I had an interesting conversation with some colleagues this morning about the Chilean miners who’ve been trapped 2,200 feet underground for three weeks. There’s a lot of talk about how keep them sane because it’ll be months before they can dig a tunnel big enough to get them out. Here’s what one doctor had to say:
Dr. Jaime Manalich said rescuers are applying a holistic plan to support the miners’ well-being during the months it may take to carve out the tunnel, including exercise and other activities to keep them from gaining weight.
The goal is to “establish a daily and nightly routine” and “create an entertainment program.” They’ve been consulting experts in NASA and the Navy, who have experience dealing with people living in closed spaces. Rescuers have made it possible for the miners to watch movies to help with the mental health. But, apparently not all films will be approved. A local city councilwoman, says: “The psychologists will decide what movies they will see. It’s up to them if something like Avatar would be too upsetting.”
That got us talking about what movies we think are appropriate and inappropriate. I can’t figure out what would be wrong with “Avatar.” Maybe it’s too colorful. But I did have a few thoughts of movies that might be off limits. “Blair Witch Project,” with all that wobbly terror in the dark, came to mind. And, the new movie “Buried,” would seem extremely insensitive. Maybe on the positive side is a comedy like “The Hangover.” Or something inspirational like “Rocky.” Or, a national favorite like the top grossing movie in Chile, “The Motorcycle Diaries.”
What do do you think? What movies are off limits? What would keep you sane?