FILM HEROES SHOULD HAVE NO ROLE IN THE REAL WORLD
We all know that movies suspend disbelief and enable you to run off to an escapist paradise, but pretty much every movie ever released is grounded in reality. Even fantasy and sci-fi movies. Take out the magic wands and space ships, and most of the time you get human stories portrayed realistically. But sometimes, events unfold in a movie and you end up muttering out loud “Oh come on. That would never happen in ‘real life’.” No matter how fantastical or surreal, we the audience always compare events in a movie to real life. This is particularly apparent in the case of good versus evil. Good almost always triumphs evil in movies, particularly in movies that feature heroes and villains. The heroes on this list would never have won in the cold and cynical world of real life where kids don’t defeat much more capable adults and enemies don’t have the courtesy to attack you one by one. Despite every movie on this list being a good one (with the exception of the Rambo sequels), we know the heroes of said movies wouldn’t have lasted a minute in real life, but that’s kind of the beauty of movies. For as unrealistic as Harry Potter’s defeat of Lord Voldemort was, it captured something that is only possible in fiction. Despite the all round badass nature of Jason Statham, not even he could have held off the endless swarms of bad guys that he faces single-handedly through three Transporter films. The main reason as to why Frank Martin could never win in real life is the numbers game. Time and time again across the three films, he is greeted with gangs of scary looking men, yet it is always Martin who walks away face intact. The reason for this is, the antagonists in The Transporter don’t fight like how real people do in real life, but rather cordially as they take it in turns to attack Martin rather than swarming him like anybody with a brain cell would. If they swarmed him, he wouldn’t be able to unleash his phenomenal ensemble of martial arts moves that are very unpractical in real life. There’s no denying that Frank Martin is a hard, tough man who can more than handle himself, but he wouldn’t have a chance in hell in real life. Put into a real life scenario and John Rambo wouldn’t have lived through the events of the first movie let alone the following three. Through four Rambo movies, the eponymous Vietnam veteran slays hundreds of men without barely taking a scratch in the process. Even when confronted with entire armies packing heavy artillery, Rambo conquers all with nothing but a scowl on his face and a machine gun with a seemingly unlimited amount of ammunition. Whilst he may be a battle hardened veteran who knows his way around the field of combat, the numbers game is against him and even the greatest soldier cannot defeat entire armies of trained soldiers virtually single-handedly. The odds are just too much to overcome, but if Rambo never survived the first film then Sylvester Stallone couldn’t have made three entirely pointless and awful sequels, diminishing his legacy emphatically.
James Bond saves the world sometimes. So does Captain Kirk. But at least in the movies, superheroes don't - they're too busy fighting personal spats. Here's why superheroes on the big screen should save the world now and then. High stakes are a crucial part of why we root for a hero. We don't just want the hero to win because we like him or her, but because really bad stuff will happen if s/he loses. And high stakes are also a crucial ingredient of the all-important "hell yeah" moment. The higher the stakes, the greater the triumph when the hero comes through. But also, there's another reason why higher stakes are often better for a heroic narrative: they make the world seem bigger. The more that's at stake, the more we believe that this hero belongs to a whole world full of real stuff. It's part of world-building, in fact - to convince us that the whole world is at stake, a movie has to...
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