Sarandon gives an exceptional performance as a servant of God in conflict as she shows a man who is seemingly beyond redemption some form of love despite his actions and views. He did not appear to care about his crime, nor those whose lives his crime changed forever. As they travel, Blake realizes that he is a dead man walking around, since at any time the bullet in his chest could pierce his heart and kill him. All in all, Sister Helen was a shining example of strength, courage, and love that all people could look up to. While it might be stretching such an observation to say that a convicted murderer should be let free, it would be fair to say that a life sentence is not merely wasting tax-dollars. He introduces himself as Nobody and he will take him to the Pacific Ocean to continue his journey.
Susan Sarandon won an Oscar for best female actress for her convincing portrayal of Sister Helen Prejean. Perhaps only a naïve nun could cite Jesus as her inspiration for trying to present a murderer as someone who is worth more than his worst act -- especially to the parents of the innocent teenager he brutally raped and killed. His arrogant and repugnant statements, including that he wished he'd been a terrorist blowing up government buildings, doesn't give the authorities any excuses to let him live, and the movie proceeds to his execution by lethal injection, which is described and later depicted in agonizing detail. Sister Helen Preje, the Catholic nun, appeared to be a genuinely concerned person who took a real interest in the condemned prisoner. He is warned against taking the job while on his trip, and upon his arrival he discovers that the job has been given to someone else and the owner of the company orders him out at the end of a gun.
This results in the company owner sending three gunmen out to get the horse back, and avenge his dead son. He then meets a woman, and goes to her home since he is without a job or money. Instead of turning away or giving up, she persisted, showing what love and, in a way, courage could do under such dire circumstances. One couple throws her out of the house for taking the killer's side. One man, Lee Everett, struggles to survive and do what is right in this world gone mad.
Given the seemingly irredeemable evil of Poncelet, the movie goes too far when it exploits the visual similarity of Poncelet strapped to the execution gurney with arms spread out to the posture of the Christ figure stretched out on the cross. The second level was as a messenger of religion, a messenger of God. The murderer's younger brother is subjected to bullying at school. He also finds a dead fawn the marshals have killed, and paints his face with it's blood. While depictions of the crime and the execution are definitely not for younger kids, the complex emotions and philosophical and religious arguments also may test or go over all but the most mature and open minds. Sister Helen was the first to truly explore Matthew for Matthew. The parents of the slain teenage girl, whose daughter was not murdered by Poncelet but was raped by him, were justifiably upset when they learned that someone was taking the time to apparently try to save the murderer.
Matthew Poncelet was not a danger to society at the end of the film. And in admitting the truth, he learned the value of life and of love. The story begins with an accountant named Blake on a train West to a job he has been promised as a bookkeeper in a town called Machine. Those situations do not need to involve murder, but they could include different family values, intolerant friends or family, sickness, employment differences or changes, geographical changes, educational differences, and more. He was truly sorry and changed in the end.
Through this understanding, he was able to realize the value of all human life, including those who he murdered. Dead Man Walking 1995 A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who in his last days forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality as she accompanies him to his execution. He had been humbled and had made a conscious decision to attempt, in any way he could, to ease the pain he had caused. They simply wanted her, and everyone else, to call for blood. In many ways, that statement could very well have been the thesis statement of the movie. Earl Delacroix was the father of the teenage boy who was murdered by Matthew Poncelet. But he proves a difficult case as he comes on to her sexually, which she rebuffs swiftly, and proclaims his racist, white supremacist, pro-Nazi views in television interviews.
The film then cuts to Blake, waking to a Native American trying to remove the bullet that is in his chest. He looks out to see Nobody being attacked by the bounty hunter the company owner set on them, and the two shoot each other. The film shows that capital punishment affects more people and lives than one would perceive. It also shows there is value in every human life, and with proper guidance, anyone can change. While Matthew Poncelet and Sister Prejean desperately try to gain a stay of execution from the governor or the courts, scenes are intercut from the brutal crime, gradually revealing the truth about the events that transpired. In the beginning of the film, Matthew Poncelet was not a likable character.
Sister Helen did not wear her habit during the course of the film. The dead walk the earth to send the living down to hell. However, he appeared to let down a guard during the course of the film, which revealed a less-monstrous human being struggling internally with a fact about himself that he could not erase, with pride, and with a need to outlet his internal feelings. Delacroix, showed no interest in being helped to understand her situation. For the very first time, Matthew was given the opportunity to realize his worth as a human, and his worth in the eyes of God. If you prefer watching in the episodes click the playlist above! Once there, he is accosted by her boyfriend and is shot, along with the woman. The film cast several characters from different backgrounds and opinion sets in direct conflict with one another.
Matthew Poncelet, sentenced to death for rape and murder, maintains his innocence despite the fact that at the very least he did nothing to stop his friend from brutalizing two innocent teenagers. He has visions and then rejoins Nobody to continue their journey. The movie left such questions unanswered, but one is forced to question whether or not the capital punishment of Matthew Poncelet truly served as a healing for that family, or whether it was only the beginning of trouble for them. Towards the end of the film, Poncelet appeared to be a changed person. Blake wakes in a canoe in ceremonial funeral clothing drifting away from shore.