You have to care

Posted by · 8:43 am · September 16th, 2011

Speaking of “Drive,” I just read through Roger Ebert’s review and this pull quote stuck out to me as particularly cogent:

The key thing you want to feel, during a chase scene, is involvement in the purpose of the chase. You have to care. Too often we’re simply witnessing technology.

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  • 1 9-16-2011 at 10:27 am

    JJ1 said...

    So true. I actually loathe most “action” films because of the senseless sound & fury; which is why I’ve yet to fully enjoy any Transformer movie, to date. They’re not awful (in my opinion), I just couldn’t ‘care’ less.

  • 2 9-16-2011 at 8:28 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    I agree with @JJ1. I have never felt personally invested in the Transformers films. While I don’t hate them, I feel nothing. I think Ebert’s point also rings true during the chase scenes in ‘Hanna’. I cared so much, and it made those scenes between Ronan and Blanchett so intense and personal… man, that’s what a good action film is about.

  • 3 9-16-2011 at 8:51 pm

    JJ1 said...

    ^ agreed about ‘Hanna’. Good point.

  • 4 9-17-2011 at 12:44 am

    Fitz said...

    I think that was what made The Dark Knight so successful – besides Heath Ledger’s last performance at the time – was that we cared about the outcome of Harvey/Rachel/Dent/Bruce.

  • 5 9-17-2011 at 4:46 pm

    geha714 said...

    Ebert is absolutely right. Nine out of ten chases fail to engage the audience because they’re more concerned with the stunts (the bigger and louder the better) but the characters are irrelevant.

  • 6 9-18-2011 at 10:25 am

    James said...

    Yup. In that moment I was concerned for Gosling’s character when the robbery went wrong despite knowing the film still had plenty to go, but I completely forgot that in the moment.