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  • Predator on Random Dumbest Heroic Sacrifices In Movie History

    (#6) Predator

    • Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves, R. G. Armstrong, Shane Black, Kevin Peter Hall

    Billy's sacrifice in Predator doesn't really make sense when you compare the cost versus the reward. There is no guarantee that Billy using himself as bait will buy enough time for the rest of his party to "get to the chopper" - so why does he stop in the middle of the jungle and doom himself without question? And given that the time between Billy's scream and the Predator's next attack is a matter of seconds, his sacrifice doesn't seem to amount to much.

    If Billy really wanted to act as bait or a distraction for the Predator, he could have put himself at the end of the pack and either kept running in the direction of the chopper for a potential escape, or run off in a tangential direction to try and draw it away from his party. All in all, a great moment, but it falls apart the second any thought is put into it.

  • Avengers: Endgame on Random Dumbest Heroic Sacrifices In Movie History

    (#11) Avengers: Endgame

    • Robert Downey, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Brie Larson, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Tessa Thompson, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Robert Redford, Dave Bautista, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Winston Duke, Tom Holland, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rene Russo, Letitia Wright, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Olsen, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan, Evangeline Lilly, Stan Lee

    Let's get one thing straight: Natasha Romanoff is a hero. Without her sacrifice, the endgame of Endgame would not have been possible. However, the situation could have been handled better.

    Black Widow and Hawkeye have one of the most important relationships in the MCU, but it's undercut by their pointless tussle on the cliffs of Vormir. Each tries to give their life for the Soul Stone, but neither will allow the other to go over the edge. What could have been an emotional scene ends up becoming a farce as they trade blows instead of mature dialogue. Natasha knows that Clint's family will return once the Snap is undone, so to borrow one of her lines from Avengers: Age of Ultron, it makes sense for her to be the one to perish since she has no family waiting for her. In her mind, there's never any question which of them should take the plunge.

    Unfortunately, the way the scene plays out, it feels more like Natasha is sacrificing herself because she wants to feel useful. That undermines the integrity of her character, who is shown in both Endgame and the previous MCU films to consistently prioritize the good of the many before the few.

  • Titanic on Random Dumbest Heroic Sacrifices In Movie History

    (#3) Titanic

    • Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bill Paxton, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Victor Garber, David Warner, Danny Nucci, Suzy Amis, Bernard Fox, Richard Fox, Emmett James

    Titanic's bona fides are indisputable. Not only did it take home 11 Academy Awards, it was also the highest-grossing film of all time before James Cameron topped himself with a little film called Avatar. However, the 1997 classic proves that even the most celebrated films can end with one massive plot hole.

    After the Titanic sinks, Jack and Rose share a rather large piece of wreckage while they wait to get rescued. Jack, perhaps in an effort to be chivalrous, opts to give Rose the entire piece of wood while he succumbs to hypothermia in the icy water. There is plenty of room for them to share the wooden door and avoid the dangerous chill, but as James Cameron says in the very episode of Mythbusters that proves this, "If the script says Jack dies, he's going down."

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron on Random Dumbest Heroic Sacrifices In Movie History

    (#4) Avengers: Age of Ultron

    • Robert Downey, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Thomas Kretschmann

    This one is Joss Whedon's fault, because it's a tried-and-true formula he returns to again and again. The debut of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron is bookended by the idea of what a hero is and is not. To the siblings, Iron Man and Stark Industries are at the "not hero" end of the spectrum, whereas they - fighting to save both their country and the world - fall squarely on the opposite end. Over the course of the film, their views gradually shift.

    During the climactic battle in Sokovia, we see Hawkeye interacting with the twins, telling them to get off their behinds and save some lives. Quicksilver does this incredibly well, and instead of Hawkeye perishing with an innocent bystander, Pietro takes the hit. The silver speedster leans into the heroic sacrifice trope almost as hard as Elizabeth Olsen leans into that ambiguously Eastern European accent.

    The issue with Quicksilver's demise isn't so much the sacrifice as the set up. The way the sequence is filmed, and the way the characters trade stereotypical Whedon banter instead of anything approaching realistic emotions, undermines the significance of the sacrifice. Does Quicksilver's selfless act feel earned, or is it actually a cheap "fridging" for the sake of his sister's character development?

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on Random Dumbest Heroic Sacrifices In Movie History

    (#5) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    • Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot, Scoot McNairy, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Brandon Spink, Lauren Cohan, Alan D. Purwin, Mark Edward Taylor, Hugh Maguire, Michael Shannon

    Ignoring the two-ish hours of problems leading up to the finale of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the heroes' battle with Doomsday is actually one of the film's virtues, as it gives audiences their first glimpse of DC's Trinity facing off against a major foe. In the comics, Doomsday is one of the few baddies to give Superman and the Justice League any real trouble, and he's infamous for offing Superman in the 1992 "Death of Superman" storyline. Batman v Superman ends the same way as that arc, with Superman sacrificing himself to stop Doomsday. The problem is, unlike in the comic, movie Superman has a fully capable Wonder Woman fighting at his side.

    In the film, Diana of Themyscira holds her own against the ever-evolving monster - knocking him off his feet, slicing off his arm, and restraining him with her lasso. She easily takes the title of MVP for this fight in any court of public opinion. Superman, rather than throwing the Amazon his Kryptonite spear or restraining Doomsday in her place, flies head first into a mutually assured destruction with the monster.

    The act is certainly in character with the DCEU's short-sighted Superman, who couldn't think of a better way to stop Zod in Man of Steel than ending the Kryptonian's life. This time, he ends his own life despite multiple alternatives. Does it complicate an already convoluted film that barely has any action? Yes. Would it have saved the franchise if Superman lived to see the founding of the Justice League? Probably.

  • The Iron Giant on Random Dumbest Heroic Sacrifices In Movie History

    (#10) The Iron Giant

    • Jennifer Aniston, Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick, Vin Diesel, Christopher McDonald, James Gammon, Cloris Leachman, John Mahoney, M. Emmet Walsh

    In The Iron Giant, it's established that the titular giant reacts defensively to anything it deems dangerous. Hogarth, the 9-year-old everyone wanted to be when they first saw this film in 1999, tells the Iron Giant it can be anything it wants to be. Towards the end of the film, an atomic device is fired, targeting the giant. The giant, deciding it wants to be a hero, intercepts the projectile in the atmosphere, saving the town in the process.

    This is all fine and good, but considering the giant comes from space, it probably has the power to return there. Why, then, couldn't the giant just fly in a straight line until the nuke's own propulsion peters out? Fortunately, the Iron Giant begins to reassemble itself by the film's end, but all of this heartbreak could have been avoided if, ironically, a sentient robot used a bit of logic.

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