Experiencing a great movie scene for the first time can be an electrifying experience. Think a jaw-dropping Shyamalan reveal, a gorgeous Wes Anderson vignette, or a fast-paced tracking shot by the great Martin Scorsese.
Exhilarating movie scenes are particularly uplifting when the movie you're watching is… well, pretty dull. Your eyes fight to stay open amidst the dreariness, as they flit between your watch and the green glow of the cinema's exit sign. But suddenly, the tiresome mess you're fighting through pulls an ace out of its sleeve, and you're unexpectedly glued to the screen.
Admittedly, these scenes are few and far between. A boring movie scene may appear spectacular until you realise the sheer mediocrity of the film would make anything look good.
Fortunately, the following scenes are truly a cut above the rest of the schlock you've forced yourself to watch. They surprise, startle, and shock audiences out of their stupor and into undivided attentiveness. It's a shame that the directors of these bore fests didn't make the rest of their films follow suit.