Broken Arrow (1996) (part 4 of 6)

As Hale begins entering the wrong code, Deakins calls him on the two-way radio in the truck. They have a fairly typical good guy/bad guy conversation, but there’s a little twist, which is sort of what kills the idea of “Christian Slater: Action Hero” for me. Most of the time, the dialogue between a hero and a villain consists of the bad guy being rather urbane and menacing, while the good guy does his or her very best to emulate Bruce Willis in Die Hard.

Here though, Hale just flat out tells Deakins exactly what he’s doing to the nuke, while he’s doing it! Come on, even the cops in the Police Academy films weren’t this damned dumb! Hell, the only reason they have Hale do this is so Deakins can turn the tables on him by revealing that he rewired the nukes to prevent precisely this sort of thing.

Yep, instead of disabling the bomb, Hale just activated a nuclear warhead that will go off in thirty minutes. And since this is a movie, there’s a big red LED readout signaling how much time is left. Why they would put an LED counter on a nuke that’s intended to be dropped out of a bomber is beyond me.

Regardless: Good job, putz. Very well done.

Caption contributed by Ed

“You know, I might not be the best action hero, but at least I don’t look twelve years old at any point in this film.”

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: Broken Arrow (1996)

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