We all know that movies suspend disbelief and enable you to run off to an escapist paradise, but pretty much every movie ever released is grounded in reality. Even fantasy and sci-fi movies. Take out the magic wands and space ships, and most of the time you get human stories portrayed realistically. But sometimes, events unfold in a movie and you end up muttering out loud “Oh come on. That would never happen in ‘real life’.” No matter how fantastical or surreal, we the audience always compare events in a movie to real life. This is particularly apparent in the case of good versus evil.
Good almost always triumphs evil in movies, particularly in movies that feature heroes and villains. The heroes on this list would never have won in the cold and cynical world of real life where kids don’t defeat much more capable adults and enemies don’t have the courtesy to attack you one by one. Despite every movie on this list being a good one (with the exception of the Rambo sequels), we know the heroes of said movies wouldn’t have lasted a minute in real life, but that’s kind of the beauty of movies. For as unrealistic as Harry Potter’s defeat of Lord Voldemort was, it captured something that is only possible in fiction.
5. Frank Martin – The Transporter Films
Despite the all round badass nature of Jason Statham, not even he could have held off the endless swarms of bad guys that he faces single-handedly through three Transporter films. The main reason as to why Frank Martin could never win in real life is the numbers game. Time and time again across the three films, he is greeted with gangs of scary looking men, yet it is always Martin who walks away face intact.
The reason for this is, the antagonists in The Transporter don’t fight like how real people do in real life, but rather cordially as they take it in turns to attack Martin rather than swarming him like anybody with a brain cell would. If they swarmed him, he wouldn’t be able to unleash his phenomenal ensemble of martial arts moves that are very unpractical in real life. There’s no denying that Frank Martin is a hard, tough man who can more than handle himself, but he wouldn’t have a chance in hell in real life.
This article was first posted on June 14, 2013