Stillwater, a new Matt Damon picture that will be released in theaters later this week, tells the tale of a female college student who is imprisoned in a foreign country for a horrific crime she claims she did not commit. Although the fictitious lady is named Allison and is imprisoned in France rather than Italy, there are strong parallels between the storyline of the film and the real-life circumstances surrounding Amanda Knox’s erroneous conviction in 2007 for the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher. IMDB
Still, Stillwater, and to a lesser extent the other dad films, represent the price of modern, fear-driven fatherhood, in which one’s own child is valued far more than other humans. Pratt’s Forester will not be able to save his daughter until he saves everyone. Ray Cooper and Jennifer Vogel are alive, but their father’s actions have harmed them. In his efforts to preserve his child, the well-intentioned Baker jeopardizes the welfare of an even more fragile child, as well as any chance he has of really fathering. He learns too late that his obsessive concentration on his daughter has blinded him to the broader issues—and that a society in which one’s own child’s future becomes more important than others is a world in which one’s own child’s future becomes more essential than others.