10 Amazing Action Scenes From Terrible Movies

9. The Battle Through History (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)

Johnny Depp Armie Hammer The Lone Ranger
20th Century Fox

The opening of X-Men Origins: Wolverine should be sufficient evidence to sue the entire movie for false advertisement. While X-MOW was one of the worst superhero stories ever put on film with a nonsensical plot, PlayStation 1-era CGI, and a total character assassination of Deadpool, the opening was essentially a touching minimovie about blood-bonds and the horrors of war.

At the beginning of the film, a young Wolverine and Sabretooth find themselves alone in a confusing world and swear to always be there for each other. Making use of their quasi-immortality, they become soldiers and fight their way through the Civil War, World War I, World War I 2: the Hitlering, and the Vietnam War. Eventually, though, Logan notices that Sabretooth is giving more and more to his animal nature, ripping people’s throats with his bare hands, or mowing down innocents in Vietnam.

The Sabretooth sequences are very cool to look at, but it’s how Wolverine deals with this carnage that really makes the whole opening. Even after murdering multiple civilians and trying to rape a girl, a torn and confused Logan still tries to protect his brother because of the bond they’ve forged on the battlefields of history, the tragedy of which is conveyed entirely without any dialogue. It’s possibly one of the deepest action scenes in any superhero movie ever. Sadly, it’s later followed by a scene of Wolverine punching a morbidly obese man unconscious.


Cezary Strusiewicz is a freelance writer and editor.