Life replaces the inevitability of death in these six movie executions that did not go quite as planned. The stories continue, as the ending becomes a springboard rather than a brick wall. This is the land of imagination, so do not see this as an invitation to play chicken with death anytime soon.
Gabe Lee's execution, “The One.”
science fiction movies to “The One” and makes every scene he is in that much better for it. Lindo’s attempt to remove YuLaw permanently stands out as a warrior’s death worthy of Valhalla.
The lethal injection of Ben Garvey, “The Lazarus Project."
Paul Walker plays Ben Garvey, a backsliding thief who gets set up for an accidental murder during a burglary which results in his execution. Instead of gaining wings or horns, he regains his senses in Oregon. Unless you hate organic produce or rain, Oregon is far from hell, so his execution definitely did not go too well. Watching Bob Gunton’s performance as his character shifts from folksy charmer to something more sinister in “The Lazarus Project” is captivating. It is great to see a prison execution where the character is not saved in order to become a secret agent, but to become a groundskeeper.
The planned murders of Eric and Sarah, “The Crow.”
After your target gets hit by a throwing knife, shot and kicked through a plate glass window to fall multiple stories to his death, you should be able to feel comfort in a job well done. The crew of Tin Tin, Skank, Funboy and T-Bird operated on the accepted premise that the dead stay dead until their victim, Eric Draven, came back from the dead to take their lives in retribution. Watching Draven relive the night he died is a haunting scene that will stick with you for a long time. “The Crow” offers up a nightmare of an execution that did not go as planned, especially if you are considering the career path of villain.
action movie about focused violence, the isolation that death can visit upon the living and, most importantly, a big lesson on not angering a guy who can use a bow.
Horace Pinker's date with the electric chair, “Shocker.”
What should have been the perfect day for law enforcement with the electrocution of the serial killer Pinker ends with the criminal gaining new life from the electricity used to kill him. “Shocker” is a film that is terrible enough to be enjoyable as well as a case study in the horror genre with its mixture of blood, crazy premise and heroic children. A great example of the 1980’s film convention that if you stare at your feet no one will recognize you are an imposter is played out as Pinker kills two police officers by impersonating their sergeant.
The destruction of the Serenity and its crew, “Serenity.”
An entire fleet of warships against one derelict of a cargo ship became a planned execution that failed incredibly. As Mal and crewmates have brought the Reaver fleet behind them, the blockade of Alliance warships fails to stop Mal from sending out the truth about the Reavers and their home planet Miranda. “Serenity” is a perfect space opera with a complex story that has no need for comic relief from Jar Jar Binks type characters.