CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

The John Wayne Hero versus the Tom Cruise Hero

While Two Gun Tommy Cruise can take remote control
machine guns and easily shoot down an army of henchmen in
“Mission Impossible 3”, this cartoon violence shoulders no
social responsibility.

The violence of John Wayne's swansong movie, "The Shootist"
is brutal, but not glorified. In fact, the
Shootist himself, J.B.Books, downplays his glorified
past with understated dignity.

In this moral world of the American West,
violence occurs when one assumes the responsibility of
defending one self. Violence is used for survival,
not to pose and look cool.

Perhaps it is this kind of simple clarification of universal
truth that modern day media has failed to understand
with modern day action movies.
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