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 How are you to imagine anything if the images are always provided for you?

Doublethink. To deliberately believe in lies, while knowing they’re false.

Examples of this in everyday life: “Oh, I need to be pretty to be happy. I need surgery to be pretty. I need to be thin, famous, fashionable.” Our young men today are being told that women are whores, bitches, things to be screwed, beaten, shit on, and shamed. This is a marketing holocaust. Twenty-fours hours a day for the rest of our lives, the powers that be are hard at work dumbing us to death.

So to defend ourselves, and fight against assimilating this dullness into our thought processes, we must learn to read. To stimulate our own imagination, to cultivate our own consciousness, our own belief systems. We all need skills to defend, to preserve, our own minds.

I don’t remember the last time I saw a movie this unique.

Don’t let the title or the trailer fool you. This isn’t Dangerous Minds 2.0. It’s also not about alienation. Not at its core, anyway. The notion of detachment may be the starting concept, but this story is all about connecting.

Brody’s character may be reserved and apparently detached but he is far more openhearted and genuine than your standard extrovert types. He’s the temporary element, but the one who tries the most to relate.

The big issues of modern education – the students’ indifference and apathy, the parents’ complete lack of trust in the people they turn over their kids’ education to – will ring a bell in any country from our oh-so-evolved Western culture.

It seems that, after centuries of struggle to make education available for everyone regardless of gender, race, social-economical status and all those utopic Enlightenment ideals, the less people value it, or even care. More than ever, teachers are unappreciated and undervalued (and under-payed) because, let’s face it, how much revenue does an educated mind bring? Why should we want you to think for yourself when you’ll make so much profit if you just follow our lead?

Social issues aside, it’s a story about humanity – and one that can tell the tale without being soppy about it.

The cast is phenomenal (what my dad would call ‘a feast of actors’) and this is a movie that is deep without being pretentious – and extremely raw, without ever losing its heart.


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