[Note: The above video contains graphic violence.]
Sometimes I wonder if our fear of hell in the afterlife is keeping us from seeing the reality of hell in this life.
Some of you may know that I spent some time working in Hollywood. I wanted to be a screenwriter after growing up watching movies. I was captivated by the storytelling process in a visual medium. Two of my favorite directors were Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorcese. To this day A Clockwork Orange remains one of the most haunting movies I have ever seen. If Kubrick and Scorcese have done anything it is display the brutal reality of the human situation. We like to kill each other, sometimes in horrific ways. We don’t like the idea that we are capable of such madness, yet we watch it.
Well some guy decided to mash these two directors together using 34 of their films to produce three short segments. What is brilliant about it is that it in a very simple way captures the madness that both directors seemed to present but in a very simple narrative. By isolating the emotion, it magnifies the emotion. The first section explores violence. The second section explores madness. And the third section explores the anger of loss. In all three sections I couldn’t help but see the reality of hell.
The second section is particularly interesting to me because it seems to explore the reality of our own brokenness. I think the central question in the entire human story is, “Are we good or evil?” And at certain times in our lives we are struck with consequences that actually suggest we are evil. The expression on the characters faces provides an amazing glimpse into that moment. This is the moment when we’re contemplating the need and want for redemption yet it seems beyond our grasp. That is hell to me. It’s that moment when we see ourselves as beyond the love of God, with no hope. If we extend that thought to eternity, we are trapped.
What do you think of the video? And if you’re so inclined, what do you think of hell?