From Nope’s gory opening sequence to Top Gun: Maverick’s nostalgic first scene, viewers saw some memorable openings this year. Although both of these films have managed to maintain the level of quality throughout, not all films can make this claim.
While some films, including the acclaimed James Bond series, often start with huge action sets that go so far that it’s impossible to get back to that level, some films disappoint simply because a solid opening gives way to an overall mediocre film. . These are the movies that according to Reddit peaked a little too soon.
Origins of the X-Men: Wolverine (2009)
The enduring popularity of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine means fans are excited about his potential return to Deadpool 3, but that doesn’t mean that all films involving the hero have been a classic. X-Men Origins: Wolverine initially fulfilled his promise with an elegant opening that showed how the hero gained his signature courage by fighting in wars throughout history.
Editor Panz04er agrees it’s a “really cool opening credits scene”, but comments that “the rest of the movie wasn’t very good”. With a storyline that critics deemed bland and didn’t develop the character in a more interesting way, the film failed to live up to its brilliant start.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
If a movie series is known for its spectacular opening sequences, it’s the 007 franchise. Daniel Craig, there’s always something that gets fans excited about what’s to come.
The Spy Who Loved Me is definitely an opening of the first kind, with an iconic action sequence ending with Bond opening a Union Jack parachute as he descends the mountain. For Redditor Chaoticcoco, it is so iconic that “nothing goes beyond this opening”. Even for those who enjoyed the rest of the film, the lasting image is still of that whimsical beginning.
Dark City (1998)
While it didn’t do particularly well at the box office, Dark City’s unique and paranoid sci-fi appeal has led it to become a cult classic with a TV show in the works. The director’s cut immediately plunges the viewer into its dark plot with its amnesic protagonist, played by Rufus Sewell, who wakes up in a hotel bathtub and is immediately forced to flee from mysterious figures.
Editor rockit5943 thinks that while it’s a “great movie overall”, its beginning is where the movie peaks because “it’s so atmospheric and grimy.” This effect is only heightened by the fact that it starts so suddenly, with the shocked viewer as the main character. Many complimented the film’s gripping ideas, but nowhere did it perform better than the opening.
Ghost Ship (2002)
Although the idea of a supernatural horror centered around the haunting ruins of a large ocean liner had the potential to be a unique and chilling experience, Ghost Ship ended up being criticized thanks to a spin-off storyline and bottom-up fears. . Redditors like drdubiousYHM were even more disappointed with the film for another reason.
They believe the opening scene in which a bloody disaster strikes the titular ship was created for an “amazing and incredibly memorable opening scene”. With its disturbing details, the opening immediately won over many eager viewers who were inevitably disappointed that “the rest of the film is garbage”.
Valerian and the city of a thousand planets (2017)
Based on the French science fiction comic series Valérian et Laureline, Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets was a film rooted in unique science fiction concepts, most notably the film’s sprawling space metropolis setting. Unfortunately, while the film was often beautiful, its execution left many viewers cold.
However, a surprising opening sequence showing how the metropolis has grown from the International Space Station impressed Redditor AnyNamesLeftAnymore who considers it worthy of a “chef’s kiss”. A mix of organic and scientific, the opening showed how the film could make his creative ideas interesting even if the rest of the film didn’t catch up.
With a stellar cast that includes John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Don Cheadle, Swordfish could have been a high-tech action thriller for centuries, and it had an opening to match. It begins with a tense monologue from the main character of Travolta’s hacker before opening with an incredibly well-executed slow-motion blast.
Redditor’s Nutsotic calls it a “bad ass” that also confronts the iconic “bullet-time Matrix effect”, but adds “then the movie happens.” It was almost to the detriment of the movie that it started out so strong because he didn’t have much up his sleeve to back it up. When the credits roll to the weak storyline, the impressive opening has long been forgotten.
28 Weeks Later (2007)
While the sequel was largely unable to reach the same heights as Danny Boyle’s incredible post-apocalyptic horror film 20 years ago, 28 Weeks Later managed to deliver a grand scene worthy of the original with its opening. . Redditor Crom86 likes the “chaotic” sequence of a family trying to escape the swarming zombies.
While it had nothing to do with the eerie opening of 28 Days Later, it demonstrated exactly how the sequel intended to take things to the next level in terms of intensity. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to maintain that level for an entire feature film, and it’s no surprise that 28 weeks later it doesn’t.
Die Another Day (2002)
It failed to become as iconic as the first opening of The Spy Who Loved Me but Die Another Day, which saw Pierce Brosnan’s Bond getting hard and gaunt deep inside a northeastern prison. . the scene itself is very special.
This is the part that Redditor bakhesh likes, calling it “the most original openings of any Bond movie”. Not everyone would agree with their assessment that “the rest of the movie is just plain awful,” but there’s no denying it turns into a slightly cartoonish affair that doesn’t do justice to its tense openness.
X2: X-Men United (2003)
While the second film in the series is generally rated much higher by fans when it comes to the best X-Men movie, editor Ozlin thinks it suffers from the same problem as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where the opening sequence is from by far the best part. They especially praise the “sense of tension and chaos” conveyed when Nightcrawler attacks the White House.
They also claim that it “really demonstrates how dangerous mutants can be” in a way that sets it apart from the rest of the series. Fortunately, the film manages to keep the tension high as the X-Men investigate this new threat, but the spectacular nature of the opening puts it on another level.
Although Hancock is a highly regarded film, one of the biggest criticisms of Will Smith’s superhero film is that it fails to realize its immense potential. With an opening sequence that sees a drunken Hancock wreaking havoc in his clumsy attempts to stop crime in Los Angeles, the film immediately tells audiences that this isn’t going to be an ordinary superhero movie and it does it in style.
Editor Acebladewing agrees that the opening is amazing and comments, “I still like the film as a whole, but it feels really disjointed in the end. Although Hancock veers in a completely different direction with far less confidence than at the beginning, many they would have preferred it to keep the unique, boisterous style that made the opening so great in the first place.