English, Film

Hacksaw Ridge: Interpretation of God’s commandments

Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson.
Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson.

Started at the release of Passion of the Christ (2004), Mel Gibson seems to have taking longer time to contemplate, reflect and reread morality papers, in a positive meaning. Pervading into Jesus Christ’ latest 12-hour human life the Passion and jumping to waning days of the Mayan civilization in Apocalypto (2006), Mel once again echoes himself as deep-thinking director with Hackshaw Ridge, released in Indonesia on Nov. 4.

Mel marks his return after a decade of vague by taking the story of Desmond Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist and pacifist who served as a US Army combat medic during the World War II in Okinawa, Japan. Desmond, starred by Arsenal FC fan and Spiderman actor Andrew Garfield, managed to save 75 lives without ever lifting a weapon despite of pressure and rebuff from his commanders at the training camp.

Desmond simply doesn’t take the gun because the Holy Bible forbids him to do so, referring to the sixth God’s commandment: Thou shall not kill. Back in the childhood time, Desmond had almost killed his brother with a stone during a brotherhood fight. It was the moment that changes Desmond’s live, besides one when he set his drunken father at the gunpoint to take his mom out of an altercation. Further details on this may be considered as spoiler, so I stop here.

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English, Essay, Personal

About something in people’s mind for years

It’s been a long time Indonesian history was constructed to see communist as a bad thing. Reds, killers, rebels, vandals, etc. 1998, reformation spirit succesfully forced Soeharto stepped down. Everthing suddenly changed, like the past was the worst thing happened. But, something in your mind which is implanted for years couldn’t be seen as a simple thing. People couldn’t easily forget PKI as bad thing constructed by Soeharto’s era.  It is ideological heritage. In fact today, some people still think that Communism is indentic with reds, killers, vandals. Some others just do not know what Communism is. So sad.

I’m not trying to say that Communism is good. I’m not saying that. I concern about how people see Communism. A lot of people was discriminated because they were reds. A part of film Sang Penari (The Dancer) told us that most of them are victims. Poor and leterless. Visum at repertum the killed Generals were secret. The saddest thing is nowadays some people don’t try to understand what Communism is and what happened on September 30, 1965. Most are scared to talk about it. This is Soeharto’s heritage on people’s mind.

I have to say that nowadays Communism is not popular. In Indonesia, mostly youth knew it only as a part of Indonesia’s dark history. As people said, 30S-PKI was a fairy tale for youth, they won’t know the truth. The choice is to believe or not, and whom to believe to. School doesn’t give a space for students to know the idea of Communism. Based on my experience in school, my teacher told me that Communism is about equality. “Sama rasa, sama rata,” he said. I’m understand it’s the point of misunderstanding. Reproduce misunderstanding.

All I can conclude that is something in (y)our mind were ideologically implanted. For sure, it needs so long time to be changed.