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Resistance To Power In Cool Hand Luke, Afterschool, And The Matrix

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Throughout the semester, we have watched three films all in which there has been some sort of resistance to power. Cool Hand Luke, directed by Stuart Rosenberg in 1967, was a movie in which the main character, Luke, played by Paul Newman, has been forced to conform to a life in prison. Afterschool, directed by Antonio Campus, is about a boy named Robert, played by Ezra Miller, who is a sophomore in a prep school who happened to catch two girls overdosing on video. The Matrix, directed by Andy Wachowski in 1999, is about a guy named Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, who is a computer programmer by day and a hacker by night. Although these three movies have completely different plots, they all somewhat relate in a way that the main character in each movie struggles with the resistance of power.
In the movie Cool Hand Luke, the main character is arrested in the first five minutes of the movie for beheads all of the parking meters along a street. He is being forced to abide by the rules in prison and at first, does not get a warm welcome by his fellow prisoners because he refuses to abide by the captains order which is simply to get their minds right. He is soon challenged to a fight by one of his fellow inmates. Throughout the fight, it is clear that Luke is being brutally beaten. He can barely stand up on his feet but he refuses to give up. To me, this is a sign of resistance of power because he does not want to just face the fact that he lost this battle. Throughout the movie, Luke has attempted to escape two different times, both in which he was captured and tortured. As if this was not enough, he attempts one final escape in which he is shot and killed by a masked police officer.
In the movie Afterschool, Robert has a slight obsession with violent pornography and finds himself talking an afterschool course in creating video films. Throughout the movie, you get a sense of these small films he is creating as the scenes jump from large frames to small frames distinguishing what is the movie and what are Rob’s films. Soon...

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