We've been watching a lot of thrillers at chez Tripp lately, and I've noticed something that had eluded me until now: no matter how complicated the story, mostly it's nothing more than somebody trying to learn something, and somebody trying to stop them learning it.
And three-quarters of the twists and sequences are devoted to learning a single piece of information that leads to the next one. Shoot thirty people, break into a building, escape by helicopter. All to learn you're looking for a guy named 'Smith.' Blow up an oil tanker, attend an opera, and kill two men with a piece of cheese. All to determine you need to open locker #13 at Grand Central Station.
That's all they contain. Discover you need to know something, then go find out. It's still fun to watch thrillers, of course, but the structure underneath turns out to be a lot simpler than I ever imagined.
3 weeks ago