Movie Discussion – To End All Wars



The Questions:

Level One (Observation)

What characters did you like? (Explosive Major Campbell (Robert Carlyle), spiritual Dusty (Mark Strong), egocentric Yankee Lieutenant Reardon (Kiefer Sutherland), and academic Gordon (Ciaran McMenamin).

What was the hardest part to watch for you?

To End All Wars is based on the book by Ernest Gordon, the real-life soldier who inspired McMenamin’s character. Because of Gordon’s obvious closeness to the event; Did this believability add to the impact of the movie for you?

Level Two (Abstraction)

How do the characters keep their ‘freedom’, what do they cling to? Does it work?

How did you feel about the captors?

Let’s take the question posed at the end of the film: At what price mercy? – What is being asked here? and how would you answer that after watching the film?

Level Three (Personalization)

At this point, a while after the movie has ended; How do you feel about what happened?

What do you think is the message of this film (To End All Wars is not about seeking vengeance or attaining a viscerally explosive victory. It’s about forging relationships out of trauma and courage. It looks at how men survive war, and, even more movingly, how they can forgive each other any (perceived or real) misdeeds, based on the closeness gained through their shared dire experience.)


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