The American film “In the Cage”, released in January 2021, deals with the impact of brutal prisons on mental health and the psychological struggle between reason and madness.
The events in the film revolve around the biography of Harlov, an African-American psychiatrist, who suffers from an arrest in a federal prison after he was convicted of killing his wife.
The director opens the work by showing the accused in a state of tension and anxiety, as if in great trouble, trying to ask for help from one of them in a phone call; In it, in a tone of oppression and self-confidence, he says, “I was sentenced to life in prison while I was innocent.”
From here we discern signs of an impending battle between achieving justice and spreading injustice, so Harlow was subjected to psychological and physical torture after being thrown into a cell for claiming one of the guards possessed a sharp tool.
Surprised guardian Harlow took advantage of the torment over him, fulfilling his sadistic contract, emptying it into his psychological disorder, trying to drive the prisoners crazy, and then suicide.
The case shows the government confiscating the property and money of the prisoners, so Harlov loses everything he has and becomes incapable of hiring a lawyer to defend his case, after enjoying a comfortable and luxurious life.
Harlow’s suffering is followed by everyone leaving him, so that his social environment completely disappears, after a busy career and social life that are characterized by trust and mutual respect.
The events in the film reveal evidence that could acquit Harlov, so he tries to communicate with a lawyer who is appealing the judge’s decision, but his jailer breaks the law, cutting all means to help him uncover the truth and prevent him from communicating outside. she would continue to insult him, happy for her pleasure inherent in psychological torture and being left in solitary confinement.
Harlow uses his past experiences and academic studies to maintain common sense, so he tries to stay calm and disciplined, plays sports and remains adamant in his position by refusing to admit charges against him, even though one signature would set him free from the cramped, single cell he recognizes. for a crime he did not commit.
With the succession of black nights, Harlow begins to gradually lose his mind, becoming hostage to his inner psychological prison, and begins to see demons and ghosts impose hallucinations on his deceased wife, who appears to him in the form of a ghost and notices her in the empty scribbles of the walls. which creates fear and anxiety in itself.
Will Harlow continue to endure, fight, and be steadfast in his firm principles of principle, or will he reconcile himself to the willingness of the prisoner to do anything in exchange for his freedom?
Although the story is attractive, it lacked logic in some parts, it did not provide convincing reasons for the absence of a law in a federal prison in a country classified as a developed country.
Critics praised the performance of actor Eddie Gathieu, who presented the character of the hero Harlov with impressive persuasion, and was the reason for the success of the work despite the low cost, which required a lot of focus and flexibility in switching between different emotions and emotional states.
The film “Prisoner” was directed and shown by Aaron Filman, and co-written by James Doc Mason, and Gathje participated in the roles of Angela Sarafian, Tony Amendola and Miloraharden.
The untruthfulness of the progress of the human race
The film reveals that the human soul is the seat of evil and the source of authoritarianism and oppression, and that dictatorship is an integral part of the psychological structure of people.
The work also illuminates the suffering of the persecuted prisoners and the rejection of the spirit of defiance in them, as a result of the suppression of any cry for freedom from the yoke, so that repression leads to the release of another person inside the prison, at any moment of inattention.