Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mid-week rant

Today was a hard day, and I'm really too tired to think. So I spent a while vegetating and watching a bunch of Tru Calling episodes that I recorded from Sci-Fi the other day. If you've never seen it, let me just offer two words: Eliza Dushku. Enough said.

I recently saw Robocop 3. I think I've seen bits of it before, but this was the first time I attempted to sit through all of it. I didn't technically see all of it this time, because I fell asleep for about 30-40 minutes.

First I should say: this movie totally sucks. Bad acting, bad writing (My friends call me Murphy, but you can call me...Robocop!!!) And then there's the robot clone ninjas. WTF? Holy chao this movie is bad. But this time, I also noticed that it is a total socialist screed.

The "good guys" are people living in apartments, on land they don't own. The "bad guys" are the owners of the land. There is no subtlety, no gray areas, no endless nuance of reality to this story: the people should be allowed to live where they want, no matter if they can afford it or not, and the owners are always perfectly willing to murder them in cold blood to retain control of their property.

Think I'm kidding? Watch it sometime, when you have two hours to kill. At one point the heroine shrieks, among other things, the paramount insult: capitalists! Yes, the movie goes out of its way to portray capitalism as a movement of mass murderers.

It strikes me that the movie portrays almost everything exactly the opposite of the ways things are and the way I would expect things to happen, and in fact, the way things have happened in the past in other countries. Land owners would be more likely to be evicted so that their property could be "redistributed." The socialist rulers would be far, far more likely to employ common street gangs as mercenaries (in fact, I will be surprised if this isn't actually tried somewhere in this country in the next few years--it's going to be a disaster).

The first two Robocop movies were okay, in my opinion. They showed a human, tormented leftover of a man in Murphy. Number three portrayed him as nothing but a near-mindless automaton in slavish service to the party. Also the movie really sucked. I know I said that already, but it bears repeating.

Fortunately, I still have three hours more of Eliza Dushku to watch.

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