I grew up amid violence, in Seventies’ Belfast, with nervy, armed British soldiers on every street corner and reports of fatal shootings constantly on the local news.I have always been deeply interested by the manifold delusions that violence clothes itself in and the way that a single act of destruction can whack numerous lives out of shape.The characters, dialog and story are dull and contrived but try to sound deep and intellectual. The writing seems to have nothing to say so they throw in some highbrow vocabulary to make the viewer feel like they're not smart enough to get it."So he must've said something really smart, right? If you pause the film and look up a word you quickly realize the statement was not enlightening or thought provoking at all (even though Jesse Eisenberg gave that subtle shake of the head as though he was just blown away). It's a vehicle for pretentious posers to rave about on their quest to appear like social butterflies of the intellectual world.
Now, it is finally dawning on people that this opposition is artificial: indeed, the intermingling of freely available weaponry and culturally malign influences is a powerful cause of concern.
In real life, murder and torture are never consumed or experienced as fun.
I’m glad that Jim Carrey, best known as a comedian, has been one of the few actors serious and brave enough to point that out.
Alongside that sits a philosophical question for us all, about what degree of human suffering we should consume vicariously as entertainment, why, and in what form.
There are signs of Hollywood beginning to shift uncomfortably in its seat.
After the 2012 Colorado shootings, in which James Holmes mimicked The Joker to murder 12 people at a screening of a Batman film, Warner Brothers postponed the release of Gangster Squad until scenes of mobsters machine-gunning a cinema audience could be cut.