The movie industry is one of the biggest and most popular businesses in today’s world. Sometimes actors fully commit themselves to their roles and art, which create memorable and entertaining moments in movies. Directors and writers create vivid stories for the audience to connect and empathize with. If you are a movie fan, you would appreciate movies like the old comedy-drama-romance ‘Forrest Gump’, the new action movie ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2’ or the 2000’s crime-drama ‘American Psycho’. They all have something in common, in each of those movies there is a sociopath. Today we are going to look into two movies dealing with sociopaths on different occasions.
American Psycho (2000):
The popular crime drama of the 2000’s, ’American Psycho’, deals with Patrick Bateman, played by Christian Bale, an investment banker who lives an extraordinary live surrounded by women, money and luxuries. He hides his sociopathic intentions by manipulating, lying, luring people to his mansion, torturing and killing them for his pleasure and to be in control. He doesn’t feel guilt for any cruelty and lacks empathy for his wife, people and animals. His aggressive, anti-social, impulsiveness and reckless behavior are sings for a sociopath. Nonetheless his traits are not indicators for just one category and for that reason he can be described as a psychopath as well. In the end scene Bateman confessed to his lawyer that he has killed a coworker named Paul and enjoyed doing it, but his lawyer told him that he had dinner with Paul a few days ago, which made him believe that his confession has meant nothing. He hid his sociopathic behavior and continued to wear a fake emotional and manipulative state.
Guardian of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017)
Almost every superhero has an equally strong villain. Batman and Joker, Flash and Dr. Zoom, Thor and Loki, as well as Xavier and Magneto are just few examples for rivalry in comic book movies. In the new adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy, Quill and his friends visit Ego, portrayed by Kurt Russell, an ancient life form, planet and Quill’s father at the same time. I know it’s difficult to comprehend, but my goal is to present parallels between Ego and a sociopath, so you can differentiate how a father figure turned out to be an emotionless and dangerous being. He manipulated Quill’s believes by showing him his home planet and what he can create while staying with Ego. He lied about the feelings towards Quill’s mother, by presenting her as his one and only love, and forced him to stay on Ego. Furthermore Ego wanted Quill to learn his new powers, but in reality he needed his energy to sustain his life form and evolve. After Quill’s friends found out that Ego killed his own children to gain power, they managed to save him, but lost a great friend, while fleeing from this planet and destroying Ego.
Like you can see, there are different representations of a sociopath in movies. But they all have something in common, which you have to find out by yourself. Every encounter with a sociopath teaches us valuable lessons. If you have any movies with sociopaths you can share them with us in the comment section below.