Complications mount. There’s no way out…..but, somehow, the protagonist reaches deep down and finds an answer. This scenario has been with us for more than a century, since the first days of cinema. It works in thrillers, comedies, even in animation. And we love it, no matter how many times we’ve seen it. There’s something satisfying about seeing that protag beat the odds.
This isn’t an all-inclusive list. Reader contributions are welcome.
- Metro Manila (2014) (Reviewed in Thinking Cinema 11/25/24) http://www.thinkingcinema.com/metro-manila/
- The Shawshank Redemption (1994) (Article in Thinking Cinema 11/28/14) http://www.thinkingcinema.com/film-appreciation-the-shawshank-redemption-2/
- Big Hero Six (2014)
- Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
- The Full Monty (1997)
- Apollo 13 (1995)
- Ruthless People (1986)
- The Sting (1973)
- The General (1925)