Sunday, 24 June 2012

Saving the planet comes at a price: "The Avengers"

I know it's been a long, LONG time since I updated, but summer is high-time for my work, and therefore I pretty much live in my car.

But, on the rare occasion that I have a night off, I like to catch a movie, and a few weeks ago I saw "The Avengers"

The Movie
Acting as a sequel to literally 5 different films, The Avengers is the story of six superheros joining together to stop the planet from being destroyed by an alien army.I know, it's not exactly an original plot, but hey. The movie is filled with one-liners and amazing action sequences, making the plot seem fresh and intuitive.

The movie includes a stellar cast of well known actors, all reprising their roles as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Samuel L. Jackson returns as Nick Fury, director of the secret government agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., along with Agent Coulson (played by Clark Gregg) as well. The only new addition to the franchise is the Hulk, who in the past two Hulk movies was played by Eric Bana and Edward Norton. However, Mark Ruffalo played the character in this film, and I have to admit, he did a great job.

What Doesn't Make Sense
Actually, in this case, the movie is actually pretty logical. Ok, not really, but better than most superhero movies!

I heard a story on the radio just after the movie came out that made me laugh. Essentially, a disaster analysis company took the time to go through the movie and come up with a numerical value for the amount of damage that the heroes would have caused had they really taken the fight to the streets of New York. What made the report even better was towards the end of the movie, clips of interviews shown by news agencies are flashed around, including one of the Mayor of New York saying "Who is going to pay for all this!?"

It's just something that I notice a lot in movies where there is mass destruction caused by an alien force (or dinosaurs... like The Lost World) there is no mention of the amount of damage that something like that would cause. But in the case of The Avengers, there is a price tag, calculated by professionals too! That price is $160 Billion.

Here is the report that the company created. I also lists how the attack could either be classified as a terrorist attack, and act of war, or an act of God (since Loki is technically a god...). It's just interesting to read how much damage something like this would actually cause!

I'm glad to see that someone else in the world likes to look at movies from a logical point-of-view too.

Until next time.

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