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Thriller Conventions

Thriller Conventions

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Thriller Conventions
 The aim of a thriller is to keep the audience watchful and on the edge of their seats. The protagonist is thrillers are set to against a problem ormystery in which he/she has to solve. Thrillers are now commonly amixture of another genre this may be action-thriller like our groups film. Inwhatever type of thriller there conventions in which you have to abide todoing these are; Themes and Characters ThemesCommon themes in thrillers include some form ransom, heists, ransoms,revenge and kidnappings these themes will include the protagonist andantagonist in a struggle of dominance with the antagonist using one of them to gain control of the situation.Character The protagonist faces some sort life or death situation usually involvinghim, a family member or someone the protagonist dearly cares about forexample in the film Taken and its sequel it is the main characters familymembers that are kidnapped which forces him to react. The antagonist must initially be clever and or stronger than theprotagonist for example in the Dark Knight Rises Bane is physically andmentally stronger than Batman but gradually the balance changes. The plot of the protagonist is either a mission to find something that ismissing or to take down an antagonist for example in James BondQuantum of Solace the protagonist is on a mission to put down the manwho killed his lover and the organisation which forced her hand. The film’s narrative construction is dominated by the protagonist point oview so the audience are in favour of the protagonist. For example in thefilm Wanted the majority of the film we get one perspective of the maincharacter.All action and characters must be realistic in their representation onscreen. The two major themes that reinforce the thriller genre are the desire for justice and the morality of the characters for example in Reservoir dogsthe characters have to decide which person in the group is the traitor.One small, but significant, aspect of a thriller is the presence of innocencein what is seen as an essentially unethical world this is usually portrayedby the victim in the thriller for example if a character is kidnap they areusually telling their captors they will be rescued. The protagonist and antagonist may battle, themselves and each other,not just on a physical level, but on a mental one as well. For example in
Dark Knight Rise Bane the antagonist is constantly stressing the need tobreak Batman in mind and in body.Either by accident or their own curiousness, characters is dragged into adangerous conflict or situation that they are not prepared to resolve. Forexample in the Dark Knight Rises Batman goes into battle with theantagonist Bane without been fully prepared with the challenge he isabout to face.Story and SettingPlots of thrillers involve characters which come into conflict with eachother or with outside forces – the threat is sometimes abstract or unseen.An atmosphere of creepy menace and sudden violence, such as crime andmurder, characterize thrillers. Thrillers often present the world and societyas dark, corrupt and dangerous. But in modern day films they usuallyfeature happy endings in which evil is overcome by good. The tensionusually arises when the character is placed in a menacing situation, amystery, or a trap from which escaping seems impossible. Life isthreatened, usually because the principal character is unsuspectingly orunknowingly involved in a dangerous or potentially deadly situation
Story and Setting

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