The Wrecking Crew

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Death and sleaze index

Death and sleaze notes

Reference Time Notes
The Wrecking Crew-2000-Still-00439.png ~03:30 Death by gun (x11), gun, headshot (x1), gun (x4), shotgun (x2), shotgun, headshot (x1).

As much as I love action movies, they're annoying to index for death and sleaze. There's usually very little sleaze and the deaths are bullet after bullet after bullet, often with innumerable foes, extras coming back to die a second and third time (or simply to repeat the same scene), and the only indication of a mortal wound is the jerk of an "I've been hit!". The Wrecking Crew is no different and the pre-credit massacre perfectly establishes the expectations for the rest of the film. This sequence lasts from 03:35 to about 6:25, with these specific fatalities recorded: gun (x2/03:45), gun (x2/03:47), gun (03:48), gun (03:49), gun (x2/03:57), gun (03:59), gun (x2/04:00), gun, headshot (04:00), gun (x3/04:17), gun (04:26), shotgun (x2/04:47), shotgun, headshot (06:21).

The Wrecking Crew-2000-Still-01028.png ~10:15 Death by gun (x2).

If we didn't see the characters die or start to be killed, they're "just bodies" and aren't counted.

The Wrecking Crew-2000-Still-01407.png ~14:05 Death by gun.
The Wrecking Crew-2000-Still-02659.png ~26:30 Death by spike.

Sometimes there's just no discernible "name" to give the instrument of death, especially when they're partially obscured by being deep in human flesh. After some consideration, we've decided that unidentifiable long and pointy metal things are "spikes", and unidentifiable wooden thingies (even those with a pointy metal tip) are "spears". Of course, if we know it's an arrow, spear, halberd, pipe, etc., we'll label it as such. This is just for those times when we have to guess.

The Wrecking Crew-2000-Still-02812.png ~28:00 Death by shotgun, headshot.

We're not gun experts. We can't identify models or types on sight and we really don't want to. Our method of labeling firearms is simplistic and sure to upset the gun-obsessed: if a single-shot one-hander, it's a "gun". If it's two-handed and long barrelled, it's a "shotgun" (never a rifle). If it's a one or two handed automatic thingy, it's a "machine gun". We'll occasionally deviate for specialty cases (like "sawed-off shotgun"), but those are more about concessions to the genre and cliché than any actual expertise.

The Wrecking Crew-2000-Still-02857.png ~28:50 Death by shotgun.
The Wrecking Crew-2000-Still-03409.png ~33:50 Death by shotgun.
The Wrecking Crew-2000-Still-03901.png ~39:00 Death by shotgun.
The Wrecking Crew-2000-Still-03918.png ~39:15 Death by shotgun.
The Wrecking Crew-2000-Still-03948.png ~39:45 Death by gun (x2).
The Wrecking Crew-2000-Still-04017.png ~40:10 Death by shotgun (x2).

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