Human Nature and Tendencies in A Few Good Men
A Few Good Men is a 1992 film directed by Rob Reiner. It has high ratings and a good overall plot to both reviewers and the general public. The movie is often discussed for educational reasons, due to the depth in the plot and how it beautifully outlines human characteristics and our room to adapt. The main character in the movie Lt. Daniel Kaffee, who is played by award winning actor Tom Cruise is a naval lawyer who has never set foot in court. Kaffee accomplishes this by settling every case with a plea bargain, rather than waste any of his precious time in court. He goes through many changes that result in him changing how he acts and views being a lawyer and overall person.
The movie begins by showing Kaffee discussing a law case against a lawyer he is running against at the time. Kaffee manages to persuade the lawyer into settling for a plea bargain, as per usual for Kaffee. What Kaffee just showcased was his tendency to be lazy, which is in the beginning of the movie, one of his defining traits. Laziness is a common trait amongst humans, especially now thanks to all the distractions caused by modern day technology. Kaffee’s character is a walking, talking timeline for how our traits and psyche evolve over time. Kaffee doesn’t really care for or even regard the wishes of his clients, he wants to go through the most effortless and easy way of getting a task done.
Humans are rational beings. Our rationality is largely credited to our society, our human to human contact is largely the reason for this. We come from different cultures, societies and places of rest, yet most of us share similar ideals. Anthropology still hasn’t discovered why this is. This is the underlying message in the move and it is quite obvious in some scenarios, such as when Kaffee is speaking to the alleged murderers of Private First Class Santiago, Lance Corporal Harold Dawson and Private Louden Downey. The two of them state that the only reason Santiago is dead is because they were ordered to give a “Code Red” from their commanding officer Colonel Nathan Jessep....