12 Angry Men, the Antithesis of Critical Thinking
A lot of people complain that America has become a dumbed down country compared to what it was in the past. This is probably true to a greater extent today, but as 12 Angry Men shows, the roots of today’s Idiocracy go back decades. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that this was one of the first movies to start us down the path where facts and logic no longer matter, especially when they might be inconvenient.
I know that a lot of fans of the movie will completely hate what I’m saying. But my feeling is that just because a film is well shot, well directed, well-acted and well-meaning doesn’t mean that it isn’t above critical scrutiny. If anything, a movie like 12 Angry Men deserves scrutiny precisely because of how skillful it is in its manipulation, to such an extent that many people look to it as the definitive guide on how to serve on a trial.