Yeah I know this isn't about video games, but I haven't posted in a loooooooong time, so I thought I'd at least show that I'm not dead. Not yet, at least. So, this annoying and embarrassing thing has been happening to me lately while I watch movies, particularly action movies.
Now, there is a certain subset of the action genre that requires you to ignore the sociopolitical implications to enjoy. Mostly the type where a super elite team of badasses goes into a foreign country and smashes everything to bits trying to save someone or kill someone. But, either way, they’re going to kill a hell of a lot of people. They’ll explode anything in their way, have shootouts in the middle of the city, and blow the hell out of buildings and cars, with zero regard for the people living there. Insane collateral damage is pretty much par for the course in this type of action movie. Imagine if some dude dressed in black fatigues dives through your window, trades shots with people outside, blows up a wall to escape and just jams, leaving you with PTSD and a broken house.
You have to ignore all that to enjoy the movie, and that’s okay. But, I just watched a movie called Hurricane Heist. It’s about, as you can probably guess, a robbery that takes place during a huge storm. A group of dudes take over a facility that is used to shred cash that the government is taking out of circulation. They do it completely non-lethally, because they don’t want to hurt anyone. It’s just a dude who has worked in the public sector for ages and about to retire. So, he figures, just take all this junk cash that the federal government is going to destroy anyway, and live off that.
But then some chick who was transporting the money decides that this is EVIL and starts killing them. The bad guys who, at this point, have not killed a person and are only interested in the cash that the government is throwing away. Like, it’s just trash. It’s not even stealing money from people, bank, or any other such entity! It’s refuse!
And then the action starts, and it’s pretty standard stuff, car chases, explosions, gun fights, a few punches, hub caps hurled like ninja stars. The heisters are slowly picked off in varying manners, including being sucked up into a hurricane and having a truck dropped on them.
But, I kept going back to the idea that these people are killing and dying for not-even property. That the bad guys deserve to die as punishment for daring to try to have some joy in their twilight years. That these scraps are something that this chick needs to fight and kill to protect. So that she can then destroy it. Why? I don’t buy that this a crime worthy of capital punishment. Heck, I’m not even so sure that this is a moral crime.
I dunno, man, maybe there’s some element that I’m missing or maybe this is super elementary stuff for critics and journalists, but it’s kind of been a thing that I’ve been dwelling on.
It’s naught but trash.