Articles & Notes — December 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Who decides what films should be banned for “us, viewers”?

Seriously. This subject, in my opinion, is quite sensitive. I’ve come across an interesting article from Courier Mail (Australia), that cites U.S. film critic Roger Ebert, who said of the latest gross movie “Human Centipede” the following: “reprehensible, dismaying, ugly, artless and an affront to any notion, however remote, of human decency”.

Okay, that’s his personal opinion, and we can respect that, now, let’s move a little further…

Article says that film, just like any art form is a highly subjective thing. One person’s art just might be another person’s pornography. I can agree with that, and I hope it will always be the same.

Australian censors passed the film as suitable for viewing in this country this year, giving it an R certificate and the warning that it contains “high-impact themes, violence and sexual violence”. Now, they reportedly plan to ban “Human Centipede 2” completely.

As you might know, the same film was banned in Britain and then only later passed after being heavily censored. I’ve seen the film, and even wrote a review on it, and personally, there isn’t much of going on for this film to get banned all over.

What’s interesting is that there are people who are screaming their lungs out for the film to be banned… –  while they haven’t even seen the film itself! How can you judge something you haven’t seen, especially when we’re talking about a movie? Just to rely on someone’s opinion, that “this film is gross, disturbing, gory, and it should be banned”? That ain’t right…

The first “Centipede” film – wasn’t as gory, it had a completely different approach. “Human Centipede 1” had a mad scientist (Dieter Laser) creating the ultimate “pet” by kidnapping three tourists and surgically connecting them into a human chain.

In the second film we got Martin (Lawrence Harvey), who is a simple loser, who watches first centipede film over and over again on his laptop at the car park where he works as a night attendant. Martin decides to go one step further, and create his own “human centipede” of 12 people.

Both films are dark, they both cross some lines and boundaries, however there were lots of movies like that before (Cannibal Holocaust, also banned, but for different reasons), and again, this kind of film is aimed at the hard-core fans of extreme cinema, not for those who go to movie cinemas with their kids or family.

I agree with the article, censorship should take it easy – if people want to watch the film, they WILL WATCH it anyway, there’s no point of putting ban on a movie just because its gross and provoking. Its exploitation, its a challenge, its a choice. Let people make their own choices. Plain simple – you don’t like the film – don’t watch it.

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