How many cop shows and books include this line? I was watching a movie the other day. I thoroughly liked this one, just for the record. At the most exciting part of the movie, the bad guy is holding the heroine at gun point. The cop jumps into the room with his gun drawn and says, “Hold it. Put the gun down.”
The bad guy spins and points his gun at the cop. The cop repeats, “Put the gun down.” At that point, the bad guy turns again, aiming the gun once more at the heroine. Finally, a side character speaks truth and convinces the bad guy to let the gun go. And it drops to the floor.
Do you see any issues with this scene? I see two HUGE boo-boos. And mistakes like these can rip a reader (or in this case a watcher) right out of the story line. Tweet This!
First Big Boo-Boo
She dropped the gun and it hit a hardwood floor. A loaded gun, cocked and aimed, yet the gun didn’t go off. I truly expected a blast. And I couldn’t believe the instruction to “drop the gun.” That was just asking for a misfire. Am I right? I’m not a gun person, but I’ve learned about them. If I’m wrong, let me know.
Second Big Boo-Boo
The second is bigger. Anyone watching the news today knows that a cop shoots at an aggressor. It’s a matter of survival. Don’t get me wrong. It made for more drama to draw the scene out and actually arrest the bad guy. But what cop would let someone point a loaded weapon at him? Surely they would shoot the moment the armed person begins to turn, right?
But not only did this detective have a stare-down with the bad guy, he let him turn again and put an unarmed witness in danger. And again, didn’t fire. What was he waiting for?
I’m not a fan of killing, not even in fiction, but this fictitious police officer didn’t seem to do his job very well. I couldn’t help asking myself; what would it have taken to make the man fire his gun?
I have two trains of thoughts on this. First, I want the real cops to take the shot. They’re the ones protecting me. They’re trained and experienced. Even though everyone makes mistakes, I would hope that if my unarmed life was at risk, the cop would take the shot. But that’s in real life.
In fiction, this movie is still a favorite of mine. Even with the unrealistic ending, I’ll watch it again and again. So does it matter that some of the police details aren’t exactly accurate? Does it cause you to cast aside a book or a movie?
Your Take: How important are the details of the representation of professional characters?