Monday, May 3, 2010

Where have all the action heroes gone?

I grew up in the age of Stallone and Shwartzanager. First Blood, Rambo II, Commando, The Running Man. These were movies that shaped my childhood in some fashion. Shit, even Red Dawn with Swayze, Howell, and Sheen moved my world and the world around me. It was the 80s and we had heroes. Heroes that stood up for the tortured souls of most of us and kicked ass!
Today? Today we still have great movies, but where are our action heroes? Dewayne "The Rock" Johnson seemed promising (ala-The Rundown) but then a string of Disney movies killed the image. No way could he possibly come in and save the day with "Be Cool" and "The Tooth Fairy" under his belt now. Before Johnson there was Vin Diesel. Who didn't love Riddick in Pitch Black? Who didn't want to go Fast and Furious? Alas, the "Diesel" went the way of the "Rock", Disnefied with movies such as The Pacifier. I've heard rumors Vin is got some good action movies coming up, but can we really buy into it now? I think not.
So what's the big deal? Why do we need action heroes anyway? Well my friends, that is the 1,000,000 dollar question isn't it. Think about this, every generation before ours had their heroes. My Grandparents had real life guys like; Eisenhower, Patton, and Macarthur. They even had their make believe ones- The Green Arrow, Superman and Batman (in comics).
My parents generation had characters such as The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, Joe Friday,and Mike Hammer. In real life they had serious people with serious messages; Martin Luther King, Malcom X, John F Kennedy...Great passion, great messages, great intentions.
All their generations had one thing in common- they had heroes! Who do we have? Fictional character or otherwise? Anyone? In our time, we root for the kind hearted, honorable theives (Ocean 11,12, and 13), psycopaths with a pentient for fighting (Tyler Durden- Fight Club), or a loan shark looking to break into Hollywood (Get Shorty). We have a charasmatic President. Obama certainly talked the talk of our parents generation, but over the last year and half since he took office I haven't really seen him walking the walk...have you?
We need our heroes, where will the come from? In what form will the show their faces? Can we afford to wait?

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