Sunday, May 3, 2009

Demolition Man

Demolition Man

I do not intend to talk about how bad that artwork is! Really, calling it bland doesn’t even begin to describe it.
No, what's on my mind today is a review
for Demolition Man I encountered while sorting through old issues of

Demolition Man claims to portray the dangers of a futuristic society that is "too politically correct." […] But this is not the film's worst failing. Far more pernicious is the implication, in director Marco Brambilla's words, that a "balance" must "be struck between the violent extreme represented by the era that the Spartan character comes from [and] the overly politically correct extreme of the future..." Excuse me, but is he implying that a peaceful future necessarily needs a little violence in order to strike the proper "balance"? That film certainly seems to imply as much. […] Many films try to use violence to express an anti-violence message; this is one of the few which seems determinedly pro-violence. -Steve Biodrowski.

One can’t help but wonder what personal issues the reviewer has with the movie, but more I do wonder what same reviewer would have to say about a movie like Clockwork Orange then, which closing sentiment seems to be much the one he saw put forward in Demolition Man:
The individual once bereft of it’s capacity for acts of violence falls inevitably victim to the very same society it former threatened when he, now utterly powerless, encounters one of his former victims. Society, will always prey on the weak.

Or so, at least, Clockwork Orange seems to claim.

Just as an general FYI: Demolition Man doesn’t claim anything, it’s a satiric exaggeration of two divergent cultural streams that could be observed during the time the movie was made. I dare say that accusing Demolition Man of a pro-violence stance is about as true as accusing Pleasantville of encouraging immoral behaviour would be.

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