By Nicholas Perugini, Trending Writer
During the 1930s, Americans went to the movies to escape the harsh reality of the Great Depression. Children scrapped up as much money as they could to see classic movies like Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. Movies can be a way of escape for people under stress. When the Great Recession hit in 2008, people have returned to theaters as a way of escape.
Though the Great Recession is over, economic times are still uncertain and people are scared of the future. Movies provide a way to relax and enjoy the present. Films like The Avengers Age of Ultron and Furious 7 are the modern day equivalents of their 1930s counterparts. Action films provide an escape for the viewer. For two and a half hours, the viewer is transported to a place that rushes the senses.
Action movies make us feel excited. The viewer feels excitement and a bit of vertigo when cars parachuted out of a plane in Furious 7. In San Andres, movie goers are treated with awe as special effects show an entire city lurch up from an earthquake. Children cheered in theaters when the Avengers fought and defeated Ultron. People laughed from the jokes in Ant-Man. People felt compassion when James Bond faced his final foe in Spectre. All of these movies made hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office. This is because they provide an escape for people.
Action movies create an intense atmosphere for the viewer. The guy beats the villain, gets the girl and lives another day while the fast past scenes that get our adrenaline running. Fans could feel the tension as Tom Cruises’ character hung from an airplane in the new Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation movie.
2015 has been a great year for movies, with multiple films making hundreds of millions of dollars. Action films attract the average person because it provides an escape from this world. They are the perfect formula of action and drama that can entertain anyone. This has contributed to the massive box office earnings of action movies over the past couple years.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 23rd print edition.
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