Has a movie ever had a strong impact on you?

United States
September 21, 2009 11:39am CST
The other night we watched X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It's a great movie, I'd seen it in theaters when it came out. But there was this one scene that had a huge impact on me. It was the scene where they were in Africa looking for the adamantium (I'm sure I spelled that wrong), and when the people wouldn't tell Striker where to find it, he ordered them all killed. That suddenly made me start thinking about all the people in the real world who die like this. It made me think about the genocide that's happening in parts of Africa right now. It made me think about the Holocaust. It made me think about how terrifying that must be to live through, and especially how terrifying it must be for parents who are struggling to keep their children safe in such a world. It made me truly appreciate my life for what it is. I may not have a lot of money, or a nice house, or designer clothes, but I have my freedom, and my children are safe and healthy. I can send them to school without too much worry about if they'll come home safe. Has a movie ever made such an impact on you? Has a movie ever inspired you or made you come to a realization?
12 responses
@SomeCowgirl (32254)
• United States
22 Sep 09
I think a lot of people will agree with me on this one - I think Titanic has a strong impact. It's a very beautiful and wrenching movie. It's about love, and sacrifice... and love again. It's just pure beautiful. There are other movies out there, Pearl Harbor being one of them, but I haven't watched that in a while so I couldn't tell you the impact I think it has had on anyone - including me! Titanic I haven't seen in awhile.
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@SomeCowgirl (32254)
• United States
8 Oct 09
Titanic being a true story does making it even more of an impact!
@UK_Shree (3604)
21 Sep 09
I was really touched by a scene in the 'Time Traveler's Wife'. When Henry and Clare knew that Henry would die, she told him that she wouldn't change a moment of their life together. It just made me think of all the things we might tell someone close if we knew they were going to die, and that we should tell them more often, instead of regretting all the things we didn't say when they were alive.
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@UK_Shree (3604)
21 Sep 09
If you haven't seen it yet, I do highly recommend it. It is based on a book and it is a really lovely film which is quite romantic but has a very interesting spin to go with it too!
@KMPierce (165)
• United States
22 Sep 09
Yes, the movie "Pay it Forward" had that kind of impact on me. It is hard not to watch this movie and not want to do something really great in your life, and do it for others not just yourself.
• United States
22 Sep 09
That's a great movie!
• United States
22 Sep 09
The final scene in Swing Kids. Even just thinking about it as I'm writing this, I have this welling feeling of pride for Willi as he's chasing the police truck shouting Swing Heil after his brother, telling his brother in those two little words that the Swing Kids may have lost a battle but they still had others out there willing to fight. The Swing Kids Rebellion wasn't just about listening to banned music and dancing in what was considered a lewd and suggestive manner, it was a statement that these kids didn't agree with Hitler and his SS or what they stood for. Many of the swing and jazz musicians were either Jewish like Jango Reinhold or black like Count Bassie and that made them contemptible to patriotic Germans of the time. The Swing Kids Rebellion was about not judging a person because of their ethnicity or religion and SS soldiers killed a lot of them and arrested more for being Jewish sympathizers. I think part of why this scene (the whole movie really) gets to me so deeply is I don't see that kind of passion and commitment from anyone now. There are people standing on street corners with homemade cardboard placards that have peace signs drawn on them but when it really came down to the possibility of being arrested or even killed for their convictions, I think a lot of them would just quietly go home.
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• United States
22 Sep 09
Another movie I haven't seen, but sounds worth the watch. Movies based on true stories gets me every time.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
21 Sep 09
Arron Brocovitch? I am not sure how you spell it....but the movie I thought was wonderful and had a great impact.....like how many people live with things that have been put into the ground....then they get sick and die.....and how do you fight big corporate America? Make me wonder what is under my house that might make me sick!
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• United States
21 Sep 09
Erin Brokovitch.. okay, I got the Erin part right anyways. I saw that too. Not so much of an impact on me, but it was a true story you know.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
21 Sep 09
Yes, we sometimes need that reminder that we are so lucky or blessed. People do and have suffered so much throughout the world. People are suffering right now and we sometimes feel so impotent to help. Their suffering is usually caused by so called leaders of their country - or in the name of religion. and right now we have Iran with nuclear power who have threatened to kill every Jewish person in the world. Imagine a country saying that people from another country do not have THE RIGHT TO EXIST? In recent years, I suppose the movie that had th greatest impact on me vs the Passion of the Christ.It brought out so clearly how Jesus suffered and every time that he was lashed he looked at his tormentors with such love. I know thsat other movies have insoired me to do more or be more but nothing comes to mind today.
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• United States
21 Sep 09
I haven't seen that movie, but I can see how it would have an impact. That is the sort of movie meant to impact you in some way.
• United States
22 Sep 09
I really liked X-Men Origins: Wolverine. When Striker ordered the whole village to be killed was definitely wrong. That is the GOVERNMENT for you though, when the government wants something done they do whatever it takes to get what they want. If they have to kill a few people to save other people than maybe we shouldn't have a government. There will always be problems with the government and the decisions they make but do we have a choice on what they do, No!!! Life is precious and shouldn't be taken lightly. When Wolverine disagreed with what Striker was doing he tried to tell Victor that it was the wrong what they were doing and then he walked off. I would have done the same thing. I have never trusted the government and I'm definitely not going to start now. X-Men Origins: Wolverine should have been the first one made. We can try to keep our families as safe as we can and healthy but you never know what can happen to them or yourself.
@IMEzekieL (500)
22 Sep 09
The movie John Q was nice and touching. Will Smith's The Pursuit of Happyness was awesome as well. They're quite inspirational.
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@dhart87 (53)
• United States
22 Sep 09
A movie that has a great impact on me would be "The Pursuit of Happyness". Will Smith did a great job playing the role of Chris Garner. I hate the fact that he was homeless with his son. I love how he kept faith and held his head up and never gave up.
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Oct 09
Schindler's list gave me nightmares. Other than that, can't think of anything right this second.
@Amasid (25)
• Philippines
22 Sep 09
I'd watched x-men origins too, i'm a fan actually, you spelled adamantium right, don't worry,i haven't really thought about it,that's a good thing you know what u got right now and ur thankfully for it,.
• Indonesia
22 Sep 09
Well i watch money movie, but i dont know. Maybe some movie affect me to do something. But the effect is not long enough. Halfway trought the proses i already forget about the movie. So i can say, i never watch a movie that had a strong impact in me. Maybe i watch all the movie that people here talk about, maybe it has an impact for me too. And even if its not impact me, i still had a good time watching th movie. Ok, thats it from me