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Following the tragic events of September 11th,
the United States of America went through a tectonic shift in politics and culture.
The former was expected. Historically, after any breach in security, no matter the size,
those who always wanted security over individual rights get their way. Those who always wanted
war, not peace, get their way. Those who have economic interests in both of these things
have their eyes turn into cartoon dollar signs and anyone who objects is labeled, at best,
unpatriotic, and at worst, a traitor. That doesn’t exactly play well with the voters.
The shift in culture was also expected, but individual incidents are unpredictable. Before
the war in Afghanistan, popular actor Richard Gere remarked that compassion is more powerful
than vengeance. He was heavily booed – at a benefit concert, no less. Popular comedian
and talkshow host Bill Maher got in hot water for suggesting that bombing other nations
from a distance is cowardly and was forced to retreat from the airwaves for a while.
And popular country music act The Dixie Chicks, in the lead-up to the Iraq War, were blackballed
from country radio stations for telling an audience at a concert that they don’t support
the invasion of Iraq. The very psyche of the nation had changed.
US fetishization of the military is a long tradition, but now people were shocked and
offended by anyone not supporting the president. People did not want the star of An Officer
and a Gentleman preaching tolerance. People did not want these celebrities – these “Hollywood
elites” – urging caution about engaging in a forever war that would claim the lives
of countless civilians. No. Whether they realized it or not, the people of the United States
of America wanted something else from Hollywood. They wanted…catharsis. Hollywood and the
US military and intelligence agencies have always had a cozy relationship. When a Hollywood
producer approaches the Pentagon and asks for access to military assets to help make
their film, they have to submit their script to the entertainment liaison offices for vetting.
Ultimately, the man with the final say is the Department of Defense’s chief Hollywood
liaison. US government involvement also includes script rewrites on some of the biggest and
most popular films, including James Bond, the Transformers franchise, and movies from
the DC and Marvel cinematic universes. The CIA even helped make an episode of Top Chef.
The influence is great, including script re-writes and approval on how the military and intelligence
agencies can be portrayed. Hollywood studios could simply make their movies without authorization
from the Department of Defense or Central Intelligence Agency. However, this would be to the detriment of
the budget of the film. The government provides financial incentives for Hollywood to play
ball, which means most major studio productions will take advantage of this in order to compete
with other major studios. Some movies such as Act of Valor and Top Gun were so dependent
on military cooperation that they simply couldn’t have been made without submitting to this
process. Others were not so lucky. A sequel to Top Gun was planned but was not made predominantly
because the military rejected it. Movie budgets have skyrocketed in recent years, and reducing
risk by bringing the DOD into the picture is more appealing than ever. A Top Gun sequel,
Top Gun: Maverick, is finally being made due to support from the DOD. The US government
has worked behind the scenes on over 800 major movies and more than 1,000 television titles.
The DOD and CIA want Hollywood productions to portray the military and intelligence agencies
as paternalistic and with the people’s best interests at heart, especially during a time
of war and crisis, which means that DOD and CIA access is contingent on supporting the
war on terror. Of course, all this state support and state
censorship affects action movies more than any other genre. There aren’t too many romantic
comedies that require the use of a stealth bomber. Action movies have always been popular,
but there was a time when comedies were blockbusters. Home Alone, Crocodile Dundee and such. Some
of the first blockbusters were horrors or thrillers like The Exorcist or Jaws. Blockbusters
outside of the action genre like Titanic and Frozen are rare. A glance at the highest grossing
films of all time shows most of them are action movies. This means that the DOD and CIA hold
the keys to the kingdom for the most popular and most sought-after movies. Science fiction
action movies like War of the Worlds required cooperation from the DOD. Superhero action
movies like Captain America: The First Avenger received state assistance as well, as the
military believed Steve Rogers a fine example of a US veteran. Man of Steel features its
own version of 9/11 – a foreign threat that is brutally killed by a character who always
looks like he is draped in the American flag. Superman himself is an alien, but the movie
sidesteps this in the end. [“I’m from Kansas. I’m about as American as it gets.”] Man
of Steel and a hundred other action movies with 9/11 imagery provided a catharsis for
