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* The ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' [[Film/SpeedRacer movie]] seems to outdo itself over and over in terms of striking visuals and cinematography. [[AwesomeDearBoy Which was part of the Wachowski brothers' goal]].
* In the WWII-era movie-musical ''Broadway Bound'', the performance by professional singers/contortionists the Ross Sisters has to be seen to be believed.
* The Creator/TerryGilliam short film ''[[Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife The Crimson Permanent Assurance]]'' takes this trope from the standard eleven and turns it all the way up to Aleph-Omega. It answers that simple question: How epic can [[MundaneMadeAwesome accounting]] possibly be? Answer: more epic than you can take. But not twice. Then you just [[DroppedABridgeOnHim drop a bridge on the whole thing]].
* The film ''Film/ShootEmUp''. How many people can Smith kill in this next fight scene? What crazy IndyPloy is he going to pull off to kill said people? What can he do that doesn't involve killing people in some [[RuleOfCool seriously awesome]] and [[RefugeInAudacity mind blowing]] way?
* The Australian MadeForTVMovie ''Scorched''. [[FromBadToWorse How bad are things going to get?]] [[AnyoneCanDie How many more main characters are they going to kill off?]] Exactly how much of Sydney is now on fire, anyway?
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'': [[RasputinianDeath How much more damage will the next model take before it goes down?]]
* Half of ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is The Joker trying to continually top himself in just how brazen and strange his actions are, and Batman trying to keep up with him.
* The hilarious and rarely-seen Vincenzo Natali film ''Nothing'' takes this to the very extreme as [[spoiler:the two main characters gain the ability to wish the universe into nothingness, including themselves, leading to a finale where all that's left is the two characters' heads and a turtle on an infinite expanse of white light.]] also, it stars the guy who plays [[Series/StargateAtlantis Rodney McKay.]]
* Holy crap, where to ''begin'' with ''Film/TokyoGorePolice''? Damn near every scene in the movie tries to top the one before it in terms of sheer gore and ridiculousness. Hell, it ''starts'' with a chainsaw duel, and only gets better from there - one guy gets his hands cut off [[spoiler:And the person who does it puts up an ''umbrella'']], a teenager eats bugs out of a pencil box ''for no reason'', and creative use of stimulants gives the BigBad the ability to [[spoiler:use the bleeding stumps of his legs as rockets!]]
* ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''. The director and animators basically adopted "SerialEscalation" as their entire philosophy when devising the fight scenes, starting with a [[RuleOfCool swordfight on motorcycles]] and just escalating from there. This is what happens the important characters in a movie are all [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Charles Atlas superheroes]] in a RolePlayingGameVerse.
** Even more so in Advent Children Complete. Just compare the original fight against Sephiroth to the updated version. One is clearly more than the other.
* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' takes everything from the first movie and brings it UpToEleven. Number of robots? Size of the robots? Explosions and destruction of buildings? Jokes? Gratuitous shots of hot women? Also, pirate robots... ghost robots... zombie robots... robot Jesus... we've got it all!
* How many more [[LaserBlade lightsabers]] can we fit into the next ''StarWars'' movie? If having one bad guy [[DualWielding dual-wield]] was a great plan, why not have the next bad guy be a [[BizarreAlienBiology multi-armed cyborg]] with ''four'' of them?
** Star Destroyers? Those are hu-''[[ThatsNoMoon Death Star]]''. OK, nothing is ever going to be bigger than th-''Death Star II'' SWEET JESUS!
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'': How many police cars will crash in the next chase scene?
* ''FinalDestination'' series: How many more objects can fall off a shelf or table and accidentally flip a switch to activate/deactivate some machinery? How many more car doors will mysteriously fail to open from the inside when characters are trying to get out? How many more leaking or failing machines can the creators insert into the films? How many more elaborate can these accidents be contrived? How much more gory can the deaths get?
* ''Film/TheBigHit''. The closing hero-on-villain battle scenes in this all-too-rarely-seen Mark Wahlberg/Avery Brooks comedy action thriller have hero and villain staging improbable escape after improbable escape from various certain-death situations. The scene comes as close as any film ever has to reaching the heights of a live-action Road Runner cartoon.
* ''Quick Change''. After witnessing a faux-medieval event in a poor Hispanic neighborhood with two men ''jousting on bicycles with rakes'', Loomis sums up the mood perfectly.
-->'''Loomis:''' [[BrainBleach It's bad luck just]] ''[[BrainBleach seeing]]'' [[BrainBleach something like that!]]
* ''Film/HardBoiled''. How many more bullets can Chow Yun Fat fire? How many more people can Chow Yun Fat kill? How many more surely-fatal gunshot wounds can [[MadeOfIron Chow Yun Fat shrug off?]] How much further can we stretch credibility regarding [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter the destructive power of a single shotgun shell]]?
** One could even say that John Woo had this whole trope in mind as he went from "A Better Tomorrow", to "The Killer", to ultimately "Hard Boiled".
* ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist''. How much more absurdly violent and cruel can the torture Jesus is put through get? The answer: a whole lot more.
** This is a good example of Truth in Television, as Roman crucifixions tended to be as torturous and violent as possible, culminating in an agonizing death nailed to a cross, in order to dissuade insurrection. They even had a special place just outside Jerusalem, amongst other cities in the empire, where the crucifixions took place specifically chosen for their visibility and which could be seen from the city.
* ''{{Felidae}}'': How much BloodierAndGorier can a movie about a cat solving a mystery be?
* The ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' films. How to top the last installment?
