Resistance Film Lecture Series: Paradise Now
"Along the way, "Paradise Now" sustains a mood of breathless suspense. Politics aside, the movie is a superior thriller whose shrewdly inserted plot twists and emotional wrinkles are calculated to put your heart in your throat and keep it there....
Given the explosive political climate in the Middle East, humanizing suicide bombers in a movie risks offending some viewers in the same way that humanizing Hitler does. Demons make more convenient villains than complicated people with their complicated motives. Especially after 9/11, it is easier for some in the United States to imagine a suicide bomber as a 21st-century Manchurian Candidate -- a soulless, robotic shell of a person programmed to wreak destruction -- than it is to picture a flesh-and-blood human being doing the damage." -- Stephen Holden, NY Times
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