the psyche of the US public, and the DOD is naturally happy to take advantage of this
still-present insecurity among the population. Here is an excerpt from the agreement between
the DOD and the Man of Steel production obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
“DoD has approved military assistance as in the best interest of DoD, based on the
17 August 2011 version of the script. The production company must obtain, in advance
from DoD, concurrence for any subsequent changes being proposed to the military depictions
made to either the picture or the sound portions of the production; before these changes are
undertaken.” But what about traditional action movies? The shoot-em-ups? The movies
starring the unstoppable, gun-toting merchant of death who is always portrayed as in the
right no matter who gets blown up? Perhaps the best example of post-9/11 action movies
comes from the “Fallen” series of films, featuring the fictional secret service agent
Mike Banning. How does the Fallen film series portray US interests both abroad and domestic? For one, Olympus Has Fallen appeals to the
psyche of the US public by invoking 9/11 – not explicitly but implicitly. The sight of important
US icons being destroyed and terrorism on US soil. Images like these existed prior to
9/11, of course, but Olympus Has Fallen also has more overt references to 9/11 and the
war on terror, such as suicide bombers and justification for torture. Unlike actual torture
as interrogation, which is consistently proven to be ineffective and resulting in misleading
information, the torture in Olympus Has Fallen is 100% accurate and correct. It’s portrayed
as both morally right and demonstrably effective. What is the audience meant to feel when Mike
Banning tortures someone for information? Catharsis. Endorsement. Olympus Has Fallen
wears its nationalism on its sleeve. When a government official is taken away from the
terrorists, she recites, and this is not a joke, the pledge of allegiance. We also get
the standard amount of US flags – at first torn down by the terrorists – but then raised
up when the terrorists and ultimately defeated. Olympus Has Fallen provides a catharsis for
the US public, many of whom have begun to be tired of the forever war, by showing a
final victory – something that can never happen in a war against a concept. Director of Olympus Has Fallen Antoine Fuqua
had help from the state in the form of a few men, one other who was working for the DOD.
One such government consultant was Ricky Jones, who according to Fuqua “worked for the government
but not Secret Service.” Jones played a major role in shaping the film, not just making
changes to the script but also being on set constantly while the film was being made.
Fuqua says these men helped him to figure out “what he could get away with and what
he couldn’t” and that “there were some things like, okay, we’ve got to take this
out. We can’t show that.” Thus, they had as crucial a role in shaping the script and
the resulting film. The next film in the series, London Has Fallen, takes the action to the
United States’ closest military ally: The United Kingdom. The antagonist and his terror
cell are Middle Eastern, playing to post-9/11 xenophobia and also – because it’s set in
the UK in 2016 – playing to more localized xenophobia. BREXIT style! In this scene, a
man says London has “barbarians at the gates.” London Has Fallen starts off with a homophobic
comment between Mike Banning and the President and then calls back to it later. But mostly,
the movie’s more egregious sins are related to US foreign policy and US xenophobia. The
film makes no distinction between Middle Eastern terrorists and Middle Eastern people when
it spouts this cringey line: [F***headistan] And in case that was too subtle, Banning also
says this: [Every single one is a terrorist a**hole until proven otherwise.] Mike Banning
does not simply defeat the terrorists, he revels in their pain, as the film wants the
audience to revel in it as well. He stabs them menacingly and repeatedly, the catharsis
for the western audience played up to an agonizing degree. Banning engages in torture even more
in this film, further reinforcing discredited rendition techniques employed by the US military.
Once again, the film series wears its nationalism on its sleeve. When the President is dragged
away, he recites the presidential oath of office. Woof. When Banning confronts one of
the terrorist leaders, he beats him while saying that the US will still be here and
reign for “a thousand years.” In other words, the movie references – perhaps
by accident – historical ultra-nationalist rhetoric. A thousand year reign? Hmm. Where
have we heard that before? This law enforcement officer executes someone for not complying
even though he was apparently unarmed and posed no immediate threat. The movie frames
this as necessary and good. And finally, the end of the film has the US military drone
strike the bad guy while someone off-camera states that there are no civilians in the
area, washing the hands of the global war on terror and massive civilian casualties.
By most estimates, more civilians have been killed in the war on terror than soldiers
