I'm not a cat
- Jan 10, 2021
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There are also the criminals who, whilst being chased get hit by a car, with leg breaking, skull crushing and death inducing speed, then roll on the floor, get up and carry on running without even a limp, ususlly to escape, this usually happens near the middle of a film/episode and the cop is left frustrated the other side of a stream of fast moving cars.I have just read all 43 pages of this highly enjoyable thread to see if something i noticed last night on a tv show was on here (it's okay I have the day off).
I was watching the final episode of Unforgettable, a watchable but not brilliant American cop drama about a lady cop (and a bit of a Mary Sue) with an eidetic memory. (Now cops/fbi agents/crime fighters in general with eidetic memories seem to be surprisingly common too).
The protagonist is chasing a villain. It is usually (but not always) quite an arduous pursuit. The villain runs out of a door/passageway into the street and starts to look back at the protagonist. They usually look a bit smug and the protagonist is often winded and thinks they can't catch the villain. ALL OF A SUDDEN a van/lorry/SUV speeds in from stage left at top speed and rams into the villain, carrying them forward and out of shot to the right. The villain is dead! Shock! Jump-scare!
This happens so often in tv and film now that when someone runs into the road I am all but yelling at the screen. Don't stop until you get to the sidewalk/pathway on the opposite side!!!!! In fact don't stop at all and you might escape the coppers you idiot.
Also rooftop pursuits seem to be a more common thing on American shows than British ones, maybe because there are more buildings with flat roofs. The main cliche is when the villain gets to the side of the building and sees an alleyway in between them and the next building block. They decide to make a leap for the next building but fall short slightly and are hanging on to the wall of the next block by their fingers. The hero has no choice but to leap the alleyway to the next block. They leap the alleyway and succeed, doing a neat parkour roll to soften the landing. The hero tries to pull the villain up but oh no! the villain loses their grip on the wall, the hero loses their grip on the villain and the villain plunges to their doom several floors below. The hero punishes themself for not being able to save them even though the villain killed a busload of disabled children and laughed whilst he did so etc.
Imagine this taking place on top of a terrace in Rotherham.