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Feel-Bad Movie: "Wristcutters"
Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 5/18/2007 | Chuck Colson

Posted on 05/18/2007 8:07:30 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback

A new film begins with a young man cleaning up his apartment, putting on a good shirt, and killing himself in the bathroom.

And it’s all downhill from there.

As its title suggests, the film Wristcutters: A Love Story presents an utterly bleak view of life—and a not very inspiring view of the afterlife, either.

The story continues in a sort of dingy purgatory, where those who have committed suicide work at menial jobs, compare stories of how they “offed” themselves, and, incredibly, even contemplate killing themselves a second time. When the protagonist, Zia, finds out that his girlfriend committed suicide shortly after he did, he and two friends go on a bizarre road trip to find her.

Scheduled for release in August, the film is already facing controversy over its ad campaign, which is targeted toward 17- to 30-year-olds. Marketers plan to use images from the film showing people killing themselves in various ways, an idea so alarming that fourteen mental health organizations came together to challenge it.

And well they should.

As psychiatry professor Lawson Wulsin noted in the Cincinnati Enquirer, the U.S. Surgeon General’s office recently issued guidelines called “Reporting on Suicide: Recommendations for the Media.” The guidelines note that there is significant evidence that misleading publicity about suicide “contributes to the contagion of suicidal behaviors.”

Courtney Solomon of After Dark Films, the film’s distribution company, claimed that the images of suicide will have slashes over them, in the manner of a traffic sign, and are supposed to serve as warnings against suicide, not to encourage it. “[The film’s] message is that love is better than suicide,” he said. “God forbid someone was considering committing suicide. This film may change their opinion.”

This is appalling. It’s like calling evil good. What passes for hope in this movie is nothing but insubstantial, fleeting at best. In this movie, human relations seem to be the only things that matter—and even these can’t be relied on. And there’s no hope or connection to the transcendent. Any figures meant to represent divinity or transcendence turn out to be phonies or arbitrary-minded bureaucrats, and most things they do end in disaster.

A note of hope at the end is supposed to represent the triumph of human love but really comes off as not much more than a fluke, and doesn’t do a lot to dispel the darkness that came before it.

To top things off, a lot of the suicides that are vividly depicted in the movie are what you might call “revenge suicides,” the kind where someone kills himself just to make everybody else sorry. (One girl’s suicide note even reads, “Are you sorry now?”) I probably don’t have to tell you how much that kind of attitude can appeal to 17- to 30-year-olds, especially those dealing with depression or other difficult circumstances.

The film company finally agreed to delay the ad campaign for a while to consider recommendations from mental health organizations. But I can’t think of much they could do to make the nihilism of this film any more palatable.

However they try to sanitize the public image, you need to warn young people against even watching ads for this film. Even a cursory glance can be devastating. The mainstreaming—even glamorizing—of suicide is the ultimate proof that many in our culture have embraced, and now even romanticized, the culture of death. Lord, help us.


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The first couple of sentences in that last para is over the top and I doubt the way to deal with this is say to young people "hide your eyes!" That said, this sounds pretty sick, and another example of how when a person gives up on God, they'll believe anything.

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1 posted on 05/18/2007 8:07:31 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback
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2 posted on 05/18/2007 8:08:06 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (A pacifist sees no distinction between the arsonist and the fireman--Freeper ccmay)
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To: Mr. Silverback

The Hours was another lib movie that started out depressing and got even more depressing until the end when it supposedly had a point. Point being -— go head! Kill yourself, it’s your right! You don’t owe anything to anyone but yourself!’


3 posted on 05/18/2007 8:11:51 AM PDT by freepertoo
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To: Mr. Silverback

This reminds me of the afterlife waiting room scene in “Beetlejuice”, in which all the suicides were civil servants. That movie was at least funny, but very strange (like most of Tim Burton’s films).


4 posted on 05/18/2007 8:15:38 AM PDT by Disambiguator (If it wasn't for bad puns, we wouldn't have no puns at all.)
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To: All
From The Point, Breakpoint's blog:

The director, Courtney Solomon, has callously commented that he hopes the signs "don't cause too many accidents." Well, Courtney, why don't you just remove these ads and your pitiful movie so we don't have to worry about "accidents" happening?

