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Indulgence

March 25, 2007


Experiencing most any media means making the famed leap of faith: in film, it’s often called ‘suspending disbelief’. The gem I watched last night required quite a lot of suspension, namely:

fueling the myth of redemptive violence
adopting a decidedly ahistorical perspective
unashamedly reading history through the eye of the victor
drinking in the nirvanic world of bullet-time animation
turning a blind eye to ethnocentrism and solipsism
grinning through a mash-up of The Matrix, LOTR, Kill Bill, and Gladiator
grooving to modern music scored to a 2500-year old battle
embracing unreality (it was basically a two-hour animated comic book)

But oh, what an aural and visual pleasure. With a tip of my helmet to iPete, and a hearty “rah! rah! rah!” to my friends.

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4 Responses to “Indulgence”

  1. Mike Croghan says:

    SparTAAAAAANS! Let us intimidate the enemy with our manly bare chests!

    :-D

  2. P3T3R says:

    so how DO you say “freedom isn’t free” in Greek? and does it have the same clich├ęd ring to it??

    er, nevermind…

    We… Are… SpaaaaTAAAAANS!!!

  3. kate says:

    How was it history through the eye of the victor? Didn’t the victors try to cover up what had happened there?
    I wish I could have joined the horde… It sounded like anything but a Spartan time. :)

  4. Steve says:

    I actually saw it as one big analogy for the power and ferociousness we have in the realm of the spirit over the hordes of darkness. I didn’t see it as a flesh and blood struggle. Violence in the spirit is extremely redemptive. And to think of the 10,000 Spartans that the church should be like today. Quite inspirational if you ask me. But I agree – very white/western centric. But that’s Hollywood. Perhaps Bollywood would like to make a similar movie using dark-skinned/eastern men. It doesn’t matter. The result would be the same. Leonidis Rules!! Thanks for absorbing those arrows.

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