Senior HTF Member
- May 22, 1999
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This is the part of you post that bugs me the most.
This movie isn't meant to be a family friendly experience.
I get that, Tony. Certainly I wasn't suggesting this would be good subject matter for grade- schoolers, even with the "offending" minutes removed. But there is food for thought in this film regarding love and loss, having to cope with an unusual talent, accepting that you are going to have to use that skill to save countless lives by destroying pure evil, even if it means sacrificing yourself. Those and more are quite beautifully woven into King's thoughtful and introspective novel, and are faithfully re-created by Cronenberg in one of his best films. I simply feel that the inclusion of the suicide -- which needn't have even been depicted onscreen in the first place -- and the crime that leads up to it simply feel out of place and add a very episodic feel to an otherwise tight and superbly-plotted film.
Now, sir, be honest -- aren't there favorite movies in your life that, if could just edit out one unfortunate moment or sequence, would be even better? Not for the world at large, mind you...but for you and your family? That's all this is about.
You're right, this was never meant to be a "family film" and I was careless if I suggested otherwise. But, IMHO, it certainly could be made more appropriate for a wider (i.e. slightly younger) PG-13 audience if those minutes were removed. Frankly, I do not even enjoy that part of the film I otherwise cherish, and will try to skip over it in the future even when watching by myself. And I assure you, I am not the prudish type. THE WILD BUNCH is one of my favorite "violent films" and I love the graphic sexuality of some Bertolucci films. This business in THE DEAD ZONE just feels like a completely superfluous sequence that drags the whole film down a notch.