Evil has many faces…


OK. So we postponed our plan to go on an outing to the Salford Quays this morning, but hey, we had a great girls’ nite yesterday. It was just 5 of us: Kak Sarah (i.e. the host), Hanee, Kimah a.k.a the giggly GG, Aidah and I.

We had a nice dinner: Seafood spaghetti (thanks to kak sarah) and followed by a nice movie. a movie that very soon i might consider adding it to my favourite movie list in my friendster profile (uhh..my life has suddenly revolve around friendster only :P). THE GOOD SON (1993). Macaulay Culkin..Elijah Wood..but it was 1993, they were still cute kids. Kak Sarah has warned us earlier that this movie is quite horrifying, in term of its potrayal of violence (no wonder it is rated 18).

You see, this kid named Mark (Elijah Wood) was some kind of distressed child after the death of his mother, and his father decided to let him get some fun during the winter break with his uncle Wallace’s family..and these two kids- Henry..ok, fine. i am so lazy that i am copying down the plot outline from http://www.imdb.com so that i can jump to the personal reflection part 😛 Forgive me.

While 12-year-old Mark Evans is at his mother’s side as she’s dying of cancer at a hospital in Arizona, she makes him promise her that she won’t die. When she does die, Mark is consumed with grief, and is also guilt-ridden because he couldn’t keep his promise to her. Shortly after, Mark’s father Jack is assigned to take a two week business trip to Tokyo, Japan. Thinking that the blustery Maine environment will do Mark some good, Jack leaves Mark with Jack’s brother Wallace Evans in Maine while Jack is on his trip. Wallace and his wife Susan have a son Mark’s age named Henry and an 8-year-old daughter named Connie. Wallace and Susan’s 3-year-old son Richard died by drowning in the bathtub a few months ago. At first, Mark and Henry get along great, but Mark begins to notice that Henry’s ideas of fun differ significantly from his own. Henry threatens to topple Mark from a 15 meter high tree house, and Henry shows Mark his dummy, named “Mr. Highway”, which Henry drops from an overpass onto a highway, causing a 10-car pileup. Later, Henry uses his homemade crossbow to kill the neighbor’s dog. Henry also insinuates that Richard’s drowning was not an accident. But Henry’s perfect son facade is so convincing that no one believes Mark. Everyone is convinced that Mark is just acting out the trauma of his mother’s death. Mark knows that Henry drowned Richard in a fit of jealousy because it seemed to Henry that Susan and Wallace were giving Richard the most attention. Also, Mark believes that his mother has been reincarnated in Susan, and he makes the mistake of telling Henry about it. Fueled by more jealousy than ever before, Henry’s reign of terror escalates, and he hints to Mark that he plans to kill Connie for the same reason why he killed Richard. But even after Connie survives a suspicious ice skating accident, Mark’s fears are still dismissed. And then Susan discovers Henry’s secret playhouse, and she finds the rubber duckie that was missing from Richard’s bath on the day of the drowning. Now that Susan knows the truth, will she save her nephew or her own son?

The throwing away ‘Mr Highway’ part was seriously terrifying.It is not because i rarely see violence act like that (violence is everywhere around us, even i do practise it sometimes..unconsciously of course), but it was shocking since it was done by kids.I mean, is it real that a child can think of planning such evil deed? What did he get from that? You can watch that scene in the trailer here It was unexpected that a kid would be sooo evil. so psychotic. children behaviour, that was the subject we were supposed to learn from the movie, said kak sarah.

The review said that these actions were fueled by jealousy, which is the writer’s opinion obviously since though you can see it a few times in the movie that this evil kid does envy the attention given from his parents to others (Mark, his cousin..sister), you might as well give other factors that contribute to such a behavior. Influence from media (even though there’s no scene in this movie showing Henry watching TV), is probably another good one.

though this movie is nice, but when it comes to the ending i found myself with quite a number of questions:

1. at the end of the story, after knowing the truth that her very own son wanted to kill her, she decided to save her nephew instead of Henry, his son. This is arguable. would a mother do that? isn’t that mother’s love is unconditional? huhuh..
2. can a child be so evil just out of jealousy?is it the parents’ fault? is it his fault? if this happen in our society (which i do think it happens)who is to be blamed?

This isn’t a good review, i know, but i just wanted myself to think. Below are some quotes from the movie:

Henry: I feel sorry for you, Mark. You just don’t know how to have fun.
Mark: What?
Henry: It’s because you’re scared all the time. I know. I used to be scared too. But that was before I found out.
Mark: Found out what?
Henry: That once you realize that you can do anything… you’re free. You can fly. Nobody can touch you… nobody. Mark… don’t be afraid to fly.
Mark: You’re sick…
Henry: Hey, I promise you something amazing, something you’ll never forget. Where’s the gratitude?

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