Not enough people remember how cool lasers are. Even though laser safety companies specialize in laser protection, we recognize an awesome laser when we see one. Some of our favorite movies from a variety of decades feature the most exciting lasers around.
Probably the best lasers ever to appear in a movie (and some of the most recognizable) are the famed laser lightsabers in the Star Wars movies. While they might not be specifically defined as lasers in the movie, these weapons are focused points of light that can slice through just about anything or anyone. If those aren’t lasers, then we don’t know what is. The lightsaber battles are some of the most epic battles in all movie history. In face, people that haven’t even seen the series can understand the power and magic of the lightsaber. They aren’t only powerful, but they are also quite stylish, as they come in a variety of colors depending on where you fall on the good vs. evil spectrum. These are some serious lasers.
One of the oldest and most classic scenes to ever appear in a movie occurred almost 50 years ago with James Bond in Goldfinger. In this movie, Bond is strapped to a table and is forced to watch a powerful laser slowly creep up on him, awaiting his imminent death by laser. We see this laser slice through the gold table without even flinching, showing us all that lasers are nothing to mess around with. As usual, James Bond finds his way out of this trap, only to go on out smarting and out fighting those around him. This laser pushes this Bond movie over the top.
Lasers even have a special place in the comedy genre. The first Austin Powers movie introduces viewers to the idea of sharks with laser beams on their heads as a tool for destruction. An awesome concept, but the movie’s hilarious villain, Dr. Evil, is faced with budget cuts and can’t quite get the operation together. In Austin Power’s third installment, Goldmember, we finally get to see Dr. Evil’s laser beam dreams come to life. With the help of his evil son, Scott, the sharks feature some stellar laser beams. Most Austin Powers’ fans remember this laser scene fondly.
Even children’s movies can appreciate the value of a good laser. Take Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story for example. In the first installment of the three part movie series, Buzz is convinced that all of his space cadet features are real, including the laser on his arm. He is certain that the laser in his arm is a fully functioning laser and that he can defend all of his other toy friends with this amazing laser. It turns out that Buzz’s “laser” is simply a red lightbulb in his arm, just as his pal Woody had been saying all along. In the series’ third and final installment, Toy Story 3, Buzz’s laser beam makes another appearance in a dream where he saves all his other toy friends from danger once again.
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