July 29, 2012

Action Breakdown #11: Police Chiefs

Everyone knows how crazy our action hero has to be in order to catch the bad guys. They need to cause an indescribable amount of damage that would give any politician a stroke and a heart attack at the same time. Of course, there needs to be a voice of reason to keep our heroes in check and they do it as loudly and angrily as possible. The always reliable angry police chief. One of my favorite action movie clichés in the genre. Let’s take a look at what makes these overly-stressed supervisors so damn entertaining to watch:

Tough Love: We all know that action movie police chiefs love to hate our action star. It’s understandable too. They are killing all these bad guys and destroying property left and right and there’s no controlling him. So what’s a police chief to do other than to lay down some tough love? You know the chief likes our hero and his can-do attitude, but he has to follow procedures unless he himself wants to get chewed out by the mayor or other politicians. But at the end of the day, we know that they will be best friends and partners.

ANGER!: One of the best qualities of a police chief is his temper. The louder, the better I always say. It just wouldn’t be the same if Joe Pantoliano didn’t want to rip Lawrence and Smith’s heads off in Bad Boys and Bad Boys 2. I want to see Alec Baldwin go apeshit on some employees just because he can. An angry police chief is a successful police chief.

Be a dick: Along with the anger issue, the police chief has to be a dick also. Chastise our hero with insults of his incompetence. Or just be an ignorant dick that doesn’t know what he’s doing. Die Hard and Die Hard 2 are the best examples of incompetently dickish police chiefs. Paul Gleason and Dennis Franz are just dicks just because they can and they do a lousy job themselves while giving McClane shit for actually doing something.

Here’s to the overly angry police chiefs that try to keep our heroes in line and failing.

About the Author

My name is Omar and I love action movies. I grew up loving action films thanks in part to my father who would deliver a healthy dose of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Seagal in my movie diet. Ever since then, I continue to love the genre more and more and go along perfectly with my love for the horror genre. What other movie genre can specialize in giving you pure adrenaline and excitement in every turn?



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