Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Violent Movies = Violent Acts
Natural Born Killers was a movie about the lives of a couple who went on a killing spree. This movie was sued because it said that people that went on a killing spree imitated this film.
Child's Play was cited as influencing a murder in England.
Clockwork Orange was actually pulled from theaters by the director due to the fact children were imitating the film and displayed a tremendous amount of violence.
Movies are always going to made because it provides a source of entertainment to the audience. Nothing is more exciting than to watch a person on screen do all the things that the audience couldn't do in real life. Some people like to imagine themselves as the main character in the film they just watched. Perhaps this is the problem. Movies are great, they are fun to watch, they allow for you to develop a connection with other viewers. This is all great until a viewer decides to imitate the action performed on screen. For example, a college students goes on a serious killing spree with a ghost mask and then eventually gets caught. His reaction will be to blame the movies. Movies give people a motive to do something. Movies don't show a person exactly how to do the crime, it shows them an example. Movies open up a person's imagination for them to perform limitless opportunities.
Now what is to be done about this? To be honest there is nothing that can be done but lately movies that would seem rated R have taken on the PG-13 rating. This reason may be to deter people from doing violent acts buy taking out the violent acts from the movie. By the time the average U.S. child starts elementary school he or she will have seen 8,000 murders and 100,00 acts of violence on TV.