Friday, July 20, 2012

The Aurora "Dark Knight Rises" Theater Massacre

I'd like to take this opportunity to speak on the tragic events that occurred in a movie theater in Colorado where a crazed gunman open-fired on innocent moviegoers during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, killing 12, wounding at least 50. As a film lover and also as a longtime fan of Batman, this hits close to home. I suppose many of the victims were like me to actually go out of their way to go to a midnight screening. Christopher Nolan released a statement that perfectly encapsulates how I personally feel:

Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theater is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families. 
 

5 comments:

Mark said...

I heard about that shooting and I didn't know that it was that devastating. I knew how many had been killed, but not that a lot more had been injured. Doubtless we'll ever really know why what happened happened, but I do hope that people don't become too afraid to go to the theater. They are supposed to be happy places, where you enter worlds of magic and whimsy.

Jimmy Fungus said...

To me, this tragedy just kind of encapsulates what is wrong with America and much of the world these days... that is, too many people around with absolutely no empathy for their fellow human beings whatsoever.

peterparkerguy said...

Certainly quite a tragedy, and very fitting words from a great man and director.

YeamieWaffles said...

I've been wanting to blog about or talk about this tragedy for a long time but I just can't bring myself to. These people murdered were just going out to see a film, that's all, they'd down nothing wrong to deserve what they got, they were just going to see a film and they ended up being murdered by a crazed gunman, it's not fair.

I agree with you so much on Twitter when you say it's ridiculous to blame the film, the film had nothing to do with the tragedy, this sicko could have did it at any other premiere. I'm not even a huge Batman fan and I admit that, it's ridiclous and so sad.

city said...

thanks for sharing.