In continuation of What Films Provoke Profound Questions, I am adding the following movies:
This quote from the movie really sums it up: “All I am saying is that civilization crumbles whenever we need it most. In the right situation, we are all capable of the most terrible crimes. To imagine a world where this was not so, where every crisis did not result in new atrocities, where every newspaper is not full of war and violence. Well, this is to imagine a world where human beings cease to be human.”
Would it be better to live in a world of peace and harmony, but in exchange lose our basic human feelings, urges, desires, instincts and so on?
If you were offered the chance to know when and how you would die, and the opportunity to change fate, would you take it? Even if knowing that your decision would alter other lives further down the road?
Also, I had several reader submissions for this topic from my previous post, including:
from Patrick Sweeny of Black Leaf Media
American History X
“Can criminals be re-habilitated? When do you cross the line from being a xenophobe into being a racist?”
A Clockwork Orange
“Can someone truly be rehabilitated? Come to think of it, any Stanley Kubrick movie makes you think.”
from Jen of Semantically Driven
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
I agree with Jen on this pick. Would I want to give someone access into my mind to erase memories I no longer wanted to have? I can understand that some memories are so heinous that we would want to completely forget them, but could some of those memories also be beneficial in either teaching ourselves lessons in things we do not want to become or do, or helpful to someone else when shared?
from Rosella of Ma che ti sei mangiato
The Kite Runner
“From the moral perspective, I would defend my friend, but from the personal perspective (what would I do in the same situation?) I have some doubts on my courages. Just for my sister I know I would for sure risk to defend her, for other people?”
The Truman Show
“How many questions it raise about true human relationships?”
“The concept being that after you die, you go to this form of purgatory and look back over your life, choosing the one moment from your life which you will spend your afterlife in. So you must pick the one moment when you were most happy, content, proud.”
I will continue to add to this list, with my own comments and those from readers. Although there are times when movies are great just for entertainment, I believe that it is an added bonus when they also open your mind to deeper thoughts.