The average film consists of 1,250 shots, but films like “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Domino,” “Taken 3” and “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” are anything but average. Consisting of 3,000 shots each, the films represent some of the most furiously edited features known to cinema, and each has an average shot length of two seconds.
All that cutting leaves some of these films hard to follow at normal speed and near incoherent when the speed is cranked up. The exception? “Mad Max: Fury Road,” of course. A side-by-side comparison shows that the film still carries itself whether you’ve seen it or not. This is no accident, as George Miller took the time and the effort to ensure that all his action was center framed, and therefore the audience’s eyes wouldn’t need to jump around between rapid cuts. One might call this masterful directing, which would explain in part why “Mad Max: Fury Road” has done so well this awards season.
Check out the video above to see which movie wins the race. Keep in mind you’re watching five entire movies in 10 minutes. If you can keep up, there will be spoilers.