In movies, the antagonist never has a sympathetic motive to justify their perfidious actions and villainy. They epitomize evil and they must be stopped. A good film (or story) requires equilibrium though, so the criminal must have a protagonist to battle who will ultimately vanquish them into perdition.
We all love happy endings and novels, movies, and myths provide us with this required denouement, the hero conquering all odds and defeating his mortal enemy. Cue triumphant, orchestral music and end credits.
The real world is far different than the stories one reads and watches. All around us are real life incidents of the scoundrel, the criminal and the thug. Absent are the heroes, those predisposed to eradicating evil and fighting its every manifestation.
The state of our world has never been more thoroughly analyzed than in the film Last Action Hero. In the movie, a magic ticket has allowed characters from film to enter into our world. Whereas the bad guy is always stopped in movies, the villain points out the opposite occurs in our world:
Benedict: Gentlemen. Since you are about to die anyway, I may as well tell you the entire plot. Think of villains Jack. You want Dracula? Dra-cool-la? Hang on
[takes out the ticket]
Benedict: , I'll fetch him. Dracula? Huh. I can get King Kong! We'll have a nightmare with Freddy Krueger, have a surprise party for Adolf Hitler, Hannibal Lecter can do the catering, and then we'll have christening for Rosemary's Baby! All I have to do is snap my fingers and they'll be here. They're lining up to get here, and do you know why Jack? Should I tell you why? Hmm? Because here, in this world, the bad guys can win!
Recall the Joker in the 1989 version of Batman: Using his knowledge of chemicals, he decides to disfigure women with acid in an insane plan to reinvent the definition of beauty.
A 28-year-old woman severely burned when a stranger threw an acid-like liquid in her face was listed in serious condition in a Oregon hospital.
Bethany Storro, of Vancouver, Wash., was getting something out of her car in downtown Vancouver when the attack happened Monday evening, her mother Nancy Neuwelt told The Oregonian.
Neuwelt said a young woman walked up to her daughter, said: "Hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?" and tossed a cup of liquid in Storro's face.
"I’m a nice girl and I don’t know why this happened," Storro, 28, said Tuesday in her hospital room in the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, The Columbian newspaper reported….
Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said doctors and authorities were trying to determine what kind of substance caused Storro's facial burns.
Police said the assailant was described as a black woman between 25 and 35, who wore a green shirt and khaki shorts, The Columbian reported. She had medium-length black hair that was pulled back.
With painful honesty, Katie Piper, the former TV presenter tells why she has finally waived her right to anonymity – and reveals the awful events that changed her life for ever
However much she would like to forget them, the details of how she lost her dreams, her identity and very nearly her life will stay with Katie Piper for ever.
They are burned into both her memory and her face. Katie, 26, has remained fearful and anonymous in the 18 months since the man she met on the internet attempted to destroy her, so few will recognise her name.
But the facts of the case – the rape, the vengeful boyfriend Daniel Lynch, the cup of industrial-strength sulphuric acid – are all too familiar, a cause of anger and revulsion when they were revealed in court earlier this year.
It was an added cruelty that Katie’s world had revolved around her beauty. She modelled for catalogues and magazines, presented television programmes and had dreamed of a full-time career in the media.
In our world, the bad guys win. It’s only in movies, books and stories that heroes rise to fight villainy and work tirelessly to eradicate it.
And it will only get worse, before it starts to get better.