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Response to Tesha (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 04:16 PM

8. Yep, the Fallacy of the Talking Killer (Ebert)

The villain wants to kill the hero. He has him cornered at gunpoint. All he has to do is pull the trigger. But he always talks first. He explains the hero's mistakes to him. Jeers. Laughs. And gives the hero time to think his way out of the situation, or be rescued by his buddy. Cf. most JAMES BOND movies.

http://academic.sun.ac.za/forlang/bergman/tech/glossary/ebert_glos.htm


I guess it serves two purposes. A chance for the hero to escape so that the film series (007, Bourne, etc.) can continue and provide some exposition for the viewers, assuming they care.

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