Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When movie or tv characters don't take the opportunity to kill (or at least incapacitate) their opponent when they have it. This goes for both good guys and bad guys. This is such a common Hollywood trope. It happens constantly. They bad guy usually has the good guy at his mercy--good guy's on the ground, unarmed, bad guy has the gun pointed at him, and the bad guy then laughs for a bit, then possibly launches into a tirade about how's the best and there was no way the other guy could win or whatever the sh*t. He just farts around for awhile until the good guy gets his chance to get back into the fight and turn the tables, then the shoe is on the other foot, and when the good guy's got the shot, what does he do? Hesitates and shows mercy because he's the good guy. And then what happens? Bad guy kicks the gun out of his hand or whatever. You f*cking idiot. This trope was never worse than in Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Now there was a promising franchise that went downhill.
Now, just to be clear, I'm not talking about a scene like Luke vs Vader, a fight where neither one really wanted to kill the other, and each was hoping to bring the other to his side, or something like that. And I'm also not talking about a character like Heath Ledger's joker, who clearly said that Batman was too much fun for him to kill. I'm talking more about an action shoot 'em up type movie where the bad guy is just an evil maniac that wants nothing more than to see the good guy dead, and he has the shot, but just laughs and talks for awhile and throws it away.
This moment when one side has the advantage and they just piss it away by monologue-ing or something, it just kills movies for me. It pulls me out of the story instantly and just makes me think: "You had 'em. You f*cking had em. Why didn't you just shoot?! Why should I care what happens to you now??" When characters throw away the chance to end the fight, it really makes me wonder why I should continue giving a f*ck. If you're not gonna take the fight and threat seriously, then why should I take the story seriously?