Oscar Watch: What's Up With All The Violence?

Oscar Watch: What's Up With All The Violence?

I saw the previews of The Impossible –based on a true story of a family caught in the terrible tsunami which ravaged Thailand in 2004. The New York Times review said in part:

'The Impossible’ is also, in its way, a horror film, with nature as the malevolent force threatening innocent lives. The dramatic emphasis is on the anguish of a mother and her son, who survive the waves and are separated from the rest of their family.”  Evidently much is made of the severe wounds the mother suffers, with lots of close ups.  

People magazine warned;

“It could turn a sensitive viewer—and who isn’t in these troubling days—into a ball of anxiety.”

I’m going to opt out of this one.

What do you think? Am I alone in wishing that serious filmmakers, trying to make serious films, would not feel the need for explicit torture and gore to make their point? Don't we have enough of that in real life? We’ll see on Sunday Feb. 24th if Oscar voters agree with me.

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