Person A's phone rings. Person A replies. Person B tells person A something upsetting over the phone. Person A hangs up and slams the phone down in anger.
This particular setting is extremely common in movies and TV shows. Would you tear your phone apart over some (let's-face-it-not-so-upsetting) news? The phone that has your precious pictures and texts. The phone that probably costed more than half your clothes. No. But it happens on screen all the time.
If you're a film lover like I am, you might have compiled your own "Unrealistic Hollywood Things" list in your mind. Well, you most definitely cringe at them everytime they pop at your cinema/TV/laptop/mobile screen.
Granted, some of them happen to serve the runtime of the film/show but some others are just due to lazy and uninspired filmmaking. Also, they're extremely annoying. I have found myself being so distracted by the amount of hell-no-that-cant-happen things in a movie, than even if the premise of it was somewhat good, I'd end up hating the movie. So, let's start.
- You are in your house. You hear noises from the bedroom upstairs or you think you saw someone in your garden but you don't call the police. Not up until your partner gets slaughtered with an axe because that makes perfect sense.
Gets it right: When a Stranger Calls (1979)
Gets it right: Mr. Robot (2015)
Gets it right: Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
Gets it right: Quick Change (1990)
Gets it right: American Dad (2005)
Gets it right: Pineapple Express (2008)
Gets it right: Every Tarantino movie.
Gets it right: The Wire (2002)
Gets it right: Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)
Gets it right: Bridesmaids (2011)
Gets it right: Big Night (1996)
I am obliged to quote "The Caller" from Phone Booth:
Now doesn't that just torque your jaws? I love that. You know like in the movies just as the good guy is about to kill the bad guy, he cocks his gun. Now why didn't he have it cocked? Because that sound is scary. It's cool, isn't it?
Gets it right: Phone Booth (2002)
I feel like we should make a movie that tackles all these unrealistic things. Imagine watching a guy trying to find a parking space for 15 minutes in the big screen. We could call it The Most Realistic Movie Ever. Or The Most Boring Movie Ever. I don't know. I haven't figured it out yet. You get my point though. Some of the scenarios above are almost always impossible to avoid but most of them can be overcome and become real. In the end of the day, even if we watch movies in order to escape from our reality, we constantly strive to relate to the characters. When we are unable to do so, the film hasn't done its job; To make you feel like a human being.
Sofia Katsali is a Social Media & Online Community Manager, Co-Founder of the non-profit organization Echelon Donates & a Computer Science final-year student. She has been interviewed by MTV Act for her online charity work and has a great passion for all things digital, entertainment and design. You can find her in Linkedin where she occasionally shares her personal experiences.