Eternal paradox? War and morality

Cathryn 2022-04-20 09:01:45

Today's selection is a war-themed movie "Eye in the Sky". This movie gave me a great shock in the early days of my system watching, and it was still shocking when I revisited it for short reviews. For this masterpiece, there are too many things worth discussing, and if you break it apart and smash it, you may not be able to get a glimpse of it in tens of thousands of words. I will peek into the sun and talk a little bit about it.

The film takes place in Kenya. During a joint anti-terrorism operation between the United Kingdom and the United States, when planning to arrest terrorists, a suicide bomb attack plan was accidentally discovered, and the plan was immediately changed to bomb and destroy it. A story of many disagreements. The Eye of the Sky is a UAV of the U.S. military that carries missiles in the film. It can be monitored in real time at an altitude of tens of thousands of feet and has a lethal weapon system. The three main characters of the story are Helen Mirren playing the frontline commander of the bombing operation Colonel Catherine, "Little Fan" playing the young drone pilot Watts, and the well-known Professor Snape playing General Frank. In this film, the three actors are quite full in terms of their roles, regardless of their level of performance. Colonel Catherine is an excellent tracker who is extremely persistent in the face of the target (tracking for six years) and a tyrant who puts pressure on his subordinates to change data in order to achieve bombing missions; drone pilot Watts is a Ordinary people who came to join the army on student loans play the courageous challenger later in the story; General Frank is both a decisive commander with rich war experience and a father who is at a loss when it comes to choosing birthday gifts for his children. At the heart of the story lies an issue that has been discussed countless times, the choice between the interests of the minority and the majority. The vast majority of people will choose the latter, and yes, so do I. After all, dialectical thinking teaches us to see clearly the main contradiction and the secondary contradiction, and people must have a big picture. But rationality only exists in calculation. No one wants to get their hands dirty and be under the pressure of moral self-blame and public opinion. But life is not a fairy tale. Someone will always play the villain, and this villain is General Frank. He is battle-hardened and decisive, and his social role determines that he needs to bear the blame and incomprehension of many people. Just as at the end of the film, the politicians used shameful words to confront each other, and the general responded with indifferent seriousness and a trace of contempt: "Never tell a soldier that he does not know the cost of war." A sentence in the anime "Boundary" says that at the beginning of the war everyone is burdened with sins. So now that the order has been given, it's time for the story to end. No, if that's all, it's far from being a good movie. The pilot of the drone played a humane role, exercising his tiniest authority to request a reconsideration of the attack order. I don't know if a low-ranking soldier in reality really has such power, but it is undoubtedly an excellent stroke from the story level. Back to reality, if the soldier's momentary hesitation really led to the failure of the operation, it would undoubtedly cause a huge disaster. We appreciate his spirit, but it doesn't mean that we approve of this kind of behavior. After all, the soldiers are obedient to orders. job. The difference in perspective, status and vision is also very likely to bring about wrong judgments and unexpected losses. Like the trolley paradox, war and morality are always opposite, just as there is no absolute justice and freedom. This is always an unsolved proposition, a bad result with a conscience and a worse result with inaction, which would you choose? An interesting point is that China also appeared in the film. There is a clip, because someone in the bombing mission holds an American passport. In order to determine whether to continue, it is necessary to ask the US Secretary of State who is visiting Beijing. Of course, the result is certain, but the director's this Lens, you taste, you fine taste.

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Extended Reading
  • Caitlyn 2022-03-22 09:01:58

    It's not good to talk about the life and death of the little girl, but such a grinding political decision-making system, it is strange that the UK is not finished!

  • Cary 2022-03-21 09:02:05

    One star for this group of Virgins

Eye in the Sky quotes

  • Angela Northman: In my opinion, that was disgraceful. And all done from the safety of your chair.

    Lt. General Frank Benson: I have attended the immediate aftermath of five suicide bombings, on the ground, with the bodies. What you witnessed today, with your coffee and your biscuits, is terrible. But what these men would have done would have been even more terrible.

  • [last lines]

    Lieutenant Colonel Ed Walsh: You did well. Both of you.

    Steve Watts: Thank you... Sir.

    Lieutenant Colonel Ed Walsh: Now you go home. Get some rest. I need you both back here in 12 hours... Okay?