Movies make dreams come true but sometimes they are also blamed for violent incidents, such as the brutal shooting in Aurora, Colorado. A dozen people died and more were injured. For millions of moviegoers, the movie experience will never be the same.
Much of the news coverage regarding the massacre was generalizations. There were lone gunmen who committed violent crimes in the past. Reports showed James Holmes, the suspect, to be a nerd, loner, with no friends.
He also came from a normal family and reporters probe into his past for clues as to why he did what he did in Aurora, Colorado. He was described by media outlets to be a nutcase, who is different from most of us.
Holmes said that he was The Joker when he opened fire into the full movie house with most of the audience wearing Batman-franchise costume. He picked the midnight screening of the popular movie during its critical opening weekend. He armed himself with weapons that no normal American should possess.
Holmes is not the original. Warner Brothers, which is the same studio of The Dark Knight Rises, had to pull out a trailer for Gangster Squad. It was scheduled to be released on September 7th and features Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling. The trailer has a scene where gangsters use automatic weapons to shoot at an audience through the movie screen at the Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
A young couple survived the Aurora, Colorado shooting and they said that they saved their 4-month old baby. While at first they might look heroic and fortunate to be alive, it leaves you questioning why they bring their young infant child at a screening of a violent, loud movie that starts at midnight. The soundtrack of the movie alone would be disturbing for the child.
The Aurora massacre should be a wakeup call to everyone. Young people should be encouraged to watch movies with humanistic values that teach them to think critically.