Saturday, 18 June 2016

A Scene to Remember: Quicksilver Rescue Scene

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I’m probably not alone with the opinion that the last X-Men movies were a little dullish and didn’t manage to tap into the full potential of the franchise. That is probably why both in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) the Quicksilver scenes (despite their rather limited screen time) stood out so much and were really the best parts in both movies. And by far the most memorable ones. It’s been a while, but the only things I clearly remember from Days of Future Past are the flying baseball stadium and Quicksilver (Evan Peters), making mischief, while freeing his father (Michael Fassbender) out of a high security cell in Pentagon. 

And because that last scene turned out so brilliantly, here it is again:

Although he has only something like ten minutes of screen time, the newbie Quicksilver outshone the young versions of the well-known X-Men and turned into a fan’s favourite. So naturally Marvel felt the need or saw the benefit of giving Magneto’s son a bigger role in the new movie. 

And that is what happened.

"Yeah, Quicksilver does his thing again, in the new film. It's bigger, longer and more detailed. I think it's an amazing sequence that they've put together. Just filming it, I was like, 'Oh, my god!' I think we shot for 22 days of second unit, working on the sequence, which is amazing. It's so cool to take that much time to make something like that really pop and really work. Knock on wood, I think it's going to be a fun and enjoyable sequence for people to watch, with Quicksilver running around and doing his thing in slow-mo time. I hope people like it." – Evan Peters

Here’s the setting: the super evil, god-like mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) breaks into Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters with his entourage of mutant guardians. They meet our goody-good mutants and don’t get along all that well. As a result, the school catches fire, Xavier (James McAvoy) is kidnapped, Alex (Lucas Till) is presumed dead and the rest of the students are about to follow suit in the unfolding explosion. What do you do in the face of such a crisis? 

How about throwing in some comic relief? 

Set to “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics, Evan Peters delivers the visually most interesting (and funniest) moment in the entire movie. Quicksilver just happens by when he notices that something is not quite right about Xavier’s school. He rushes in, sees the flames and then uses his super speed to evacuate the students. 

This action scene is filmed in super slow motion to mimic Quicksilver’s perspective, which defuses the urgency of the situation before his arrival. After all, the school was just about to blow up and obliterate all our favourite mutants, before they had a chance to grow up and form the famous X-Men. For a moment it seems as though they are doomed, but then Quicksilver comes along and saves everyone without breaking a sweat and while having enough time even to pull a few pranks on the oblivious students and eat some pizza.

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The super slow motion scenes of the fastest mutant in the X-Men ensemble are simply hilarious. For a second time now, Quicksilver steals the show at high speed and I think it’s high time for a Quicksilver movie. In an interview, Evan Peters said he would love to team up with Deadpool for a standalone film and I think we fans would very much love that, too.

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