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I reluctantly went to see this movie with my 19 year old son a few weekends ago. I was determined to be miserable..I wanted to see anything with less killing etc (my perceptions at least) I ended up pleasantly surprised when I noticed I was enjoying the movie and getting into the characters.
This Movie pops up as a STRONG movie for me because the main character played by Mark Wahlberg, finds himself in a situation where the ones he loves are needing him to go back to an old lifestyle to fix what no one else can. He struggles due to the fact that he had chosen a different way to live that would have less risk to his family and himself. In the end he goes back to what he knows so well, only for this deal.
This is were you see leveraging his strengths in ways most of us would not be able to (or choose to). The magic of it is that he loves it, loses time doing it, moves what most of us would see has insurmountable barriers. This is how you know you are in YOUR area of strength. He appears super human in some ways, like many of us to when we own and fine tune our strengths.
While it is true the activities he is taking part in, break many of our societies rules, they ARE translatable into our society without breaking the rules. I see this often when I am coaching Strengths in Prison. What made you a great drug dealer can also make you a great salesman of legal items. What made you able to Woo the group you where in to rob the store are the same skills you can use to Woo people to run a marathon.
I would love to hear your thoughts!
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0208874/ (Contender Link)