The current condition of chaos and terror use as an end in itself in the contemporary America is what Christopher Nolan presents in his film The Dark Knight. The contemporary Americans chaos and terror prevalence is the most significant issue portrayed in the movie. The plot of the movie appears similar to the current situation of the contemporary America. The Gotham city where the whole criminal and chaos occur is a replica of the American cities lifestyle where greed, money and crime are rampant. The Villains like Bane and Joker are a reflection of the notion of fear, chaos and mass terror in the city of innocent Americans. This is true reflection of a mean world syndrome where there exists a cynical frame of mind regarding motivation, mentalities and actions of the people in the world. The contemporary America represents a world where every individual is mentally convinced that chaos and terror are the ends of their successful moves.
The way the American Agencies have been engaging criminals is a clear explanation of the movie. The movie makes an emphasis that there exists people in the society that utilize chaos and terror as an end itself, rather than being a means for power, influence and money. This is thus an indication of a culture where the cultivation theory and fear posits. The factual issue in relevance to America is the issue of fictitious heroism and masking as the only way a person can stop the villain shows that the traditional forms of Justice and the law enforcing agencies never utilize (Singer 35). As far as the movie portrays of the world and hence the contemporary America is skewed from the reality, it is a significant reflection of the fear of feeling afraid and not secure to walk at night in your homeland because you perceive it to be dangerous and insecure. The representation that people in the contemporary world are powerless and thus fictitious heroes are the only ones with the capability to bring into control the evil nature of human beings. This representation is a replica of the current America where those with the power to instill terror or fear and cause chaos, have the capability to bring into control of the whole situation. The American police brutal engagement with crimes suspects is a good example of the movies address.
The movie addresses the use of chaos and terror as an end itself through the rampant law breaking that is mostly perpetrated in the movie. The Superhero mythos is the vivid provider of the criminal depictions that are prevalent in the world today. The colorful portrayal of the ways through which the various crimes and their perpetrators are represented in the superhero, are indication of the various criminal’s theories that a specific setting usually applies. The various crimes that are presented and currently prevailing in the contemporary America include; freakish aberrations, faceless thugs, ingenious lunatics, corrupt politicians, alien (outside) threats and gangsters (Vollum 100).
The movie depicts that the behavior of superheroes like Superman and Batman in fighting crimes is a condition of their roles. The whole ideology of the society and the structure of that society is the predicament of what exactly influence the behavior of individuals. The bringing of law and order in Gotham City by Gordon is documented to be due to the granting of extraordinary by powers by the Dent Act. The movie thus insists on the use of chaos and terror as an end in determining the fate of various situations. For instance, despite Commissioner Gordon’s performance and achievement in almost nearing to eradicate crime, he still has a darker part of his story that is the guilty of covering up the criminality of Harvey Dent and his plans to confess to the conspiracy at a public function. The police in the contemporary American are not different with Commissioner Gordon (Elliott 34).
The indifferent living conditions of Batman who is no longer active as a Superhero is due to the crumbling of his company after he learnt that the project would turn to be a nuclear weapon rather than serving its intended plan of producing fusion power. This is the kind of situation that those with power at the exploit of innocent civilians could differently use chaos and terror power as an end.
The attitude in the film that encourages viewers to watch is the attitude of peace. The film reflects the crime and chaos in America. People only resort to such crimes as the only method in problem solution. They justify their solution of crime through fighting by use of machines such guns. People think that crimes are the only way of solution of problems. People are more careless about other people’s lives. In the film there is great cowardice running through the film. The characters motivations are little as they act through the film. There is suspicion in the film due to mass killing. Bane for example takes death as nothing big. He uses the matter-of –fact sean- Connery to explain that death is not a big deal. The characters in the film engage in killings and criminal activities (Singer 36).
As the author portrays criminal activities through the film, the film brings the issue of crime clearly. However, as far as the author uses different characters to portray criminal activities, the author should have portrayed the good part of the film through other characters also. By portraying criminal’s acts throughout the film the author makes the reader to adopt such behaviors. The author should have portrayed both parts of the film that the good and the bad. In this presentation, the artists make the viewer to compare and contrast the characters that do the right and wrong acts in the film and thus the viewer will be able to make his or her decisions and argument at the end of the work (Elliott 44).
The artist’s presentation of the movie is a nice presentation. The Dark Knight film is presented in such a way that the characters can easily portray some themes in the film. The viewer can pick up themes such as the chaos and unending crime. It is a good movie, well presented and it is well performing. Nolan presents reality as he plays his part very well.
The presentation of activities makes the viewer to visualize the activities from the film and get to know the consequences of the criminal acts. However as far as the film is performing well is it contains some flaws (Elliott 65). This makes the film to appear as if it is not good and contain many evil activities. The continuous presentation of evil activities makes the film boring and monotonous and these evil activities make the viewer to have negative attitude towards the society .The evil activities may build negative attitude towards other fellow human beings and thus may make people to go against the rule of law. However, the film is a good show of events, which happen in the society. The events, which are presented in the movie, are real events and they happen in the real world. Presentation of events by use of film is a good method of event presentation as the viewer can visualize the events and their consequences.
Elliott, Elizabeth. The Dark Knight. Random House Digital, Inc., 2012.
Vollum, Scott, and Cary D. Adkinson. "The portrayal of crime and justice in the comic book superhero mythos." Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture 10.2 (2003): 96-108.
Singer, Peter. "Visible Man: ethics in a world without secrets." Harper’s Magazine (2011): 31-36.