July 29, 2012

Action Breakdown #12: Sad/Upsetting Moments

We mostly know action movies as wild and fun rides. A good hour and a half to two hours of explosions, one liners, and gunfire. It’s a genre that depends on entertainment and having a good time. However, there are scenes that will strike a chord with the audience that can come right out of nowhere. A death or a turn of events that will hit to your core by how sad or upsetting it is. It shows us that action movies are more than just guys with muscles beating up bad guys. They can be as effective as any Oscar bait melodrama.

One of the best examples of an upsetting scene in an otherwise fun action movie would be in Robocop when Alex Murphy gets shot repeatedly by Clarence and his gang. The scene is not fun at all. It isn’t funny. It’s just disturbing to see this man get obliterated and then seeing Clarence and his gang just laugh it off like it was the funniest thing ever. The special effects used in the scene are very realistic and it’s quite a hard scene to get through.

Recently, Safe showcased some of Statham’s acting ability with a key scene involving the death of his wife. He doesn’t say much and just let’s his face do all the acting. It’s a rather heartbreaking scene in an all around exciting action movie.

Armageddon is always brought up when it comes to sad moments in action movies or movies in general. Is it sappy? Yes. Cheap? You can say that. Is it still sad? Yes it is.

Rocky Balboa as a whole is a very inspiring and moving movie. The end scene in Rocky Balboa when Rocky is talking to Adrian on her gravesite is just begging for your tears. Very touching scene.

So there you have it. Action movies have feelings too you know. It’s a wonder how an action movie can make you super excited and then silent and sad in another scene. A true testament of talent when that happens.

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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