Cut The Red Wire On These 7 Bombs In Movies

Friday, December 2 by Joseph Gibson

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	<a href=Alfred Hitchcock once said that showing an explosion gives the audience a surprise, but showing a bomb gives them suspense. But we're not concerned with petty differences between bombs – we just want bombs. With that in mind, here are just a few of the best cinematic explosive devices. Cut the red wire on these seven bombs in movies.

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	<strong>"Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" – </strong>Here's a movie that puts its bomb right there in the title. No one's really sure who the "I" refers to but, everybody knows what "the Bomb" is all about. It's The Big One, a nuclear <a href='' target='_blank'>weapon</a> that will set off a Doomsday Machine that will in turn destroy all life on planet Earth. By the way: This is a comedy. In the movie, the bomb gets ridden (like a horse) to its target by a possibly a little overzealous Slim Pickens. THAT'S patriotism.</p>
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	<strong>"Batman: The Movie" </strong>- Adding further evidence to the hypothesis that bombs can be funny, 1966's "Batman" features <a href=Adam West as the Caped Crusader, facing an attempt on his life in the form of one of those giant cherry bombs you see in Looney Tunes. He's got to get rid of it. There's only one problem: Batman is such a great guy, he doesn't want to blow up anybody else in the process. This includes the scuzzy sailors in the local dive bar, a couple of nuns, a marching band, even a small group of ducklings. It's during this scene that Batman utters the immortal line, "some days you can't get rid of a bomb." So, so true.

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	<strong>"Scarface" </strong>- How do you judge a gangster? By the content of his character of course, i.e., his willingness to murder children. In "Scarface," Tony Montana is charged with the assassination of a politician who's set to do damage to the drug trade by blowing up his car. But when the politician's family unexpectedly gets in the car as well, Tony's superiors want the assassination to continue as well. Tony disagrees. Waiting to see how this develops is one of the most suspenseful scenes in "Scarface." Sometimes a bomb doesn't even have to explode to lodge itself in your memory.</p>
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"The Abyss" – We're all familiar with the trope of cutting a wire of a certain color in order to disarm a bomb. But what happens if, as in James Cameron's underwater thriller "The Abyss," your undersea light source is bright green, and you can't tell which wire is which color? You just have to take a deep breath, pick a wire at random, and hope for the best. Or at least that's what the character in the movie does.

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	<strong>"Mission: Impossible"</strong> In the movies, bombs can come in all shapes and sizes. In this example, a bomb used to get secret agent Ethan Hunt out of a particularly sticky situation is a stick of chewing gum. You press the two sides of the stick together, and <a href=KABLOOM! That's the sound of chewing gum exploding.

The Dead Pool RC Bomb

"The Dead Pool" The fifth and final film in the "Dirty Harry" series, "The Dead Pool" features what is probably the most bizarre weapon ever used to try and kill Harry: A high-powered remote-controlled car, rigged to explode. This results in a high speed chase through the streets of San Francisco. Think "Bullitt," but one of the cars is a tiny toy car with a bomb attached to it.


"30 Minutes of Less" In this comedy-thriller, poor pizza delivery guy Jesse Eisenberg gets captured by a psychotic and desperate criminal (Danny McBride) who straps a timebomb to his chest and orders him to pay him $100,000. Eisenberg decides to collect the money by robbing a bank, which he has to do with a live bomb strapped to his chest. Not easy to do, especially since they don't teach you how to defuse bombs in pizza delivery school.

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