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10 Best Opening Scenes In A Movie In The Last Ten Years

The first 5 minutes are the most important moments

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10. The Social Network (2010)


The opening scene between Jesse Eisenberg and Rooney Mara is an excruciating roller coaster of emotions on what it means to be young collegiate in a relationship packed into a 5 minute conversation. Mark goes from typical insecure nerd to faux confident asshole in record time. Erica sits there a little too long trying to reason with Mark about why he is such an asshole, confirming their breakup at the end of the scene. By then we're still trying to figure out what they were even arguing about.

9. Children of Men (2006)


In a distopian society, women can't have babies. In 2.5 minutes, the plot suggests that the world is shambles. The youngest person in the world was just murdered and his death is more like an assassination than a random act of crime. A minute later, a bomb explodes so casually on the sidewalk of a mildly busy street. A flash in a pan shot of a dazed onlooker walking towards the camera sticks with our consciousness.

8. Antichrist (2009)


This Lars Von Trier art house film has no real plot, but relays on intense black and white imagery to keep the audience intrigued. Including multiple sex scenes shot close-up and in slow motion, with a toddler aged child jumping out of a window to his death. This film was clearly made to shock and they succeeded.

7. Gravity (2013)


Some of the best CGI cinematography in film history is found in this movie. Most of the movie is in the dark hole of space and the dialogue is left to be desired, but there is something about seeing Sandra Bullock do summersaults in zero gravity that makes our head spin.

6. Funny Games (2007)


This 2007 horror remake of the original is exactly the same shot by shot, so why did I choose this one over the original? The answer is solely in the opening scene. A middle class white family enjoying some good wholesome fun juxtaposed to the opening credits in blood red text over death metal.

5. 28 Weeks Later (2007)


The sequel to 28 Days Later takes place 6 months after the initial outbreak that was inflicted on the majority of the population. The first scene arguably can be filed under one of the most suspenseful scenes in horror. Giving the other ones a run for their money (pun).

3. Death Proof (2007)


It is by no surprise to anyone the fetishism that Quentin Tarantino has for his beloved feet. The intentional angles of female body parts done in quintessential blacksploitation style cinematography, making it an unforgettable contrast next to the massacre of the women with severed limbs.

2. Inglourious Basterds (2009)


Easily one of Tarantino's best films, Inglourious Basterds takes place in 1940's Nazi Germany following an American insurgent military group. There are many suspenseful moments in this movie splashed with comic relief, but the most suspense is easily the first moments of the movie where Nazi Coronal Hans Landa is inspecting the home of an assumed Jewish safe house. What makes this scene great is that we don't initially know why he is inspecting the home as it seems that the home owner has nothing to hide. In a moment we realize he does and that Landa and his men know. The constant mention of dairy is on forefront

1. Up (2009)


This Pixar film pulls our heartstrings in a way no other animated film has in our generation. With one scene, we see the life of an adventurous young couple with ambitious dreams. Throughout the years of their youth to old age we see their love grow. The formula of using the idea of everyone's aspiration of love and freedom as a method of personal realism draws us in with positive feelings, then having it all taken away. The brilliance of this all happening in the first scene is why Up is one of the best animated films of the 21st century.

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