If you write down every single action a movie character performs as part of the central plot of a film, you could probably add "... for no fucking reason" at the end of like 90 percent of them. As we've shown you before, sometimes characters will make completely illogical decisions that just don't make a lot of sense for anyone but the screenwriter who's trying to figure out how to get to the next scene.
We understand why these absurd overreactions happen. We really do. But that doesn't mean we can't make fun of the most ridiculous ones, like ...
5Die Hard 2 -- John McClane Opens Fire on a Police Captain to Win an Argument
In Die Hard 2, terrorists are holding Dulles International Airport hostage, and it's John McClane's job to kill them with explosions. Late in the film we find out that some of the characters aren't who we thought they were, because the first Die Hard movie had a clever plot twist and now all the others have to pretend they do, too.
"How do we top Alan Rickman? Butts."
This time, the anti-terrorist military unit sent to stop the bad guys turns out to be made up of more bad guys -- the machine guns they had used to shoot each other were filled with blanks, to fool onlookers. McClane finds this out, storms into the airport police station and shows one of these incriminating guns to Captain Lorenzo (Dennis Franz) to secure his help.
And by "shows" we mean "fires the gun directly at him." In a room full of armed cops. On the day that terrorists took over the airport.
"Holy shit! Someone call the cops!"
Yep, that should have been the end of the Die Hard franchise, right there. Sure, the gun was filled with blanks, but the cops around McClane didn't know that -- all they saw was some crazy guy shooting at their boss. If a single one of those cops had done their job (that is, placed a bullet on McClane's face), then who would have stopped the next four or so terrorist attacks/heists against America and Russia? Argyle the limo driver?
Did all the cops fire blanks at him, too? Plot twist!
After ejecting from an exploding plane and surviving a crash on a flying snowmobile, being gunned down by your fellow cops would be a pretty damn anticlimactic way to die -- and for what? Five seconds later, McClane finally convinces Lorenzo by pulling out the blank cartridge and showing it to him. So ... why not just do that in the first place?
Or shoot at the ceiling? Or anywhere but at the police captain?
Being a cop himself, McClane should know how quickly police officers will open fire if they even think they see someone drawing a weapon -- it's part of their training. Hell, even his best bud, Sgt. Al Powell, mistakenly shot an innocent kid because he was holding a toy gun. Then again, Lorenzo was such a douchebag that maybe his own men were happy to watch McClane mow him down.