I was recently watching Live Free or Die Hard, when something occurred to me. I love action movies that are unrealistic. Why? Because I don’t go to the movies to be reminded of reality, I go to escape it. I go to see things done that could never be even attempted in real life. That’s what makes it fun. This is why I love movies like Armageddon, or any eighties action flick. They suspend reality for a couple of hours, and for that time we may actually believe that the good guys can win, that a fire hydrant can knock a man out of a helicopter, or even that on a remote asteroid, Ben Affleck can survive a space shuttle crash, find a working vehicle, and with no real radar equipment whatsoever find another spacecraft, get there in time, and save the world. What does it matter that this can’t happen in real life? Looking at the way the world is today, do we really need to be reminded of all the suffering when we go out to have a good time?
So I say this, bring back the action movies of the eighties and early nineties. Bring back everything unrealistic as long as the good guys win. Rocky Balboa, great. More Rambo movies, bring em’ on. And while you’re at it, bring back movies like No Retreat, No Surrender, Bloodsport, Death Wish, The Monster Sqaud, and every other movie, where I could walk in, sit down, and get lost in a world where heroes could actually do things wildly heroic and impossible. Because sometimes I don’t want to be reminded of the real world where the good people don’t always win, and people don’t get rescued in the nick of time. So I guess all that there is left to say is “Yippie Kay Yea!”