Violence in Films

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Two highly acclaimed movies Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ” and Spielberg’s “Saving private Ryan” have been praised and criticized for graphic reality looked at in very different ways. The one thing that sticks out the most for me is the realism and deep emotional feel both movies bring to the audience. The cinematography and stories of each movie had a luring effect of pulling a person in to the scene and the event, making you feel the moment as if we were in it. The two movie scenes are the backbone of both stories and received the majority of criticism; being positive or negative depending on the movie. The Gibson film received negative criticism for the brutal beating Jesus endured on the last days of his life. The Spielberg film was praised for its violent depiction of an equally graphic scene of death and dismemberment, but felt with less anxiety because violence in war movies is expected and tolerated. The Gibson film comes under attack for the graphic nature of the beating Jesus received. The feelings of sadness and overwhelming helplessness come over the audience during the long and over dramatic brutality to one man “Jesus Christ.” We have been taught throughout history that Jesus died for us, making it personal because we feel we know him. The scene of Jesus` beating shows realism that most cannot believe a sadness that cannot be shaken or a helplessness that cannot be taken back. Up to the point in time, before “The Passion of Christ” was made people never had to put imagery the graphic nature of the events Jesus endured. It was never that emotional because people could not visualize the scene. The Spielberg film took high praise for the realism depicted in the movie and in the scene “The raid on Omaha beach”. I believe the nature of the scene to be more graphic and brutal by its massive loss of life. War has always held a level of glory throughout…...

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