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A false climax is usually near the end of a story (written, screen, stage, etc.) and presents the viewer with the idea that the storyline has reached its peak and will be coming to a close. This is usually the case because the viewer is lead to believe that the story's questions have been answered and/or the protagonist has come to a point when the story is ready for the "happy ending".

For example, at the end of Point Break, when Johnny Utah has Bodhi cuffed during the 50-Year storm, you are expected to believe that Johnny has caught the fugitive he has been after throughout the movie. However, Johnny soon lets Bodhi catch one last wave because "he won't be coming back."

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โˆ™ 2010-11-18 22:52:42
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