Our do a bit of both? Have chase, blow something up and have it as part of the backstory of your main character. Great way to have an undercover cop get some respect or have a detective go after the bad guy because the bad guy blew up his partner or something?
Over used I know but an excellent...
It is my belief that with any good movie you have to answer the age old questions of
And anything and beyond that is a good thing. No sure if it's a help, but it's my advice to you.
1. El Mariachi
3. Reservoir Dogs
And pretty much any movies with a style you want to imitate or a director you aspire to be like. But those three are a decent basis I think for low budget films. Some other dudes may have some more ideas.