We bet you saw this coming, but this might be the dumbest, least-necessary sacrifice in the entire Marvel universe, or any universe. Quicksilver is literally the fastest man alive. We see multiple times how he perceives the passage of time and how boringly slow everything is compared to him. Every moment for us is like days of him watching the world buffer. Let's start with the obvious. Instead of jumping in front of bullets, Quicksilver could have shoved Hawkeye and the boy out of the way.
Or picked up something bulletproof and put it in the way. And while on the subject of bulletproof, aircraft guns shoot giant bullets intended to punch holes in other metal planes -- they barely slow down when passing through the mostly liquid meat of a fragile human body. If your plan to protect someone from a jet is "human shield," you most likely died years ago from assuming the suffocation warnings on a plastic bag were sarcastic. All Quicksilver would have done by standing in the way was make sure the two were killed by well-lubricated bullets. To make matters worse, he catches a bullet earlier in this movie.
He's fast enough to pluck speeding bullets out of the air, which means that standing still and letting them tear into him would be like one of us letting a sleepy tortoise slowly crawl over and chew through our neck. There are an infinite number of options to avoid not dying here if you have super speed. One could argue it's almost dumb to have a second superhero in a movie when one of them can move faster than anyone else can see, and can thus influence any nearby event in any way they please.
That means this act is almost certainly a suicide, which is understandable when you're a character who needs to wait their version of a week for other people to finish their sentences. Every TV show was constantly on pause for him, and his sex life was almost certainly a sandpapery series of apologies. Quicksilver just wanted to end it. For more insight, producer Kevin Feige insisted in an interview that the plan was always for Quicksilver to die because it was necessary for Scarlet Witch's journey as a character.
We don't know if you remember Scarlet Witch's involvement in the following Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War , but it's mostly sitting at Avengers HQ while Vision wears a turtleneck sweater and offers to order her pizza. So even your needless sacrifice was somehow in vain, Quicksilver. The third season of Lost ends with one of the most heartbreaking moments in the entire series. Charlie and Desmond, aka these two guys ABC Studios. Charlie unwittingly manages to contact Desmond's girlfriend, Penny, whereupon he learns that she's at home and the boat waiting offshore for them, which was claimed to have been sent by her, has nothing to do with her.
So whose boat is it? Well, the first thing every character on Lost learns is that if you don't know anything about something, it's going to end up being weirdly magical and eventually try to kill you. So this is bad news. Before Charlie can tell anyone, the villainous Mikhail, a character we just saw get shot with a spear gun, suddenly shows up in SCUBA gear outside the window with a hand grenade. Wait, what? Well, anyway, he pulls the pin, giving Charlie mere seconds to react! So Charlie heroically seals himself inside the room to save the entire station from flooding.
Desmond, rightfully confused as hell, gets there in time to watch Charlie slam the door. He dies a hero, though not a man who knows where to properly place an apostrophe. Let's start with what will seem kind of obvious after you hear it.
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Water wouldn't fill the station at all due to the air pressure there, and if water could enter, it wouldn't rise above where the window was broken. Charlie could have comfortably stood in chest-deep water and breathed in the rest of the oxygen for hours.
But it's a spooky island, so maybe their ocean water and air pressure behave differently and we can ignore this. So now, assuming his life was even in danger, why did he stay in the room at all? It's not like he was paralyzed with confusion. He instantly recognized the grenade and reacted with plenty of time to run out of the room and close the door behind him.
The only reason to stay inside would be to hide his suicide in a story only confused idiots or generous apologists could find heroic. And we're not even done explaining all the reasons his death was ridiculously pointless. Let's say he HAD to close the door for another magical island reason we can't understand. Who cares?
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The grenade left a person-sized hole in the wall. He could wait for the water to stop pouring in and then enjoy a nice swim home. Swimming between shore and there is not only humanly possible, but we saw that exact character do it two episodes before! Gran Torino stars Clint Eastwood as a recently widowed, currently racist old man named Walt who slowly befriends a family of Hmong Americans and learns enough about their culture to think of them as people, but not enough to stop using ethnic slurs.
