Monday, June 18, 2007

Incredible Resilience

*Groan* I'm sore. I'm not quite 40 yet, but my body reminds me everyday that it isn't 25 anymore. I'm pretty physically active, but my knees like tell me to knock it off on a daily basis it seems. So I can't help but think, wouldn't it be great to be an action hero? Able to shrug off bullet wounds like a skinned knee, tape together those pesky broken bones with duct tape and keep on throwing the bad guys through walls? Boy, I wish I could do that. Seriously though, I love action movies, but it seems like every time I watch them anymore, I can't help but focus on the amazingly quick recoveries of the heroes. Yeah, I must be getting old. My husband was watching Kill Bill the other night, and I should have known better than to sit down; I get sucked into this thing every time it's on. I walked in during the major fight scene of the film, when Uma Thurman's character goes into full samurai attack mode before finally confronting O-Ren Ishii. The funny thing is that it wasn't the major, over-the-top fight scene that made me think oh come on. No, oddly enough, it was when O-Ren Ishii cut Thurman across the back and Uma gets up and keeps fighting after the token, oh ouch, moment. If it had been me, I would have lied there, unable to raise my arms, as O-Ren cut me to ribbons. But in the movies the hero can take that kind of abuse, win the fight, and hop on his/her motorcycle and ride off to fight another day. Man, I wish I could do that. Another thing I totally love is when the director makes a token effort at realism and allows the hero to suffer. Just a little. Remember Die Hard? If you don't then maybe go rent it. I think another sequel is do to come out this year. But I digress. Anyway, If you've seen the original that you'll probably remember the scene when Bruce Willis' character walks over broken glass. Ouch! Yep, he was actually shown bleeding and limping, at least for a little while. They allowed him to look a big haggard at the end of the film, even going so far as to allow his white t-shirt to become really soiled. And for action films, this movie makes a major effort to show the star taking some punishment. But really, could any of us jump off the roof of a building tied to fire hose, crash through a window and survive? I'm thinking no. Don't get me wrong. I love action movies and I really wouldn't want them to be too realistic. But as I get older, it gets harder not to notice just how easy it is for these characters to get up and walk away after being thrown across the room. My back aches just thinking about it.

13 comments:

Fab said...

Yesterday Lethal Weapon 4 was on and I was thinking the same thing. How Mel always goes on after incredible inflicted wounds ... and still manages to get the bad guy. (I liked Mel, but now I wonder seeing he went all woopsy.)

Sqt, thank you for sending the good vibes. I hope it will help.

DesLily said...

... actually the government has pills to cure anything quickly.. they just won't give them to the public because then the guys making other pills wouldn't make their billions of dollars..

I remember Indy getting hurt.. i wouldn't mind kissing him all over the face to make it better LOL

Carl V. said...

I'm with you there! I wish I could recover that quickly just getting out of bed in the morning!!! ;)

Speaking of action movies, I am looking forward to the new Die Hard film, despite the fact that the trailers make this one look like it will be the most ridiculous one yet.

Angela/SciFiChick said...

Live Free or Die Hard this weekend! Can't wait!

ShadowFalcon said...

Ahhh die Hard, The best thing about it is just how good bruce willis is at looking hurt but getting up and fighting anyway!

I have to admit this is the reason I loved Alias, cos Sidney was kick-ass but when she got knocked out she stayed knocked out and didn't magically get up.

SQT said...

Deslily, I loved that scene in Indiana Jones. Of course, then he gets whacked by the mirror. So great.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Action heroes always seem indestructible!

Crunchy Carpets said...

All through Casino Royale I was in awe of the punishment he took...nobody could have walked upright after some of those fights..but that is why we love fantasy..and why they love these roles!

SQT said...

I thought about Casino Royal while I was writing this post. The problem was that there were so many movies I could have mentioned and I didn't think anyone would want to read an endless post.

At least they did show James Bond recuperating after the torture scene.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

and honey the older you get the more it hurts! old age is not for sissies i tell you. no sir. it is not...

smiles, bee

Hey there, Skippy said...

thankfully all my superpowers are based entirely on the presence of a well-mixed martini. so, as long as i'm not in wyoming, i'm usually OK.

having said that i am not nearly 40 in the glamorous SQT style, but i am nearly 30 in the should look much cooler/fitter/less old than i do style... which, usefully, is where the martinis come in.

SQT said...

Skippy, I thought I was more soccer momish than glamorous. But hey, if I fooled you....

Old Knudsen said...

I was going to mention Lethal Weapon 4 myself, that just went on and on about the characters aging and getting beat up, bollocks, back pain or no you can still knock the shite out of a 20 something, clever fighting learned with age. Don't forget 70 something Kirk kicking arse in Generations.

They should have just given him that whole film and left out the new whiney cast. I see Riker gave up his diet after that one, not action hero material.