“An action movie should, like any other, follow the narrative traditions of literature. That means there should be subtlety, a slow build and a gradual bringing together of all the separate threads of the plot. To see all of it coming together slowly is very rewarding for the audience.” – Shane Black
Or, alternatively, you could chuck every Shane Black scripted action beat you can think of into the blender, as in this Christmas themed tribute by JoshStep – “A pair of guys battle to uncover a plot that may or may not involve television sets, Christmas, helicopters, being underwater, police parking garages, suicide, and children’s drawings among other things.”
Just the thing to whet the appetite for Black’s new film as writer / director, The Nice Guys.