At some point I stopped watching action movies. Not completely, but I certainly didn’t see them in the theater, and I would only occasionally catch one on television. I’m not sure why. I guess in some ways, I am a slave to my own perceived intellect. Can’t be bothered watching things explode for 90 minutes. I’d rather choke down some odd drama instead, and that is what I did/still do on most occasions. I wasn’t always of this opinion. We’re talking about a huge fan of the Die Hard series, among others, but eventually I just stopped paying attention.
I think this was because of two things. First, the action just got too out of control, too implausible. It’s not like Die Hard could happen, but I think maybe most people have this threshold for feasibility…there has to be some there? I do, or at least I did at one time and I kind of lumped all these new movies with bigger and more implausible stunts into the “ridiculous” category. Also, I think I associated the run on comic book movies with action movies. Any movie about a superhero is very, very difficult for me to tolerate. I still hold firmly on that, but to group those movies with the true action genre isn’t really fair.
I’ve had a bit of a low brain intensity awakening in the past few weeks. It started when I was confronted with absolutely no choices for a movie. I think to myself, why don’t you occasionally not see a movie and then there would actually be something to pick from. But, I’m looking, and about the only thing I see is The Expendables. The Sly Stallone and every other juiced up action guy of the 80s and 90s movie. I remember openly mocking this film when it was in the theaters. I’m sure I was very elaborate with my derision. Oh, that’s going to be awffffful. But, I really had no choice. As I watched, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The plot is, of course, absurd. But, who cares really? I found myself thinking it was quite watchable, which is the only thing I was looking for. Where a horrendous comedy like Dinner for Schmucks, had failed to meet that minimal requirement, The Expendables had come through.
From there, I hit the books. This was an accident as well. I was at the bookstore just after Christmas and there were 2 books I definitely wanted, but I had a gift card. There was going to be a few dollars left over, so instead of having 6 bucks on a Barnes and Noble card I might lose, I said to myself, just get another book now. I didn’t have a book in mind, though, and I was in a bit of a hurry. So, I did a quick browse, read the back of something and decided to pull the trigger. Only when I got home did I realize it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. This was a pretty superficial book. Predictable plot, only good looking people, some sex, some intrigue…you get the idea. In a flashback to my Dominick Dunne days, I tore through that bad boy in a couple of days. Satisfied, again.
And, so last night when I decided I needed to rent a movie because I wasn’t sure what this snow scenario was going to be, I had absolutely no second thoughts when getting the A – Team. Now, this is something I never would have done a month ago. I didn’t watch the show. I had no interest when the movie was in the theater, but there I was. And, it was a good movie. Better than The Expendables. By a mile. Now, again, it’s completely ridiculous. Rampage Jackson is a terrible, terrible actor. But, it was entertaining. Sh-t eating grins, lay-up humor, explosions, Jessica Biel. It was a pretty simple and workable equation. I had a grand old time. Welcome back, action flick.