I’m was channel surfing and stumbled across the X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie on FX tonight. He was on a motorcycle with his six-inch knife hands, being chased by a helicopter with rockets and machine guns, so of course he won that battle. But what made my jaw drop at the absolutely unbelievable cliche-y-ness of the scene was when he struck a spark to make the crashed, fuel-leaking helicopter explode, and they had the same tired scene of him walking away in slow motion with a constipated look on his face, too cool to look back at the flames entirely filling the background.
I can’t believe that any director would film a scene like that, except as a parody. It’s been done so many times that it’s almost a parody by definition. I remember thinking what a cliche it was when Banderas and Hayek did it in Desperado, nearly 20 years ago.
So I’m wondering exactly how many times it’s been done, and when was it done for the first time? I would guess that one or more Bond films have done it, and one or more Diehards, but how far back can it actually be traced?