A young Amiss boy being a sole witness to a murder, policeman John Book goes into hiding in an Amiss community to protect the boy until trial. Whilst hiding, he develops an understanding of the Amiss culture and forms a relationship with the community. Themes 1 . Acceptance of Violence in Western Society [Technology influencing the acceptance of Violence in society] 2. Good and Evil [When there is good, there is evil] 3. Identity and Belonging [Demographic characteristics determine where individuals belong] 4.
Dichotomy [Clash and distinction between Western and Amiss culture] 5. Pacifism [Amiss advocating peace and non-violence] Topic Sentences * Technology heavily influences violence in society. * Good and Evil are two contrasting ideas which do not have a definite meaning. Understanding different cultural beliefs brings individuals closer. Evidence/Effect 1 . Violence and Pacifism – Samuel witnesses a murder in the toilet [Western society]. The close up shot of Samuels face indicates his fear.
Also, the keyhole point of view shot minimizes the amount the audience can view, thus emphasizing how gruesome violence is in action. Therefore, Weir uses these camera placements to enforce his point that violence is not entertaining, but an unethical and unnecessary act. In addition, Weir also uses score to create tension, allowing the audience to develop a possible feeling when placed in the position of Samuel. On the other hand, Weir contrasted Western society with the Amiss community, as they are reflected as pacifists.
This can be reflected in the ‘ice cream’ scene, where the tourist challenges Daniels advocacy of pacifism. Following this is the statement in which Eli made to Book, ‘It’s not our way Book. This allowed Weir to reinforce his main idea of lenience being heavily influenced by the availability of technology. 2. Good and Evil – Weir uses Johns character as a police officer to Juxtapose the ideas of Good and Evil, as police officers in Western society are deemed as Good people, however use violence prevent evil.
However, violence is deemed an evil act, thus contradicting the idea that police are good. This idea can be reinforced in this is my way scene’, when John tries to defend the Amiss culture through using violence and beating up the town boy. This retracts John’s g taint towards the Amiss, however expressing an evil act through his fists. In addition to this, the scene when John and Eli teach Samuel the relation between a gun and taking human life.
Weir’s use of biblical reference powerfully conveys and reinforces the idea of violence as an unethical, unnecessary and evil act, although contrasts with the scene when a gun shot takes the life off villain. 3. Dichotomy – In the scene when John, Rachel and Sam are at the restaurant eating hot dogs, while Samuel and Rachel are praying, John has already begun to eat. The close up shot of John’s awkward facial expression emphasizes the inordinate act Rachel and Samuel are undertaking in Western society, which reveals Johns lack of understanding towards the Amiss culture.
Furthermore, at the beginning of the film, Samuel explores the train station, approaching a character whom look likes an Amiss, the point of view shot, followed with a close up shot of Samuels facial expression shows how naive Samuel is, due to his lack of understanding of the Western culture. As a result, Weirs’ use of camera placement has insightfully conveyed the effects of dichotomy, thus provides the audience with an understanding of the importance in being aware of other cultural beliefs to develop a multi-faith society.