Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Understanding the Surprise Ending Logistics

Remember the non-stop action and surprise when the movie Die Hard first came out? Do you remember the ending when the bad guy emerges yet again after you thought he was dead? You know…this scene:

And of course there’s the donut-eating desk jockey cop that conquers his fear of drawing his weapon and saves the day. I know, it made you want to go home and organize your filing cabinet or conquer your own fear of spiders or something.

But you have to wonder about the logistics of this whole thing. The last time we saw him he was like this:

And here’s a close up for you because I know you want one…

So you have to ask yourself, how did he get from hanging by the neck and unconscious to outside with an automatic weapon? Let’s explore…

Bad guy wakes up

“Holy crap…my neck really hurts! Hey, WTF? Why do I have this chain around my neck? I can barely breathe! Oh wait…that’s right, I was fighting that dirty T-shirt guy that killed my brother. I need to get down and get him for this.”

Sees panicked hostages running down the stairs

“Wait, wait, somebody help me. I’m not THAT bad; I can’t help it if I’m German. I was going to give some of the money to the Jerry Lewis telethon. Could you guide me over back to the stairs?”

Nobody helps him

“Just great! What kind of humanity do we have here in California when they won’t even help me? Maybe if I push off from the wall I can slide back to the stairwell…”

He pushes out into the middle of the room…stranded

“Oh…that’s better. Why do I even bother! Maybe if I pull up on the chain above me I can unwrap it from my neck.”

Chain comes unwrapped

“I did it. Now to figure out how to get down. I’ll just go hand over hand to the bottom.”

He starts his decent but slips and slides down the chain to the bottom

“Crap! My hands! They’re burned and blistered! He’s gonna pay for that! Why couldn’t I listen to the guys over at the bad guy club; they warned me to use gloves like the old western outlaws did.”

Bad guy finds convenient automatic weapon laying on floor and proceeds to make his surprise ending

And there you have it. That's how I think it went down behind the scenes...

39 comments:

Mrsupole said...

And that is why movies are so fake and one never can believe what they see anymore except for FOA.

God bless.

Baino said...

You must be one of these annoying movie watchers like me that shouts at the girl in the horror movie to turn the bloody light on or don't go down the cellar! Jesus, don't they watch horror movies?

Uncivil said...

3rd.....I'm movin' on up?

Uncivil said...

As for that photo of the day. My luck would be that they all decided to eat cabbage, and boiled eggs,and drink lots of beer??????

Nessa said...

I am glad you cleared that up. It makes so much sense now. I was afraid it was somehow contrived.

Dismal

subby said...

Heh,kinda like when they shoot out of sequence (which is more or less all the time )and mix the scenes up in the finished reel!


Ooh, ooh request about using "stock footage"!!!

CatLadyLarew said...

This description is the equivalent of me getting out of bed every morning. (Especially annoying on days when I can't remember where I left my automatic weapon from the night before.)

Quirkyloon said...

And now we know why it's more than possible that Zombies do exist!

Thank-you VE for helping The Zombie Truth.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

....but I'm not afraid of spiders. In fact I quite like them. Even the nasty ones.

Roy Scribner said...

Sweet, a pile of weapons! And look, there's one of those automatic ones with endless bullets!

mama-face said...

haha. All I could think of is how old I am that I DO remember the first Die Hard movie. haha. Nice job on thinking about someone besides Bruce Willis.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

You can't keep Daniel Hochleitner down.

The Incredible Woody said...

And why do the good guys always turn their backs to the 'dead' guy? Don't they watch movies - he is never dead the first (second or third) time!

Kurt said...

I was never into those kinds of movies when I was coming up.

VE said...

Mrsupole – How do I know it’s really you that is FOA here though? What if you’ve been hiring a stunt double to do your commenting?

Baino – I like to go a second time and shout out the spoilers…”Don’t worry…he DIES in the final scene…”

Uncivil – Third, eh? You get a bronze medal. I have no idea what good bronze is…I mean they don’t even have one of those bronze-for-cash type businesses out there…

Nessa – Contrived? In a movie? Never! Especially science fiction because we all know that English is the native language in space…

Subby – Well…Tarrentino can get away with that because he seems to present all his films out of sequence…

Catladylarew – You sleep suspended from chain link? I’d be cranky in the morning too!

Quirkyloon – Go Zombies! Oh wait…they weren’t in the Superbowl. Oh wait…the Superbowl was last weekend, wasn’t it?

