Johnny Got His Gun :.

September 23, 2007

Here’s one f-ed up movie I would like to watch in 2008, ‘Johnny Got His Gun.’ It’s about a young soldier who got hit by an artillery shell on the last day of the First World War. A quadruple amputee who’s lost most of his face, his eyes, ears, nose and mouth, lies in a hospital bed, remains concious and able to reason. He struggles to find a way to communicate his wish to either die, or become a living display on the horrors of war.

Ben McKenzie, of O.C fame, bitch!, plays Joe Bonham, in this film adaptation of the stage production of the same name. I think it will be really interesting to watch, as this film has so many levels to it. It’s an anti-war, pro-euthanasia, pro-soldier film… and also takes on a stance of the individual moralities between science, religion, politics and medicine.

The play is essentially a one man show that takes place on an empty stage with only a bench and a wooden chair, and I’m interested to see how it translates on to screen. Even more so, I’d like to see Ben McKenzie pull off a really multi-tiered performance, which gives him a challenge for his acting chops than the O.C ever offered. (What? All he ever did on the O.C was brood, brood, brood, sulk and brood.)

Click on the picture to go to the movie website, and to find out more about the film.

Johnny got his gun


One comment

  1. It’s a remake … of sorts … of the 1971 film of the same name.

    I’ve been looking for the original for years and finally bought a copy on DVD from Greece. I plan on watching it this weekend.

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