyrant known as Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne ).
The opening moments do a fantastic job of setting the mood and style while also confirming that this won’t be your typical action flick.
If you’re not totally captivated by this spellbinding opening shot of the desert landscape, are you even awake?