This is one of the retro-reviews dedicated to a focus around terrorism in pre-9/11 movies. I bring this flick up because it ties into the perceptions of who is a terrorist and why. This is one of the movies that foreshadows how innocent people are made out to look like the original suspects.
This film has a pretty messed up story behind it. It is not your typical movie about terrorism in the sense of what we have become used to seeing. Jeff's character is dealing with the loss of his wife, who was an FBI agent. In the state of his grief, he has a hard time accepting at first what he might suspect about his neighbor.
When I first saw this movie, I did not know how to feel about the ending. I felt disappointed about the lack of justice even though I could see how that could realistically happen in some situations, especially with the way corporate media distorts or markets whatever "truth" they want to sell.
I recommend watching this movie more than once. I remember I did not understand everything that went on the first time through. This movie has more of a focus around domestic terrorism and has a way of leaving race void of its theme. I think this movie is probably accurate in the sense that sometimes the truth manages to evade us all and the tragedy suffered by the victim is never realized by anyone else.
There are many situations where people are innocent; yet, treated like they have been guilty the whole time. In some cases there are no judges, juries or trials even though we are innocent until proven guilty. It is just the cold hard fight of life and death in the many forms it comes in. The way the government is utilized today often leads innocent people to lose their freedom and/or lives while the guilty perpetrator never gets caught, going unpunished. Just look at death row statistics for example. This movie demonstrates that parallel in great detail.
I think this movie is relevant today because we might be blaming the wrong people for doing the right thing. Today the government has a nasty habit of classifying those who leak facts to the public about immoral government operations as traitors. Manning and Snowden are the famous examples; but, what about all those who have tried and never made it to the headlines? Ruled suicides in many situations has turned out to be murder and this does not always get discovered when it happens. There are many sacrifices made for freedom, of those we will never have the honor of knowing the names of.
The Federal Government was recently sued for millions because a family was able to prove in court, their relative was thrown out of a window in the 1960's while working for the CIA around LSD somehow. They were told he committed suicide and they never believed it. It took that situation damn near 60-70 years to see any justice. Whoever may have been involved, probably still got to live full lives.
There are several situations and cases that never see justice. We must do our best to remember that sometimes things did not actually play out the way we were told they did. We should not always accept the first explanation given to us...
A little dialogue to conclude the article.
Michael Faraday: You can't ask government to be infallible, but you can ask it to be accountable.
Oliver Lang: I can ask it to be honest.
Michael Faraday: You know, when Leah died, all I wanted was someone to tell me, "We made a mistake." You know? "We made a mistake. Your wife suffered for it, and we'd take it back a hundred times if we could." But they don't say that. She would've.