While I was out of town and unable to view the movie on Friday morning I have seen a few scenes of it on Youtube and have read a review of the movie on www.reelreviews.net.
I will not attempt to give my direct thoughts on the entirety of the movie but some reactions to what I have read on this films as well as one book that strikes me as particularly related.
It appears that the movie attempts to make the point that while a crime had def. been committed against the cab driver, another crime (this time by the state) was committed in the execution of the murderer. It also makes it ironic in that the noose does not snap the neck of the victim and instead strangles him in much the same way as the cab driver, minus a rock apparently. This reminds me all too well of a book I once read on the subject of the death penalty by Sister Hellen Prejean called Dead Man Walking. Prior to this book I had been very pro-death penalty but after which I have come to realize a)the Church's teaching on the beauty of each and every human life and b) the amount of money required to kill another person as a result of convicted murder. Sister Helen walks the reader through the trials and appeals of a few men she met on death row and shows the reader why it is wrong that two people should die for the crimes of one. She also makes it known the great financial pains that the appeal system costs American society prior to the actual execution. We learn that it is far, far cheaper for us to imprison murders for life without the possibility of parole than it is to sentence them to death. I would urge anyone who was moved by A Short Film about Killing to pick up a copy of Sister Helen's book; you won't be sorry you did.