15 Fast Paced Movies That Will Leave You Super Charged

Pacing is one of the most important aspects of a film. Good pacing does not always mean that a film is fast in terms of the story progression. Certain stories demand languid pacing with more focus on the characters, visual aesthetics and the atmosphere of the film. However, there are stories that demand a more fluid pacing with utmost focus on the central plot of the film. These are movies that come off as more entertaining and accessible because of their ability to captivate you right from the opening scene. These are movies that pump you up with their raw energy and exuberance. So let’s take a look at the list of 15 fast paced movies that will leave you super charged.


15. Oldboy (2003)

Park Chan-wook’s wildly eccentric thriller tells the story of a man who returns to the civil world after being held captive for 15 years. The man is desperate for revenge and sets out to discover the identity of his captor. The film is incredibly well paced and manages to keep you on the edge without tending to drift apart. Chan-wook’s highly stylized, vibrant direction gives the film a distinctive hysteric quality that makes for a visually and emotionally satisfying experience.


14. The Dark Knight (2008)

Arguably the most beloved movie of the century, ‘The Dark Knight’ is a film that manages to grab your attention right from its opening sequence which brilliantly introduces us to the antagonist. The film is relentless throughout and the tension never drops which is what makes it so incredibly exciting and entertaining. Now this pacing may even come off as one of the film’s major drawbacks since Nolan doesn’t provide spaces for character development and instead lets the plot take the driver seat. But not for a moment does it fail to engage you and by the time it ends you’re left in complete awe.


13. Kill Bill: Vol.1 (2003)

‘Kill Bill: Vol.2’ is the better film but the story progression in it takes more time to build. The original, however, has a much simpler plotline and doesn’t take much time to build the story. We’re hooked on to the film right from scene one with that knife fight sequence which pretty much sets up the tone of the film. Tarantino uses a non-linear narrative here which manages to keep the suspense intact and makes for a distinctively exhilarating way. Uma Thurman is fantastic in the lead role and gives us one of cinema’s most memorable female action heroes.


12. Goodfellas (1990)

“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” These are the first words we hear from Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s iconic gangster flick ‘Goodfellas’ and it gives you an indication of what is to follow. Seldom does an opening line manage to establish the thematic essence of the movie and define the tone and atmosphere of the film and this is why the opening sequence of ‘Goodfellas’ can be considered as a masterclass in pacing and tone setting. It pulls you right into its world and keeps you enthralled throughout without ever falling off-track.


11. City of God (2002)

One of the greatest gangster movies ever made, ‘City of God’ is a film that manages to crawl under your skin with its raw energy and brutal honesty. Right from its opening sequence, the film captivates you with images that stay with you long after the credits have rolled out. The film is a brutal, unflinching depiction of gang violence and poverty in Brazil and using a refined non-linear narrative, the film unfolds its complex storyline replete with fascinating characters who drive the film ahead. Certainly one of the best movies of the century.


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