Perpetual chocoholic – Then you need to organize your filing…

Roy – Ha! So true. I like the ones with endless bullets. Oh, and of course it’s always nice that the bad guys can never seem to hit anything! They need endless bullets…

Mama-face – It has been awhile, hasn’t it? But then again I remember Ron Howard starring in “Eat My Dust” or Mark Hamill in something besides Star Wars (Corvette Summer) so that’s old!

Dennis – The gnomes suggest dried cereal and milk…that’ll keep anyone down…

Incredible woody – In the case of Jason or Freddy…they don’t even die on the eighth, nineth or tenth time!

VE said...

kurt - Well...the Disney ones had bad villians too!

aladdinsane12 said...

or maybe he just had an evil brother that he summoned with his mind to carry out his evil work?

lifeshighway said...

Yeah, Germans always say they are going to give to Jerry's kids, but they never do.

Ronda Laveen said...

When will the young bad guys ever learn to listen to the old ones? Wear your gloves, darn it! We told you to wear your gloves!

Elizabeth said...

I never saw this movie. But I remember watching Bruce Willis in Moonlighting :)

Gladys said...

VE I think you and I should go to Hollywood and direct movies. We could show how these things REALLY take place.

Like that gap in time in love story chick flicks you know where they go from fully clothed to naked in bed smoking cigarettes? yeah we all know what they do in between...they do yoga.

JenJen said...

Buzz Kill.

angie said...

You really thought this one through...........:)

Brian o vretanos said...

NO doubt the long overdue 10-disc Special Edition Blue-Ray DVD edition with the deleted deleted-scenes will show that you are correct.

ReformingGeek said...

Yes, weapons always seem to be so convenient in the movies.


Oh wait. Isn't this real life?

secret agent woman said...

This is why I mostly avoid action movies!

Serena said...

I hate surprise endings.:)

Chris C said...

Wow this is almost, word-for-word the deleted scene in the DVD Brian mentioned. Got it in the mail from Netflix today.

Weird.

Janna said...

I've never seen Die Hard but I would love to be a donut-eating desk jockey.

If that position is already taken, I could consider switching over to cookies or cheesecake.

lime said...

i believe the term explaining all of this is "suspension" of disbelief. hhhmmm, how fitting.

Jaime said...

you've put way too much thought into this. kind of like of my husband will comment on every movie with a gun or airplane, telling me in exact detail why it's the wrong caliber gun or how the guy isn't working the controls right in the plane.

The Silver Fox said...

Hey, the writer actually tried to give it some sense of plausibility. See how he's got his hand on the chain? That's so he wouldn't be strangled on his way up, which is why he survived. Then he just played dead while they brought the body down and put him on the stretcher. It's up to us to supply the rest, I guess. My theory for the weapon he so casually produced later on is... uhhh... he had a spare strapped to his leg, like a policeman often has a spare pistol? No? Crap.

VE said...

Aladdinsane12 – Dang…I wish I had an evil brother…

Lifeshighway – The French do…Jerry is very popular there…

Ronda – They always have to figure it out for themselves!

Elizabeth – Back when he had hair?

Glady – We should. And I suspected they were going Yoga. No wonder they’re always so dang tired afterward…

Jenjen – I’ll have you know, I’ve never officially killed a buzz before. I don’t even have a buzz license!

Angie – Somebody needs to do the really deep thinking…

Brian – I’m still waiting…

Reforminggeek – Yeah, I found a nuclear missile in the bushes just the other day…

Secret agent woman – Well…movies need SOME action…otherwise they’d be called stillies

Serena – Some movies I’m surprised they even ended…I thought they were torture…

Chris c – Netflix is secretly taking over the planet. They will soon send an encrypted message to all their customers that will put the plan into motion…but I could be paranoid…

Janna – What do desk jockeys actually ride?

Lime – “Suspension of disbelief”…what a load of reverse psychology that is….why do we overcomplicate things?

Jaime – The truth is out there…

Silver fox – I played dead the other day and people celebrated!

Maureen said...

You're the one behind all those continuity error lists on IMDb, aren't you??? Come one, fess up.

Janna said...

"Janna – What do desk jockeys actually ride?"

If their jobs don't pay enough to afford a car, they ride public transportation.

Though I've met some that should probably ride brooms.

gab said...

whats really bad is when you can say I bet he aint really dead! And 2 mins later you find out you were right!

VE said...

Maureen – Shhhhh…don’t tell anyone…I knew he limped with the wrong leg after getting shot in “Speed”…

Janna – Brooms wins the vote!

Gab – It is becoming a cliché, isn’t it?

Annie Ha said...

suspension of disbelief has its pros and it cons...

VE said...

annie ha - If I'm one of the pros...do I get paid?