There is something about violence in movies that I find so appealing. I'm sure part of it is that it is dramatized in all the right ways to thrill rather than cause any anxiety or harm. I was thinking about that today on the way to work. I was driving. I thought, if you take some people seriously about what they say about sociopaths and loving violence and senseless destruction and power over people, then why is it that I don't cross my lane line to collide head-on into the auto approaching me? Wouldn't that scare people? That would be some good fun, right? I would get to scare the other person half to death, maybe there would be some carnage or death, definitely I would make people "jump." It's odd that sociopaths can manage to get where they're going half the time without giving into that temptation, right?
But it's not a wonder. Actually, I thought that was a ridiculous thing to believe. Except perhaps when we're acting on impulse, sociopaths are generally making rational, cost/benefit decisions in which we determine that the cost, e.g. of damaging our car and risking our own life and health, does not exceed the benefit of "making someone jump" in most situations. And aren't you glad? Can you imagine a world in which there actually existed a class of people that were not constrained in any way at all? But of course it makes sense -- how could an existence sans any restraint ever be evolutionary advantageous enough to outweigh the obvious negatives? I don't know. Sometimes I wonder how people can believe the odd things they believe about sociopaths. There's no logic, just myth and fear mongering.
But it is true I do like violence when it comes cheaply, like in movies. And I like this supercut. I wish that it included some clips from Watchmen and Public Enemies, maybe some others that aren't springing to mind. Favorite violent scenes, anyone?