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Vol_5 “The sun came up and I didn’t feel like dying anymore.”

29.10.2013

人,是如何成為魔鬼的?在人人各懷鬼胎的班 房裏,一個復仇的故事就此展開。 29.10.2013


人之初 本抱着打發時間的心態去看這齣戲,卻得到意外 收穫,也許是因為這類講述人性的電影較能刺激 我的味蕾吧。 雖然個人不太喜歡有「劇透」成份的影評,但這 次卻不得不說說故事的少許背景:這部戲講述的 是兩名學生把一名女教師的獨生女兒殺害後, 遭教師報復,繼而更牽涉到其他學生及家長的 故事。 首先該提的一點,是這部戲的剪輯方法別樹一 幟。戲中涉及主軸故事的角色不多,各個角色的 形象及性格都十分鮮明,因為導演特意用了讓角 色輪流自白的方式來交代背景。這使角色之間的 對比更為明顯,亦更能令觀眾走進角色的世界, 了解他們扭曲的想法及價值觀。筆者本認為這種 拍攝手法把許多情節都說得太明顯、直接了,但 細想之下,這不失為一個好的方法,畢竟要觀眾 在不足二小時內將約十個主要角色的價值觀以及 故事情節都消化掉毫不容易。另一個我十分欣賞 的地方是慢鏡的使用。本來電影中出現慢鏡乃是 平常不過,但這部戲的慢鏡頭卻是出奇的多,配 以偏暗的畫面及旋律簡單而低沈的琴音,與獨白 的情節實是天作之合。 再來說說內容,其實這部戲牽涉許多主題,如校 園欺凌、少年法、對死亡的恐懼、望子成龍的心 態等等。但在這裏我最想一探究竟的卻是一個最 根本的問題──人之初,是性本善還是性本惡?

“The Sun Came Up” Ms. Dalloway

追追趕趕 故事的其中一個角色因喝了一盒混有愛滋病病 人血液的牛奶,而以為自己患上了愛滋病。他 以為,自己一定會因而受感染。他以為,繼續 與母親相處於同一屋簷下就會傳染給母親。他 以為,他的世界就這樣完了。於是他將自己 鎖在自己的房間裏,過着足不出戶的日子。沒 多久,他瘋了,母親也瘋了。母親怪這個世界 把她善良的兒子帶走,拿起屠刀,心中冒起殺 掉兒子然後自殺的念頭。(筆者用字粗劣,這 樣看故事很是牽強)。沒想到兒子眼見母親硬 是要靠近自己,竟早一步把母親殺了。最後的 最後,他笑了。他的笑容,是善?還是惡?令 我喜歡看這類電影的原因大抵是這道終極的問 題。這是善,因為他只是為了母親着想;這是 惡,因為他想保住母親的命根本不需要把她殺 害。若然人性本善,那麼為何會有人在陷入絕 境時露出惡魔的尾巴?「性善」的人,是如何 成為魔鬼的?抑或,人根本就是只為私利的惡 魔,不過在社會道德標準的規範下只好改頭換 面一下?也許你會認為自己最深入的一層思想 一定不是由惡魔操控,當然了,因為你根本從 沒把那隻惡魔釋放出來! 但退一萬步想想,作為一個升斗市民,善惡之 分,又與你我何干?都交給法官判斷好了。畢 竟,人生無論有幾多個十年,都貌似不會無故 被逼入絕境以至要作出人性與私利之間的抉擇 吧。更何況,在現實上,善惡真的能夠黑白分 明嗎?

Oblivion / 攻.元2077

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這是一部2013年才上映、有關外星人智奪地球 資源的電影,眼見觀眾對它劣評如潮,於是希 望替它平反一下。

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我不是一名科幻片或是外星人的愛好者,本也 只是抱着看娛樂片的心態去看這部戲。在眾多 講述未來的科幻片中,不乏漏洞處處、於理不 合的作品。而筆者認為這部戲最出色的地方, 在於其故事完整以及沒有漏洞(至少筆者沒發 現)。至於為何有人發現有漏洞,只是因為他 們沒專心看電影而已。

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“The sun came up and I didn’t feel like dying anymore.” It was Will’s rather involved and tangled way of saying how he had found hope in a moment of darkness that truly touched me and empowered me. Afflicted by the traumatic memory of a near death experience in Iraq, Will Montgomery, a staff sergeant of the US Army is both physically and mentally wounded. Shortly after his return home, he is assigned to work alongside Captain Tony Stone in the Army’s Casualty Notification Service to notify the next of kin of fallen soldiers. Ben Foster’s portrayal of this emotionally withdrawn character is extraordinary. The beauty of his acting is in its subtlety and restraint which renders the human grieving process ever more convincing and authentic. The strength of the film lies in its at once sober and human portrayal of the grieving process. Instead of directing the entire spotlight on the inner grief of Will, the birth of compassion in him for the families of fallen soldiers is invested with as much significance. This capacity of Will to grow out of the pain and reach out to others in spite of personal turmoil displays the resilience of the human spirit. The notification scenes are based on true stories. Director Oren Moverman shot these scenes in unedited long takes using handheld cameras, which adds an almost documentary undertone to the scenes all at once grounded and emotionally charged. In the simplest and most personal way possible, the film shows us how grief can irrevocably change ordinary people’s lives.

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Despite the simplicity of a linear narrative, there is extraordinary depth in each of the character. This film is as much a story about grief as a story about love: love between Will and a widow whose husband has just died in the war and comradeship between Will and Captain Stone. Woody Harrelson as Captain Stone is phenomenal. Stone is tough and cynical, an old hand at the job and almost cold- hearted in his insistence to do things by the book. However, he is also incredibly vulnerable. Thrice married and an alcoholic, the character harbours deep insecurity and frustration. Mr. Harrelson captured the duality of the character with exceptional sensitivity and penetration. The poignant issues of grief and war are intelligently balanced by humour. For instance, while Captain Stone and Will are walking to deliver to a wife the news of her husband’s death, Stone says “It could be worse. It could be Christmas.” Unlike most other war films, “The Messenger” doesn’t preach against war, its tone is consistently mellow and compassionate. There isn’t a single glimpse of battlefield action yet the message delivered about the cost of war is clearer than ever. The story is told with remarkable integrity without pushing it too far to become manipulative. It’s a testament of Moverman’s directorial accuracy and his ability to convey through a superbly written script, grief and the inner strength of individuals in all its raw intensity. “The Messenger” is a heartrendingly moving portrait of life as tragic, potent and alive with meaning.

§ Why I didn’t jump § Some hours recovered not one tint less painful. Some days unlived tainted a white wash of sorrow. Like quicksand and silver sucking you down the cold. Somewhere inside deep and close a heart beats steady and low. Drips of strength at your fingertips falling like beads of light. You asked me why I didn’t jump that one shadowed night It was a dark calm lost in a sigh. The sun came up. Honey, the sun came up.

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