Landmine Goes Click
great review but you did miss how he gets off the landmine. Its not real. He fires the shotgun after Alicia is attacked and then falls off the mine but it doesnt go off and Ilya tells him its plastic and not real so it looks like he was even in on the plan with Alicia pissed off boyfriend.
Landmine Goes Click
The first fifteen minutes of this are okay - three Americans are hiking in the mountains somewhere in Georgia (the country, not the state) and one of them steps on a landmine. He can't move or he'll blow up. This is a reasonable premise for a suspense movie and is set up quite nicely. Then suddenly, everything changes. One character disappears, never to be heard from or thought about again, only to be replaced by a super-rapey Georgian Ron Jeremy lookalike. The dude on the landmine (which quickly becomes a secondary, if not tertiary, plot device) is forced to stand and watch about an hour's worth of sustained sexual assault rendered unto his female friend.
Theres three acts. Now lets just say the first act is about three people, and one of them steps on a landmine. Shit goes down. Like really hard. Theres torture porn in this, humiliation porn, revenge flick, theres even jailbait. One solid film, pretty morbid.
Me either, but it certainly isn't this one. The scene where Elias is tormenting Chris and Alicia goes on far too long and the final outcome is as predictable as it could be. I just kind of watched the scene with bored disinterest.
Also I love the "You watch too many Hollywood movies." Why would a landmine go off when you step off. It gives the target time to try and disarm or evade. It would go off when you step on it ensuring a casualty.
Thought this was a very tasteless film, it initially has an intruiging set up that quickly gets out of hand. It has a prolonged rape scene that I honestly think was there as entertainment purely on the basis of how the camera lingers over it. Then in the last third it goes for the revenge motif but doesn't have a single point to make. What makes it worse is that they have tried to put some style on this. However, at times it looks quite good but the editing is pretty woeful.
In fiction, however, the squad will hear a tiny "click" as someone steps on the first mine, and we will have a tense moment while their friends try to figure out how to get the poor guy off of it without killing him. This usually involves finding a nice big rock to hold the button down while everybody runs for cover.
Another fun fact about landmines is that they don't necessarily kill you. Antipersonnel mines are designed to maim rather than outright kill because wounded but still alive soldiers need to be evacuated from the battlefield, which costs more time and resources. A lot of people survive landmines with missing feet or legs... In fact, you're almost twice as likely to survive a landmine as not. So... yay?
A recent variation is a 'claymore' or directional mine. Rather than just blow up and hope someone's over it, these consist of a mounting plate, the explosive charge, and the soon-to-be shrapnel. The charge is set up so that the explosion fans shrapnel out in an arc in front of the mine, similar to a shotgun blast, rather than a general disorganized kaboom. It is important that the right side is facing the enemy, thus American versions have a large 'FRONT - TOWARD ENEMY' label embossed on them. These are usually set off by either a tripwire or a wired remote-trigger (which really does go 'click') in the hands of someone a safe distance away from the mine - so chances are, surviving the blast still leaves you in a gunfight with whoever just decided to try and blow you up...
Note that certain kind of land mines are now prohibited by an international treaty signed by many countries, notably not including the USA (who'd have a lot of digging to do in Korea if they agreed to get rid of all their landmines), Russia, China or India.
Subtrope of Kinetic Clicking, related to Dramatic Gun Cock. The non-Redshirt who hears the click under them will do whatever they can to invoke Where's the Kaboom?. Almost never comes up when dealing with a Sea Mine.Examples: open/close all folders
Anime & Manga Once upon a time, a boy named Kuro Hazama and his mother were walking on a beach. They found a mine, the boy approached it and his mom tried to stop him... then it went BOOM, seriously injuring both of them. Mrs. Hazama died in the hospital, her child survived and became the greatest surgeon in the world, Black Jack. In Black Jack 21, it is revealed this was done intentionally by an evil organization his father was working with.
In Eden: It's an Endless World! a military officer is clearing a newly mined road by forcing local villagers to walk through one by one. After a young girl steps on a mine and freezes, officer comments that she's smart, as mines only blow up when you step off. Then he shoots her in the leg to make her fall.
