ast weekend my wife and I did something we probably wouldn't have normally done.
We saw "The Dark Knight Rises," the latest Batman movie.
Usually we avoid seeing blockbuster movies on premiere weekends. If it is a movie we want to see, we'll wait a few weeks until the crowds wane before venturing to the box office.
We aren't really big on the action genre anyway. When I was younger, I liked the DC Comic-based action hero movies. In recent years, though, I have grown weary of the endless chases and over-the-top special effects. My wife and I tend to gravitate to independent films that rely more on compelling plots than explosions.
But this was different.
When a heavily armed gunman tossed tear gas canisters and multiple firearms to gun down innocent moviegoers July 20 in Aurora, Colo., he meant to terrorize people into feeling unsafe about venturing out to the movies.
Yes, he was a terrorist.
We tend to equate terrorism with political motivations. But if you look at the vast majority of mass murderers in our country, the vicious culprits are usually lone gunman intent on exacting some sort of revenge and terror for whatever reason their twisted minds can come up with.
I decided to pluck down $16.50 for tickets to show my support for an industry that had been victimized by this senseless, irrational act. We also wanted to do the opposite of what we normally do, to doubly counter the intent of the terrorist.
And we weren't alone.
Nationwide "The Dark Knight Rises" earned a sizeable $160.9 million over the weekend, making it the biggest 2-D opening ever.
The Layton Tinseltown theater where we saw the film was packed. The police car prominently parked out front and the officer in the lobby were comforting. But I'm sure the beefed-up security wasn't the reason most turned out. Many probably wanted to see the movie, and weren't going to let the shooting alter their plans. Others may have been there for the same reasons we were.
Our presence was an act of defiance meant to honor the victims.
In Aurora, moviegoers packed theaters less than 24 hours after the mayhem to show their support. The theater where the shooting occurred was closed for the weekend. Some want it to be closed for good, but others think that would allow the gunman, whose name I won't mention, to win.
It should re-open.
Personally, my wife and I didn't care much for the movie. For our generation, I guess, Batman will always be Michael Keaton. But that wasn't why we went.
Even though we didn't enjoy the film, we enjoyed being there with others who enjoyed the film.
Andy Howell is executive editor. He can be reached at 801-625-4210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.