Violence In Films Essay

1158 words - 5 pages

Violence In Films

In this essay I am going to compare 3 scenes of violence from 3
different genres and analyse their certifications and effects on young
people and whether children are finding ways of viewing secretly, or
are being allowed to see, too much violence in films, T.V or through
any other median.

There has always been violence in films, and there has always been
public debate along with it, but as the violence becomes more shocking
and more accessible to young people is violence in films becoming more
of an issue?

Or are we becoming less easily shocked and therefore less worried
about violence in films and its effect on young people?

Is violence less shocking when it is less realistic or fantasy based?
It seems that this is what most people think. For example most parents
will happily let their children watch violence in "Tom & Jerry" but
would be much more reluctant in letting their children watch a war
film. Is this right?

We, at least, have come to expect certain types of violence in certain
genres to have certain certificates and most people seem happy with
this. For example, a sci-fi film with humans getting eaten and aliens
getting blasted all over the place can expect at most a 15
certificate. But in a gangster movie one person can be shot and you
can expect an 18 certificate. Is this because it is more realistic or
influential to young people?

"The Matrix" certificate 15 was made in 1999 and was directed by the
Wanchowski brothers and stars Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishbourne.

In the hotel lobby scene there is a lot of unrealistic violence. Neo
(Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Laurence Fishbourne) and taking on a lot
of agents. The scene starts with a close up on Neo's boots then a shot
of him slinging back his long black jacket to expose an array of
weaponry. He then, along with Trinity, takes on the agents whilst cart
wheeling and leaping stylishly. Everything suggests that it is all
very easy for him. We see him shooting with 2 hands whilst rolling to
avoid shots aimed at him. They both come out unscathed and not even
out of breath and both keep an "ice-cool" persona throughout the

"Saving Private Ryan" certificate 15 was made in1999 and was directed
by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Hanks and Matt Damon.

In the opening scenes we see American soldiers coming into land on a
cargo ship. There is no music and all you can hear is the sound of
gunfire and the last screams of dieing men. You see the men on the
ship in a realistic light; they are terrified. Their hands are
shaking, their whole bodies are shivering and the viewer feels a real
sense of tension. When we first see Hanks we just see his shaking
hand, his apprehension embodied, and although he is the hero in this

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