Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood, 2008) is a very captivating drama. The film evolves around the simple story about multiculturalism and tolerance, as well as family, friendship, religion and self-sacrifice. Walt Kowalski is a former auto worker for the car company Ford, who after the passing of his wife, is left alone with his dog, Daisy, and his two ungrateful sons. In the movie it is presented how Walter matures through the film and how he in the end is willing to sacrifice his life for his friends and their happiness and well-being.
As earlier mentioned in the end of the movie Walt makes the decision that he is going to sacrifice himself for the neighborhood and for Thao’s family. It is possible to ask ourselves if there were no other options that did not result in his death. In Walters eyes the gang who had attacked Sue needed to pay, and he did not want to rush his decision. Therefor he chose to do the things he wanted to get through before his death, well knowing that he was not going to return from his mission. It seemed like Walter needed redemption and this was the way he wanted it to end.
Even if there were another way of doing this, Walter needed it to be done his way. By my point of view Walter did not sacrifice himself for the Thao or the neighborhood, he did it for his own redemption and to make all the bad things he had done through his life right. This was going to be his redemption and his way of leaving the world on his own terms. I, at least, believe it was a very reasonable way for him to give his life for the things he believed in.