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu has a prime example of this. In the Hot Springs Episode, when Kurz and the guys are trying to get peeks of the naked girls, one of them steps on a landmine planted by Sousuke. Kurz immediately throws himself to the ground and unearths the mine, and picking up a big rock, tells the would-be victim to slowly shift his foot as he slides the rock on the mine. The procedure is almost finished... When our victim sneezes. Naturally, Hilarity Ensues as everyone is sent flying. Sousuke also answers a letter of challenge from Tsubaki by leaving a note pinned via combat knife to a tree explaining that he had a much more important mission to complete (i.e. stapling papers) and thus has left a "foot soldier" to battle in his place. The foot soldier in question? Why, the anti-personnel mine Tsubaki just stepped on while reading the letter, of course! The letter then challenges Tsubaki to dismantle the mine with the provided combat knife. If he's successful, Tsubaki can consider himself the victor. He is not.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex pulls this off in one episode. Due to a combination of corruption and ineffectual robbers, Chief Aramaki gets trapped in a hostage situation where the SWAT team would just as soon shoot everyone on sight. Capturing one of the would-be rescuers, he rigs a fake explosive device and props the unconscious guy on top of a "pressure sensor" to buy some time for escape; the mine is only noticed when they try to move the guy and the SWAT team pauses a while trying to disarm it. The strategy doesn't buy a lot of time but it does work.
Used humorously in Gintama - the Yorozuya and Shinsengumi team up to capture a panty-thief, bury landmines around the bait... and promptly forget where the mines are set. Explosive Hilarity Ensues.
Heavy Object: Land mines are largely banned by international treaty but still make appearances. It's not uncommon for the protagonists to get sent out on mine sweeping duty.
The Capitalist Enterprise military sometimes deploys the EX-Wall, a wire barrier laden with explosives. This does nothing to enemy Objects but if the barrier is damaged without being detonated the explosives are scattered and become impromptu land mines. The Enterprise can then accuse their enemy of the war crime of seeding mines.
Stalker Killer Unit was a black ops unit that specialized in transporting "paint", as in paint used to camouflage proximity mines. While extracting high value targets the Unit would seed the area with mines to delay pursuers.
An oasis controlled by the Capitalist Enterprise is surrounded by a smart minefield. Actual mines are interspersed with duds to confuse detection while some mines are actually layered one on top of the other; if the top one is defused, the bottom one detonates. When an area's mines are depleted a rocket system air drops a new batch which bury themselves.
Hellsing plays this completely straight, with the Wild Geese surrounding Hellsing Manor with mines to fend off the charging Nazi vampires.
In Honoo no Alpen Rose, this happened to Friederich Brandel aka Jeudi's Disappeared Dad. He's grievously injured yet lives enough to be taken to a friend's home for safety... but only for a few days. Enough time to re-meet his estranged daughter and then die in her arms Also, a sidenote says that this is how Intrepid Reporter Robert dies in the middle of World War II.
Played straight in the second episode of Japan Sinks. The family is walking through a village when they see a sign on a fence warning people that digging Japanese yams is prohibited. The father immediately hops over the fence to dig some while not noticing the signs warning about the unexploded ordnance in the area. After he's dug a hole more than six feet deep, his daughter finally notices the warning sign, just in time for him to hit a mine with his shovel. He has time to utter "No way!" and then he's Ludicrous Gibs.
Macross Zero demonstrates an odd if potentially realistic example. One character steps on a mine, only for career soldier Roy Fokker to notice just in time to tell her not to take another step. He then carefully digs away the dirt surrounding the mine and, over the course of several stressful minutes, disarms its detonator. He then proves himself to be a total jerk by pulling his companion into a kiss, to which she freaks out and demands how long the mine's been disarmed. "A while."
Played with in The Voynich Hotel. In the backstory of one of the younger characters, he stepped on a land mine, whose arming noise was represented by a black speech bubble containing a skull rather than a written click. He and his friend who pulled a Tuck and Cover to save his life reacted as expected to the sound.
Toyed with in Wolf's Rain. At one point Toboe steps on a land mine, but he doesn't knw what it is, and it's so old and rusted that it doesn't detonate until he's well clear of it.