I love action movies. If the choice in movies is mine, I will choose a superhero, sci-fi, or paranormal jam packed film almost every time. When the movies hit cable I will watch them over and over. My firstborn asked me the other day how many times I was going to watch I, Robot.
I love almost everything about an action packed movie. I love the high octane nature of the actors and actresses, the fight sequences and the quests which usually are inherent in this type of film. I desperately love that flawed good guys and gals can redeem themselves. I’m happy to be alive in a time when movie makers have the technology to realistically bring these fantastic situations to life.
I watched The Expendables (a good movie even though Jet Li doesn’t have a bigger part) the other day and realized what I don’t love about them.
While the hero/antihero or heroine/antiheroine is engaged in a high speed chase or
escaping a pursuer by knocking over fruit carts in a market, he or she is also harming or killing innocent bystanders. I know it is just a movie, but the point of watching is to suspend belief in the real world and enter the world of the movie. Just like you do when reading a book.
So when a car gets rammed out of the way, I think, was there a family in it? When a building of militants gets blown up, I think, what about the kitchen staff?
I know I won’t stop watching these films despite what my conscience says. I saw Babylon AD yesterday and I’m watching AVP: Alien vs. Predator while I write this post. However, I do think about these questions as I watch.
What about you? Do you like action/sci-fi/paranormal movies? What do you think about innocent bystander violence? Do you feel the same way when you read an action packed book?