“One Man” Is the Hero of Every Movie Trailer

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July 8 2013 10:39 AM

“One Man” Is the Hero of Every Movie Trailer

By now, most of us are familiar with the “In a world where …” trailer cliché. (It even inspired a feature film.) But the “one man” motif is probably even more ubiquitous—and even more revealing of what Hollywood thinks people want from their movies. (“One woman”? Not so ubiquitous.)

Happily, one YouTube user created the supercut above, which highlights the inanity of this trope. Enjoy. (Via Have You Seen This?)

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog. Follow him on Twitter.