* Parts of the climax of Disney/{{Tangled}} seem determined to outdo their predecessors at all costs. Look at yourself, Flynn. Now back to me. Knees apart. Now look around. Where are you? [[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike You're on a horse]]. Back to me. [[RuleOfCool The horse is now doing]] LeParkour. ''[[EarWorm Old Spice jingle whistle]]''
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' is made of this trope. How much more awesome and ridiculous can the fights get? How much more hilarious can the puns get? How many viewers can be put off being too original?
* Creator/PeterJackson's (yes, ''that'' Peter Jackson) ''Film/BrainDead''. The lawnmower scene at the end is possibly [[{{Gorn}} the most gory thing]] EVER depicted in film. It set the world record for most fake blood used in a movie! This gorefest doesn't even start until ''halfway'' through the movie.
* Bollywood action movies are often packed with crazy stunts that would make most of their Hollywood counterparts pale in comparison. It may be due to the fact that Indian audiences have more WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief, because the Westerners' one would be ruined if Hollywood movies were like that.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oetM9ynocX8 This scene]] says it all.
* ''[[Film/TwentyTwelve 2012]]'': [[SceneryGorn how bad will be the next disaster,]] [[JustInTime and how close the characters will escape it?]]
* ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'': The final part is called "Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite," and after the weirdness in the previous parts of the film, the finale delivers a MindScrew that still ranks as one of the most enigmatic endings ever filmed. Additionally, from a production aspect, the filmmakers wanted to make science fiction more professional and realistic than ever before, and succeeded.
* The opening scene from the live-action adaptation of ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''. How do we go from showing Nazis leading an air raid on London and the mass evacuation of the city's children to the countryside, and up the ante, keeping it a movie families will still love while still being under Disney's watchful eye and still retaining that PG rating?
* One word. ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. VisualEffectsOfAwesome like you cannot '''''BELIEVE''''', brought a resurgence in 3DMovie, been in DevelopmentHell for a very, VERY long time, and using technologies that weren't even AVAILABLE when it was being made, passed the multi-billion-dollar mark after opening week, even outgrossing Titanic, the director's previous chart-topper.
* ''KungFuHustle'' takes {{Wuxia}} UpToEleven. And then [[MemeticMutation OVER 9000]] And then even further. [[EverybodyWasKungFuFighting How many more kung-fu fighting]] [[{{Badass}} Badasses]] fighting nothing but [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomp Battles]] against one another can be squeezed into one single movie?
* ''Film/RealSteel'': How much further will Ricky the EvilDebtCollector sink before [[spoiler:[[HoistByHisOwnPetard he's brought to his knees by his own recklessness]]]]?
* The ''Film/JamesBond'' series, even though the producers' motto is "Wildly beyond the probable, but never beyond the impossible", has plenty of this due to SequelEscalation. It starts with a [[Film/DrNo fairly low key/budget thriller]]... followed by [[Film/FromRussiaWithLove Bond taking down a helicopter]], [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} driving an equipped Aston Martin]], [[Film/{{Thunderball}} having elaborate underwater battles]], and [[Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice fighting a villain whose base is in an extinct volcano]]. (and that's just the first Sean Connery films!)
* ''Film/TheHumanCentipede'' was followed by a sequel which the creator said made the original look like ''MyLittlePony''. There's going to be a third one, which the creator says will make the SECOND one look like DISNEY!
* The upcoming Japanese crossover film ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperheroTaisen''. Total number of suit actors? '''Over 240'''. From ''both franchises''. Toei even admitted getting that many stunt people to fill all of those costumes was the toughest part of the movie.
** Let's put this in perspective here. ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' featured 199 Super Sentai. The 40th anniversary Kamen Rider movie ''Let's Go!! Kamen Riders'' featured 28 of them, plus the '''''many''''' extra Riders in the big finish. Now include those from ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'' and ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', put them altogether and you got one damn big movie!
* ''Film/DieHard'': how much will [[MadeOfIron John McClane]] be beaten? The action scenes also have this (the first has exploding floors/ceilings, [[Film/DieHard2 the second]] exploding planes, [[Film/DieHardWithAVengeance the third]] has exploding trains and helicopters, and [[Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard the fourth]] - just for starters - has [[CarFu cars being thrown into helicopters]])
* ''Film/{{Shrek}}'': First movie, Shrek goes against a dragon, and the armed forces of a diminutive prince. Fair enough. In the sequel, the villain [[spoiler: is a Fairy Godmother; those are powerful spellcasters, like genies]]. Third movie? The most famous fairy tale villains all get together to try and take down Shrek. Last movie? [[spoiler: A Freaking RealityWarper!]]
* Around half-way through Film/TheAvengers, Hawkeye almost crashes the helicarrier. In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', [[spoiler:Cap, Black Widow and Falcon]] succeed in crashing ''three''.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'' starts with Hiccup as an experienced dragon-rider, which [[WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon the first movie]] spent nearly two hours building up to. Naturally, the filmmakers had to up the ante to keep the audience interested. So how did they do it? For starters, the movie has Hiccup as a bona fide [[BoldExplorer explorer]], where he had spent the first movie as a humble blacksmith's apprentice. It also doesn't hurt that it climaxes with Hiccup and his pals facing an ''army'' of dragons led by a Bewilderbeast (effectively a '''dragon {{Kaiju}}'''), where the first movie ended with a showdown with just one king-sized dragon. [[spoiler: [[KilledOffForReal The death of Stoick]] helps reinforce the raised stakes in particularly dramatic fashion.]]
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