Most movies rely on tropes that are pretty unrealistic when you compare them to real life, but are convenient for the plot. Like when someone works a minimum wage job but can afford a three-bedroom apartment in Manhattan.
Action movies do this a lot, so when Redditor jay_rode posed the question, "What is something unrealistic that you often see in movies that annoys the hell out of you?" to r/AskReddit, we knew there would be some good action movie-specific responses.
Here are some of the best ones:
1.Heroes never reloading their weapons, or when they do, they just drop the magazine and go. Those things aren't cheap!
2.Blows to the head knocking someone out for exactly as long as is convenient for the plot with no long-term consequences whatsoever. Even otherwise "realistic" shows and movies are guilty of this. In reality, any blow to the head strong enough to knock you out is likely to cause brain damage or even death.
3.Guns that magically do whatever you need them to at that moment. Fancy door won't open? Shoot the door's control panel. Door won't close? Shoot the control panel. Need to stop a countdown? Shoot it until it stops. Need to make a crane drop something but don't know how to operate it? Do you have a gun?
9.In heist movies, they always have a guy open a velvet pouch and pour a few dozen diamonds onto a table. No one would ever carry diamonds like that. They'd scratch the hell out of each other. Plus, each individual stone is graded, certified, and carefully tracked — not just tossed willy-nilly into a bag.
11.My dad works in the HVAC field, and it always amuses him to see scenes of people crawling through ductwork. Like, first of all, there's no way that would hold a full-grown man. That much weight would just rip the brackets out of the wall. Second, there's all kinds of screws and bolts sticking up everywhere inside ductwork. And a lot of buildings run wires through them, too.
12.When there are two armies marching toward each other in formation but as soon as the battle starts, it all breaks up into thousands of one-on-one melee duels completely ignoring the importance of unit cohesion, discipline, training, and morale.
15.People drinking vast amounts of alcohol, then appearing perfectly fine in the next scene. Look at Raiders of the Lost Ark. Marion out-drinks a person who's twice her size. Okay fine. But then she goes on cleaning the bar and helping Indy in a firefight without any sign of being impaired.
16.I really want to see someone just roll their ankle in an action movie. Minor injuries happen SO often IRL but nobody in movies ever jumps off a roof and just kinda lands weird. People are either totally fine or have life-threatening injuries.
23.Gunshot to the leg and they can still walk. One to the lungs and they’re breathing fine. One in the heart and they either die instantly or spend a whole minute talking. You've got 10 to 20 seconds, not 6 minutes.
24.A complete lack of legal consequences. "I need to kill the time-traveling baddie by stealing this cop's gun and knocking him out. Yay, I succeeded! What do you mean I am now under arrest for multiple felonies including murder and assaulting a police officer?"