There's an art to writing movies. Much like sex, you have to build up slowly until the well-earned climax. If it's an action-adventure flick, the finale usually involves our hero, the odds nigh-insurmountably stacked against them, pulling out some last-ditch, Hail Mary ultimate supermove to save the day. Also much like sex, sometimes those filmmakers get too excited and forget the build-up phase, so that move winds up coming out of nowhere, leaving everybody confused and disappointed. For example ...
6In Kill Bill, The Bride Has An Instant-Kill Move The Whole Time
In Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino's epic two-part revenge fantasy, Uma Thurman plays The Bride, a former assassin whose mission is to systematically hunt down and murder each of her five former colleagues. She's also basically the most skilled martial artist in the world, and knows the secret of the "Five-Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique" -- a Mortal Kombat-style fatality that instantly kills an opponent when you slap them in the right spots a few times.
Despite this, the combined film drags out for over four hours, mostly due to the fact that The Bride refuses to use this finishing move on anyone but her final opponent, the eponymous Bill. This can probably be chalked up to honor or sportsmanship or, more likely, dramatic effect, but if she'd been more liberal with the Exploding Heart Technique instead of committing to engaging a group of assassins in melee combat, then Tarantino could have distilled his epic into a single movie. Hell, maybe a half episode of a TV show.
Like the Fox Force Five pilot.
Over the course of the story, The Bride is repeatedly stabbed, shot, and even buried alive. Just so that she could finally confront Bill and slap him to death in a few seconds, creating one of the most blue-balls-inducing climaxes in film history.
5The Heroes Of Pacific Rim Had Access to a Superweapon (They Hardly Ever Used)
Pacific Rim is a movie about humanity's war against the Kaiju, a race of giant monsters. For some reason, our solution is to build an army of giant robots (Jaegers), to engage them in hand-to-hand combat, despite weapons being invented in, like, 10,000 BC. In the first fight scene, it's revealed that the Jaegers are equipped with some kind of plasma cannons, but they take too long to charge, so punching is the best they can do. In another scene, it's shown that the Jaegers have rockets attached to the backs of their elbows to maximize their punching power, rather than, y'know, firing those rockets at the enemy.
"Shit ... I was aiming for the dick."
A full hour and 30 minutes into the movie, the hero's Jaeger is so badly damaged that it resorts to using a cargo ship as a baseball bat, destroying half of Hong Kong in the process. Right when all hope seems lost, his copilot suddenly remembers that they also have a massive sword, which they immediately unsheathe and use to slice the Kaiju in half in one effortless strike.
For some reason, everyone simply forgot that they're carrying a one-hit-kill weapon, which is billed as a last resort even though it's clearly the most powerful thing in their entire arsenal by several orders of magnitude. So with this newfound knowledge, surely busting out the great equalizer is the first thing they do in every battle from now on, right? Nope. They go right back to punching monsters in the face. In the final battle, the Jaegers are outnumbered by three Kaiju, and after suffering critical damage, they suddenly remember the swords again and use them to instantly kill two of the monsters and cripple the third.
And ruin your underwear.
Look, we're not saying that fist fights with giant robots don't look cool, but in the real world, if tens of thousands of people died because you kept trying to punch monsters to death instead of using the game-ending supermove freely available to you, we're pretty sure you're going to wind up in front of some kind of international tribunal.