5 of the Most Overused Action Movie Cliches You Probably Didn’t Even Realize Were Cliches

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In case you’re wondering, we’re not going to belittle ourselves with the “bad guys can’t shoot for shit” or the “loose cannon cop” cliches. Those are readily obvious and acceptable cliches within the genre. After all, how long would your movie be if the legion of bad guys with .50 caliber machineguns could shoot one dude walking calmly through them, mowing them down like ants? No, these are some of the most overused action movie cliches that have popped up once or twice in an action movie, but you might not necessarily have noticed them. And no, running from exploding fireballs is also not on the list. Like bad guys that can’t shoot the broadside of a barn, you just naturally expect action heroes to evade explosive fireballs. I mean, that’s where the action part comes in, right?

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