In which we take a look at a series of odd movie coincidences - scenes, jokes, dialogue, even specific camera shots shared between two seemingly unrelated films. Anyone who's sat through a particular scene in a movie and thought, "Gee, haven't I seen someone do this somewhere before?" will know exactly what I'm talking about.
Today we consider The Matrix Reloaded (2003) versus Iron Man 2 (2010), two high-caliber sequels to game-changing Hollywood hits. On the surface, at least, they couldn't be any different one is a CG- loaded Science-Fiction actioner about a band of rebels fighting back against the race of machines that enslave them, and the other is a prototypical franchise entry about a self-absorbed superhero fighting mostly himself. Both films, however, owe their debt to comic books, complete with protagonists endowed with the power of flight.
At the climax, both heroes take to the skies to rescue the woman they love. As they do, they strike two familar poses, which for the sake of this article we'll call the Superman Shot:
It spoils nothing to say they succeed, scooping up their beloved in their arms and whisking her away to the nearest rooftop:
Then, after a brief heart-to-heart (literally, in Neo's case), hero and heroine share a passionate lover's kiss:
Cue the romantic music! And sound a trumpet for our latest Movie Coincidence of the Day.