Photo: Screen Still from “American Bred”
Photo Credit: Crevice Entertainment Company LLC
“American Bred” is a human story about those caught between mortality, vulnerability, power, and ignorance.
The film tells the story of an Italian-American mafia syndicate and the internal struggles that lie within.
The film begins with an assault and attempted murder that is prevented by the wife of the mafia boss and mother to those sent to kill. The members of the crime syndicate serve both as mercenaries and part of an extended family. This makes it difficult for the mother to allow for the termination of a former hit-man who while not family by blood is very much tied to her.
While many of the scenes and actions partook in the film may seem foreign to audiences, the overarching questions are not. Thereby, allowing audiences to suspend their disbelief in a story that otherwise would seem ludicrous.
It is the ability of the film to explore moral questions by taking things to the extreme that makes it such a great social commentary film. Is something wrong always, or does the circumstance decrease the moral ambiguity of moral decision-making?
Just as people in real life act on impartial and incomplete information, so do the characters who are unpredictable, inconsistent, and strikingly real.
The moral questions in the film are never answered. Only, a solid past, repercussions, and unanswered questions remain.