I have a major bone to pick with action movies! Yes, I am well aware of Hollywood magic and CGI and that this is 'just a work of fiction,' but come on already!!!!
1. A light chop to the neck and you're instantly disabled
In real life, there are absolutely well trained fighters who with one blow can completely disable or even kill someone, but unless the action star has been granted with supernatural abilities, one punch to the stomach, or one chop to like the side of the neck is not going to make an equally trained fighter flip all the way over and pass out. It's ridiculous and you always see it when they are being set upon by multiple fighters. The action star quickly is able to knock out like 12 people with a few weak blows.
2. Imminent danger=Sex
FACE. PALM. Long ago, writers decided the best way to include women who are in their words, "forced to see these films," is to have an ill conceived down right idiotic love story pop up out of no where with some random woman the main character meets, the main character almost always being male. It's patronizing to think that one day they met and the next they are walking off into the sunset in love with one another. Every. Single. Movie. I don't doubt that action stars, being mostly human themselves, would have a hook-up or two along their quests for revenge if they were going into the long term but NOT at the exact second danger is happening. Not only that, it often comes after a major fight where *ahem* physically what they were doing, given the types of multiple injuries sustained, would be no where near pleasurable or possible for them to do.
3. One hundred and forty five bullets later, and not one hit the target
Years ago, a tv show wanted to test this notion of the untrained mob movie gangster spraying bullets upon a couple of targets like you'd see in an old movie (or like what often happened in reality). They wanted to prove that even the most untrained person with an automatic weapon like that, could hit a target just by doing that, and guess what, they did. No surprise! If you spray bullets on a crowd with an automatic weapon, even if you can't aim for crap, you're hitting something....UNLESS....you're in an action movie. Every balcony scene where the star is running across being sprayed by bullets, they are NEVER hit. Hits every single pillar in front of them, but never them.
4. Car chase goes on and on
Okay, so the action star is being pursued on foot then has to hop in his all too convenient super expensive Italian sports car to then plow through a major city in an intense car chase and...no one calls the police? I literally happened upon a fire that broke out in a high rise building in the major city I live in and within like 3 minutes, they were set upon by dozens of police, ambulance, and fire trucks. Given our current high alert status everywhere, emergency services trains for all types of scenarios involving outbreaks of emergency and crime in major cities, add to that most are monitored by CCTV so the thought that a car chase could go on for an extended period of time and cops or air patrol are no where to be seen is ridiculous. Also literally 99.9% of people have cell phones so who do you think they're calling?
5. No one has a gun...really?
Shout out to martial arts and how fantastic fight scenes look when made by skilled fight coordinators, but this is 2020. If I'm say the head of a villainous crime syndicate, I have to pay and train the guys that I'm using to commit crimes right, so why would I want to keep having to do that because every time I send them, they die...due to one chop to the neck...because they don't use guns. And the saying is still true that you don't send a guy with a knife, to a gun fight. I mean when have you ever heard on the news that the gangsters in a known drug den were all taken out with martial arts?
6. Humans are immortal
I don't care how trained you are, you are not falling off the side of a building (John Wick) or getting hit by three cars, or taking 3 bullets or having fought 72 guys and walking away like nothing happened. Even if they do show the action star dealing with pain, he goes to sleep it off and the next day is ready to fight. I recently stubbed my own toe and was down for the count and had to stay off it for 2 weeks and you're telling me this guy gets repeatedly punched in the head and thrown through some 12 plate glass windows and he's up and ready for coffee in 24 hours. I mean, where are the abrasians, the fractures, the spinal cord injuries, the broken limbs. Pain and injury are only shown when it's extremely convenient or important to the plot rather than as the injuries occur in real movie time. You also have no doubt in your mind that the bad guys will magically sustain way more injuries than the hero or his/her team ever will.
7. I really don't think they know how bombs and fire workThe hero is running away from a building because a bomb is about to explode when, boom, he flies off and lands on the ground, then swiftly manages to get back up and off he goes. (Cue laughter). If you are that close to a bomb, there is going to be a lot of pressure surrounding it and you which goes off and can totally F with your equilibrium, vision, and hearing. That and not to mention the loads of shrapnel from the building or device shooting straight for you. Some of the most gruesome injuries happen from this debris afterward which is why when they test these things, they are MILES away and behind bullet proof glass and not one hop away. Also fire tends to equal smoke, and yet no one in a scene having been in a building choked black with smoke has the nasty black smoke spot on their faces from inhaling it, or has respiratory issues.
8. Technology is SUPER ridiculously convenient
We need you to zoom in on the most crackled grainy image taken at night on a barely functioning security camera, right there, closer, closer, yes, there, now enhance, more, more, yes, the image of the bad guy I'm hunting is now perfectly clear now-------UM, doesn't happen in real life and no, you can't spend 2 minutes under high pressure hacking into the worlds most complicated security systems and actually get in. If it were that easy, why in the actual hell, would they be considered top notch.