or terrorists. Of the film, Steven Lloyd Wilson of Pajiba wrote: “There’s absolutely no
hint of irony in the film. Just the blind paranoia that everyone in the world hates
us for no reason whatsoever, and that they’ve completely infiltrated our entire society,
while still somehow being outsiders who are objectively bad. This is a film that features
the opening scene of an American drone strike annihilating a wedding party of hundreds of
civilians, and thus creating the vengeful antagonist. And then ends with Morgan Freeman
giving a speech about how big our collective balls are and how intervention is our moral
right as history’s good guys™. It’s small, hateful, and stupid, and perfectly
encapsulates a Trump voter’s world view.” Finally, that brings us to Angel Has Fallen,
a movie marketed so badly that some people did not realize it was a sequel to Olympus
Has Fallen and London Has Fallen. Angel Has Fallen features Mike Banning being framed
by a private military company, which is the latest euphemism for “mercenaries.” PMC
scandals hurt the public image of mercenaries several years back, and Angel Has Fallen uses
this to draw distinction between the Department of Defense and PMC’s – even though both
have been guilty of war crimes throughout the course of the war on terror. In the film,
the Vice President ignores this and instead contrasts the US military with PMC’s. Notice
that the Vice President character still uses nationalistic language to denounce the crimes
of PMC’s. He says most are “not even American” – which is a nativist talking point – and
also not true. Academi, previously known as Blackwater and referenced in the film, is
an American company. When the US government tries to track the PMC, they claim they are
not able to do this because they are not in any federal databases. This cannot be true
because most mercenaries who work for private military companies are often ex-military or
ex-law enforcement. Again, the movie washes the hands of the Department
of Defense of any wrongdoing or involvement. The movie also tiptoes around telling the
audience that the Russian hacking is just “fake news.” Banning is framed by the
PMC. They planted evidence and made it look like Mike colluded with the Russians. In an
interview, director of Angel Has Fallen Ric Roman Waugh suggested that his films are love
letters to the US military. “I am a massive military supporter.” So, if there was any
doubt about the political leanings of this film series, those doubts should be gone by
now. Let’s not kid ourselves about what’s happening and what we’re seeing. This year,
for the first time ever, Americans born after 9/11 will be able to enlist in the armed forces.
Official military polling shows that fewer and fewer young Americans consider the military
as a career or as a transitional step. The lowest numbers in decades. Beyond this polling,
the actual recruitment figures from last year did not meet the quota set by the military.
Revelations about war crimes thanks to whistleblowers and other factors have soured people on enlisting.
Following 9/11, there was a surge in recruitment – the state activated the population’s nationalism.
But since then, the nation has been in an unending war, which means two things. First,
there is never a sense of urgency. The war is status quo. Second, those interested in enlisting simply
to help pay for their university education can no longer tell themselves that maybe their
service will take place entirely during peacetime. If the war never ends, there is no peacetime.
To combat this, the DOD has become more aggressive with its recruiting, including as it relates
to Hollywood action movies. Independence Day: Resurgence had close ties to the DOD and specifically
to the United States Army. Resurgence actively helped the Army enlist young Americans through
their collaborative website. Another example is Captain Marvel, which plays like an advertisement
for the United States Air Force. That’s just how action movies work now. The combination
of Hollywood needing something to offset costs and the DOD needing a way to increase enlistment
has made the two entities need each other now more than ever. Perhaps the only big Hollywood
action movie series that doesn’t seem to feature any US military assets, references to 9/11
or references to post-9/11 politics is John Wick. That’s not to say it’s completely divorced
from politics in general – its fetishization of guns is pretty standard for the genre – but
the film series encloses itself from foreign policy and world affairs by building its own
isolated underworld and has no regard for who is in the White House. This film series
is a bit of an outlier, though. 9/11 and the subsequent War on Terror are now intertwined
with Hollywood action movies. So long as they’re performing drone strikes over there, we’ll
be seeing drone strikes on the big screen. The producers of the Fallen movie franchise
have confirmed there are at least three more sequels coming as well as various television
series. And guess who’s happy about that. The DOD has an invested interest in this happening,
and considering there is no plan to end the global war, we’re going to be stuck with this
status quo for a very long time.

