The Chase

The first few thrills may be exciting, but after a few times the chase gets redundant.

Nearly every popular movie climaxes with a chase, usually against time with a fight and some explosions involved. Take UP, Inception, Duplicity, 2012, and Tintin, to name a few. Even The Sound of Music ends with the Von Trapp family running for safety.

The chase is an act that books cannot depict well. The reader would tire of the continual action. Rather, books tend to concentrate on dialogue and ideas. With the ability to combine stunning graphics, motion, and sound, movies lend themselves well to fast-paced action: hence, the chase.

Movies also commit another fault of perpetually attempting to stir deep emotion, whether about romance or family relationships or the purpose of life. Some character always gets misty-eyed; someone always screams; someone always breaks down in tears. These are all natural human emotions, but I feel they are overplayed. If we were all so emotionally sensitive to every little moment in life as movies would have us be, then we’d all go through life teary-eyed and never get anything done.

Movies can create a powerful reality. But when the tools of sight, sound, and emotion are overused, humanity becomes desensitized to itself.


2 thoughts on “The Chase

  1. OH MY GOSH OHHHHH EVELYN. i AM that emotionally sensitive to every little moment. LOLLLLL

    maybe that’s why I want to direct movies.

    • My criticism is more against movies or television series that force actors to cry when there’s really nothing to cry about, or when the action is overdramatized. For example, in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, when the Pevensies cross the melting river Lucy falls in, leading to some heart-stopping drama which does not occur in the book. If the story is good, those last minute scares and rescues are not really needed.

      But perhaps, understanding this, you can direct better movies!

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