Forget avengers, dark knights, hobbits and Djangos: 2012 is the year the bow and arrow made a comeback in a big way. Three of the year's top ten earning films (so far) featured a hero and a couple of heroines armed and ready with a weapon that, according to Wiki, predates written history. And t.v. seems to be jumping on the bandwagon with shows such as Revolution and the aptly titled Arrow.
In honor of Hollywood bringing back the "guns" of yesteryear, here are some of my favorite archery moments in film, but to keep it interesting, I've skipped over any version of Robin Hood and all of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Sorry, Legolas.
The FallI wasn't a fan of Tarsem Singh's The Fall and I couldn't give you any details about plot or characters these four years later, but I can tell you that, as with most (all?) Singh films, it is quite visually delicious. One thing that has always stuck with me is when Roy's (Lee Pace) tall tale to young Alexandria (Catinca Untaru) begins to unravel and the heroes begin to fall, Otta's (Marcus Wesley) death, being held off the ground by the countless arrows shot into his back, was just beautifully tragic, evoking both extreme pain and yet an odd peace. I definitely need to give this one another chance.
300"Our arrows will blot out the sun!" It's true; in one of many visually stunning scenes from 300, the Persian army rains down enough arrows on the tiny group of Spartans to almost turn day into night, but as Stelios (Michael Fassbender) quips back, "Then we will fight in the shade." And that they do.
Sin CityDeadly little Miho. Either with a sword or an arrow, she (Devon Aoki) always hits her mark. The great thing about bad guy Stuka (Nicky Katt) taking one of her arrows through the chest is the humor that follows, as he seems more comedically shocked than actually hurt. The next one he takes through the forehead, however, wasn't quite as funny...to him at least.
The Lost BoysDeath. By. Stereo. There are several ways to kill a vampire, but few are cooler than Sam's (Corey Haim) savvy archery skills that pinned bloodsucker Dwayne (Billy Wirth) to an old school stereo system, resulting in the vampire's sparkly electrocution and subsequent explosion, and all to some wacky 80's hair metal. And without blowing a fuse...awesome.