I think there are three extreme responses to suffering. One is detachment. Another is empathy. A third is "schadenfreude". In action films the very genre leads us to view it in detached mode. We aren't actually taking pleasure in viewing the suffering of others, rather the suffering is simply an intrinsic part of the film and of no particular consequence. I would like to think this #1 is in the majority film-wise by far. I can't believe schadenfreude accounts for more than a few odd percent unless I'm grossly overestimating human nature. Empathy is the interesting one. It is perfectly possible to "enjoy" (in the broadest sense of the word) a film about suffering when you deeply connect with the character who is suffering. I don't know what a professional psychological opinion would be here, but my view is that this a perfectly normal and healthy situation. You want to put yourself in the shoes of the sufferer. And this, imo, comes nowhere close to masochism.
Fi (95%); Ti (90%); Ne (75%); Fe (60%); Ni (50%); Si (50%); Te (15%); Se (5%)
"INFP values but INTP skills" describes me best of all
Actually, when I was young I used to be disturbed about the moral implications of creating an entire universe in story in order to persecute the characters. I'm not sure why it took so long to figure out I am NF.
Maybe not quite what you were looking for, but a writer friend of mine once told me that it's very difficult to tell an interesting story without conflict. He wrote some of the "Dinotopia" books and told me they were the most difficult stories he ever wrote because he had to contrive conflict without introducing any violence or real harm.
“That we are capable only of being what we are remains our unforgivable sin.” ― Gene Wolfe
reminder to self: "That YOU that you are so proud of is a story woven together by your interpreter module to account for as much of your behavior as it can incorporate, and it denies or rationalizes the rest." "Who's in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain" by Michael S. Gazzaniga