Blockbuster movies need action. We don't tend to spend $200 million worth of tickets on a film full of subtly delivered wry wit. We need characters to do outrageous stunts, to make drastic decisions and to scream things while flying slowly through the air.
As a result, people in movies often wind up making grossly illogical and often utterly insane choices purely to spice things up. These are the characters who probably should have taken a moment to think things over:
7Johnny Utah, Point Break
Point Break is about some bank robbing surfers led by Patrick Swayze and the crime-fighting team of Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey trying to bring them down.
The word "team" has many definitions.
The moment we said Point Break we're guessing you pictured one scene in your mind, and one scene only: the one where Patrick Swayze jumps out of an airplane with a parachute and Keanu Reeves, in the ultimate act of reckless badassery, jumps out after him with a gun. And no parachute. He hurls himself toward the ground and catches Swayze in midair, and the two have a shouting standoff as they reach terminal velocity.
To understand how bizarre and pointless this decision was, you have to rewind a bit. Keanu's character, FBI agent Johnny Utah, catches up with Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) at the airport, who's loading equipment and cash into a plane. A shootout occurs, and Bodhi takes Utah hostage and drags one of his friends along with him, despite the fact that the guy's been shot and is clearly dying. It winds up not even mattering, because Swayze kicks him out of the plane a few minutes later anyway.
"Curse you, Swayzeeeeeeee!"
Swayze jumps out after him, leaving Keanu by himself in the plane. Of course, Keanu has no choice but to jump out because the plane is going to crash-
-Oh, wait, no. That's not right. The plane and the pilot are perfectly fine. And get this -- we're pretty sure there were more parachutes on board if Keanu wanted one.
Yeah, that's the plan. Grab the gun and leave the chute.
Swayze's plan was for his entire gang to parachute out of the plane, and there were four members of the gang before the others were killed in the airport shootout. He put one chute on the wounded guy and took another for himself, leaving at the very least two more parachutes in the airplane that Keanu doesn't bother trying to locate before flinging himself out to what was almost certain death.
Roach, we hardly knew you.
Or, better yet, Keanu could've used his super policeman powers to force the pilot to land the damn plane -- after contacting local law enforcement below to be on the lookout for a couple of parachuting jackasses hovering around in the general vicinity.
Either option would've been way more reasonable than launching headfirst into the sky like Steven Segal in Executive Decision.