Wired.com - Goodbye, Good Riddance to Antiquated Action Hero Duke Nukem.
We still love our action heroes, but we love them with a touch of
humanity. Instead of simply fawning over men with huge muscles, we crave the
tortured superhuman archetypes of comic book films, like Hugh Jackman in
X-Men Origins: Wolverine. We’re drawn to Robert Downey Jr.’s believable
portrayal of a playboy in a weaponized suit of armor in Iron Man. Characters
like these deliver huge explosions and cool-as-hell quips before offing the
bad guys, but they also give us a glimpse of the human condition through
their emotional turmoil and actual acting.
The polar opposite is the stubborn camera, as used to underwhelming
effect in Path of Neo. Here the camera would simply refuse to play nicely,
looking in the opposite direction to the action or, worse still, moving in
for extreme close-ups of Neo's buttocks at the most inopportune times. It
was like swallowing the red pill shortly after the accidental ingestion of a
mixture of Toilet Duck, horse tranquillisers and someone else's sick. For
most of us, this was not ideal.