For another episode of our VIDPRD1 class, we watched ‘Sleepers’.
At first glance, I thought the movie was about gangsters. The setting was a bit reminiscent of the bygone American gangster era… And the suspenders! Well anyway, I was pretty wrong about it. I was even shocked to find out that it was based on a real event.
When Robert De Niro appeared in the movie, I was impressed. His calibre of performance was something to watch out for. Though I see a few familiar faces in the movie, I was pretty much at awe with the cast. The children’s acting were actually pretty good for the roles that they were trying to portray. The content was challenging enough for their age and to have that sort of performance was pretty much good to my evaluation.
I’m a sucker for drama and tragic endings. The movie was an example of that. Films nowadays (most of the time anyway) always project a ‘happy ending’ scenario. But when it comes to reality, the world sucks and you eventually get eaten up in the system if you don’t know how to traverse the chaotic life. The story is about a group of carefree children who gets slammed hard by reality in the face. In all honesty, even if the correctional facility has its negativity, I can’t blame them in entirety. Sure the traumatic actions were done by individuals, but that sort of violence and harassment is real. People who are in the same institution experience that. Though it might be harsh to say this, the fact is: Most of the time, if you do something that will eventually penalize you for your wrongdoing, all the good things in life will be lost to you. Choosing good than evil has its perks and the movie reflects the immediate realistic karma or consequence once you decide to do something wrong.
The movie for me was a real tragedy, but it also made a firm point in my head that if you don’t want to experience the shit of society, learn to be good and you will keep your humdrum existence.