THE MATADOR Add To My Top 10
Seduced by the Dark Side
Release Date: December 23, 2005
Runtime: 96 minutes
Distributor: Miramax Films/Buena Vista (The Walt Disney Company)
Director: Richard Shepard
Writer: Richard Shepard
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The next morning, Julian apologizes profusely to Danny, and the two men soon become tourist buddies. Danny is clearly fascinated by Julian's life, and Julian impresses him further by showing him how easy it is to kill someone and get away with it.
The hitman's secret, however, is that he's no longer able to carry out his murders because the guilt has become too much and his nerves are shot. This leads to a couple misadventures that not only morally implicate the businessman but eventually the businessman's wife as well.
THE MATADOR is funny and sharply written, and well acted. It is filled, however, with plenty of very strong foul language and very strong sex scenes between the hitman and a couple prostitutes he visits. Booze and sex have obviously become the primary two methods that Julian uses to assuage his guilt and calm his nerves. Cementing this movie's abhorrent status is the fact that the businessman helps the hitman assassinate someone. The victim is a killer himself, but that does not morally excuse either the hitman or the businessman.
That said, one of the movie's insights is quite profound. The movie shows how average people can be easily seduced by the violent lifestyle of violent men. The businessman and his wife are clearly fascinated by the hitman’s violent crimes. When he talks about his job, they are enthralled. Thus, the movie strongly implies the biblical truth that no human being is truly good – “their feet are swift to shed blood. . . and the way of peace they do not know (Rom. 3:15, 17 and Isaiah 59:7.8).” This truth applies to every one of us on earth, both saint and unrepentant sinner.
THE MATADOR is funny and sharply written, but it is filled with plenty of very strong foul language and very strong sex scenes between the hitman and a couple prostitutes he visits. Cementing this movie's abhorrent status is the fact that the businessman helps the hitman assassinate someone. The movie points out that the victim is a killer himself, but that evil excuse is an example of moral relativism.