So, I saw Unity the other night and lasted through 37 whole minutes before Brian and I had to hightail it out of there.
I’ve never seen Earthlings, and for good reason. I’m a sensitive person and I’m already vegan. Reading about the atrocities that happen to animals was damaging enough, seeing it would be too much. I know people that that movie has scarred for life. I know it has made a lot of people go vegan and so I’m totally fine with it existing. I just don’t need to see it.
Unwittingly, I went to Unity knowing that it was made by the same writer and producer, but thinking it was a more hopeful, less graphic film. I was wrong.
Content warning: description of cows being sent to slaughter, human death, war, violent imagery
The opening shot is of two cows about to be slaughtered. Though nothing gory is shown, what is shown is immeasurably worse. Both steers are scared. One gets prodded through the gate and is bolted behind a door. You can’t see his death, but you can hear him fall. The second steer, terrified, keeps trying to back up in the narrow shoot that they have him in, trying in a wide-eyed panic to turn around but it’s too narrow. It’s literally the worst thing I’ve ever seen. Of course, even after his desperate struggle, he ends up shuttled into the slaughterhouse where we hear him get bolted and see his body drop through a sliver in the gate.
From there, the film launched into scene after scene of brutality, mostly involving humans, while some nonsensical new age bullshit spewed on the screen, voiced by a million different actors who, per the disclaimer at the beginning of the movie, don’t even necessarily believe in anything they’re saying anyway. Scenes of war, hangings, executions. Children screaming covered in blood. All the bad that humanity has ever wrought, in scene after scene after scene. It felt like a brainwashing, cult movie.
I’ve heard some people loved it and found it life-changing and are encouraging others to go. I’m here to at least let you know what you’re getting into. I don’t like when people trick others into watching Earthlings, and I won’t be a part of tricking people into watching Unity either.
I’m sure the movie, perhaps, got more hopeful by the end but I physically and emotionally could not stand to get there. I know others would disagree with me, but I do not think world change is going to come by those of us who are so sensitive and already trying to make change stewing in the ugliness of events we can’t control.
So, if you see Unity, see it with forewarning. It’s like Earthlings, but for humans.