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on 13 October 2016
The past is wild. For all our thoughts on idylic formertimes Deliverance reminds us that the past was also a wild place. The movie juxtaposes man's slaughter of the unpaved land with local extremes of human inbreeding. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes lost in the forest unchecked. Nothing is simple.
"Sometimes you have to lose yourself before you can find anything" says Burt Reynolds near the beginning of their canoeing adventure. This is so true in the modern, follow, follow, follow age in which we exist. Breaking away is vital for a human human. Decisions in a wild state are curiously fulfilling. Confidence growing. Mind expanding. Murder.
What crimes are committed? Is the Law responsible? Two questions which still allow this movie to resonate with 2016. The 1970s hue on the look of the film does not impair its importance. It takes all sorts to make a world. We must not Privatise prisons: we will lose all contact with our sensibilities if we allow money to overrule help and assistance. Warders without conscience. Us.