Explosion of Indifference

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Have you ever watched an action sequence during a movie but didn’t feel any emotional change from it? Even though there was an explosion and a fight sequence how come it didn’t feel exciting? In an article from No Film School, V Renee, talks about how current actions films are suppose to get you excited but “they fail in a big, big way. If you’ve realized that these flicks have left you a little — bored — there’s a reason for it”, meaning that although there are explosions and fight sequences, it doesn’t excite us as it should. Renee analyzes a video  explaining why current action sequences “suck” and gives a small analysis while reiterating the important points. The author emphasizes the importance of story and if the scene itself does not serve any purpose to the story then it should not even exist. Scenes through the entire the entire movie must all be related to the movie overall and should not just be there for fluff or cheap excitement. Movies are supposed to tell us a story from the exposition to the resolution. We learn about back stories of both the protagonist and antagonist and we want to be emotionally invested to them for that time being. Renee’s takeaway for the readers is, “Your action scenes must have emotional arcs” which I agree on. An action scene is still considered a scene and should be a vital part to the movie itself. People watch action movies to be emotionally excited and just watching two people fight each other for the sake of having the action won’t move the audience, there has to be a driving force behind it. There has to be something that grips us at the end of our seats during the action sequence and cheer for the protagonist. A good example of this is the last action scene from the 2015 action film, Mad Max: Fury Road. Through the entire movie the protagonist’s group fights to survive for their freedom and goal. In the scene the characters all race back to their final goal only to have the antagonist’s army chase them. Through the movie we got to know and love the characters, invested in them and in the final scene, with all the explosions and fights, pray for their victory as they fight for survival and freedom to reach their final goal. Renee finishes off by saying, “Because over the top chaos, extravagant destruction, and senseless action lacks the one thing that really drives us to the movie theater in the first place: something to connect to emotionally” and I agree with that 100%.

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2 thoughts on “Explosion of Indifference

  1. I totally agree what you mean. I do think that senseless actions won’t be able to catch audiences eyes balls. Since I was grown up in Hong Kong, the best period of Hong Kong film industry is 90’s century. Most of the films are action movies. Effects and technology at that time at much behind than nowadays movies. However, they can still drive us crazy and make us feel exciting. This is because they have the same element as you said, the emotion in the actions.

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  2. I agree with this blog post so much just because this is something that I have discussed frequently with my friends. As much as I love action scenes in movies I do feel like lately there have been a lot of movies with an excess amount of action scenes that have absolutely nothing to do with the plot and the way that it progresses. Although they’re fun to watch they aren’t actually able to cause any emotions in me and so it makes me very interested in seeing what else you have to say about this topic.

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