YMMV: Cliffhanger

YMMV items related to the film Cliffhanger:

  • Awesome Music: Trevor Jones's stirring score, especially the seven-minute-plus end title version of the main theme.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Frank, who happens to be the most kindest character in this film who is a painter-wannabe that has spent the rest of the film trying to locate Walker, Tucker and Jessie, which made his Dropped a Bridge on Him death a Tear Jerker.
  • Evil Is Cool: Kynette, for being the most intimidating and formidable henchman out of Qualen's group.
    • Delmar, basically due his actor Craig Fairbrass receiving Retroactive Recognition for his later voice acting in the Call of Duty game franchise, as well as his Hidden Depths as an ex-soccer player in which it contributes to his Curb-Stomp Battle against his hostage Tucker.
  • Fridge Logic: While providing the movie with enough mooks for Walker to take down one by one, you have to wonder why Qualen needed at least five heavily armed mercenaries who's sole role during the airplane heist would have been nothing but to sit around if it had gone according to plan.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Craig Fairbrass' character killing a character named Frank is ironic, considering Fairbrass previously played a character with the same first name on first season of the TV show Prime Suspect.
    • It can also be considered ironic to see Tucker vs. Delmar in a showdown scene, since the actors who played the aforementioned characters, Michael Rooker and Craig Fairbrass, would both later play The Lancer in the Call of Duty franchise. So otherwise, this scene can be viewed as Mike Harper vs. Gaz/Ghost/Wallcroft or game production studio-wise, a Treyarch mo-cap actor vs. an Infinity Ward voice actor.
    • Speaking of Frank, Rex Linn and Craig Fairbrass, who both played two of the villains, both played police detectives with the first name Frank on crime drama television shows (Fairbrass played DI Frank Burkin on Prime Suspect, while Linn would later be renowned for his role as Det. Frank Tripp on CSI: Miami).
  • Iron Woobie: Walker, he is overcome with grief from his failure to save his best friend's girlfriend, captured by Qualen's goons who stripped him of his jacket and bolt gun that left him vulnerable to the cold and finds himself a living target for the villains to hunt down.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Tucker, as he blames Walker for his failure to save Sarah, which is understandable as Sarah was Tucker's girlfriend and Tucker loves her so. He becomes more of a Butt Monkey later in the film when is forced to be a guide for Qualen's posse, bullied around, Forced to Watch them kill two of his colleagues that he later protested against before being on the receiving end of a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown given by one of Qualen's goons.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Renny Harlin makes you hate Qualen and his fellows so much that you'll cheer when they all meet their ends.
  • Narm: In about half the death scenes, you wonder if Renny Harlin thought he was making an Oscar Bait Tearjerker rather than an action movie.
    • Speaking of which, Frank's facial expression during the failed rescue scene at the beginning was off, like he was smiling...
  • Nightmare Fuel: Sarah, Tucker's girlfriend, meets a truly horrific demise at the beginning of the film. Her climbing rig malfunctions and despite Walker's best efforts to try and save her, she plummets to her death.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Tucker is played by Merle.
  • Tear Jerker: Tucker's girlfriend's horrifying demise, Walker's grief, and Frank's murder.
  • Too Cool to Live: Matheson, Kynette, Frank and Delmar.