The Gladiator And Casino Royale Film Analysis

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According to Nhat Hanh, when we watch a bad TV program, “we become the TV program…” (Hanh, 13). Hanh implies that watching violent entertainment can alter our mindsets and cause us to becoming more accepting of violence. He states that these bad TV programs are created to “make our hearts pound, our fist tighten, and leave us exhausted” (pg.14). Hanh believes that movie producers are not concerned about the detrimental effects that violence has on viewers, but instead solely care about the money they will make for having a thrilling, action-packed movie. Nevertheless, Hanh urges us to be aware of the toxic nature of this entertainment. To begin with, Hanh strongly believes that violent entertainment guides us in a wrong direction and shapes …show more content…
For example, the opening scene of The Gladiator shows the protagonist, Maximus, fight in a battle against the German barbarians. This horrific scene highlights soldiers’ bodies illuminating as they are lit on fire, spiraling arrows stabbing men directly in the heart, and blood dripping as men’s throats are sliced. After the battle, there are piles of dead bodies on the floor. In the midst of the turmoil that is left behind in the battle, Maximus’ army cheers ecstatically because they brutally murdered their enemies. Needless to say, being immediately exposed to this graphic battle causes spectators to adjust their minds to being comfortable to witnessing this type of violence. As they continue to watch this movie, the violence is seen as increasingly acceptable and morally justifiable. Nonetheless, later in the film, Maximus becomes a gladiator and is instructed to “cause merciless destruction”. As the gladiators are brutally killing their opponents in the Coliseum, the crowd cheers as people die one by one. This scene pollutes viewers’ minds by giving them the disillusioned view that violence is entertaining and is “normal”. The brutality in The Gladiator can desensitize viewers and shape their moral standards of

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