All of these 80's/90's action movies and the one-man army fantasy

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Posted 12/31/17 , edited 12/31/17
In my case, I prefer heroes a lot better when in groups or teams. And yet, with the rare exception of The Expendables franchise, I rarely see action movie heroes from the 80's and 90's in groups, and are instead one-man armies.

Why do so many of those movies have to incorporate a one-man army, when a typical human being wouldn't be able to survive in a vacuum?
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Posted 12/31/17 , edited 12/31/17
Because those are documentaries, not "action movies".
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Posted 12/31/17 , edited 12/31/17

gornotck wrote:

Because those are documentaries, not "action movies".


How are they documentaries?
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well you got to remember, some start out as a whole army, sometimes quite large, and they are picked off in groups/one by one due to the enemy (whatever that might be) until it's the one man vs the enemy, which in turn has always been the main character. there are the legit war movies of course that keep it to a large group, usually they keep it as such. they will break off from the team and/or it's based entirely on one vs one conflicts in the first place. like the cusp breaking Apocalypse Now which came in 1979. and other grand war movies to follow. it all depends on how it came out so to speak. such as Die Hard, The Predator, Alien franchise...

I guess, back in the day, it revealed that the enemy was either really stupid and/or weak, or they were making a dramatic effect to cause even more action, chaos, or, they were simply on a budget and found keeping one or two alive was far cheaper than letting them all live. either way, it was all entertainment. unless it was based on true events of course, that's an entirely different path to play in.
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Posted 12/31/17 , edited 12/31/17
Well Hollywood has always had stories with super alpha dog men on solo journeys against insurmountable odds going all the way back to the earliest westerns.

Built on the success of that in the more contemporary setting during the 70's were films like Dirty Harry or Death Wish that catapulted actors like Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson into being typecast as vigilante type characters. More gritty and real than an 80's blockbuster action star, but still sort of treading similar water.

Rambo was probably a bit of a game changer in the early 80's though. Technically quite similar to 1970's vigilante films, but the addition of army special ops stuff put a bit of a new spin on things. And it was a really big box office success (likely due to Stallone's popularity from Rocky). Hollywood follows the money, and betting on films about army dudes killing loads of people in badass ways was a working formula for a long time afterwards.

It's kind of a shame that Hollywood only really took the nearly invicible army special forces aspect from Rambo for subsequent films though. Rambo is actually a really great movie that tackled a lot of issues like PTSD, how veterans are treated, and how young men are exploited for war.
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Posted 12/31/17 , edited 12/31/17
Like anime is REALLY that different?

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