Monday, October 25, 2010
Gregory Smith plays sheltered nerd as a juror in "Manson, My Name Is Evil"
The script makes some interest points about the values and cultural conflicts of the Vietnam period. Perry (Greg’s character) and his girl friend have a naïve idea about Christianity. Later Perry’s father chastises him for taking a draft deferment and walking out on a “patriotic duty” and says that even God had to sacrifice his only Son. But in earlier eras, people did “owe” the country service and sacrificial exposure. Today’s Internet generation has forgotten that this is how it used to be.
Later the prosecutor says “These defendants are not human beings; they are mindless robots.” I’m not sure this is what we normally expect from “courtroom drama”.
The film was produced by New Real Films (Canada) and is now distributed by Lionsgate. The official site is here.
At the very end, Perry doesn’t get out of things. He balances his karma. During the closing credits, we hear Richard Nixon’s “silent majority” speech. North Vietnam cannot defeat us, he says; only Americans can do that.