15 July 2013 2:37 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Everyone loves a good heroic sacrifice. It makes an average hero into a good one, a good hero into a great one and a great one into something immortal. To see someone go down all guns blazing, or to save truckloads of others is the stuff glorious film moments are made of, and as movie-goers, we love to be thrilled.

And for the most part, we are – we get swept up in moments of grand emotion, saluting our hero as he meets his heroic end. Hell, we might still think fondly of the moment as we leave the cinema. But after a while, the penny drops –  we might be in the car on the way home, we might be tucked up in bed that night or it might even be months later, but when we realise, it’s dramatic. we begin to ask –  why did that person sacrifice themselves? After all, »

- Edward Owen

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