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January 22, 2008

Habituation

It's a fact of nature that people eventually get "used" to things, and something that may seem shocking and amazing at first will seem more mundane. As with drug doses, people will have to increase their dosage to get the same affect. This same dynamic works in movies... Take a look at the following numbers through the Rambo movies to see how they have to increase the violence each time in an attempt to break through the clutter.

From the Los Angeles Times
Dead and deader

When the newest "Rambo" movie opens later this week, there's going to be a lot of death and dying. So I got myself an early copy, watched it several times through, stopping and starting along the way,
By John Mueller

I: "First Blood" (1982)

II: "Rambo:

First Blood Part II"

(1985)

III: "Rambo III"

(1988)

IV: "Rambo"

(2008)

Number of bad guys killed by Rambo with his shirt on

1

12

33

83

Number of bad guys killed by Rambo with his shirt off

0

46

45

0

Number of bad guys killed by Rambo no matter how attired

1

58

78

83

Number of bad guys killed by accomplices of Rambo acting on their own

0

10

17

40

Number of good guys

killed by bad guys

0

1

37

113

Total number of people killed

1

69

132

236

Number of people killed per minute

0.01

0.72

1.30

2.59

Time at which the first person is killed (mins:secs)

29:31

33:34

41:9

3:22

Number of people killed per minute from that point until the end of the film (not including the ending credits)

0.02

1.18

2.39

3.04

Sequences in which Rambo is shot at without significant result

12

24

38

2

Number of sequences in which good guys are tortured by bad guys

2

5

7

3

Number of sex scenes

0

0

0

0

Posted by jason on January 22, 2008 03:44 PM

Comments

Absolutely hillarious

Posted by: jaysonjaz on January 23, 2008 02:44 PM

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