Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Ledge

This is a new movie coming out that actually has an atheist as the good guy. From one of my favorite blogs, Atheist Revolution:
When was the last time you saw an atheist character depicted positively in a feature film? Yeah, it has been awhile for me too.

Atheist characters have been included in many films, but aside from documentaries, we tend to be depicted either as villains or as overcoming our skepticism and embracing some for of superstition. This latter role has become so overused in horror films that I feel like I can spot it a mile away. Wouldn't it be nice to have a feature film with an atheist main character who got to remain an atheist and didn't have to be a villain?

It sounds like we may finally have such a film, coming in the form of The Ledge. This upcoming film from Matthew Chapman stars Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Charlie Hunnam, and Terrence Howard. It has been nominated for Best U.S. Drama at Sundance, and it could help to launch atheism into public awareness if it does well.
Follow the link to the blog because he has a trailer for the movie there. It looks like it might be pretty good.

1 comment:

vjack said...

I really do hope it turns out to be a good flick. It would be so nice to have an atheist protagonist. Since our news media mostly refuses to provide news anymore, this sort of thing may be the best hope we've got for a sustained national discussion about atheism.