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Torture montage from Three Kings

by Critical Commons Manager

This montage of scenes from Three Kings presents a rare exception to the rule on Hollywood torture sequences. The Iraqi torturer of American soldier Mark Wahlberg is allowed an unusually dignified justification for his actions, having lost his wife and young son to American bombs. Wahlberg, in turn, epitomizes the ideology of a "naive" American soldier who believes his country's justification for the war in Iraq as freedom for the Kuwaiti people and regional stability. The scene begins with an unexpected exchange in which the Iraqi soldier's perspective on American popular culture is expressed through a discussion of the inherent racism of American culture as the motivation for pop singer Michael Jackson to try to appear more white.

Torture montage from Three Kings

An Iraqi torturer is simultaneously humanized and demonized while an American soldier is educated about the costs and motivations for the war in Iraq

from Three Kings (1999)
Creator: David O. Russell
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Posted by Critical Commons Manager