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I was just watching a bit of a sneak peak of the new version of “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” I’ll definitely watch it when it comes out–I liked the old version quite a bit…

But one thing in the trailer bugged me.


They seem to pull out the crash cart and paddles to shock Keanu back to life…regardless of the fact that everyone knows it would take more than a little electric shock to bring Keanu to life, I am exhausted, tired, and disgusted by the use of said AED.

People, ever notice how much the crash cart and/or CPR is misused in movies and tv? Sure, it’s dramatic, but what lazy writing! Every single friggin’ medical emergency is solved by CPR, and when that fails, shocking the patient back to life. I don’t have much in depth medical experience, but what I do have tells me that is a). a bad idea and b). doesn’t happen THAT often.

Seriously, I wonder about the long term effects of this media depiction. Even “Surf’s Up,” the juvenile animated penguin surfing movie recently featured CPR as the answer to ingesting too much water. THIS IS A BAD IDEA AND COULD EVEN KILL YOU.

But forget about the medical implications–when have the movies ever been about medical accuracy, eh? The thing that really gets my goat (creatively speaking, that is) is how RIDICULOUSLY predictable it is…think about it. Everytime there’s a hospital or near death situation or fevered rescue of estranged lovers or a broken toenail, you can very successfully wager that CPR and/or a crash cart will be involved…it’s dramatic, simple, and “looks good.”

Hollywood and/or all writers: STOP IT. It’s a shortcut that makes even the best writer look like an absolute hack. It’s as bad as when the characters navigate buildings through air ducts.

…all that said, I would welcome the depiction of Dwight Schrute killing someone by accident through CPR. After falling through an air duct.

4 responses

  1. He’s baaaccckk. Good observation!

    September 15, 2008 at 8:47 am

  2. Joshua Eipper

    I would LOVE to see Dwight Schrute kill somebody using CPR. That would be amazing!

    September 15, 2008 at 10:05 am

  3. paul

    I’m with ya. Writers seem to think of CPR as this wild card to use anytime they feel the need to make things as dramatic as possible.

    And The Matrix, when Neo brings what’s-her-face back to life, pulled a masquerade as a fancy “The ONE” move, which was just CPR underneath it all.

    “Lazy writing,” “shortcut,” the ridiculous abuse of over-sized air ducts…I’m with you on all of it.

    September 15, 2008 at 10:31 pm

  4. rosetherese

    . . . yes, when you lookup deus ex machina in the dictionary, there’s actually a picture of a crash cart

    September 16, 2008 at 4:35 pm

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