When we open a book or start a movie, we all want the hero to triumph. It’s satisfying, it’s reassuring. The protagonist’s triumph means the resolution of the plot, and the return to normalcy. However, some works bet on making the villain win. Here is a small selection.
Warning: Given the subject of this article, it is obvious that there will be a lot of spoilers.
Se7en (David Fincher, 1995)
David Fincher’s first major masterpiece, Se7en is a remarkable film, both for its surgical staging and for the intelligence of its script, written by Andrew Kevin Walker. Above all, he uses the codes of detective film to better dynamite them. We follow a duo of cops, interpreted by the great Morgan Freeman and the young Brad Pitt (a tribute to the film In the heat of the Night de Norman Jewison ?), looking for a serial killer, who calls himself John Doe, and whose atrocious crimes are inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins.
At the end of the film, John Doe, caught by Envy, murders the wife of David Mills (Brad Pitt), who in turn kills him. In doing so, he symbolizes Anger, and completes the work of the serial killer. Despite his death, John Doe triumphs. Not content with having illustrated the Seven Deadly Sins, he also manages to undermine the idealism of the young policeman, and of the traumatized spectator. Very strong !
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
Often cited, rightly, as the best film of the saga Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back is a distorted reflection of the first film. While the Rebel Alliance had triumphed in A New Hope, with the destruction of the Death Star by Luke Skywalker, the balance of power is reversed in the second film of the original trilogy. Han Solo is frozen in carbonite, Luke has his hand sliced off, and the Emperor looks more powerful than ever.
Old Boy (Park Chan-wook, 2003)
Park Chan-wook’s absolute masterpiece, Old Boy is, even today, a real uppercut for all those who discover it. Violent, very dark, it is both a scriptwriting and staging treasure. The film tells the story ofOh Dae-su, father kidnapped and locked up for fifteen years. During all his captivity, he does not know the identity of his captors, as well as the reasons for which he was imprisoned. With a television as the only window to the world, Oh Dae-su trains, and bides his time. After fifteen years, he was released with no further explanation than when he was imprisoned.
The film follows his vengeful quest. When finally confronted with whoever is at the root of all his misfortunes, Oh Dae-su understands the appalling truth: his captor was a former schoolmate, whose incestuous relationship Oh Dae-su revealed, leading to her sister’s suicide. To take revenge, he had Dae-su captured, hypnotized him and his daughter to fall in love and commit incest. As he is about to reveal this unspeakable secret to the world, Oh Dae-su promises to cut her tongue.
The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991)
Absolute masterpiece of cinema, which deeply inspired David Fincher, Thesilenceofthelambs showed the world what an awesome actor is Anthony Hopkins. Absolutely brilliant in the role of Hannibal Reader, the British actor gave us one of the greatest villainous performances in the history of the Seventh Art. Her dialogues with Clarice Starling, masterfully interpreted by Jodie Foster, are striking. At the end of the film, Hannibal Lecter escapes from prison, and flies to the Bahamas, where he is about to devour the director of the prison in which he was locked, in order to avenge himself.
Princesse Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)
If one had to choose a single film in the exemplary career of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, it would obviously be Princess Mononoke. This is his most poetic, darkest, most epic, most brutal feature film produced by the master of Japanese animation. The epic of San and Ashitaka ends in blood and fury. If the mountain begins to be reborn, and the Emperor’s men did the irreparable: they killed the Deer-God.
Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
Without a doubt, Hans Landa, played by the huge Christoph Waltz, is the best villain created by Quentin Tarantino. From the introductory scene, Landa plunges the viewer into snorkeling. As Machiavellian as he is affable, he stands as the main antagonist of the Bastards. At the end of the film, feeling the wind turn, he allows the assassination of Adolf Hitler and the entire Nazi General Staff. While Shosanna Dreyfus and many Bastards die in the attack, Hans Landa appears to the world as the one who saved the world from Hitler’s madness.
Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer, 1995)
Major film of the 90s, Usual Suspects is arguably Bryan Singer’s best film. This terribly effective crime thriller, which leads us to the interrogation of a crippled thug, Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey at his best), one of the only two survivors of a massacre committed by a Turkish crime genius: Keyser Söze. At the end of the film, the police discover that the one they had just questioned is none other than Keyser Söze himself, who is posing as a cripple. Problem: he left the police station. A grandiose and enjoyable final!
No Country for Old Men (les frères Coen, 2008)
Crowned at the Oscars, No Country for Old Men is one of the best films of the Coen brothers. And that is saying a lot, given their incredible filmography. The film makes us follow the deadly cat and mouse game to which indulge, near the Mexican border, an aging sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones), in search of a hired killer psychopath (Javier Bardem), himself in search of a Texan who found a briefcase (Josh Brolin). As corpses pile up, terrifying hitman Anton Chigurh survives car crash and flees.
Source: Hitek : actualité geek et tests high tech by hitek.fr.
*The article has been translated based on the content of Hitek : actualité geek et tests high tech by hitek.fr. If there is any problem regarding the content, copyright, please leave a report below the article. We will try to process as quickly as possible to protect the rights of the author. Thank you very much!
*We just want readers to access information more quickly and easily with other multilingual content, instead of information only available in a certain language.
*We always respect the copyright of the content of the author and always include the original link of the source article.If the author disagrees, just leave the report below the article, the article will be edited or deleted at the request of the author. Thanks very much! Best regards!