Added Feb 19, 2009:
Have you reached this blog entry because your searched for the script for Bolt, the movie? Likely. That movie made this page my blog's most popular page. This is not about that Bolt. But please, stay and have a look at the rest of the blog.
Sometimes I get a little amazed by how exciting I can find a situation in real life that I would not find exciting at all in a movie.
One of these situations is Usain Bolt in 100m finals in the ongoing Olympic Games.
His victory was awesome, stunning, every fantastic word I can think of almost.
But think of this situation in the terms of a movie. We follow a young athlete. He struggles hard to keep up, fails, nobody believes he is a winner etcetera etcetera. In the final race he cannot win like Usain Bolt dancing the last meters, way ahead of the others.
In a movie we will follow this race for more than 9.96 seconds. We will see it in slow motion, see every competer’s feet hit the ground, every muscle work, every pumping elbow. We want it to be uncertain if our hero will win until the last centimeter. Best of all is if the film of the finish line is needed. That adds extra tension.
What kind of end would it be if our hero runs off way ahead from the beginning of the race and secure the victory within a blink of an eye like Usain Bolt did?
And still in a race in real life that is just what we want. We want an Usain Bolt bouncing along the track like he had no problems in the world at all.