PG Cooper: Best Chase and Best Set-Piece (2012)

Posted: January 15, 2013 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

PGCMA 2012

*The above image represents 2011’s PGCMA Best Picture winner; Drive.

Best Chase

Opening, Skyfall– The opening chase in Skyfall is probably the most Bondian action scene in the film. This chases goes on car, on motorbike, and on foot. There’s also some pulse ponding music and some bullet fire sprinkled throughout. The chase also leads into a fun fight scene.

Rooftops, HaywireHaywire was a pretty mediocre film which was ultimately not worthy of Steven Soderbergh’s efforts. That said, the film does have some solid action scenes, one of the best being a chase scene where the protagonist needs to escape form some baddies. Soderbergh brings an interesting take to the scene makes for an entertaining few minutes.

Sam vs. Cubs, Moonrise Kingdom– Easily the most unconventional chase I’ve seen all year. The sight of Sam running from waves of cub scouts cracks me up and there’s some really creative ideas.

Warehouse Stunts, Premium Rush– All of Premium Rush is designed around bike chases. Dumb though that may sound, it does lead to some fun scenes. Easily my favourite is one where Joseph Gordon-Levitt uses a bunch of stunts and tricks in order to get away from some cops. Fun scene.

Where’s the Kaboom?, 21 Jump Street– On a base level, this is a pretty entertaining chase. What elevates it to award worthy is the humour running through, especially a great running joke involving explosions.

And The Winner Is…




Moonrise Kingdom

moonriseNo chase this year lived up to last year’s winner from Drive. That said, Moonrise Kingdom’s chase earns a ton of points for originality. Wes Anderson’s sense of whimsy adds a unique flair to the chase and it’s also an emotionally invested scene since the audience has really sided with Sam by this point.

Best Set-Piece

Credits, Skyfall– The Bond films have a long history of creative openings credits, and Skyfall adds to that legacy. The animated visuals are very striking and I love Adele’s song. I also like how, in addition to looking cool, the visuals enhance the themes of the film.

Final Battle, The Avengers– People saw The Avengers to watch superheroes fight things. The payoff was beyond awesome. Featuring tons of cool shots and great effects, the climax to The Avengers gave audiences everything they wanted.

Nose Dive, FlightFlight is a drama about a man dealing with his addiction. But for ten minutes, the film is an excellent disaster film with Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) trying desperately to land a plane. It’s an extremely tense scene and depicts something not usually shown in film.

“Oh shit”, The Cabin in the Woods– For most of its runtime, The Cabin in the Woods plays things pretty close to the chest. The violence and action stay relatively low key. That is until the last third when shit hits the fan in a big bad way. The scene is absolutely insane and full of incredible badassery. Awesome.

Surgery, Prometheus– One of the most intense scenes in any film all year. I don’t want to say too much in fear of spoilers, but trust me when I say this is a fantastic scene.

And The Winner Is…




The Avengers

AvengersEvery scene nominated had a lot of worthy technical elements, but The Avengers pulls ahead based on pure fun. Watching so many heroes kick alien ass is pure geek euphoria and a blast to watch. Additionally, the sight of The Avengers going to town is likely going to be audience’s most fond memory of 2012 in film.

  1. Chris says:

    Avengers … Lame ass movie, two hours I’ll never get back.

  2. vinnieh says:

    Great post, some great chases and set pieces here. Glad to see Skyfall on it.

  3. ckckred says:

    Nice to see some love for Moonrise.

  4. ianthecool says:

    Good choice with Avengers, but its a coin flip with that Prometheus scene.

  5. So, in simple terms, you’re saying that Moonrise Kingdom had a better chase scene than Skyfall?

    • pgcooper1939 says:

      Yes I am. Skyfall’s chase was cool, but featured a lot of similar elements as chases from movies like The Bourne Legacy and Mission: Impossible. The chase in Moonrise Kingdom on the other hand is very unique.

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