By Pedro Morata
Slow motion is a visual technique where time seems slowed down and the movement that appears in front of the camera achieves a stylized shape that always feels unique.
In the case of cinema, slow motion has been widely used as a poetic device to accentuate and invigorate moments that need to be highlighted, whether for storytelling or purely aesthetic reasons.
This list of films tries to gather some of the finest and most memorable slow motion scenes that cinema has ever produced. Spoilers ahead.
20. Hard Boiled (1992)
Slow motion is a trademark in John Woo’s films. In “Hard Boiled,” this is put into practice in a chaotic shootout scene that exudes vigor, coolness, and a fresh distinctive new approach to action movies that has been replicated, perhaps, through different outlooks in many other films.
“Tequila” Yuen (Chow Yun-fat) is a police officer who lost his partner Benny (Bowie Lam) while trying to arrest a group of crooks. He teams up with Alan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), an undercover cop who traces back the ones who murdered his friend.
Although some people might consider that violence in Woo’s films feels gratuitous at times, the truth is that the filmmaker is always trying to find a poetic shade that stylizes his films and makes them feel unique. In the case of “Hard Boiled,” the opening scene is so well executed and coordinated that it’s impossible not to feel charmed by its wild rhythm.
19. Dredd (2012)
If slow motion isn’t enough for you, then you’ll surely be rewarded with the use of super slow motion in “Dredd.” As a matter of fact, slow motion in “Dredd” becomes a drug that reduces an addict’s perception to 1 percent of normal.
From:: Taste Of Cinema