To some, intent matters far less than actions. However, ”A German- Jewish writer Kurt Tucholsky wrote, ‘The opposite of good is good intentions”. On the moral scales, guilty feelings are what guide people to atonement. And atonement, results in a deep moral dilemma, before a person could reconcile guilt & actions. At a high level , the movie ‘calibre ‘ is all about the dilemma between 2 characters & how they both attain atonement.
Director, Matt Palmer introduces the 2 friends early in the movie. Marcus, as a risk taker, adventure seeker, with no commitments and baggage, whereas Vaughn is represented as a caring boy friend, expecting father, thrilled family man, clear in his conscience, but fragile, when it comes to handling Marcus. He is like one of us, who accomodates certain bullies as a friend, as a form of protection. A psycholgical protection!
An accident turned crime, faciliatates Vauhn to realize that he has got into a terrible problem & no way he can escape. Whislt Vaughn is certainly and completely aware of the crime, his involvment & consequences, he meekly agrees to Marcus & his actions, to conceal the crime. As an audience, I asked, why Vaughn surrenders to Marcus so meekly ? Is Marcus the Villain ? And at what point does an accident becomes a crime?
In the law, there is a place where accident and crime intersect: criminally negligent homicide, in which the guilty party need not have been aware of the potential danger of his actions. Manslaughter, too, is accidental in a sense: it indicates that harm, but not death, was intended. ”The gradations all turn on one question and that is, what was the state of mind of the actor ?
Matt Palmer has done well, in terms of not being preachy about this dilemma, and making a fine balance between the moral arguments between the 2 friends & the plot. There is a moment, even Marcus would realize, why did he turn into a criminal. This is where I see, the fine balance of arguments between both the characters, Marcus & Vaughn, reflecting, what they have done and how each one of them are interpreting it. The movie revolves around both the characters, being the protoganist, & also the villains. Director Matt has represented the shades of their fragility & evilness in appropriate proportion. In the end, the suspense is all about how the villagers faciliate punishment for both the friends.
In the psychological realm, accidents are often considered the surfacing of some unconscious urge. More we know about human beings & their psychology, almost nothing is a complete accident, and yet the more we know about our own makeup, the more responsible we are for our actions, isn’t ? Paradox !
Is Vaughn the hunter & Marcus the hunted ?
List of movies, which were centred around this theme – ‘Moral Dilemma’— https://www.thoughtco.com/top-ethical-dilemmas-in-war-movies-3438689