Action movies are fun to watch but there’s a smart way to do action scenes and an epically dumb way to do it. The smart way focuses in on the details, tells a story within a story, and makes sure we know just what the hell is going on amidst all the crazy. The dumb way? Explosions, shaky camera effects, chaos to blur the action, and just a general messiness that doesn’t make any sense but looks cool.
Sometimes slow motion is used to enhance action scenes. Other times it’s done to convey love between two characters. There are even times when it’s used to replicate using drugs. Or show off a superpower. Or show dread. Or capture someone’s last moment. Point is, slow motion is used a lot in films, for many different reasons. Here’s a breakdown showing how certain directors use slow motion in their movies.