Boiling Point: The Element of Surprise

Boiling PointWhat’s with our current know-everything obsession? With the availability of information on the internet, instantly, it seems we’ve come to demand more, more, more, now, now, now. It’s not just the internet – there’s fast food, instant downloads, and RedBox. Waiting is not something we want to do. Not knowing is not something we want to feel.

Well, how about a change? I submit to you sometimes it’s better not to know. Know what? Anything. Everything. Let movies surprise you again. Is it really necessary that we have casting stories not only post every day, but be updated? Do we need to tell people that Amy Adams is Lois Lane and then a few hours later update to let you know it was a cell phone call and not a land line call from Zack Snyder? Is it absolutely necessary that we know Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in  the next Batman film and do we absolutely need fourteen articles guessing what he’ll be doing?

Is nothing sacred? Can’t there be a surprise or two out there? I mean, think about the last time you were surprised by a movie. It was probably pretty pleasant. Unless of course you were hoping for a good movie and then you saw Sucker Punch instead. ZING.

I kid, mostly. But really – I want you to take a moment and consider the pros and cons of knowing too much. Pros: I guess you know a lot about the movie. Cons: You can’t be surprised by it anymore.

Beyond a basic plot and, sure, the main cast, what else do you need to know? Do you want all the cameos ruined or would you rather just be pleasantly surprised when Tom Jane kicks down the door as a member of the Vegan Police? This isn’t just about casting notices because hey, that is legitimate news. Legitimate over-reported news, but news none the less.

This is also about spoiler posts. We’re going to report a few of them because someone wants to read them – but, as crazy as this may seem, I’m telling you not to read them. Don’t read the spoiler posts. Don’t find out what shows up after the credits of the next Marvel film – just sit there and watch them for yourself and be surprised.

This is also about trailers and previews. Fuck the studios on this one – it’s not the editing companies, it’s the producers and the studios picking what’s going into the trailer. Every time you’ve seen too much in a trailer, they’re to blame. When there are no surprises left, endings are ruined, character deaths revealed, and all the funniest jokes blown, you’ve seen too much.

So what can you do? And that’s the secret there – it’s what you can do. No one is going to do it for you. The news will be there. The spoiler pictures will be uploaded. There will be six different trailers on-line for you to watch. Or, if you take this challenge, for you to ignore. Hey, I get it – watching trailers is fun most of the time. A good trailer can get you all pumped up – but a bad trailer can ruin the jokes of a comedy or spoil all the best action set pieces. So watch with caution and don’t watch often.

Surprise yourself. I for one am sick of being overexposed. I’m sick of hearing all the jokes early, seeing all the best action bits, and knowing who lives and dies before I even set foot inside the theater. You better damn well believe anytime I watch a movie and feel like I’ve already seen it thanks to so much of it being out there already that I go past my boiling point.

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Robert Fure is many things: horror expert, ruggedly handsome man of the world, witty prose composer, and writer of his own biography page. Beneath the bravado is a scared little boy, ready to grow into an awesome man and make lies about a scared little boy inside of him. Wait a minute...

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