Things you're tired of seeing in movies

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CT1138

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Or how about the blue-collar hero, whether he’s 25 or 50, with the late ‘60s/early ‘70s muscle car as his daily driver? And in perfect condition too. I suppose Tom Cruise wouldn’t look as cool driving something like a five-year-old Nissan Versa. :D
Or when the blue-collar hero drives a junked up old pickup, and takes it across the country without it breaking down every couple miles.
 

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Richard Baker

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...or they find an old abandoned car, fiddle with some things under the hood and get it started- just in time for a chase scene.

(Woody Allen did a joke about this in his film 'Sleeper'. An average guy gets frozen and wakes up 200 years or so in the future. He is on the run and they discover an old VW Beetle in a cave. It starts on the first crank.)
 
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AJK001

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How about any car that survives a jump off a ramp Dukes of Hazzard style. I wish that were true. I'd be doing it all day.
Almost every car that they jumped in Dukes of Hazzard was ruined on the jump. That was why they used so many during the show and could also explain why they have gotten very rare. The one jumped in the movie was restored a few years back and it had to be completely taken apart with a lot of parts, like the entire front end clip, being replaced.
 

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DiggsBarklightr

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If two people are figuring out a problem and they haven't found a solution to save the world or themselves, time is always running out, but then just as they give up and have accepted the end of the world or their lives, one of them will say something obscure that sparks the others brain to fix it and then tells that person "YOU"VE DONE IT, YOU SOLVED IT!!", kisses that person excitedly on the lips or forehead and that person has NO idea what they just said to figure out the problem. This happens on a regular basis on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fitz and Simmons do it alllllll the time and it needs to stop. It's sloppy writing.
 

p51

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When a car falls a good distance, well enough to destroy it and kill the occupants, it always have to explode into flames.
I've handled insurance auto claims for many years and in all that time, I've never seen or even heard of one of them blowing up. I've handled any kind of thing that can happen with a car (even had one fall out of a cargo plane in flight) and not one ever blew up.
I get that it's for a sense of finality as characters walk away from things that would kill anyone, but it annoys me. Just saw it last night on "Twister" where the bad guy's ride get sucked up into a twister, tossing the vehicle dozens of feet into the air, and comes down to explode in flames. The fall alone would have killed him for sure.
 

DiggsBarklightr

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When a car falls a good distance, well enough to destroy it and kill the occupants, it always have to explode into flames.
I've handled insurance auto claims for many years and in all that time, I've never seen or even heard of one of them blowing up. I've handled any kind of thing that can happen with a car (even had one fall out of a cargo plane in flight) and not one ever blew up.
I get that it's for a sense of finality as characters walk away from things that would kill anyone, but it annoys me. Just saw it last night on "Twister" where the bad guy's ride get sucked up into a twister, tossing the vehicle dozens of feet into the air, and comes down to explode in flames. The fall alone would have killed him for sure.
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US3R

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Or how about the blue-collar hero, whether he’s 25 or 50, with the late ‘60s/early ‘70s muscle car as his daily driver? And in perfect condition too. I suppose Tom Cruise wouldn’t look as cool driving something like a five-year-old Nissan Versa. :D
My daily is from ‘80s. So a gearhead using a well maintained muscle car from the 70’s could be plausible. Wouldn’t be cheap though with todays gas prices.
 

AJK001

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When a car falls a good distance, well enough to destroy it and kill the occupants, it always have to explode into flames.
I've handled insurance auto claims for many years and in all that time, I've never seen or even heard of one of them blowing up. I've handled any kind of thing that can happen with a car (even had one fall out of a cargo plane in flight) and not one ever blew up.
I get that it's for a sense of finality as characters walk away from things that would kill anyone, but it annoys me. Just saw it last night on "Twister" where the bad guy's ride get sucked up into a twister, tossing the vehicle dozens of feet into the air, and comes down to explode in flames. The fall alone would have killed him for sure.
The Mythbusters tested a bunch of movie myths a while ago and they could never get a car to explode just by dropping it from any sort of distance. They were also unable to get a car to explode by shooting at the gas tank, I think they finally had to use tracer bullets and even that proved difficult. Cars can and will explode but it takes a lot more than dropping it or shooting the gas tank to make it happen.
 

p51

Sr Member
Cars can and will explode but it takes a lot more than dropping it or shooting the gas tank to make it happen.
I'm not saying you're wrong as I know it's theoretically possible, but 17 years in insurance auto claims, seeing every type of accident you imagine, I've never handled one yet that blew up.
Not even the one that got rear-ended by the gasoline truck at over 50 MPH and ruptured then both vehicles caught fire. I still refer to that as my "Steven King claim" as everyone died very badly (you don't want the details, trust me).
I've also shot up several vehicles with various small arms and anti-tank weapons in the Army and one burned but none ever came close to blowing up, other than from explosive warheads external to the vehicle itself...
 

Treadwell

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This is why James Cameron put in a shot of a battery cable making a spark near the spilled gas when that truck in the LA canal blew up in T2. That might not be feasible either but it was a nice touch.
 

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dascoyne

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When a protagonist has to harm some nameless cop/correctional officer/attendant they always have make the character unpleasant in some way just so we can feel it's justifiable. e.g. T-2 where Sarah Connor escapes from the mental ward they had to write the psych orderly as a perv.

And when they want to have the hero steal a nice car they have to show that the real owner is a jerk e.g. In Casino Royale when Bond steals the Range Rover from the driver who thought he was an attendant.

That's what makes films like, Total Recall (1990), so great when Quaid doesn't hesitate to use a bystander as a ballistic shield.
 
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p51

Sr Member
In spy movies, the CIA especially is big on hunting down and killing their own people just because a project was embarrassing or their boss just didn't like them.
And if course, it's done by dozens of SWAT-team-equipped men in the open, sometimes in broad daylight and always where anyone can see it happen (as if a neighbor wouldn't call the police or the local TV station).
I once talked with someone who worked for "The Company" and I asked what about spy movies drives them the most nuts. He said this was the thing that made him roll his eyes. "Could you imagine anyone signing on for the job if that happened with any frequency?" he asked.
 

DaddyfromNaboo

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Members of secret organisations carrying around items with the name or logo of the organization on them, e.g. luggage like it was done in King Kong Skull Island and the Monarch suit case.
 

AJK001

Sr Member
Members of secret organisations carrying around items with the name or logo of the organization on them, e.g. luggage like it was done in King Kong Skull Island and the Monarch suit case.
Or seeing CIA agents with ID that says they are members of the CIA. That is all well and good for the FBI but your a spy so you don't go around advertising it, at least I don't think they do as I have never knowingly met a CIA agent.
 

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