I just watched The Untouchables and found it to be a great movie, but one scene just seemed strange to me and did not fit in with the overall atmosphere.
While Ness is covering the main entrance of the train station to catch the bookmaker, he notices a woman that is trying to get her bags and child up the stairs. The scene goes on for quite some time and he finally leaves his post to help the lady. Just then the thugs come in and it all ends up in a firefight, where he accidentally lets the the baby buggy roll down the stairs just to save it in the last second while killing several men on his way down.
So whats the deal with this scene? I really don't liked it, because
- It was overly long. (6 minutes of waiting until the bookmaker shows up)
- It had a very strange atmosphere that did not fit into the situation.
- It was totally unreasonable for Ness to leave his post, especially after it was made sure how important it was for him to get this guy.
- The whole shooting and saving scene was just ridiculous, cliché and way over the top.
What was the purpose of it? Why did de Palma put it in? Just to add some dramatic effect to the scene? Or is there some major character development going on?