100 thoughts on “Post-9/11 Action Movies | Renegade Cut

  1. I am really glad never to have seen the Fallen series.

    I remember being in NYC on 9/12 and listening to people talking about committing violence on the radio, and I remain deeply disturbed that I wasn't as horrified as I should have been, even though I was 15. Thankfully I grew out of this brief amorality, yet the country was happy to lean into it, seemingly forever.

  2. I forgot that Morgan Freeman was in that …Fallen movie. He definitely lost a few points there. I think I have never watched a movie that was so appaling and bad. It's a movie series that would have gotten Joseph Goebbels all wet.

  3. THAT'S what the Dixie Chicks thing was about!? I remember my grandma talking about them like they'd threatened the presidents family or something.

  4. I was planning on making a pithy comment, but being reminded that we have been fighting in the middle east for 18 years just leaves me depressed. The war on terror will end up being written off as an abject failure, just like the wars on drugs, crime and poverty.

  5. IMO, the movie White House Down (released nearly the same time as Olympus Has Fallen) did the "White House Under Siege" plot better. The villains are also extreme far-right militia thugs rather than the usual non-American enemies.

  6. Glad you covered this – this practice has always felt very problematic. It is difficult to watch most films that depict military action for this very reason. If you consider the amount of influence these films have in the psyche of the entire nation, it is easy to see how far away true cultural change actually lies.

  7. Didn't realize the 'Fallen" series was the 'Gods not Dead' of military propaganda film's. Aaron Eckhart what are you doing!? Also how is the requirement of the DoD approving of film scripts not a violation of the 1st amendment? How do films like 'Hurt Locker' and 'The Messenger' get made? Do they just have ridiculous budgets to pay for it? More people need to know about that

  8. This cultural shift is kinda why Jon Stewart remains fondly remembered. He was probably the only major media source at the time to look at everyone’s nationalist surge and say on air “aren’t we taking this too far?”

  9. "cia helped make an episode of top chef" i guess they are the few shows that can say…. we had cutting edge help from the government.

  10. You don't have to approve this comment. I just wanted to say thanks for all the awesome work you do! You're stuff helps me analyze media in new and introspective ways that I wouldn't have before. You do an important service.

  11. Isn't Trump being President now also the icing on the cake…
    Tin-foil hat MAGA guys crying the worlds gonna end if they legalize marijuana, or improve working conditions…We all know how Communist that is.

  12. Gerard Butler is such a talented actor.

    It's like he can play a person from any country in the world, as long as that person still has a thick Scottish accent for some reason.

  13. This is so important for people in their late teens right now. I know 19 yr old who are like "9/11? SARs? Afghanistan? Huh?" The 2000 – 2010 years have been glossed over and retconned [Michelle Obama or Ellen palling around with convicted war criminal George Bush for example.] The kids need to know, none of their misery is new and some of us tried and failed. They need to know how so they dont fail.

  14. That's why I love this channel, you ain't afraid to call America out on its bullshit, you take on nationalism and fascism wherever you see it, that's bold my man. Keep them coming, you're my favorite content producer on youtube and your videos have helped me see the world in a different way.

  15. I was nineteen years old on 9/11 and in college in New York City. The sky was black. There were rumors spreading that our campus was at risk of attack next. We couldn't get our phones to work to call family. Papers with photos of the missing and dead covered every wall in the city for years. For YEARS. I am regularly around the 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan. It's a gravesite. Old folks go there to lay flowers next to their loved ones' names. The water in the reverse pool sinks down into the nothingness and gives you the feeling of falling a mile out of the sky.

    Immediately, culture changed. Nothing was funny at all for a really long time. Gender roles became stricter. Islamophobia was a sign that you were trustworthy. On our famously liberal campus, our overworked and underpaid TAs from Muslim countries got arrested by immigration police. One of them was forced to out himself as trans. Sikh cabbies were picked up by Homeland Security on the regular. Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn was just constantly patrolled, it was totally under police control. Penn Station was full of soldiers in full Desert Storm flak carrying huge comic book guns and leading German Shepherd dogs to anyone who looked faintly brown.

    It's collective PTSD, what we have here, and the catharsis you describe never helped. It's always just been a trigger. You see? You should fear, you should hate, you're going to end up dead and all your family will have to bury is a finger or an ear. These films have NOT helped New Yorkers heal. They have made sure the wounds stay as open as possible.

    Ways to help: If you are a European tourist, please call it the 9/11 Memorial, not Ground Zero, and please leave your selfie stick and boosted skateboard back at the hotel. Remember that we're still all a little traumatized, so be respectful. Donate to funds that help families still struggling with cancer and emphesyma related to 9/11. Don't support the war machine. Don't vote for Trump. Support immigration reform and support refugees. Become an escort to people who need to go to immigration court. Don't watch shitty movies funded by the DoD. Visit New York. Take a fucking Yellow Cab, not an Uber. Read Edward Snowden's book, Permanent Record. Support Net Neutrality. Eat a dollar slice. Go to a cheap, experimental performance and get your mind blown. Love the mass of humankind.

  16. Stuff like this is why I don't really care much for American movies anymore, It's like they desperately try to convince themselves that they are still in charge of the world…And keep failing. On that note Are there a lot of action movies who actively Try to oppose these ideas?

