Shock Troopers is a short live-action web video created by the special effects team at Corridor Digital. Originally posted to YouTube in 2011, the video depicts a trio of soldiers who must hold and defend their position against a small opposing army. Separated from the third member of their party and out of ammo for their guns, two of the soldiers must clear a trench using a rather unconventional weapon: a defibrillator.
Can be watched in its entirety here.
This work contains examples of:
- Blown Across the Room: Played straight, played with, and invoked, all in that order:
- Played straight when the defibrillator launches the first enemy to get shocked into a camera, then again when another enemy soldier is launched at least two stories into the air (with no recoil, either!).
- Played with when the protagonists take on two enemies at once. The closer enemy gets blasted backwards into the air by the force of the defibrillator - right into the further enemy, who has sustained multiple bullet wounds but hasn't so much as been knocked off his feet.
- Invoked when the protagonists combine the power of two defibrillators to boost one of their number over a small hill.
- Camera Abuse: One of the first enemies shocked with the defibrillator gets blasted into a camera.
- Death from Above: What happens to the mook on the receiving end of the above-mentioned boost.
- Faceless Goons: Most of the enemy soldiers wear head scarves, dark ski goggles, sunglasses, balaclavas, or a combination of face-obscuring accessories. The three guys the audience is supposed to root for? Clear safety glasses and a clear pair of ski goggles.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The opposing force manages to miss almost all the shots they take at the protagonists.
- Improbable Weapon User: Using a defibrillator for offense.
- It's Raining Men: One of the protagonists gets boosted over a small hill by his comrade in order to surprise an enemy soldier.
- Leap and Fire: The soldier down to his last few bullets leaps from behind his defibrillator-wielding friend to take out one of the enemy mooks.
- Magical Defibrillator: And how! The video takes this premise and runs with it. Out of bullets and need to take down an enemy combatant? Defibrillator. Need to blast an opponent two stories into the air? Defibrillator. Need to set a knife wielding mook on fire? Defibrillator. Need to revive a comrade with about a dozen bullet holes in his chest? Defibrillator.
- Man on Fire: Gasoline + defibrillator = one mook, extra crispy. It takes a few tries to get a spark, though.
- Multiple Gunshot Death: What happens to Matt, the soldier holding position on the hill. It doesn't stick.
- Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: More like never bring a knife to a defibrillator fight. At least two enemy soldiers attempt to take out the protagonists with knives, but neither succeed.
- P.O.V. Cam: As one soldier gets boosted over a small hill by his friend, the camera briefly cuts to his view as the defibrillators make contact.
- Shouting Shooter: Plenty of this.
- Spent Shells Shower: Whenever Matt, the soldier on the hill, fires his gun.