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What is it with Americans and torture?  For a movie that does a lot right, the ease and familiarity it has with the good guys resorting to torture is evidence of a pervasive sickness in this society.  We’re a technological level up on the Romans, reveling in bloodlust in cinema, rather than at the coliseum.

A lot of the world rejected this barbarism a long time ago, including our own nation, as the statutes against torture show.  World War Two and a lot of real torture changed minds on this medieval savagery.  Torture was outlawed, and the world was better off as a result.  The film had a chance to address this and failed.

Of course the bad guys resort to torture, but that’s not the problem here.  As with a long and frustrating list of other Hollywood mainstream product, this film says it’s okay to torture people — in this case water boarding and beating — when the joking jovial lead actors get on board.

So Marky Mark and Denzel want to know something from their captured drug lord.  Torture, of course.  Jokes wash away moral concerns.

It sounds like I had a terrible time with this film, but I didn’t.  It was a short segment.  More torture flows from the very same drug lord in a reversal, and more torture still from a CIA guy.  That’s three, lots of torture.  Do Americans care about much else?

Oh yeah, money.  There’s lots of that too.  Money, torture, bullets and explosions.  It’s not high art — but damn if they didn’t get the CIA drug smuggling partnership right.  So, we actually have some real shit up on screen to discuss, the real state of narcotics trafficking, the real impunity of CIA and their despicable record of partnering with the worst scum on the planet.  That might ring a note for some out there.  It should have been explored more deeply, but I’ll take it.

In the special features Denzel called it escapism, with no meaning whatsoever, that he could discern.  Not so.  It never is.