Blood, guns, and testosterone: action films, audiences, and a thirst for violence
Since the early days of film, the representation of masculinity has changed cosiderably. In the beginning men on screen instinctively knew right from wrong. They rode to the rescue and saved the day in the nick of time to the admiration and gratitude of society. But over the decades such figures evolved from larger than life infallible heroes to cynical washed-up, unwanted outsiders. The violent content in these films also evolved-from fist fights and gunplay to brutal attacks and nuclear explosions-escalating in frequency, intensity, and graphic depictions.
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