Movies have a funny way of manipulating our emotions so that
we feel a certain way about certain characters. By positioning someone as a
hero, a nice guy (or gal) or as a person deserving of our sympathy movies coax
us into somewhat blindly cheering on a character. We’re encouraged to overlook
the protagonist’s flaws and questionable actions when upon closer examination
they actually spend their time on screen doing some pretty awful things.
Sometimes it’s not even that subtle, however. Often a
character can be overtly villainous or at least more of an anti-hero and while
the film in question doesn’t exactly shy away from those facts they’re
portrayed in such a way that you can’t help but root for them even as they
commit acts of downright evil.
But that’s the weird world of movies in which we’ll
willingly gloss over all kinds of transgressions – from adultery and vandalism
to cannibalism and terrorism – just because we’ve allowed the film to hypnotise
us into falling for its hero or anti-hero.
Here’s ten of the worst offending movies that blurred the
line between the good guys and the bad guys and had us all willingly cheering
on characters that are actually rather despicable.