Let’s see. You take a computer wiz with a grudge against a society that he feels doesn’t care. Then watch the geek’s hatred transform himself into a serial torturer/murderer/exhibitionist. Yes, he puts the horror live on his website for all the world to see. The catch? The more the masses clamor to see the victims writhing in agony, the quicker the death comes.
The killer says to one of his victims, “I’m not killing you. The people clicking on to the website are to blame. If no one wanted to view your death, then you wouldn’t be dying today.” The cruel madman seems to take more of a sadistic pleasure in implicating society in the murders than the killings themselves.
Diane Lane plays Jennifer Marsh, a recently widowed FBI cyber-agent who tracks down internet criminals, and, of course, gets heavily involved in this particular case.
En route to the predictable ending, we must endure three slow, gruesome murders. We viewers of this movie are not alone for 15,000,000 people in the movie click on and view it with us as we see the counter rushing the poor victims to oblivion.
I was reminded of the gruesome games during the era of the Roman Empire. Christians and other innocents were fed to the lions in the Colliseum and other venues. The Roman citizens were guilty of the blood of these martyrs, for they gawked and cheered and revelled at the slaughter. And yet, I am sure that if they had been asked about the spectacle as they strolled home, the Romans would protest their innocence. Reading the emails of those who watched the live streaming video of these deaths, one got the same thought.
Untraceable. The killer thought that his deeds were undetectable. He worked diligently at covering his cybertracks. He put up an effective front, slipping back into “normal” society when convenient. He was the ultimate hypocrite and deceiver.
“The heart is deceitfully wicked above all things; who can know it?” the prophet asks, knowing the old heart of natural man. Many humans think that their thoughts and deeds are untraceable and undetectable, hidden from the eyes of the Creator. Because people cannot see the invisible Spirit God, they think that He can’t see them. It’s the ultimate self-projection and self-delusion. In their lofty imaginations, they think that He can’t see them do their shameful selfish acts.
But all will “give an account of every idle word,” for God “is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” And we’ll all stand before Him someday to answer for all the deeds done in our body, which actually is designed by Him to be His temple, His residence. For some, there will great weeping and gnashing of teeth while those who got right with Him through the “death of self” will shine as the sun.
Untraceable? No. Our deeds and thoughts are most detectable. We humans cannot hide from the eyes of God. Kenneth Wayne Hancock
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