La Haine

Topics: Ethics, Utilitarianism, Virtue ethics / Pages: 3 (677 words) / Published: May 16th, 2009
La Haine (Hate) with its black & white, rough camera work; conveys a very serious theme. The film's opening consists of a montage of news footage depicting severe rioting, sets a very confrontational tone between the system and those who defy it. La Haine tells of just a story. After a teen is brutally beaten by the police, a suburb of Paris finds its self littered with over-turned cars blood, and broken glass of smashed windows and Molotov Cocktails. Three teens (Vinz, Hubert, and Saïd), who knew the boy that was beaten (now in the hospital) find themselves seeking revenge, leave their projects behind and travel to the capital. Vinz, seeks pure revenge in simply killing a police officer in retaliation. Hubert on the other hand believes that murdering a cop in return will do little to help their situation as it will most likely either intensify the rioting and and tension between the police and the residents of the projects or will just land themselves in prison. Saïd however finds himself struggling with the extremely complicated ethical dilemma at hand and has much less of a defined position. Saïd, contemplating both vinz's and hubert's arguments represents the innocence of the whole conflict.

Towards the middle of the film, Hubert and Vinz find themselves discussing arguing over each of their options in a bathroom. Vinz, who was previously somewhere in the middle of the two; has now found himself drifting away from Vinz and towards Hubert. Vinz's argument is that situation calls for the death of police officer. This might be supported with the idea of Deontology, which argues that the morality of one's actions depends on the individual's duties, motives, reasoning and/or obligations relating to the action, in this case Vinz's obligation to defend themselves from the police who have now appeared to Vinz as targeting minorities in the projects, or to defend the name of their brutalized friend and that striking back will further assist them in seeking justice.

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