Apr 112009
 

Ok, I understand the horror, suspense gore movie thing. I also understand how a situation like what happens in this movie can freak a person out. However, I cannot understand how a person that is writing the script could make a female character so blatantly stupid and well, female. When I was in college I did a little paper on how women are portrayed in popular media. This includes television, movies and even some advertisements as well as video games. The common conception of how a female will react to a situation is to become a screaming wimp. This is not really that far from what a chauvinist would expect. I do not agree though. Women are strong and can react in very bizarre ways to certain things, but I have to think that when your life depends upon being strong and trying to make your way though a difficult scenario that even the most feeble minded female can make it though.

In this movie the female reporter suddenly become a screaming wimp that does nothing but scream and freak out and breathe hard at everything towards the end. When earlier in the movie she had been fighting back and mouthing off to a cop. I found her sudden change from a strong willed person to a weakling to be completely out of character. I also found that in the end of the movie her camera man tells her that if they are quiet the “zombie” “infected” whatever, can’t see them and if it can’t see them or “hear” them, they are safe and can get away. So what does she do, knocks something over, the “thing” attacks the camera man and kills him. She slowly, but quietly moves a piece of metal furniture out of the way, picks up the camera and begins looking around in night vision. Now keep in mind, this entire thing just happened in complete darkness as far as she is concerned.

As she pans around the room, she sees the “thing” eating her camera man, now rather than being quiet which she was able to do in complete darkness and move across the room and move a metal item, she makes a squealing/screaming noise. Guess what, that’s right, the “thing” attacks. She drops the camera.

I’m thinking, great now she has learned from her mistake and is going to slowly crawl over get the camera and using the night vision to get away. NOPE! She drags herself across the floor making just about as much noise as you can doing so and just before she can get the camera, poof! She is pulled off screen and disappears with a scream.

Now I’m thinking, “WTF is wrong with this stupid fucking woman?!?!?” She knows she has to be quiet, she can move and navigate in total darkness while moving a metal item out of the way, but she can’t get up on her knees and 4 point crawl over to the camera? She has to drag herself and make a bunch of noise? Is she completely retarded? Did the infection spread to her w/out her being infected in the normal manner, i.e. bite, spit, whatever biological means you choose, and have a unique effect instead of being a raving lunatic that attacks anything living, she becomes feeble minded and stupid?

Ok, long sentence, but I didn’t know where to cut it, so fuck it. It’s there it’s done it’s real.

I’m getting really tired of these typical female behaviors they have in movies. This isn’t a new thing either; it’s being going on from the beginning of theater as we know it. The thing that really makes this asinine is that the only way she could have not been a total let down and wussy retard is if she had been a lesbian. For some reason they are portrayed as these butch, macho tough guys– er, gals, whatever. This is stupid too, how many lesbians are bulls? Not enough to make this valid and I can guarantee that even they think this type of behavior that is portrayed is stupid.

The only time a female can be strong and not prissy is if she is a friggin robot. See Terminator:The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Sarah Connor and Cameron, the terminator, are strong female characters. Sarah is strong because she has to be for her son, this is a great reason and totally acceptable. The only other one is Cameron, hello! Robot! Terminator!

I’m just saying this is stupid and I would like to see more positive portrayals of females in the media.

  2 Responses to “Movies:Quarantine”

  1. It’s funny how, if a female character IS tough, it’s hard to make it believable. Take Angelina’s Lara Croft. Sure, she’s entertaining, but not realistic (I mean her attitude and behaviors). Or that stripper girl in Independence Day. I’m sure some would see her behavior as natural, but I didn’t. So far, the only believable female tough-guy that I can think of is Linda Hamilton’s Sara Connor. For some reason, Linda Hamilton makes it believable to me. And maybe Carrie Fisher (not just Star Wars, but The Burbs, too)… but maybe I’m just old-school.

    I just thought of another believably tough female character… the witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. She did a good job (believable, I mean).

    Now that I think about it, I think it’s less about behavior and more about acting ability. I think if a female character has superb acting ability, they can portray anything from really tough to screamy pansy. But that’s just my opinion.

    Still, I’d get pretty annoyed also, if a bimbo just screamed at everything during the whole movie. I’d start HOPING she’d get shot/eaten/cut/burned/assimilated/whatever. It’s not good to make a “good-guy” character that people want to see die. :)

  2. @Renfeld: Sorry man, had to edit… Opera spellchecker is not compatible with the editor module. I just create the post in swriter (open office) or word (M$ Office)… but hey! Nice post!

    I agree that Women in entertainment have been pressed, if you will, into this pathetic mould forcing upon them one of two personas: Tough and unapproachable (IE Terminatrix, Laura crotch, Resident Boobil, etc.), Weak and useless (all other women in the entertainment biz) I guess Hollywood wants us to stop breeding because they constantly impose this belief that women should ALL be 5′ 9″, a buck ten, and ether so unbelievably stupid as to actually DESERVE a mercy killing (I’m reminded of Drew Barrymore in the intro for scream), or so unbelievably butch as to insinuate that ether A) you aren’t MAN enough to mate with one such as this (Angelina Jolie as Laura Croft), or B) you’re not WOMAN enough to ‘fake-mate’ with this bull-dyke (Michelle Rodriguez in Resident Evil).

    Sorry for the crass descriptions, but frankly, yeah, as Renfield said, It’s there it’s done it’s real.