MASCOT believes this movie could have stood alone -- without the
smoking scene. What was the purpose of showing the man begin to light up? The film director has a similar
scene later in the film.
We call your attention to a number of aspects of this imagery. First, was the smoking act an attempt to celebrate, or did the
director use this act to suggest the man was trying to relieve stress? Second, how about secondhand smoke? This is clearly
a very small and tightly-closed command center. Third, the scene portrays the female as a goody-goody "mother figure" who is scolding the
"bad boy" for wanting to smoke.
This is the complex messaging surrounding smoking in movies. Smoking is not a celebration -- yet this is what our young people
see thousands of times as they mature. Smoking does not relieve stress. This is a lie furthered
by the tobacco industry. Nicotine addiction causes a smoker to "crave" a cigarette. It is the craving for
nicotine that causes a build-up of stress and anxiety.
In a later scene (shown below), the smoking male approaches Snipes on the basketball court. The message here is that it is okay to
smoke in recreational areas. The two soon play a "competitive" game of one-on-one. The fact that a smoker wouldn't
be able to compete due to his bad lungs is lost in the movie. Many illusions...