Being a typical person who lives in the perspective of right and wrong, good and bad, makes you have your own opinion with strong beliefs on certain issues covering earth. But sometimes even your strongest belief could be shaken by the arguments of life and make doubt and change minds. Reality and personal experiences could be its instrument, and so movies. One of those movies is the Unthinkable written by Oren Moverman and Peter Woodward and directed by Gregor Jordan. The movie has this characteristic of stirring up the emotions of excitement, hate, dismay, pity and relief.
Moreover, personal stand could be made with regards to the situation in there.
If you were the interrogator or the FBI agent, what would your stand be? Is it to make someone suffer for the welfare of many or vice versa? The movie Unthinkable revolves around with the actions and decisions made by the interrogator (H) and the FBI Agent (Brody) to locate the nuclear bombs being planted by a terrorist (Yusuf who knows his actions and its consequences and wholly accepted it) in 3 big cities in America.
They just have 4 days till Friday to stop its detonation. Yusuf would tell the exact locations if the American government would negotiate with his demands but sadly in his part that they did not. Brody, being the interrogator in charge did his job with force and torture for he was extremely desperate to know the location because he was thinking of the families and the people that could die including his if the bomb explode.
On the other hand, FBI Agent Brody also wanted to locate the bomb but by different measure, kinder measure not including physical force. In this movie, I can say that Yusuf, the terrorist is a utilitarian because he was certainly so focused on the outcome of his action which was to hear and accept his demands not thinking of the lives he would be killed by the bombs. Probably for him, the consequence of getting freedom for Muslim countries from American government is way better even if he would have to kill thousands of people. Interrogator H also embodies the principle of Utilitarianism because as I can observe, torture isnt really a right and moral measure to prosecute a suspect but out of desperation and willingness to know the locations of the bombs, he applied it.
For him, there is no more terrible thing that could happen than the explosion of the bombs that could results to so much deaths. On the contrary, FBI Agent Brody, based on the movie, incorporated the ethical approach of Deontology. She based her actions on the righteousness and wrongness of the action itself. She even stopped H from torturing Yusuf because she believes that torture is not right and unconstitutional in the eyes of the law of state as well as of God. Deontological ethics gives right the highest importance than good, according to philosophy.
As a person and a citizen, I can relate the situation in the movie with the happenings in the Philippines, the war on drugs in particular. President Rodrigo Duterte didnt hold back when he declared war on drugs. It resulted to a massive surrender of the drug addicts as well as huge number of deaths. Duterte was and is a president with a utilitarian principle who wants a drug free country but with the life cost of many. This thing is a very debatable topic in its very sense and idea. It would never be determined which principle is right and which is wrong.
It all depends in the situation because there is no such thing as an absolute measure to solve problems from the smallest to the largest kind of it. Both principle and measure could be good in a certain way and with just enough usage. If I were to be an interrogator or an agent who has the power and responsibility to do something over the said situation in the movie, I choose to do what H did. Utilitarian way. Thats because I want to see it in an objective manner which run with facts and really negative and possible consequences. If the situation is different then maybe Im on with the usage of deontological principle but its not. At the end of the day, the principle you incorporate is the picture of yourself.