More Films Provoking Profound Questions

In continuation of What Films Provoke Profound Questions, I am adding the following movies:

This quote from the movie really sums it up: “All I am saying is that civilization crumbles whenever we need it most. In the right situation, we are all capable of the most terrible crimes. To imagine a world where this was not so, where every crisis did not result in new atrocities, where every newspaper is not full of war and violence. Well, this is to imagine a world where human beings cease to be human.”

Would it be better to live in a world of peace and harmony, but in exchange lose our basic human feelings, urges, desires, instincts and so on?

Final Destination
If you were offered the chance to know when and how you would die, and the opportunity to change fate, would you take it? Even if knowing that your decision would alter other lives further down the road?

Also, I had several reader submissions for this topic from my previous post, including:

from Patrick Sweeny of Black Leaf Media

American History X
“Can criminals be re-habilitated? When do you cross the line from being a xenophobe into being a racist?”

A Clockwork Orange
“Can someone truly be rehabilitated? Come to think of it, any Stanley Kubrick movie makes you think.”

from Jen of Semantically Driven

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
I agree with Jen on this pick. Would I want to give someone access into my mind to erase memories I no longer wanted to have? I can understand that some memories are so heinous that we would want to completely forget them, but could some of those memories also be beneficial in either teaching ourselves lessons in things we do not want to become or do, or helpful to someone else when shared?

from Rosella of Ma che ti sei mangiato

The Kite Runner
“From the moral perspective, I would defend my friend, but from the personal perspective (what would I do in the same situation?) I have some doubts on my courages. Just for my sister I know I would for sure risk to defend her, for other people?”

The Truman Show
“How many questions it raise about true human relationships?”

from Kw

“The concept being that after you die, you go to this form of purgatory and look back over your life, choosing the one moment from your life which you will spend your afterlife in. So you must pick the one moment when you were most happy, content, proud.”

I will continue to add to this list, with my own comments and those from readers. Although there are times when movies are great just for entertainment, I believe that it is an added bonus when they also open your mind to deeper thoughts.

What Films Provoke Profound Questions?

Previously, I hit on the topic, using the Dark Knight, of movies that challenge your morals and values. The ones that make you question why you relate to or despise decisions that a character made based on your own beliefs, and how you would respond in the same scenarios. Then this weekend, I thought of some more movies that also have the same effect.

Thought Provoking Films

The Brave One
What is so wrong with a person who takes out the criminal element? If this person knows the criminal is guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt, and knows that the likelihood of the criminal to harm others long before the legal system can catch up with them is high, how is society harmed by a good vigilante?

V for Vendetta
How easy would it be for the government to be buying the media into saying just what they want them to? Does it take a seemingly mad person and violence to open society’s eyes and spur political revolution?

The Island
Although not created the “natural” way, who would be able to determine if a clone had a soul, and if it deserved rights? Would your conscious be clear knowing that another existence of yourself was made to be used and destroyed for your benefit alone?

A.I. – Artificial Intelligence
Is it possible that machinery could be created to mimic all the things (thoughts, emotions) that make us human? Could it be programmed to not only mimic, but actually feel these things? Is it possible to love something without a heartbeat or soul?

How much honesty is too much? Is there such a thing as too much honesty? Why do we ask questions that we know we really do not want the answers to, but feel driven to ask anyway?

Boleyn Girl
Who was the better woman? The one that gave herself to someone who she knew could never fully be his because she loved him, or the one that used herself as a bargaining chip to get what she wanted? In societies with a separation of church and state, why does society get bent out of shape when a politician does something morally offensive in their personal relationships? Could their choice in spouse/lover affect their ability to do their job?

Your Favorite Films

So how about you? What movies have you watched that have really made you leave the theater (or your couch) scratching your head and pondering the deep why and what if types of questions? Or what other questions (and maybe answers) did you come up with from watching the movies I listed above? Please let me know in the comments…

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