Green Mile

This comment by SB

Personally, I’m getting tired of films that pretend to tackle big issues. They seem to do more harm than good. People watch them and then decide they’re morally superior for not wanting to drone strike a kid, despite being okay with having someone else do it on their behalf.
In a just world, drone strikes would be illegal, along with any and all weapons that deny mutuality of combat. If ending a human’s life is necessary, then it follows that such a risk is worth risking your own life. Self-defense and defense of others is predicated on this idea that a risk to life has to exist before being able to take another’s.
These ideas aren’t easy to grasp, so instead it has to get boiled down to a stereotype or prejudice. This makes it even more evidence that we might not be an intelligent species after all.
on my last post, I thought raised an interesting debate and so I thought I could say slightly more about it but using a movie to drive his point home.
Green Mile is an old movie. In it, the directors raise several issues; the cruelty in death penalty, the possibility of killing an innocent person and mistreatment of inmates by the prison warders.
In my opinion, the directors of Green Mile did a great job in bringing this issues to the fore.
The cruelty of Percy Wetmore is revolting. He takes every opportunity to humiliate the inmates. He kills their pets without remorse and so when at the end he goes bananas, I for one, had no sympathies for him. It is like he deserved it. And when Coffey says he is a bad man, I nod my head in agreement. There was no single moment in which he performed an act of kindness either to his fellow wardens and to the inmates.
Coffey is a giant of a human being. If you haven’t seen a giant, then you should watch this movie. But he is soft inside, so soft you like him. He is on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. He is reconciled to his fate and while the guards, and especially Old Paul, are sympathetic to him, he is not sad. His death however leaves you, the viewer, quite devastated.
The question we are faced with in this movie is whether we should have the death penalty when it is possible an innocent person could be killed or that the process could be botched ( they were using an electric chair in the movie) leading to gratuitous suffering to the condemned man.
Looking at the conduct of the wardens, especially Percy, one asks whether it is the nature of their job that is dehumanizing and makes them lose all feeling of humanity to the inmates or is he just a bad man?
The final question you are faced with is whether to dismiss or to believe that some people are endowed with mystic powers that allow them or those they chose to see into the future and even to heal the sick.
It is a movie I would recommend for those who haven’t watched it.