10 Movie Scenes Everyone Skips
Everyone hates the picnic frolic in Attack of the Clones.
There's nothing quite like sitting down and just losing yourself in a movie - shutting out all outside distractions and just disappearing into the world the filmmakers have created.
But it's fair to say that sustaining that sense of immersion over two (or more) hours is no easy feat, and even the very best movies may feature a scene or two that leaves viewers' attention drifting.
These 10 movies, regardless of their overall quality, feature a single scene that many viewers tend to skip over entirely on repeat viewings.
Perhaps the scene is excessive and "pointless," dragging on far longer than it needs to and pulling viewers away from the more compelling main story in the process.
Or maybe the scene is just so disturbing that it doesn't ever need to be seen a second time. The lasting memory is horrific enough that viewers are left reaching for the chapter skip button the moment they show up.
While there will always be purists who prefer to watch a movie in its entirety warts-and-all, you couldn't be blamed for fast-forwarding through these interminable, awkward, and upsetting scenes - as so many of us have over the years...
10. The Zion Rave - The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Reloaded may offer up plenty of action-packed bang for your buck, but it also features one of the strangest sequences you'll ever see in a $150 million blockbuster.
And we're not even talking about that damn scene with the Architect (Helmut Bakaitis) near the end.
The film's first act features a bizarre rave montage, featuring the residents of Zion as they dance the night away moments after Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) has informed them that they face probable death at the hands of the Machines.
Set to some undeniably funky music from Fluke, the scene is an interminable slog filled with offputting slow-motion shots of greasy bodies writhing together and flinging their sweat all over one another.
To make matters worse, this is cross-cut with a decidedly un-sexy sex scene between Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss).
While you can argue the scene serves the purpose of showing the Zionites' humanity in even the most torrid circumstances, it mostly just feels like padding between action sequences - in a movie that's 138 minutes long, no less. Skip, skip, skip.