Saw "Battle Royale" with some friends too, a few weeks back.
Still looking for a reasonable reason to send kids to their death, with one victor as the authorities' act of mercy and forgiveness. (My bro was shaking his head at the government documentary explaining all this.)
Are we overanalyzing and taking this movie too seriously? Maybe. But gladiatorial (anything but) games with favors from on high are not only seen in Greek mythology and pop culture. The Romans did it 2000 years ago, and today we still have government-sanctioned violent entertainment.
Yes there's the violent loss of life, but the Capitol's supposed act of mercy is what disturbed me more. (Yes, I know, it's just a story, but there must be convincing reasons for audience's suspension of disbelief. Or maybe I just feel like a panel member reviewing *someone's* thesis.)
To atone for their rebellion, they must give:
Act of mercy and forgiveness? The people are supposed to be grateful for the ritual murders in their lands?
The documentary in the movie also talks about the peace they attained at the cost of blood. Now that the land already has peace, the government still demands blood sacrifice.
Do we still do that?
But Jesus said, "It is done."
He said, "It is finished."
Today is the start of Holy Week.
Hopefully we remember not just Jesus' death but His victory over death.
Hope we remember His sacrifice, not to add to it (like we can!),
but to give thanks.
In the movie, Katniss promises to be back for her sister. Kat gives all the reasurrance that she can, but she herself is not sure about what tomorrow will bring.
"Come to Me," Jesus says, "And I will give you rest."
"Blessed are those who hunger, for they shall be filled."
"Whoever is thirsty, let him come to Me...
Whoever drinks the water I give him will never be thirsty again."
No empty promises, no mere good intentions.
With Jesus, we can truly be full.