It is a standard of near death and pre-death cinematic experiences to have your “life flash before eyes” just as you die or think you are about it. Such a whirl of reflection is logical. It is a great way to review the arc of the film and see the character’s meaningful or disappointing journey. It is a helpful plot device as well if the character does not die to push them to a change of behavior.
Examples include films such as Armageddon, Vanilla Sky, American Beauty, and, amusingly to Max in the remake of The Producers: “”I see my mother in a nice, gingham gown calling, ‘Alvin! Don’t forget to do your chores! The wood needs a cuttin’ and the cows needs a milkin’! Alvin! Alllllvin!’ Wait. My name’s not Alvin… Someone else’s life is flashing before my eyes.” Continue reading