Not Funny

RECEIVED Wed., March 20, 2019

Dear Editor,
    I saw the film The Day Shall Come during SXSW ["SXSW Film Review: The Day Shall Come," Daily SXSW, March 16], and have a strong negative reaction. If Mr. Morris wants to make a comedy about inept U.S. law enforcement, the ending should be funny for all the characters. If he wants to make a statement about law enforcement entrapping innocent people, then don’t make a comedy. It is not funny.
    The movie was described as the following: “Based on 100 true stories, the explosive new film from Chris Morris is an emotionally gripping, laugh out loud thriller that exposes the dark farce at the heart of the homeland security project: It is harder to catch a real terrorist than it is to manufacture your own.”
    Based on that description, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Chris Morris, who is from England, was very funny as he introduced the movie, [and] said that it was based on an absurd story he heard about U.S. Homeland Security entrapping people who clearly had no intention of harming anyone, but got encouraged by law enforcement to plan a trip from Florida to Chicago on horseback to destroy a building. The trip never happened and the man/men were arrested and convicted. He thought this was pretty funny.
    The movie is very funny. The FBI and local police are made to look like idiots. Actually, I thought every actor/actress did a truly great job. It was all very slapstick.
    Then at the end, the inept FBI agents are all promoted but the four individuals who were entrapped and were the only black characters in the movie were all found guilty and given long prison sentences.
    Well, perhaps that is funny to an English director, but it wasn’t funny to me. Injustice is not funny. It happens too often in this country.
Lora Ann Gerson
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