  17. It's so very disheartening to see that the U.S. government can hold so much influence over movies and entertainment like that. But I suppose it was naive to think it were otherwise. I went to see Angel Has Fallen. It was dull and unoriginal, with every "twist" well-telegraphed long before it happened. When they reveal that (spoiler alert) the Steve Mnuchin-looking Vice President was the bad guy, someone in the theater gasped out loud in an over-dramatic style and the audience burst into laughter. That was the best part of the film.

  18. A lot of people around the world consider America to be a terrorist nation.. and not without some good reasons. The US absolutely, has maimed and killed more people around the world, since WW2, than any other nation, millions of people, and backed a number of brutal regimes that have done, and continue to do… a lot of horrible things.

  19. Hollywood and the Pentagon always shows the Lockheed F-35 even though it is still in development hell costing over $1.2 trillion over the last decade. This markets future weapons to a new generation. I still remember the Longbow Comanche being used in Ang Lee's The Hulk then the program being scrapped by the Bush administration. It's a disturbing tactic to enlist the youth that want to use the best weapons without any thoughts to what the high yield explosives ordnance does to the surrounding areas.

  20. Movies like The Patriot and Pearl Harbor had this same exact messaging. Shocking thing is these movies were pre-9/11.

  21. The Fallen series' protagonist takes 'A Clockwork Orange' level of sadistic pleasure in his own violence, and the movie wants you to empathize and cheer him on…

    Contrast that with other action heroes who often resort to violence as a reaction to conflict.

  22. The tv show 24 is the OG of America propaganda, I'm curious of what roll the American government played in the production of the show.

  23. Hey Americans! You pay taxes to your government! Your government pays way too much to your military! Your military pays Hollywood to make bad movies! You pay to watch those movies!

    That’s funny!

  24. slightly disappointed you didn't mention the headache inducing jack ryan amazon series but I understand that if you listed every single example from the past twenty years this video would be three months long

  25. Every time I watch your newest stuff you seem that much more radical, articulate and compassionate, it's really inspiring. I imagine that some of your audience has been radicalized by your work, but still needs a more positive articulation of an answer to these problems you're making them aware of.

  26. PLEASE do a video on the Catholic Churches history with Hollywood. Many do not know but during Hollywood Golden Age; the Catholic Church gave ALOT OF MONEY to censor certain scenes and cancel entire films that they deemed, "Problematic," according to the Church.

  27. I didn't even know that there was a sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, and I barely remember that one even existing to begin with.

  28. I don’t know if it’s intentional that this video coincides with the recent release of COD modern warfare, but you should check out that game’s campaign if you haven’t yet. It’s fun to play, but the sheer amount of US-interventionist apologetics woven into it is insane. Under the guise of “gritty realism”, each scenario seems specifically crafted to justify unethical practices that police and military have been condemned for.

  29. 14:56 Does anyone think it's ironic that Captain Marvel, which can be interpreted as an allegory of the war on terror, was funded partially by the ones causing it

  30. You can flip Captain Marvel around as showing the consequences of endless war. Though the movie didn't necessarily have an ideal as the war's subject.

  31. So the United States isn't all that different from China,Russia, or North Korea when it comes to image control to the public. Always has been that way.

  32. And this is why I need to finish my leftist environmentalist, antifa, Minority Lives Matter werewolf script
    (Minority werewolf vs corrupt abusive Cops/Ice Members who are secretary werepigs

  33. "Blockbuster" : High gross income from premier or overall lifetime profits.

    Often from repeat views from patrons. It is easier or more pleasing to watch an action scene than watch the same punchline in a comedy; when you see the joke coming it is not as funny or "has already been experienced" feeling sets in.

    I believe my addition here should have been within your synopsis of the topic.

  34. You see this with certain characters getting changed to not appear being to associated with Middle East and Terrorism. Good example is why they didn't cast Ras Al Ghul as a middle eastern actor or Talia Al Ghul the same.

    League of Assassin's became more terrorist in the Nolan films to what they where in the comics a mix of everything. League of Assassin's was similar to how the Continental Hotel system and hiearchy of the John Wick films. Ras Al Ghul if anything was the guy in John Wick 3 who sat above the " Table " so to speak.

    It was literally a secret society with complex hiearchy with a tinge of Eco-fascism. Nolan films turned them into bizzare genocidal terrorist with some vauge inuuendo at Ras being from the middle East even though he is a white dude.

    Ten Rings as well in Iron Man too where turned into a terrorist organization. List goes on and that's comics so yeah it affects all media.

  35. Ah Jingoism, Capitalism's angry, drunken, short-dicked little brother. Stopping one is impossible unless we also stop the other.

