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Has Hollywood violence gone too far?: Violence in movies mirrors real life

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By Emily Margeson
On April 26, 2012

  • Emily Margeson

Entertainment today shows viewers different aspects of life - the good and the bad, fantasy and reality.

Films show the lives of people who have more money than most of us would know what to do with. For example, the women of "Sex and The City" seem to have everything a person could ever want. Films also allow viewers to see the lives of people who aren't so lucky. People who come from hard neighborhoods, for example, could be the teens in "Freedom Writers" or Eminem's popular film "8 Mile."

Unfortunately, the lives of those neighborhoods include frequent violence. There is no reason films shouldn't show this violence. Viewers should see what it's like to grow up in a rough place.

Violence is hard for many people to see, not to mention watch in a movie theater for two hours. We may not want to believe it but violence happens every day, everywhere, even here. According to Cedar Rapids police, there were five shootings in Cedar Rapids between April 15 and April 20. That is an astounding number that isn't make-believe. Violence is happening all around us and we shouldn't ignore it.

 "The Hunger Games" was recently released and has faced criticism for its violence. I saw the film and was surprised to see some of the gore. I wasn't expecting a comedy by any means but because I had not read the novel I didn't know what I was in for. The violence was surprising.

However, considering the premise, setting and time period, it makes sense that killing is the centerpiece of the film.
Every day violence is on the rise and I'm sure the future - in which "The Hunger Games" is set - will not be pretty. Even though "The Hunger Games" is fiction, there's a good chance the amount of violence it depicts in the future is spot-on.

The violence that surrounds us shouldn't be taken lightly. All "violent" movies have a purpose. For some, it could be violence for the sake of violence. For others the purpose may be to show the horror of violence. It would be a shame if viewers could not witness that purpose.

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