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Top 5 Movies Where The Good Guy Should Have Lost

September 30, 2009 Leave a comment

We all know the good guy always wins in Hollywood movies.  But maybe there are sometimes when he shouldn’t.

Crimson Tide

Crime Tide Screen Shot

The good guy:  Denzel Washington is Lt. Commander Ron Hunter of the U.S.S. Alabama.  The U.S.S. Alabama, a ballistic missile submarine, has received orders to launch a nuclear strike against a rogue Soviet missile base that is fueling its nuclear missiles for a suspected strike on the U.S.   During an attack by a Soviet submarine, the Alabama receives a partial message countermanding the order to launch it’s missles but the message is cut off and cannot be authenticated.

How he wins:Hunter takes over the submarine from its Captain preventing him from firing the missiles until the message can be authenticated.

Why he shouldn’t:In the movie, of course, not launching was the right choice.  In real life, half the East Coast of the U.S. is destroyed before word gets back to the Alabama asking why they haven’t launched their missiles.  At which time the Captain gets all the blame for losing half the country when he had an opportunity to stop the missile attack.

Dune

Dune Screen Shot

The good guy: Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan), the prince of noble House Atreides becomes the leader of the Freman on planet Dune which contains “spice” that is necessary for long distance space travel.

How he wins:  Paul equips the Freman with a new type of weapon which converts sound and thoughts into energy pulses that are used as weapons.

Why he shouldn’t: Instead of freeing the Freman on Dune, Paul equips them with experimental weapons to overthrow the emperor.  After which he take takes over as emperor and becomes leader of the galaxy.  An impressive feat to overthrow the Empire but isn’t overthrowing a government to become the sole ruler technically a dictator?

Minority Report
Minority Report - Tom Cruise

The good guy: Tom Cruise is Chief John Anderton, a pre-crime officer who stops and arrests people who are about to commit as a crime as directed by three psychics that can see into the future.   When Anderton is acused of a pre-crime he goes on the run to prove his innocence which intern destroys the pre-crime division and forces the release of all persons arrested by pre-crime.

How he wins: Andteron discovers that there are times when not all three of the psychics agree on their vision of the future so there is a possibility that a person might not commit the crime.

Why he shouldn’t:  So we have a system that for most people can predict a murder with 100% accuracy and for others can predict the murder with a 75% accuracy and we just dismantle the system and let everyone go?  The end of the movie is a happy ending with all the previously incarcerated pre-criminals being released to there families.  In reality, murder rates soar, hundreds needlessly die and the next administration voted into office brings back the system.  How about at least leaving the psychics in place and recording all their visions that when a murder does occur there’s a good chance it was caught on tape.

Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)

Mutiny on the Bounty - Clark Gable

The good guy:  Fletcher Christian (Clark Gable) is a Master’s Mate on board the HMS bounty en route to Tahiti.

How he wins: On the way to England, in response to the Captains brutality against his crew, Christian mutinies, takes over the ship and sets the Captain and his loyal officers a float in a small craft in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.  Christian then returns to Tahiti to start a new life.

Why he shouldn’t: By setting the Captain and other officers adrift in the middle of the ocean, Christian intention must have been to kill them.  If he really objected to the Captain’s behavior he should have secured him in the ships hold to stand trial in England.  Instead he takes over the ship and dooms the crew to a life on the run.

Soylent Green

Soylent Green - Charleton Heston

The good guy:  Thorn (Charlton Heston) is police detective in a future where food and resources are scarce.  While investigating a murder he finds out the true source of the people’s favorite food, Soylent Green.

How he wins:  Thorn traces the body of a friend who committed suicide back to a factory which turns people into food that is sold as Soylent Green.

Why he shouldn’t:  By exposing the truth about Soylent Green, Thorn, has probably destroyed whats left of a government and doomed the people to an even worse future.  It’s not like people were murdered and made into food.  Instead of burying the bodies, the government repurposed them into a nutritious and tasty  treat.  Isn’t that what recycling is all about?

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5 Movies You’ve Never Seen But Should

September 14, 2009 1 comment

There are movies out there which have missed the collective conscience of the movie watching public but are still worth the time to watch.  Some of these movies went straight to video while others may have been lost in weekly theater movie shuffle.  These are 5 movies that you probably never heard of but are definitely worth watching.

1.  Alien Raiders – 2008

Alien Raiders Poster

Alien Raiders is an alien invasion story in the tradition of  John Carpenter’s The Thing.  There are aliens among us and the only way to find them is through some sort of human/alien test.  A group of alien raiders have tracked an alien queen to a small town supermarket.  The group methods are crude if not effective.  They raid the store to save humanity, but have to damage some humanity to do it.

2.  Repo! The Genetic Opera – 2008

Repo The Genetic Opera Poster

Repo! The Genetic Opera is nothing if not an original film.  In the future every part of your body can be replaced with superior parts and all those new parts can be financed like a new car.  When people can’t pay for their new body parts the repo man comes to repossess your new heart, liver or vocal cords.  It really is an opera so there is singing.

3.  Population 436 – Release 2006

Population 436 Poster

Population 436 is a story about a small town isolated from the outside world.  The town is hiding a terrible secret.  For the last 100 years the population of the town has always remained exactly 436 inhabitants.  When a baby is born, that means someone has to die.

4.  Felon – 2008

Felon Poster

In Felony, a man is sent to prison for killing an intruder that broke into his home.  This family man must now learn to survive in prison so that he can one day return to his family.

5.  Hannibal Rising – 2007

Hannibal Rising Poster

Hannibal Rising is the prequel to all the Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs fame.  The movie starts a young Hannibal and his sister.  It shows up what happened to Hannibal growing up that made him the way he is.

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