It’s that moment when the action star comes under fire, and he takes his machine gun and BANG! BANG! BANG! Bullets raging, the camera whirls, and of course, rock music starts playing.
When ma and I saw one of these scenes on a bus’ TV, she said, “Notice that they use rock and roll for killing scenes, so you’ll think, this is just play.” But killing people should never be seen as a fun and playful activity. It should be regarded for what it is–a horrific and deplorable act.
That bald guy with the tattoos? What if the screenwriter told you he has a nine-year old son who loves it when his dad cooks kaldereta? What if that female Asian assassin has a mentally challenged friend depending on her? Would you have wept when they died?
No one knows the back stories of the hundreds of characters easily killed on screen because they were dehumanized under uniform. These people might just be characters, they don’t exist, but the same reaction is seen when one hears the news of the death of Pakistanis, Israelis, Afghans, and other individuals in war-torn areas.
War victims are like those movie characters who appear on screen merely to be gunned down in a second and without an inch of hesitation. Flat, without a story, but the real-life victims actually lived as flesh and bone and were loved by sisters, brothers, friends, children, and parents. But when we hear about these individuals, they are merely statistics. They are nobody, and we don’t care.
Even in killing an evil person, there are consequences, and these aren’t shown in action movies. The act of killing itself affects the psychology of that person who has pulled the trigger. That’s why soldiers come home from war depressed and damaged.
Recently though, I’ve noticed that these action scenes also use classical music.
Is it to make killing grand?
Is it to make killing timeless?
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