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

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1. Saved at the Last Second by an Unexpected Character’s Well-Timed Gunshot

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Tom Smith down the street is no good in a tight situation. But when the bad guy has our hero in his crosshairs and is about to pull the trigger, Tom Smith just might find the courage to save the day with a nicely well-timed gunshot! This usually happens at the end of the movie — Reginald VelJohnson’s hapless cop character, who just happens to have a “bad shooting” story in his past, saves John McClane’s life in “Die Hard” — or it could come early to prove a character’s mettle or trustworthiness. After all, nothing says “trust” like when someone saves your life with a well-timed gunshot to the bad guy’s dome. Good guys shooting people in the back is usually frown upon in action movies, unless, of course, it’s for dramatic effect. There’s nothing more dramatic than an improbable appearance at the very last second by a savior, especially when that savior is the last person you’d expect.

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