What a sick puppy. And I know we're going to get posts in this thread about how we're supposedly playing right into his hands by objecting...yada, yada, yada...don't oppose evil or anything.

5 posted on 05/18/2007 8:18:48 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (A pacifist sees no distinction between the arsonist and the fireman--Freeper ccmay)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Back in the 80’s they made a movie called “Less than Zero” I think. In it, the ‘hero’ kills himself. And magically, it caused all the other high school kids to come together and start getting along and life became utopia....

This is the crap Meryl Streep should be shrieking “What are we doing to our children!!!” about. -Glorifying suicide.


6 posted on 05/18/2007 8:22:16 AM PDT by KingRonnie9
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To: Mr. Silverback
This was probably based off the work of Etgar Keret. Some guy who writes graphic novels and has been adapted in film.

Pizzeria Kamikaze

Personally I would not waste a minute to watch a movie like this Wristcutters.

7 posted on 05/18/2007 8:22:41 AM PDT by A message
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To: Mr. Silverback

Well here is another “must miss” film.


8 posted on 05/18/2007 8:26:26 AM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: Disambiguator
This reminds me of the afterlife waiting room scene in “Beetlejuice”, in which all the suicides were civil servants. That movie was at least funny, but very strange (like most of Tim Burton’s films).

Yeah, Beetlejuice was really good, and they did a good job with the civil servant bit.

9 posted on 05/18/2007 8:28:08 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (A pacifist sees no distinction between the arsonist and the fireman--Freeper ccmay)
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To: Doomonyou

And let me say I’ll be first in line to miss it.


10 posted on 05/18/2007 8:30:39 AM PDT by small voice in the wilderness ( Bumper sticker idea: Hillary/Obama Nation '08. Let the desolation begin)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Gotta read/pingout later.


11 posted on 05/18/2007 8:55:31 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Only those who thirst for the truth will know the truth.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

As an aside, I suspect that many people are born with a “suicide switch”, and a strong focal point of their life is finding a way to die.

Not just with suicide, but with “suicide by other means”, that is, actively seeking out accidents and violence with the subtle objective of self destruction.

Everything from the boy whose last words are “Hey guys! Watch me do this!”, reckless driving, drinking contests, drug abuse, scarification, and even a lot of what we don’t normally think of as negative behavior, such as military and police service.

The FBI regularly interviews captured serial killers, and have discovered an odd phenomenon, that even some of the killers themselves noticed, but could not explain. It was best described by a killer:

“I would have been driving all day and just gotten in to a city I had never been in before. I was tired and hungry and just wanted dinner and a motel room. Then someone I had never met before would come running across four lanes of traffic and get in my face. They would want to buy me a cup of coffee or a drink, or hang out with me. They wouldn’t leave me alone. It was a relief to kill them, just so I could get some sleep.”

On top of everything else, there are some people who crave to be martyrs. They want to die doing something high risk that saves someone else, or accomplishes some task. I separate them from those that just want to die, because their death wish is more complex.

Then there are the “anti-martyrs”, who want to kill people at the same time they kill themselves.

These might be firemen, people who “sacrifice” themselves even if there is no need to, all the way to the extreme of suicide bombers. The soldier who jumps on a grenade to save his buddies, even though it won’t explode for eight seconds, is an excellent example.

On top of everything else are the “faux suicides”, who don’t really want to kill themselves, but want others to think they are suicidal, as an attention getting device.

The bottom line is yes, a bunch of people will kill themselves after seeing this movie. But this movie won’t inspire them to kill themselves—it will just convince them that the time to kill themselves is now.


12 posted on 05/18/2007 9:19:59 AM PDT by Popocatapetl
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To: KingRonnie9
Umm, I saw Less Than Zero. That’s not the plot.

Less Than Zero is about 2 stupid rich college aged kids doing coke and, in the end, one dies of an overdose, bringing no-one together. This is played out in the confines of a love triangle. The movie is not meant to be, nor is it, uplifting in any way. In fact, the book it is based on is written by someone who lived the incredibly vapid, drug addled, existence depicted in the film.

