Wednesday, August 25, 2010

How Hollywood and Reality Differ on a 'Hit'

Towards the end of the Godfather pt 2, Michael Corleone tells a pessimistic Tom Hagen that "if there's one thing we have learned through history, its that anyone can be killed."  Michael is 100% correct, when it comes to hollywood, but not correct when it comes reality.  This has become more apparent as we enter our 9th year of the war on terror.  I heard this news story about how Yemen is now the new Afghanistan and that the Al liqi is in hiding there while doing recruiting, and how he is on the CIA's hit list.  So, if this man is on the hit list of the most powerful nation and everyone knows where he is hiding, and it isn't like Yemen is like Afghanistan or Pakistan in size or terrain, why can't we take him out?  Why is it that Matt Damon or Leonardo Dicaprio or George Clooney aren't in Yemen planting a bomb in his house.  Why is it that a special ops team led by Eric Bana don't chopper onto his roof and assassinate him.   Why can't Al Neri dress up like a cop and shoot him while he comes down the steps to get into his limo, Why can't Luca Brazi make him an offer he can't refuse.  Why can't we surround him while he is paying the toll on Yemen freeway and mow him down with tommy guns.  Or invite him out to a nice Italian restaurant and shoot him after going to the bathroom.  Why can't we take him fishing out on Lake Tahoe and shoot him while he is praying to Allah to catch a big fish.  Why can't Tommy dig a hole for him after he tells tommy to go get his shine box.   Why can't we make this guy sleep with the fishes.  The truth is that killing a single person is very hard and it only works in movies.

4 comments:

Kansas Bob said...

Luca Brazi? Sollozzo had his number. Maybe Al Neri has the scoop on the CIA? And remember that it took Michael himself to take Sollozzo out. Maybe that would be a good use for some buff of our congressmen?

jrchaard said...

But you know, in the spectrum of the trilogy, Al Neri was the most accomplished assassin. He lived through them all and was feared by all.

Kansas Bob said...

Meant to say bin Laden instead of Al Neri.

I thought that the book painted a better picture of Al Neri than the films did.

jrchaard said...

Yes, I enjoyed the book. It went into more detail on Neri, Johnny fontane, and Sonny mistress