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    Hello,

    In the text below, what does "blast open" mean?

    ON JACOB We stay with him as he screams and shrieks and yells and the clouds part and the ground rises quickly up to meet him. The ground becomes a town, the town becomes a block, the block becomes a house, the house becomes a roof, and... INT. JACOB'S BEDROOM - NIGHT KA-BLAM! The ceiling explodes as Jacob's body plows through, slams down, shatters the bed, and we immediately: CUT TO: INT. JACOB'S BEDROOM - MORNING Jacob's eyes blast open as he sits up from bed in a cold sweat. A dream. The worst fucking dream from hell anyone would ever want to have -- but still just a dream.

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    Re: blast open

    Opened very suddenly.

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    Re: blast open

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Opened very suddenly.
    It must be that, from the context. But this isn't a common idiom. I think the writer chose it to make sure that the film director gave similar treatment to "ka-blam", "explodes" and the eyes opening. (By 'treatment' I mean both sudden high-contrast visual effects and the accompanying soundtrack.)

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    Re: blast open

    (i am not a teacher)

    The idioms and metaphores used in scripts are often intentionally over the top. I think that's what happened in this case. The 'blast open' suggests a higher speed than eyes can actually open in, but it's all about conveying simple, powerful images in this kind of texts. "Blasting open" is an expression that usually belongs in a military situation, usually involving an ounce of c-4 and a door you really want to open .

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    Re: blast open

    ...or criminals and safes.

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