Sunday December 30, 2012
Action heroes hogged the limelight on the big screen in 2012
A look at some of the movies in 2012 that reassured us that heroes are still very much alive.
Know your hero – It is good that the world has a team of super people like Iron Man, Hawkeye, Hulk, Captain America and Black Widow, especially when the going gets tough (think alien invasion of gargantuan proportion). Thor – the God of Thunder – also lends a helping, erm, hammer.
Defining moment – When the fate of the world hangs in the balance, these folk are able to put aside their differences (and boy, are they worlds apart) and get their act together for the common good.
Words to remember – Tony Stark to Dr Bruce Banner aka The Hulk: “Dr Banner, your work is unparalleled. And I’m a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster.”
Know your hero – Young Merida wants to make her own path and not follow the ones her parents have set for her. In the process of rebelling, Merida causes all sorts of chaos – one involves a witch’s brew with a dire consequence.
Defining moment – The Scottish princess is feisty and right on target when it comes to bows and arrows, but her moment comes when she works out what is truly important in realising who she is.
Words to remember – Merida surmising what she has learned: “There are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it.”
Know your hero – A decorated soldier, who has lost his way after a personal tragedy, thinks his new purpose in life is to find gold and become a wealthy man. His limited perspective changes when he is “telegraphed” to Mars, where he meets a colony of strange-looking creatures and a really smart Princess.
Defining moment – On Mars, Carter realises the thing that he has been looking for is not gold, but a place where he belongs. Once he accepts that he has a home on the Red Planet, he changes his stand and jumps into action.
Words to remember – Princess Dejah Thoris trying to make John Carter realise that he has the power to save the planet: “Don’t you see? Carter, I fled to find another way. You are the other way.”
The Amazing Spider-Man
Know your hero – A teenager’s hardship is truly heartbreaking when the said teenager is Peter Parker. Left in the care of Aunt May and Uncle Ben, Peter finds his footing when he is bitten by a radioactive spider. He is also caught in the middle of an intense romance and crazy fights with a giant lizard.
Defining moment – With the death of Uncle Ben, he has to step up from being an angry teenager to a responsible young man who uses his powers to save people.
Words to remember – Aunt May trying to get Peter to open up: “Secrets have a cost, they’re not for free. Not now, not ever.”
The Dark Knight Rises
Defining moment – Bruce Wayne is not in the best shape after his run-in with The Joker. Where once he kept up the image of a pompous playboy, now he just hides away in Wayne Manor eating alone in the furthest wing of the house. But the services of his alter-ego are required once again with the appearance of yet another megalomaniac.
Defining moment – The fact that the Batman suit is worn by a man who does a lot of push-ups is only too obvious when Batman comes face to face with big-guy Bane. Even with many painful falls, Bruce Wayne doesn’t hesitate to rise again and give everything he’s got to save Gotham.
Words to remember – Batman: (on a rooftop; Batman turns away from Selina, then turns back and realises she is gone) “So that’s what that feels like.”
Know your hero – James Bond kind of dies and takes himself out of the (spying) equation to hang out in a bar by the beach somewhere, alongside a lizard as his drinking buddy. But he makes a return upon hearing the news that MI6 is attacked and his boss may be in big trouble from a crazed villain.
Defining moment – Bond revisits his past to reveal that underneath the cool demeanour and a penchant for girls and gadgets, is a boy who encountered tragedy and fear very early on. Luckily, a licence to kill has kept him honest.
Words to remember – M comes home to find Bond near the window.
M: “Where the hell have you been?”
James Bond: “Enjoying death. 007 reporting for duty.”
The Hunger Games
Know your hero – It’s the far future when teen boys and girls are picked to play a game in which only one of them is declared winner. Katniss Everdeen volunteers after her young sister’s name is announced at the reaping.
Defining moment – Katniss is a hero the moment she volunteers on behalf of her sister. However, the heroic deed that warms everyone’s hearts is when she honours the death of a fellow “tribute” by giving her a beautiful goodbye.
Words to remember – President Snow to the game master: “Hope, it is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective, a lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it’s contained ... So, contain it!”