We all love action movies. There is no better way to escape from the brutal, sometimes flagrantly unfair world than to hunker down with a bunch of cool-looking people shooting each other. But sometimes our favorite action movies need something more. Perhaps a different selection of music will best exemplify their qualities. Thankfully we live in 2013, which means we can test practically any favorite action scene with a different song using the endless power of the internet.
SCENE: Terminator 2‘s T1000 Chase
TEST SONG: Fleetwood Mac – “Go Your Own Way”
This is really great, because it essentially makes Terminator 2 seem like some coming-of-age drama, not a movie about the impending robot uprising and apocalypse. The pregnant look in the T1000’s eyes, and the gentle whine of Lindsay Buckingham’s guitar.
SCENE: The Matrix‘s Lobby Shootout
TEST SONG: Etta James – “At Last”
Have you ever heard Etta James sing softly and sweetly as someone shoots a gun while doing slow-motion cartwheels? No? That’s why the movie industry is irreparably broken. SCENE: Hard Boiled‘s Hopsital Shootout
TEST SONG: Kanye West – “New Slaves”
Forget about all the art-school symbolism and hoity-toity nonsense, “New Slaves” is a big badass song for big badass things. All you really need is Chow Yun-Fat running around with a shotgun to create probably the greatest Kanye West music video of all time.
See also: Kanye West – Barclays Center – 11/19/13 SCENE: Heat‘s Downtown Shootout/Car Chase
TEST SONG: Sufjan Stevens – “Casimir Pulaski Day”
This made me feel things I’ve never felt before. Please tell me I’m not weird for almost crying at this. SCENE: Drive‘s Opening Car Chase
TEST SONG: Dead or Alive – “You Spin Me Right Round”
There are two kinds of people in this world. People who listen to nonstop ’80s hits while trying to elude police and skip town with a giant payday, and Ryan Gosling.