JJORGE AMEER

FROM THE AUTHOR - THE CONCEPT OF D'AGOSTINO

tD'Agostino is a cautionary tale of what can happen when one fed up man, Allan Dawson, has too much time on his hands, much to say and no one who'd listen. This story takes place in the future, where science and technology has advanced to such depths that human cloning is a internet order form away. Cloning has always been a subject of moral and ethical debate yet, the film goes beyond its moral implications to address an even deeper issue. What if you had access to a clone to do with or train as you wish? and the other, even more important question, what happens if the clone falls in the wrong hands? how would he be used? worse what would he be trained to do?

 

The social and political arguments of D'Agostino are vast. It's a condemnation of social status and what can be achieved and acquired with economic wealth. The wealthy gets richer and the poor constant struggle worsens. In the future, religious forces may prohibit human cloning on ethical grounds but science stops for no moral terms or conditions from any one country. Whatever ethical restriction one country has can result in the technological advancement of another. This leaves the probing country in a better position should the results of their efforts prove fruitful and useful to the rest of human kind. Sooner or later the same groups advocating the banning of what was a taboo practice may be force to pay a hire price in order to get the benefits of what was orignially denied. In D'Agostino, human cloning is outlawed in America. However, the Italians have perfected the creation of humans for organ transplant. Now wealthy Americans with terminal illnesses are choosing to get their much needed life saving human organs overseas. Not only are these clones used for organ transplants but they are also created and engineered for practical and producing purposes. Unfortunately, the poor will usually never have access to these benefits, hence the political implications of this story.

 

Allan Dawson finally finds an outlet to his dispair and ever increasing rage. More often than not, characters like Allan Dawson show no signs of hostility. They fit in and produce as expected and blend in quite well in social situation for they know it's what's expected of them. There is a survival awareness in order to avoid societal retaliation. However, inwardly, these individuals feel ostracized, misunderstood and in many ways their negative feelings are the consequence of misguided anger usually focused on an object or person, who may not have any fault at their situation yet the need to vent is progressively palpable.

 

THE ROLE OF NIKO

Niko is a straight forward character enjoying a simple unfulfilling life, Niko represents an annoyance to Allan, a strange comic relief, yet a necessary evil he needs to do business with. The lack of adequate personal experiences leads Niko to other peoples business. He's the type of person who's always on the lookout for something interesting. His own existense is determined by others actions. As Allan enters not only the property he manages, but Niko's radar, an ever increasing inquisitiveness will ultimately lead to the realization of what may or may not be happening. However, as he reads a distinct akward energy from Allan, he will soon comprehend how his improper timing may prove harmful. He will soon understand how sometimes it's better to cease from seeking information he may already know the answers to.