By Kayla Daugherty

Violence sells. Sex sells. Conflict sells.

It is a simple as that and that is the why the movie industry ignores the current problems in the world and continues to produce graphic and controversial films.

When one searches new releases in the theater the results highlight movies such as “Jack Reacher”, “The Last Stand”, “Gangster Squad”, and “Django Unchained”. All of these movies are focused on violence and killing—no exaggeration.

“Jack Reacher” starts with a single shooter perched in a parking garage shooting civilians across the lake. One by one, they are shot and killed until five innocent people are murdered. Unfortunately these are not the only victims in the movie. Movie watchers witness the killings of children, teenagers and the elderly.

By the end of the movie, more than 50 people are killed, simply executed without remorse. All the characters in this movie are depicted as brothers, sisters or friends but killed carelessly, as if for fun.

Growing up with both grandfathers in the military, I watched more than my fair share of war movies and gun documentaries. Additionally, my family hunts and owns many guns. Therefore, I would say that have a tough stomach and I am most certainly not gun shy.  This being said, I felt the need to cover my eyes at many points and my stomach churned watching some of the graphic images.

Even with the most recent tragedies including that of Newtown, the film industry finds it necessary to produce movies centered on violence. Why? Because, as previously stated violence sells.

Samm Baker admits she is not much of a movie person but she believes film producers are sticking with the, “sex sells and violence sells” mindset.

“That's what interests people, the fast action, violence and sex! If the film producers want their films to be successful, they have to give them what the people want,” said Baker.

Some people may like the current movies; that is their opinion and they are entitled to it. After speaking to several people, including my roommate, I found how the film industry continues to make money—not everyone finds the violence disturbing.

However I am not alone in my negative thoughts about the most recently released movies. A previously frequent movie-goer, Jessica Klapko, finds the violence as unnecessary and unattractive.

“Violence sometimes detours me from seeing the film because I don’t find it enjoyable to watch people getting hurt by other people,” explained Klapko. “It’s just not a good theme to focus on because it gives a negative portrayal on human interaction.”

The film industry needs to stop focusing on money and start focusing on the world. Morals in the movie industry are currently non-existent, thrown away for the sake of making a dollar.

Enough is enough.

If the movie industry insists on selling violence, moviegoers should take a stand and stop buying. 


What do you do when violence is the only option?