I was watching a not very good movie last night. The second Nicolas Cage Treasure Hunter movie, whatever it’s called.
The following would be considered a spoiler, if you haven’t seen the movie yet.
At one point Nic kidnaps the POTUS. Nobody really knows it was Nic who’s kidnapped him.
Another character, a high-ranking FBI guy (played by Harvey Keitel) who is kind of keeping tabs on Nic’s actions, gets a phone call to inform him of this information. This is how the scene is played:
Harvey, getting out of an FBI vehicle, gets a phone call.
Harvey (answers): Hello?
There is silence as the other end talks. We assume he is being told “The President has been kidnapped!”
Harvey: He was what?
Shorter silence as we assume the other end says “He was kidnapped!”
Without saying another word, Harvey hangs up the phone. He thinks about it for a second, then realizes who is behind it, and says:
Harvey: Nic’s character’s name!!
I really hate scenes like this. If you were a high-ranking FBI agent and you just got a phone call that said “The President of the United States has just been kidnapped!”, would you hang up before you asked a few “who, when, where” type questions? You probably would.
But this guy gets the phone call, makes no comment to the guy who phoned him, and hangs up.
I hate movie scenes like this.