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Last login: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Most interesting, this discussion. I think what California is getting at is the moral dimension that the film opens up. I haven't seen Zero; don't intend to. Does that disqualify my opinion? I've read several reviews and actual criticism of the film; does that qualify an opening re the moral dimension? One can expect a 12 year old, no matter how talented a writer, to miss the excellent propaganda value of this film. Missing this, people can think in terms of on-screen violence vs real violence or the dramatic, story angles, as if this were just another action picture of good guys vs bad. The film would appear to make it very clear who the good guys are. If you look closely, though, the good v bad story begins to unravel. Let the questioning begin with the fact that Osama bin Laden was a creation of the CIA. We live in interesting times that require good people to be aware of a moral center and to be alert to those messages that tell us that it is hunky-dory, in some circumstances, to act in or condone immoral actions for a 'greater good.' Choosing to ignore this moral dimension, or the inability to recognize it (“Being able to cope with the unpleasant things in life is important” - lol) in the current political climate is just what the 'good' guys rely on.
January 12, 2013 at 10:21 a.m.
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