Fun Fact: Despite all of said slurs, this movie has been used to teach Australian kids how racism is wrong. The film was thought indisputably great when it came out in , back when Eastwood seemed well-meaning and wasn't insanely mocking President Obama by talking to an empty chair. Soon, a gang of Hmong criminals start terrorizing Walt's new friends.
He confronts them multiple times, but they escalate the conflict until they wind up kidnapping and raping one of them and doing a drive-by shooting on their home. The police won't help, unfortunately, because the community won't testify against the gang. Walt then comes up with a plan: He goads the gang into killing him in front of a bunch of witnesses who already consider him a hero.
This way, they will testify in his murder trial, bypassing the loophole that the good Hmong people won't testify against the bad Hmong people. In the final confrontation , Walt yells at the gang and then reaches into his coat pocket for a lighter, then rips it out like it's a gun. Every member shoots him with every single bullet in their gun or guns. But the plan works! All of them are arrested for the murder, and due to the number of witnesses, they all face a lengthy stay in prison! He did it!
Let's start with the obvious: Walt had made a huge difference in these peoples' lives, and if this plan failed, he really wouldn't get a second shot. Once he's dead, he's no longer around to protect his friends or issue his cantankerous pearls of wisdom. That's why in the real world, suicide missions are usually a last resort. And while the end result was exactly to his design, it really does seem like there were multiple other, less-insane options.
The gang needed to go to jail for its awful crimes, but there was already a way to send them there: for their awful crimes. It seems like it would have been easier to convince someone to testify than to convince a group of unpredictable gang members to commit a public homicide in exactly the way he needs it to happen.
But that's the problem -- Walt was a cranky, elderly man who kept to himself. The idea that his death would cause sweeping policy changes for law enforcement and the community is a wild Hail Mary of a play. Hell, he was making a threatening gesture on the suspects' own property! If you've been paying attention to the news, that's the kind of detail that could make a murder conviction unlikely, even if they didn't have an outright self-defense claim. We realize this isn't the kind of movie in which Walt would stride over to the gang hideout and mow everyone down with his M1 Garand while Drowning Pool blasts over the speakers.
Though now that we think of it The story arc requires some kind of emotional final sacrifice to make up for all of his prior racism, we get it. We're just saying that Walt put a hell of a lot of faith in the courage of his fellow man and the fairness of the justice system after both of them spent 75 percent of the movie letting him down.
If you haven't seen the movie Deep Blue Sea , you've probably at least seen the scene in which Samuel L. Jackson starts to give a rousing motivational speech and gets interrupted by a shark attack from out of nowhere. It's one of the greatest surprises in cinematic history. But here's another surprise: Outside of that clip, there are another minutes of movie and one song about how LL Cool J's hat is like a shark's fin.
No really, that's the title of the song. So a genetically engineered super-intelligent shark is about to escape the confines of this remote marine laboratory and get into open waters, where it will presumably terrorize the world. Susan McAlester, the woman who violated scientific ethics codes in the name of lunatic shark research, decides on the perfect plan: She's going to cut her hand open so her delicious, fragrant blood will distract the beast.
She leaps into the sea and swims out to attract the shark with one last meal before it leaves through the gate. Still, it works! She prevents the super shark from reaching the open ocean! Let's rewind to the part right before she decides to jump into waters inhabited by a super smart shark capable of swimming up to 60 miles an hour. And she wanted to OK, let's think about this. Most people know sharks can smell trace amounts of blood from three miles away , but what you might NOT know is that shark noses can't detect whether that blood is attached to a fully submerged creature.
This shark doctor didn't have to jump in the water. She could have "safely" dripped her blood into the water from the top of the platform. Or at worst, climbed down and dangled her hand in the water.
