Is there anything more beautiful than sweet, sweet irony? No I'm not talking about that Alanis Morissette song which, if you really think about it, didn't actually have much irony in it. I'm talking about the times when an box office and critically reviewed train wreck of a movie ironically has a brilliant scene of an ACTUAL train wreck in it. Stick that in your song and sing it, Alanis!
Let's be honest, we can all name a film that we have seen where, for the most part, it was a total pile of doo-doo but there may have been one or two decent scenes in them. Like the fight for the key in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest or the montage of Logan and Victor fighting in various wars through the years in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this list will show the times that absolutely terrible movies were slightly redeemed by a decent-looking train wreck scene.
Whether it be a drunk superhero trying to save a commuter on his way home from work, or a masked vigilante/graffiti enthusiast taking care of an enemy in the most over-kill way possible, this list will reveal the times that these 10 awesome train wreck scenes were in films that were total train wrecks.
10. The Legend Of Zorro - The End Of Count Armand
In 1998, Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones starred in the entertaining origin story of the masked vigilante in The Mask Of Zorro. The movie was the perfect blend of action and adventure with just the right amount of comedy sprinkled on top. It was a critical and box office success grossing over $250 million off a $95 million budget.
The sequel, however, despite doing well in the box office, was a total slap in the face. With a score of 26% and 48% amongst the critics and audiences respectively, this sequel (weirdly released some 7 years after the original) was a shadow of its predecessor. The writers clearly wanted to please the younger audiences as they got rid of most of the complex character arcs and deeper emotional scenes and replaced them with more sword fights and more stabby stabby kill kill. Oh yeah, and a totally over the top, yet awesome, train wreck scene.
In the final showdown between Zorro and Count Armand (Rufus Sewell) the two engaged in a brilliantly choreographed sword fight on top of a moving train only for the Count to meet his demise as the nitro-carrying train crashes and blows up quite spectacularly.