Our favorite opening scenes come in many forms. Some plunge readers into an action scene. Others crackle with dialogue. And one is driven by a thrilling cascade of, um, scrolling text. For one reason or another, these scenes have become iconic entities unto themselves, even apart from the movies they introduce.
10. Alfonso Cuarón, Children of Men (2006)
In the space of about three minutes, Cuarón establishes a
fully-realized world where humanity is infertile, and an Orwellian U.K. is the
last surviving government. Then a bomb rockets shrapnel out of a coffee shop,
and a woman stumbles through the smoke, clutching her severed arm. Your world
is now upside-down.