'Star Trek,' 'The World's End,' 'Thor 2' ... and 'Metallica: Through the Never?'
The battle scene: Anything underwater
Why it was awesome: Guillermo del Toro's monster mash of a movie is really just one long battle sequence as "Jaegers" compete in an endless bout with "Kaijus," but the underwater stuff as the humans attempt to close the portal once and for all is tops. The fact that the bone-crunching showdown is still thrilling after 90 minutes or so of mayhem is a testimony to del Toro's kinetic sense of wonder and his mastery of mixing big effects and big emotional payoffs.
- Dave Lewis