If there is one thing that we love in our action movies more than explosions is violence. Bodily harm. Gore. Gunshot wounds. Dismemberments and just overall death and destruction. Aside from horror movies, action movies tend to relish more in the violence and gore. Here are just some of my favorite examples and notes:
Realism: If there ever was a big enough reason as to why I love 80’s action movies it is the practical effects. When you see The Terminator rip someone’s heart out or Hans Gruber shoot someone in the head leading a giant spray of blood, I just get a little giddy. CG blood and gunshot wounds are some of my biggest pet peeves because it is SO incredibly fake that it just shouldn’t be there. Humans don’t bleed pixels and making blood isn’t that hard or expensive. The Tournament had boatloads of it using good old fashioned homemade blood. Sorry for that little rant. Anyways, you got to love some old fashioned bloodletting that you can see is physically happening.
Favorite Acts of Mayhem: My favorite acts of violence would be the massacre scenes in Rambo: First Blood Part 2 and Rambo. Richter getting his arms torn off in Total Recall. Pretty much the first Robocop movie. The exceptional work when the T-1000 stabbed people through the head. Many great examples.
Violence as a Benefit: Most people can dismiss violence in action movies as gratuitous and unnecessary and sometimes it is. However, take a gander at movies like Die Hard, Robocop, and Lethal Weapon where scenes like torture and such actually help make the story more exciting, create more tension, or just makes it fun. The scene in Robocop when Murphy is slowly obliterated by Clarence and his gang is both disturbing and actually makes you very sad that this is happening to him. Violence can be used to tell a story if used properly.
Well my friends, that was another blood-soaked installment of the Action Breakdown. Tune in next time when things go from gory to gorgeous.