Elephant

Elephant_movie_posterThe film starts with fluid camera movements and long shots of high school students walking. We as audience are just following the students and encountering the moments as they go about in their daily life. This continued to the point that I thought, what a waste, the movie just looks good from posters! But then, the film raises curiosity as to why the director chose to do so. It continued on to show the same scene of this student walking through his high school building from 4-5 different students’ perspectives. All have the same fluid video treatment, which I just loved. Slowly through these repetitive scenes we start getting to know the characters of these students, their problems, their interests etc.

And then there are these two students who shoot and kill almost all students in the building. This part comes as a shock, just as it was for those students, and when I read about the film I realised it was based on a real incident. There was a kind of rhythm the director had build up in the movie and he destroys it at the end with that shock of massive killing. I definitely enjoyed the experience.

In the last scene, one of the killers is sitting in the cafeteria amongst the dead bodies of students and feeling the peace as opposed to what we have seen in the earlier scenes that the cafeteria is packed with students, and there are loud voices all around. Then, when the killers partners comes in enthusiastically and breaks the silence by proudly expressing his feelings, the first killer shoots him with horrific calm and sets down again to enjoy the peace! The peace he had earned!!