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This is not a deep film. I like John Cena’s acting roles and some of the WWE films for the textured characters with heart. (Did you know John Cena granted 500 wishes, the most wishes for the Make a Wish Foundation, in 2015?)
A police officer (Cena) catches a terrorist whose girlfriend dies during the bust. The villain escapes from jail and kidnaps Cena’s girlfriend to psychologically torture and force him to do a series of 12 things.
A capable woman
Sorry, there were no layered male characters. However, the girlfriend, played by pretty Ashley Scott, was interesting. Early in the movie this nurse spends hours trying to fix a leaking bathroom sink instead of waking her boyfriend, the cop, who is sleeping in after a late night shift. Later, she pilots a helicopter. What an unusual nurse! I’m guessing military background but it didn’t come up.
Nobody bats an eye at her mad skills except the plumber who suggests to her boyfriend, “It’s the ones who get under the sink that are keepers.”
Two impressive things:
1) The girlfriend role was written as unusually capable in a movie starring a big, muscley sports entertainer.
2) Her skills and character were not written with a lot of hooha, like Michelle Rodriguez’s bad-ass characters.
Her own man
This is the key to women’s equality: a woman doesn’t need constant recognition and applause to be her “own man.” If you make a big deal out of her every accomplishment that’s not expecting greatness; it’s the opposite. It’s being surprised that a woman can do things.
It’s not equity – freedom from bias or favoritism – if women receive applause every time they lift a wrench, lead a team, or start a business. Anyone who does these things well is better than someone who chooses mediocrity and mental malaise.
When we can watch a woman in a movie fix the sink, use a gun, and fly a helicopter without really noticing, that’s equality.
It is unrealistic and nonsensical to demand equality while:
- Obsessing over shoes, make-up, and fat
- Working in female-dominated fields like teaching and childcare
- Avoiding male-dominated work like auto mechanic, electrician, and programmer
- Reacting first and thinking second
Equality is not a banner you wave around while neck-deep in every single stereotypical female behavior. Equality is a lifestyle of choices.
Watch 12 Rounds for a decent, not stupid action movie.
Seen any capable woman films lately?