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Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Howard

I can't get past that the dystopian society in which this takes place is watching for entertainment children kill each other. What should I think then about our own society, when large crowds go for entertainment to watch this movie about children killing each other?

As far as I'm concerned, the payoff you describe is sufficient to overcome such a disgusting premise.

Howard

Sorry, there was a major typo in my earlier post. I meant to say, "As far as I'm concerned, the payoff you describe is INsufficient to overcome such a disgusting premise."

I understand that the trajectory of many stories is that something very nasty is done to an innocent victim, but that by the end of the story the innocent victim is somehow vindicated and guilty party is punished. For a movie like this, the comeuppance would have to be pretty severe, and probably pretty disturbing in its own right. Schindler's List probably shows about the worst crimes a movie can and still end right, and even that would have ended with a foul taste had not it shown Goeth being hanged. (OK, The Passion of the Christ is in a different category. And it's not just how cruel the crime was; how explicitly it is depicted also matters.)

None of the reviews I've seen indicate that there is more than the tiniest hint of a comeuppance. More significantly, I'm not sure it is possible to set a movie right when it crosses a certain point. The fact that the murder of children is done for entertainment makes a critical difference, at least to me. Something of the same anger is awakened in me that was depicted in Ramses in The Ten Commandments when he was mourning his firstborn son and was told the Hebrews were laughing. (Ramses was in the wrong in how he reacted, but mostly he was in the wrong to listen to the poisonous words.)

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