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  •  READER COMMENTS

    Reader comments on The Sea Inside

    Subject: Re: Isaac's comment
    Date: Jan 12, 2005
    Sender: Pablo HernandezPrevious | Next

    Thank you very much for your fervent comment; it's always great to see other people's opinions, especially when dealing with such a controversial topic.

    First and foremost, the film itself (sans the ethical material and whatnot) was not a masterpiece, like you said I seemed to be implying. It was excellently done, but it lacked in some departments, or overly relied in others (sentimentality, cliches, manipulation, etc). That said, from an aesthetic viewpoint, the film was very well done, which is why I praise Amenabar for his filmmaking abilities. I certainly don't mind the film receiving so many prizes, given that it deserves most of them (particularly Bardem's performance).

    Secondly, I think my review was rather fair. We're not talking about my opinion on euthanasia here, we're talking about how it may affect my view on the film, and if such a thing can be justified.

    One question: why is it that there are so many people out there who don't like Griffith's "Birth of a Nation"? I mean, it's certainly a technical accomplishment, way ahead of its time in many aspects; all in all, quite good from a cinematic perspective. So how can people hate it? Because they feel that its message, or whatever it's trying to tell us, is morally reprehensible. They feel the film glorifies racism, and that's offensive to them. I felt The Sea Inside glorified euthanasia, and that was offensive to me, harming my enjoyment of the film.

    Similarly, there are many people who hate "A Clockwork Orange", because they (wrongly) believe it glorifies violence and rape.

    This all means that it's not just the cinematic facets of a film that the viewer has to take into account (undeniably, Kubrick's film would also be a "masterpiece" from a cinematic perspective).

    Nowadays, the vast majority of society is against racism, violence, etc. If we see a film glamourizing these, regardless of how well made it is and how many Oscars it may have won, it is fair to dislike it because of what it's saying. We admire its artistry, perhaps, but despise its core message.

    Unfortunately, given that on the subject matter of euthanasia the general opinion seems to be more split, now I'm being criticized for "not liking" a film that, despite being very well made, glorified it.

    You see, one can make a porn with the greatest director in the world, the best cinematographer ever and the finest living actors. It'd all look splendid on the surface, certainly -- but it's still porn, it's still vacuous and morally wretched. And if I don't like what the film is telling me, I have no reason not to let my own opinions on its message -- if any -- from getting in the way. In cinema, like any art, it's not just the asthetic aspects that one has to consider. There is a lot more to it.

    All in all, I was a tad offended by Amenabar's film, because it was false and severely lacking from an ethical perspective. I never said it wasn't worth watching -- because it is --, just that I didn't like it as much as everyone seems to have done, for the reasons already stated.

    You say my review was close-minded, but regardless of whether it is or not, it nevertheless remains my opinion, and that's what we're all here for. It is an honest review, illustrating exactly just how I felt about the film.

    For the record, the film itself was close-minded, just like its main character, who could not even consider other points of view. Amenabar clearly has a political agenda, the film is pro-euthanasia propaganda, and it manipulates us into thinking that euthanasia is a good thing; and I, for one, still am not convinced.

    Allow me to conclude this reply by thanking you, once again, for sharing your opinion.

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    Response to this comment:
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    I strongly diagree with much that was said in Pablo Hernandez's review on Mar Adentro. Though he pointed out many of the film's outstanding features, the underlying premise of the review was this:

    The film was a masterpiece but I didn't like it because I disagree with the point of view that was presented in the film.

    The review sounded as though the author was trying to convince himself of his moral superiority (albeit unsucccesfully). The closed-mindedness of the review reminded me that there are individuals out there who cannot even consider other points of view.

    I believe that the point the movie focused on was the lack of choice the protagonist had in determining his fate, if nothing else. Whether or not you agree or disagree with the theme of this film, it is well worth watching. Understanding the main character and his struggle does not mean that one is obligated to wish for death in the same situation.

    Honestly - come on!







    Comment index:

  • Yup   from Rich, Dec 19, 2004
  • [no subject]   from matiash, Dec 20, 2004
  • [no subject]   from Sand, Jan 5, 2005
  • [no subject]   from Isaac, Jan 10, 2005
  • » Re: Isaac's comment «   from Pablo Hernandez, Jan 12, 2005
  • Re: Isaac's comment   from Paula, Feb 11, 2005
  • Re: Isaac's comment   from Ross, Aug 31, 2006
  • the film isnt pessimistic...you are   from James, Dec 11, 2005
  • The Sea Inside   from julianza, Feb 12, 2006
  • Re: The Sea Inside   from julianza, Feb 13, 2006
  • Re: The Sea Inside   from julianza, Feb 13, 2006
  • I disagree on the reviewers take   from Gail, Jul 22, 2008
  • Yup   from Rich, Dec 19, 2004
  • [no subject]   from matiash, Dec 20, 2004
  • [no subject]   from Sand, Jan 5, 2005
  • [no subject]   from Isaac, Jan 10, 2005
  • » Re: Isaac's comment «   from Pablo Hernandez, Jan 12, 2005
  • Re: Isaac's comment   from Paula, Feb 11, 2005
  • Re: Isaac's comment   from Ross, Aug 31, 2006
  • the film isnt pessimistic...you are   from James, Dec 11, 2005
  • The Sea Inside   from julianza, Feb 12, 2006
  • Re: The Sea Inside   from julianza, Feb 13, 2006
  • Re: The Sea Inside   from julianza, Feb 13, 2006
  • I disagree on the reviewers take   from Gail, Jul 22, 2008