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Chris Allen’s review published on Letterboxd :
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This is a Great Film.
I saw this film on opening night in 1985, as a 17 year old senior in high school, and I think it instilled in me a true sense of what justice should be, unrealistic as it may be in the real world, and something we don't see much in films today.
Seeing this again and watching the finale, when an unarmed John Book is able to convince the main villain that he is, in fact, a bad man, kinda surprised me with the concept that people can actually acknowledge their villainy, relinquish their immoral attempt to succeed, and accept responsibility for their actions.
It's rare that a villain achieves some sense of self-realization in films these days. And although the finale is one part of what makes this is a Great Film, this still seems such a strange thing to see. Especially since a few months after Witness was released, Arnold starred in Commando, which was a big jumping off point for the action-blockbuster, and bigger and badder violent deaths for the villain.