Video Hits: “Crossfire” by Brandon Flowers

by W. Andrew Powell

Brandon Flowers from the video Crossfire

Brandon Flowers from the video Crossfire

Trying to pick this week’s music video for Video Hits seemed a bit daunting. I’ve only been doing this for a week so far, and I just didn’t know how to follow up Fefe Dobson’s “Ghost”. Should I go for something simpler? Something older?

Once I started looking around though, and watching a few videos, it hit me instantly: Brandon Flowers’ “Crossfire”.

You’ve got good, old Brandon Flowers singing this coy and haunting power ballad, and he’s looking all defeated as he’s tied to a chair. Then — blam — dust and rubble explode as two ninjas fly through the air and Charlize Theron appears to save the day, offing another ninja without even looking.

That’s right. Brandon Flowers, ninjas, and Charlize Theron in a music video for a really catchy song. (It’s also basically the most interesting thing Charlize has done since The Italian Job and Arrested Development, but maybe that’s just me.)

Watch it and then have your say below!

Each week in Video Hits I feature a new music video to admire, mock, and discuss. From the great to the awful, whether they’re from twenty years or twenty minutes ago, check back for more each week.

For you Canadians out there, the title of this series is totally a tribute to CBC’s original 80s TV series, Video Hits.

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