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She leapt like ten feet out, and then swam another 30 feet away from her planned escape route? What does this mean? Jn ? How can he now consecrate -- sanctify -- himself? To understand this, we need first to clarify what the Bible means by the words "holy" and "consecrate -- sanctify". He alone is the true and authentic Holy One, in the original sense of the word. All other holiness derives from him, is a participation in his way of being. He is purest Light, Truth and untainted Good. To consecrate something or someone means, therefore, to give that thing or person to God as his property, to take it out of the context of what is ours and to insert it in his milieu, so that it no longer belongs to our affairs, but is totally of God.
Consecration is thus a taking away from the world and a giving over to the living God.
The thing or person no longer belongs to us, or even to itself, but is immersed in God. Such a giving up of something in order to give it over to God, we also call a sacrifice: this thing will no longer be my property, but his property. In the Old Testament, the giving over of a person to God, his "sanctification", is identified with priestly ordination, and this also defines the essence of the priesthood: it is a transfer of ownership, a being taken out of the world and given to God.
We can now see the two directions which belong to the process of sanctification-consecration. It is a departure from the milieux of worldly life -- a "being set apart" for God.
But for this very reason it is not a segregation. Rather, being given over to God means being charged to represent others. The priest is removed from worldly bonds and given over to God, and precisely in this way, starting with God, he is available for others, for everyone. When Jesus says: "I consecrate myself", he makes himself both priest and victim.
Bultmann was right to translate the phrase: "I consecrate myself" by "I sacrifice myself". Do we now see what happens when Jesus says: "I consecrate myself for them"? This is the priestly act by which Jesus -- the Man Jesus, who is one with the Son of God -- gives himself over to the Father for us.
It is the expression of the fact that he is both priest and victim. I consecrate myself -- I sacrifice myself: this unfathomable word, which gives us a glimpse deep into the heart of Jesus Christ, should be the object of constantly renewed reflection. It contains the whole mystery of our redemption. It also contains the origins of the priesthood in the Church. Only now can we fully understand the prayer which the Lord offered the Father for his disciples -- for us. The Lord prays that God himself draw them towards him, into his holiness. He prays that God take them away from themselves to make them his own property, so that, starting from him, they can carry out the priestly ministry for the world.
This prayer of Jesus appears twice in slightly different forms. Both times we need to listen very carefully, in order to understand, even dimly the sublime reality that is about to be accomplished. Jesus adds: "Your word is truth". When all is said and done, we are not consecrated by rites, even though rites are necessary.
The bath in which the Lord immerses us is himself — the Truth in person. The disciples are thus drawn deep within God by being immersed in the word of God. The word of God is, so to speak, the bath which purifies them, the creative power which transforms them into God's own being. So then, how do things stand in our own lives? Are we truly pervaded by the word of God? Is that word truly the nourishment we live by, even more than bread and the things of this world? Do we really know that word? Do we love it? Are we deeply engaged with this word to the point that it really leaves a mark on our lives and shapes our thinking?
Or is it rather the case that our thinking is constantly being shaped by all the things that others say and do? Aren't prevailing opinions the criterion by which we all too often measure ourselves? Do we not perhaps remain, when all is said and done, mired in the superficiality in which people today are generally caught up? Do we allow ourselves truly to be deeply purified by the word of God?
Friedrich Nietzsche scoffed at humility and obedience as the virtues of slaves, a source of repression. He replaced them with pride and man's absolute freedom. Of course there exist caricatures of a misguided humility and a mistaken submissiveness, which we do not want to imitate. But there also exists a destructive pride and a presumption which tear every community apart and result in violence. Can we learn from Christ the correct humility which corresponds to the truth of our being, and the obedience which submits to truth, to the will of God?
I believe that we can advance another step in the interpretation of these words. Did not Christ say of himself: "I am the truth" cf. Is he not himself the living Word of God, to which every other word refers? Sanctify them in the truth -- this means, then, in the deepest sense: make them one with me, Christ. Bind them to me. Draw them into me.