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Shattered Glass (2003)

April 24, 2012

In Shattered Glass (2003), director Billy Ray introduces a new style of directing, a new way of capturing the viewer’s attention the whole way through. I believe that this method is specifically important in movies because that’s how one can result in good reviews, movie awards, respect from the wise and bright, and how to gain a perfect movie quality. I believe that if a director is incapable of capturing and withholding the viewer’s attention, then the movie outcome will be a fail all because through word of mouth from those who have watched it, the movie will hit rock bottom.
Ray shows his “capturing-of-the-viewers” in many ways but one of my favorites is with his main character, Stephen Glass; played by Hayden Christensen. The plot of the movie consist of a regular, young, and successful newspaper writer, Christensen, who’s believed to have made up the suspiciously-amazing stories that he has been writing about for several editions. A different newspaper company decided to investigate and managed to come up with evidence that the stories were phony. Although all the facts were there and; Hayden was thought to have been caught red-handed, Ray makes the reader experience some type of sympathy for the “liar.” Ray managed to draw us in, and make us throw away all sense of ethical behavior and actually feel terribly for Stephen Glass when consequences were ready to be faced. I mention that this behavior is unethical because although we all know and see that Stephen consistently continues to lie and refuses to admit his wrong and be a better person; but yet we still support him.
Ray also managed to make us question whether the “clearly-obviously-phony stories” were true to began with, once again, despite the evidence. He actually made me feel as if “I” personally knew Stephen Glass and I even tried walking his shoes. I feel that Ray is very much aware of the power he has on his viewers, and by doing this act with Stephen, is but one of his ways of reflecting to us what he sees. I feel that he was basically trying to prove a point by showing that People, society, business, religion, entertainment, ECT. ; The media heavily affects them all whether it is in newspaper form, televised program, or a film. Point blank: The Media Speaks!
I very much enjoyed this movie because not only was it a actual good source of entertainment for me, but it was also a great way to get me thinking of the techniques a director could use to get a specific reaction out of his viewers. A true director is believed to have full control, not just of his actors and staff, but also of the message he wants to send out and of his viewers and what they think. I would definitely qualify this movie as a classic because it has a moral, a purpose for being created (goal), and an effect on its viewers. Nowadays not many movies contain all three aspects of directing. Great movie choice! ☺


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