the movie's central theme is a dystopian world disguised as a utopia where war and aggression no longer exist, if you don't count the many insurrections going on between those who feel and those are dead inside. It takes it's themes from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four, both fantastic novels you should appreciate if you loved this film. The idea of the gun kata is to give it a more martial edge in a world where using a sword would be pretty silly against armed soldiers (though those types of films do rock)as well as to give the viewers a sense of beauty, grace and art in the forms being practiced, like any martial art that does kata, they are a thing of beauty to watch.
It is also a film about a man discovering his humanity, and what it is to feel alive, like when he sees the sun rise for the first time and understands the beauty in it. When he touches the rail and feels the cold steel and it means something to him. Christian Bale was perfect for the role as he is capable of both hiding his emotions and displaying emotional awakening. Angus McFayden was a great "Big Brother" and it brings the movie to its conclusion in such a way that the viewer can sit back and go "wow, that made me feel alive, and it can motivate people to actually go out and explore the beauty in the world around them and try to understand the feeling that beauty evokes.
I'm in the middle of this one now! Good point about the railing and katas, Knight. It's interesting to note that something as mundane as a railing can be so thought provoking to one that never gave it any. And while the the katas are meant to methodical and deadly there is a sense of beauty in it's form and grace.
Finnished Leave it to something cute & cudly to mess it all up! I liked that there was a bit of hipocracy(spell?) involed as well as that "Father" became enraged with the clerics failings. And like any mesaiha, he had his moment of doubt. The only thing I really had a problem with is that once you take away man's passion for life how do you convince him to live it?