In the end, it’s all about death.

Most action movies are, really. The threat of death — or the implied threat of death — is the fuel that powers the action engine, even though we’re complicit with the films themselves in pretending the threat is real. You never really think that Ethan Hunt or Dom Toretto or John Rambo is going to buy the farm, but for the duration of a movie, you can fool yourself into believing they might — it’s that whole suspension of disbelief thing.

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