10 Shocking Movie Character Deaths That Came Out Of Nowhere
9. The Assassination - Bulworth
Okay so this one could have been more of a surprise,
but bizarrely the film’s tie-in soundtrack song Ghetto Supastar (which is an
absolute banger) gave it away to canny listeners in advance of the film’s
release. Scripted by a pre-West Wing Aaron Sorkin, Bulworth is a surreal comedy
which follows a straight-talking senator who turns to rapping (yes, really) to cure
his midlife crisis and spikes his popularity rating as a result.
It’s a kind of cringey, fairly funny satire which has all
the hallmarks (good and bad) of Sorkin’s more accomplished later works—rat-a-tat dialogue, alternately inspirational, agreeably cheesy, and embarrassingly idealistic
views of US politics, and a handful of great performances elevating uneven
As the eponymous politician, Warren Beatty puts in a funny turn, and
as his assassin-turned-love-interest a young Halle Berry is magnetic. All of which
makes the film’s inexplicable denouement, wherein the titular senator is suddenly
killed by sniper fire, all more absurdly dark and shocking.
The ending left audiences shook, but the death fits
the film’s cynical theme of the omnipresence of political corruption and the
sudden nature of it provides the flick’s most hard-hitting moment.