  36. Dude Aquaman got into the top 25 highest grossing films? That does it. Cinema is dead. (To be read with irony but not too much in a voice of Tina from Bob's Burgers mixed with Ronald Reagan and Lebowski)

  37. I can never watch these kinds of movies. They are so utterly ridiculous and require a brain-numbing level of unconscious cultural bias, nationalism and jingoism that fans need to have for the movies to work.

  38. I was wondering if you have any explanation for two outliers based on this observation. No, I'm not asking you to review them, I know you don't take requests, but they do have me scratching my head.

    The two antagonists of the first season of Marvel's "The Punisher" Netflix series are a corrupt CIA Chief and the head of a PMC who were working together to smuggle heroin into the country from Afghanistan. Even the "good" CIA people shown are opposed to the "bad" one because he's a potential embarrassment than out of moral conviction, and are happy to cover his actions up whether he escapes punishment or not. About the only benevolent government presence in that season was Agent Madhani from the DHS.

    Also, I found Captain Marvel a rather interesting case since it's sending mixed signals. On one hand, it's undoubtedly the two-hour Air Force commercial you described. On the other, the "villains" of the movie, the Skrulls, are labeled as terrorists by a powerful militaristic polity, the Kree, and appear villainous at first glance, but it ultimately turns out they're being unjustly genocided because they wouldn't kowtow to the Kree's rule. Carol and the other Kree are brainwashed into thinking they're bad guys and a threat, when in reality they're just barely hanging on to survive, and in the end, Carol turns on the Kree. I always interpreted this as a condemnation of the War on Terror, which the director tried to sneak under the radar for the sake of a good budget. Any holes in this interpretation?

  39. Videos like this are why I will forever support Renegade Cut on patreon. I know a dollar a video isn't much, but I hope it means something.

  40. This line of thinking has always existed in the bubble that the United States lives in. An alternate reality to how the rest of the world and its people live and think.

    Every action movie from the 80s and early 90s features some kind of Latin American jungle or drug cartels (some still do) and US soldiers going there to kill them.

    Before that it was the Soviets who were the enemy, like in Red Dawn, also a big nationalistic and propaganda movie.

    There is never a movie where the characters question why these wars happen and continue to do so, the enemy is always foreign.

    The US and Hollywood do their fair amount of brainwashing and propaganda just like they claim countries like Iran and North Korea do.

    But of course, the US and its people can never see themselves as obstacles to peace and bad guys.

  41. haha so glad we don’t live in some socialist country in which we’re obligated to recite nationalist propaganda in schools and be shown pro-military mass-media as entertainment

  42. Al Jazeera did a documentary on this and it featured interviews with Michael Moore and Oliver Stone basically going into detail about this process

  43. Its not just shitty action films, but also Academy Award crap like Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty.

    When I tell people how Hollywood is influenced by the DoD, they think I’m lying or paranoid.

    Also, it would have been good to list the action and war films NOT supported by the DoD.

    They have to justify their $750 billion annual defense budget somehow.

    Nothing will change until people demand leaders whose primary focus, is NOT KILLING PEOPLE.

  44. The Bourne Trilogy offered a very Liberal critique of the "out of control" national security state, that I think could stand an analysis from the left.

  45. The one thing all of these movies also have in common is that they are crap. Ridiculous unbelievable storylines and over the top special effects. I wondered why I rarely liked modern action films. It had never occured to me how well this all coincides with a post 911 shift. Must be why I like action stories from Britain so much more. So is this incestuous relationship with the DOD as common for TV shows and miniseries?

  46. The Fallen Series are like the exact opposite of the Sicario films. Sicario depicts the brutal and ineffective methods employed by the CIA in the war on drugs, and how it is related to the war on terror. When people are tortured in that film, it is not depicted as a good thing. The CIA uses a private contractor (Hitman) to surgically execute Cartel members so that the CIA can "control" the drug trade with cartels they themselves put in power. The second film opens with Josh Brolin torturing a man by drone striking is families houses and forcing him to watch. This isn't depicted as being right, its depicted as being criminal. When everything goes to shit, they throw their own people to the wolves.

  47. US government propaganda has always depended on Americans thinking they’re resisting the government.
    Reagan; “You should be afraid of big government intruding on your life” cuts government benefits to the everyone except the rich
    Pentagon; “Never trust trust our evil enemies’ state medias. Good thing our country doesn’t have anything like that” discreetly arranges quid pro quo with private media

  48. So the government basically can tell Hollywood what movies to make and what ideas to promote? Remember when they tried to convince us that's what communism does?

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