Last night I ran into a problem of situational ethics. I was at the supermarket when I found a Redbox DVD someone had left in a shopping cart. Because it was a red cart I didn’t even see it until I was already inside the the store shopping. There is a Redbox kiosk inside the store. The movie was Free State of Jones with Matthew McConaughey.
What would you do?
I immediately ruled out options #1 and #2 – I had already taken possession of the item by accident and I am not a thief. The simplest and most honest thing to do would be to turn it in. On the other hand, whoever had rented it was gonna be charged for an overnight rental anyway, so I figured there would be no harm in watching the movie first before returning it today. After all, Matthew McConaughey never makes bad movies, right?
Now I regret not turning in immediately. Not because I feel guilty, but because the movie sucked and now I have to make a special trip to the store to return it.
Free State of Jones is a 2016 American war film inspired by the life of Newton Knight and his armed rebellion against the Confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi, during the American Civil War. Written and directed by Gary Ross, the film stars Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali and Keri Russell.
It was released in the United States by STX Entertainment on June 24, 2016 and in the United Kingdom on September 30. It has received mixed reviews from critics. The film grossed $23 million against its $50 million production budget.
The movie had potential, but like most “historical” dramas that come out of Hollywood these days they added way too much SJW sauce. The result is something that is neither entertaining nor educational.