I think you have the wrong film.

13 posted on 05/18/2007 9:59:06 AM PDT by SlapHappyPappy
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To: Mr. Silverback

I saw “28 Weeks Later” last week. THAT wasn’t a happy happy joy joy movie either!


14 posted on 05/18/2007 10:53:46 AM PDT by Enterprise (I can't talk about liberals anymore because some of the words will get me sent to rehab.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

How about this with “Graveyard of the Fireflies” as a double header?


15 posted on 05/18/2007 11:04:11 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Mr. Silverback; wmfights; Dr. Eckleburg

Is it the Calvinists that think we are improving life on earth bit by bit . . . ?


16 posted on 05/18/2007 11:43:15 AM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: Mr. Silverback

My life is too short to waste it with dreary, depressing, unremittingly negative “entertainment”. Give me car chases and sword fights.


17 posted on 05/18/2007 11:44:11 AM PDT by LexBaird (PR releases are the Chinese dog food of political square meals.)
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To: Enterprise
I saw “28 Weeks Later” last week. THAT wasn’t a happy happy joy joy movie either!

Neither was "28 Days Later" but it was terrific. How was "Weeks" (besides being a downer)?

18 posted on 05/18/2007 11:50:07 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("The only thing we learn from history is that we never learn from history." Winston Churchill)
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To: Quix
Only some of the Calvinists (and some Arminians, too.) The ones who know that the spreading of the Gospel and Christ's resurrection will have a glorifying effect on our entire planet.

Exactly as God wills, no more, no less. How could it not?

"But the word of God grew and multiplied." -- Acts 12:24

I don't find anywhere in Scripture where that trend has been permanently reversed.

Movies like this trash are part of life, the wheat and the tares.

"For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you." -- 1 Corinthians 11:19

19 posted on 05/18/2007 11:54:00 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg; All; wmfights; Blogger; .30Carbine; Marysecretary; Alamo-Girl

I’m still a bit confused as to when you folks believe

the time worse than has ever been or ever will be

has occurred/will occur.


20 posted on 05/18/2007 11:56:44 AM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: Quix

Thanks for the ping!


21 posted on 05/18/2007 12:06:02 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Mr. Silverback

> That said, this sounds pretty sick, and another example of how when a person gives up on God, they’ll believe anything.

Amen, brother!

I have a feeling that this particular film will not get past our Censors. It is a crime in New Zealand to incite or assist suicide — a very serious crime. This movie could well do that.

There are and should be limits to Freedom of Speech.


22 posted on 05/18/2007 2:20:34 PM PDT by DieHard the Hunter
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To: jalisco555

I didn’t see the original “28 Days Later.” So I wasn’t up to speed on the overall plot. But nothing good happens to anyone in “28 Weeks Later.” I thought, well maybe this person or that person will make it, but NOOOOOOOOOOOO. No one gets a break! (Except the two kids)


23 posted on 05/18/2007 2:41:28 PM PDT by Enterprise (I can't talk about liberals anymore because some of the words will get me sent to rehab.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

“As its title suggests, the film Wristcutters: A Love Story presents an utterly bleak view of life—and a not very inspiring view of the afterlife, either.”

Look for Oscar nominations all around from the Left. Yeesh! What cr@p.

Kids? Get the mental health help you need, or you’ll just end up “thinning the herd” and you’ll be another one who wasted their Gift of Life.

Which brings up another thought. Since the Left wants as many children as possible killed in the womb, is it ANY surprise that they’d exploit the “survivors” for monetary gain, through their constant drumbeat of ‘The Culture of Death?’


24 posted on 05/18/2007 5:21:37 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Quix

I have noticed more and more occult programs aimed at young people on TV, and now these kinds of films. Don’t tell me satan isn’t after our youth. he KNOWS that their generation will usher in the Kingdom of God. We need to pray against these kinds of movies and let Hollywood know what we think of them, especially with our pocketbooks.


25 posted on 05/18/2007 5:23:08 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: Marysecretary

VERY VERY TRUE on all counts, Mary, Dear.


