Jack's in a rut. Depression and severe anti-social behavior has whittled down his existence to sleeping and watching television. He spends his days in a diner, playing church bingo and sleeping. When some hired thugs show up Jack's life is stirred up and the question of his existence comes to light.
Did You Know?
In the movie, the Latin phrase which Jack reads from his ancient Roman knife is: "leginum convictio scientia veritate." This phrase is very significant because it is read by Jack while sitting in an alley after fleeing his apartment with the clear intention to disappear forever and let his daughter die at the hands of her abductors. Jack picks up the knife and squeezes it while thinking about his past in the Roman army and reading the Latin inscription on the knife. In an instant he changes his mind and decides not to run and abandon his daughter. So, he packs the knife in his bag and in the next scene he surprises his "girlfriend" by asking her to help rescue his daughter. Ultimately he rescues his daughter, confronts the God of the Old Testament and walks away from an opportunity to eat his foe. So, the Latin phrase on the knife caused Jack to value his daughter's life and in that small way he reconnected with humanity.
The Latin phrase means: "Legion: Certainty of belief and knowledge of truth." When Jack grips the knife and thinks about this quote, he recalls the fellowship of battle when he was a part of something larger than himself and when he fought for things he knew were true. That inspires him to rescue his daughter in order to honor his long-ago commitment to do what he knows is right. This interpretation is consistent with his later comment that he is not rescuing his daughter for her sake or even in order to confront his enemy. He said, "I'm doing this for me." So, the Latin phrase inspired Jack to take action and act with integrity rather than to run away and continue to ignore his fundamental need for human contact. The Latin quote and Jack's reaction to it constitute a hopeful note in Jack's struggle to recapture his humanity. See more
Right before the fight in the diner, Cara pours coffee over Jack's hand which is covering the opening of his mug because he does not want coffee. His right hand is resting under the table. The camera cuts to a different angle, and we see Jack take his *right* hand from the general location of the mug's top, then he shakes it as if trying to rid it of spilled coffee. See more
I don't know what you don't understand about this. I refuse, okay? You're probably just going to kill another room full of people.
[shakes his head noncommittally
Written by Judy Klass
Performed by Judy Klass Band
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