Sunday, November 19, 2006

Sunday Rant And Movie Review

Torture is something I believe is wrong. Morally, ethically and spiritually. More wrong than murder, unless the victims were tortured first. The type of person who can willingly commit inhumane acts of of physical, emotional and mental violence is only slightly less despicable than the people watching who do nothing to stop it. The people that authorize and encourage such behavior in the futile hope that they will recover something of value should be treated as any rabid animal. Since I don't believe in the death penalty, at the very least they should be segregated from regular society, before their insanity spreads.

Not that I have an opinion on the matter. Speaking of torture, I went to see Casino Royale yesterday. It rocked! Probably the best Bond movie in decades. Daniel Craig did an excellent job and provided more "whoosh" (definitely sexier than Clooney) moments than any movie in recent memory. More of Judi Dench, which is always a good thing, and a storyline that made sense. What a concept. And a relief.

What does this have to do with torture? As soon as I realized Bond was naked (airblurred the good bits, unfortunately) I started to squirm and not all of the reasons had to do with the torture scene to come. The scene was effective in conveying my objections to torture and still managed to make me laugh while I empathized. Which explains the basis of my objection to torture.

Lack of empathy. How can you not imagine how it feels? How can you willingly terrorize another human being and move on to the next victim? If you torture ninety nine innocent people and one guilty, does that make it right? Other than deliberately withholding your help from someone who will die without it, nothing else shows a lack of empathy more clearly. Nothing. Even the people who work on death row are forever changed by the experience. They are not inhuman, a torturer is.

Back to the movie. Why don't American cell phones do all those cool things? Why don't they look that good? We are so far behind the times when it comes to bluetooth and convenience. The blond woman looked way too skinny. She may not have low food security but she and food aren't close friends. Running guy definitely deserved to be in the title credits. That was one of the best chase scenes I've seen in a long time. I felt like I lost a pound from all the exercise.

Cross posted at 3B.

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