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Dramatization of catastrophic events tread a fine line. Step one side of the line and become so far removed from reality to produce a nonsensical approach to a harrowing tale, go the other way and you must tell all in shattering grisly detail.
Elephant manages to stay in the middle, but in doing so achieves nothing. Evidently based on the Columbine High School shootings, the film takes certain facts from that event and puts them into this tale of another high school shooting, only in a movie world, what's the point? Anyone can read the official report of what happened in Columbine, with as much detail as you can stomach or you can watch this movie which events a lot of supposition regarding the perpetrators.
I have sympathy with Van Sant, it's a damned if you do and damned if you don't area of film making to get sucked into, but I think out of respect for the victims one should always stay as close to fact as possible, films that embellish harrowing events fail to achieve their purpose, and the only purpose I could think of making such a film is provide some insight, into either the killers, the victims or the events. Elephant achieves nothing but turn tragedy into sensationalism.