Sunday, 2 January 2011

Jump the Blast #1-3 - 'Community', 'I Am Number Four' & 'Chuck'

Sunday, 2 January 2011
I started a halfhearted meme on Twitter recently, screengrabbing shots from movies and TV shows that feature people jumping away from explosions. This clich├ęd shot seems to appear in most action sequences; sometimes delivered tongue-in-cheek, but often with utter seriousness. So, I've repurposed this Twitter idea to be a recurring feature for DMD in 2011. I hope you enjoy these occasional finds:

#1: 'COMMUNITY' 1.23 - "Modern Warfare"

In the revered "paintball episode" of NBC sitcom COMMUNITY, Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) escaped a giant explosion of green paint by making a dive to safety, clutching a massive paintgun. Added kudos for wearing a Bruce Willis-style dirty vest.

#2: 'I Am Number Four'

In the trailer for upcoming movie I AM NUMBER FOUR, they can't resist having a shot with a sexy woman (I think it's Teresa Palmer) walking away from a gigantic house explosion. Notice how she's wearing cool shades and doesn't appear too concerned by the possibility of getting lanced by a fiery piece of wooden debris? She's that cool.

#3: 'CHUCK' 4.7 - "Chuck Versus The First Fight"

In this excellent episode of NBC's spy-comedy CHUCK, super-spy Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) and super-nerd Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) narrowly avoid being turned to toast, after Chuck's mom and villainous Timothy Dalton planted a bomb in the Bartowski family home. The obvious greenscreen adds to the chintzy charm.

Have you noticed a shot in a film, trailer, advert, or TV show that features someone jumping away from an explosion of some kind? If so, why not email me a screengrab and you can be credited in the next installment of "Jump the Blast".