Movie review: Gladiator

I recently watched the movie Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe. I find that despite the depictions of barbaric violence it may be brilliant metaphor for our modern times.

In one scene Commodus, the new Roman Emperor, is speaking to his sister, Lucilla, about how the empire really works. They say that although the people don't see the victorious battles they still celebrate the victories for the greatness of Rome.

I find this fascinating because I believe it to be metaphor for our modern Amerikan society. Most of us do not see the battles that our military fights yet we as a society celebrate those victories because we believe that they are for the greater good of our nation.

Why do we believe that?

When you watch a film that has a clear distinction between good and evil, just and unjust, which side do you take? Does that hold true to your convictions and support of real life?

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