Friday, October 14, 2011
This is a strongly anti-capital punishment, made for video, documentary which looks at methods that people have used around the world to kill other people in the name of justice. It is a really good historical look at the barbaric practices of humanity even if it is completely slanted to make you hate the death penalty in all forms. We go from the guillotine in France to Nazis in World War II to Communists in China and Russia to the electric chair in America and on to the lovely practices of beheading in the Middle East amongst other places I probably never want to travel to. The most memorable and shocking clip here is of a man in Lebanon who is shot multiple times(including in the face) and somehow keeps breathing.
Personally in theory I think the death penalty makes perfect sense. I mean if someone kills someone I care about taking them out seems logical. The grey area comes in when we give the power of vengeance to a government that will undoubtedly misuse it. Also leaving the power of life and death in the hands of an angry mob(as is shown here with middle eastern stonings and such) is an even worse idea. So while I agree with the basic concept of an eye for an eye when put into practice it's a pretty hard thing to justify in a societal structure. I also think, despite what is argued in this video, that lethal injection doesn't seem like that horrible of a way to check out and it would definitely be my preferred method if I had a choice.
I think this would probably appeal to fans of mondo-movies and stuff like FACES OF DEATH even though it's not quite as gory, features actual footage and is way more thought-provoking than just your typical shock for shock's sake gore vid. There was an EXECUTIONS II that came out the same year as this.