Welcome to part five of what I’m beginning to suspect is no longer a mini series in my quest for searching for the most annoying movie cliches! If you missed the previous cliche and would like to read it, please free to do so by clicking here. We’ve all had some close calls in our lives, and have taken blows that left us gasping for breath for what seems like minutes, and yet, apparently there are those out there that can overcome these blows, and much, MUCH more. You would think something like getting shot in the face would deter the sweeping majority of the population, and yet, according to Hollywood, not only is an injury like this survivable, its a mere flesh wound.
The hero is beaten nearly to death, shot, stabbed, smashed, blown up, run over by a tank, AND decapitated, and yet here he is to save the day!
Alright, so I may have gone a little overboard on the given cliche, but the sad part is that I haven’t crossed the line by very much. Recently, I was watching a war movie about a group of marines in the Middle East, where the Sergeant gets shot early on in the movie. At first, he is worrying about bleeding to death, but minutes later, he is not only up walking around, he is running head-first into the line of fire. Minutes later, this same soldier’s vehicle gets hit by an Rocket-propelled grenade, and yet he walked out of it. Later still, he was hit by a regular grenade out in the open, taking multiple shrapnel wounds in the process, and yet “narrowly” escaped with his life. Near the end of the movie, he was actually up, running around and successfully defeating enemies in close-quarters combat! Finally, this man is taken down by another RPG at point-blank range, just as his men are saved by his actions. My friends and I were actually making jokes about when this man would actually die in this movie to the point where we all gave up on his injuries taking him, and then BOOM! He is down for the long-haul, but not entirely. He was able to live long enough to tell his men he was proud of each and every one of them.
It wasn’t just this movie that had a hero that just wouldn’t die. After watching this movie, I realized that the only real way to survive in any type of movie is to be the hero figure. I had seen another movie where friends of the hero were killed with a single punch to the face, no kidding! And yet, our hero ran into the gun fire, getting shot in the arm and leg, and once in the stomach area, and yet at the end of the movie, its the hero with an injured arm and limping, sitting across from the villain of the movie. The hero tends to get beaten more than a punching bag in Manhattan, and seems to be down for the count, when all of a sudden a friend of his is either shot and killed, or injured. This somehow prompts our hero, whom previously couldn’t even move a finger, to jump up and either beat the villain to death, harnessing the ability to fight as a 10th degree black belt, or shoot them from an unheard of distance with the precision of a master guns-men, yet is only using one eye after his, for lack of a better phrase, major beat down.
It is getting to the point where movies just way too predictable these days. Heroes rarely die, and when they do, they go out with a bang. For once, I want to see a minor character save the day, or take the number of hits as our symbol of justice. On second thought, I want to see a movie where the bad guys, AND his henchmen, take just as much damage as our party of heroes. Personally, I think this would make the movies much more exciting, and watch-able. Let’s not off the henchmen with an elegant punch to the face, or the oh-so-fatal shot to the toe; let’s make them like Mr. Sergeant: Nearly impossible to kill, but we know it can be done. If we’re going to make the movies like a video game with the crazy number of hits everyone can take, how about a life bar? It would be nice to know just how many shots everyone can take! Better yet, go ahead and throw in some potions and revives while you’re at it! Maybe a few Nazi zombies and Pokemon; that should really add to the gaming effect that Hollywood insists on adding to movies that used to be considered somewhat realistic. I realize that this particular cliche wasn’t analyzed quite as thoroughly, or sarcastically, as the previously discussed topics, but I’ll try to make it up in my next analysis! Please feel free to tell me your opinions, comments, concerns, or other ideas you feel you want to express in a comment, and as always, thanks for reading.