The Elephant In The Living Room Reviews
Several years ago, The TBox was taking his dogs on a walk in the woods just outside Culver. We are minding our own business, doing what we do, when we hike up over a hill and find ourselves face to face with a peacock. Now this is northern Indiana, folks. We don't get wild peacocks here. But, there it was...tail all fanned out, like it was advertising Thursday comedy night on NBC. Very odd.
I subsequently found out that someone that lived near there kept a couple of peacocks as pets and this one managed to get out and found its way to my woods. Glad this person decided on peacocks instead of grizzly bears.
According to this movie, there is a "Planet of the Apes" situation going on in low-rent USA right now. Apparently, dumb people like to buy not only apes, but any animal that could easily kill you or me or your entire town because they 'love' it. They are strangely drawn toward creatures with large teeth and/or things that are horrifyingly poisonous. These people also have an amazing tendency to leave gates and/or cages open, especially those that contain said deadly creatures. They seem to get great joy out of buying the deadliest creature imaginable for their young, dirty-fingered, mullet-headed, toddlers (which is usually the first thing the creature eats when it "escapes" its lightly supervised cage). Amazingly, there are little to no rules in place in most states to prevent these imbeciles from purchasing as many of these baby-eaters as they want. Brilliant.
The film takes a hidden camera to a reptile show where you can buy Puff Adders as easily as you can buy pasta salad at your local grocer. They take the same hidden camera to an "Exotic Animal Auction" where you might find enough combined I.Q. points to power your tooth brush. The scary thing is that both these events are PACKED with buyers. They purchase these animals, which quickly grow too large to handle, or need too much food or care. Nothing to do but open the gates, let the creatures out, where they will inevitably eat a joggers face. Real good times.
Mr. TBox is in favor of less government in most situations. However, a little legislation in this area would be nice. I like my face where it is. And, if I could address Johnny Low-Rent for a moment: Taking an animal that was meant to roam the jungle or woods or river and sticking it in a cage in your backyard isn't love. It's as close to the opposite of love as anything I can think of.
Word of warning: there is a scene in this movie that I wish I had never seen. I'm working on that with some targeted brain cell destruction sponsored by Guinness. It is a very good film, however, and a must watch for anyone that would like to continue going outside to do anything without becoming lunch.
Get your paws off of me.
8 T-boxes out of 10