26 posted on 05/18/2007 7:58:43 PM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

If that’s the movie I’m thinking of, it was just plain tragic. He was trying to save her as best as he knew to do and didn’t want to have anyone else take her away.


27 posted on 05/19/2007 2:23:28 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (I am so proud of what we were...)
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To: KingRonnie9
I'm pretty sure that isn't the plot of Less Than Zero, unless it is tremendously changed from the book.

Most of the books by the author of Less Than Zero are tremendous satires of many of the things conservatives don't approve of. American Psycho is probably the hardest read I ever had. Not because it wasn't good but because of the graphic depictions of violence. And the four page cd reviews.
28 posted on 05/19/2007 2:33:17 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You remember my guitar? That is where it gently weeps.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Since the Left wants as many children as possible killed in the womb, is it ANY surprise that they’d exploit the “survivors” for monetary gain, through their constant drumbeat of ‘The Culture of Death?’

Nope, no surprise at all.

29 posted on 05/19/2007 6:31:57 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (A pacifist sees no distinction between the arsonist and the fireman--Freeper ccmay)
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To: Quix

It is lireally true that these are the best of times and the worst of times.


30 posted on 05/19/2007 6:33:36 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (A pacifist sees no distinction between the arsonist and the fireman--Freeper ccmay)
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To: Popocatapetl
The soldier who jumps on a grenade to save his buddies, even though it won’t explode for eight seconds, is an excellent example.

Sorry, but I have to blow the whistle on this one. Most grenade fuses only last 4-5 seconds total, and some of that is used up in throwing time and the momnet it takes for the target to realize that a grenade has entered their position. That cuts it down to somewhere between 1 and 3 seconds to act, and that's if the enemy threw it without holding onto it an extra second or two to reduce thyour available reaction time.

If you're clustered in a fighting position with your buddies and a grenade rolls in, you all have to get at least five meters from it to get out of the kill zone, while under fire...in 1 to 3 seconds. Or somebody can jump on it. Unless they react quickly enough to throw it back, that's the choice.

31 posted on 05/19/2007 7:28:58 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (A pacifist sees no distinction between the arsonist and the fireman--Freeper ccmay)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Essentially, yes.

Certainly the birth pangs toward the worst of times.

Affording many chances to stand as light against the rising darkness and lawlessness.

Just learned from a fellow pottery person that some of her kids that she’s dealt with in her job . . . come back bragging of doing drugs with . . .

THE JUDGES that they were sent before . . . for drugs.


32 posted on 05/19/2007 7:32:35 AM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: Popocatapetl
thyour=your

BTW, what's the origin of your screen name?

33 posted on 05/19/2007 7:39:30 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (A pacifist sees no distinction between the arsonist and the fireman--Freeper ccmay)
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To: Mr. Silverback

I’m from the peacetime army where the live grenades were most likely dropped at the feet of someone who had just screwed up.

Of the several accidents I heard of, one was an instructor who accidentally pulled the safety of a grenade on his belt, and was so blase about the whole thing, he didn’t even try to pull it off and throw it, just saying “That’s the sort of dumb thing only a trainee would do”, before being killed.

Another was of a Captain safety officer on a grenade range who walked out onto the range to pick up an UXB, and was carrying it back when it exploded.

Lastly was a soldier who took apart a dud to find out why it hadn’t exploded.

For a while there I thought that every time you were issued a grenade, you temporarily lost 10 IQ points.


34 posted on 05/19/2007 8:26:53 AM PDT by Popocatapetl
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To: Mr. Silverback

It’s a slight misspelling of the name of a large volcano located South of Mexico City.

Popocatepetl.


35 posted on 05/19/2007 8:28:29 AM PDT by Popocatapetl
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To: Popocatapetl
For a while there I thought that every time you were issued a grenade, you temporarily lost 10 IQ points.

One of the scoutmasters I work with was an Army doctor back in the day. He says the special forces guys working in the backwoods in Honduras used to go fishing with them.

36 posted on 05/19/2007 9:32:37 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (A pacifist sees no distinction between the arsonist and the fireman--Freeper ccmay)
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