If you are a libertarian/voluntarist/whatever and you watch the scene above without an ounce of familiarity then you have lived a very sheltered life. Practically every person I have ever met who has even a sliver of liberty in their soul describes trying to reason with statists as being a lot like this clip. I have been told for years that I needed to see “they live” starting with a guy who I would describe as a minarchist who actually knew the star of the movie. If memory serves he claimed he was a neighbor of mr Piper, said he was a really nice guy.
The movie starts off with a familiar backdrop, economic stagnation, lack of employment and the ever expanding issue of homelessness. The movie lurches between slow paced scenes and sudden bursts of mayhem and action. I have never been a fan of the work of John Carpenter and unfortunately this movie reminds me of this fact.
One of the more interesting criticisms that I have heard about this and similar movies is that they are a whitewash of our political system. That they attempt to assign blame for various crimes against humanity as being the fault of politicians and business leaders who are aliens, or lizard people as opposed to laying that blame on humanity itself.
All I can say about that is there has been a philosophy floating around for some time that we “common people” and the ruling class are two different species. This is a theory that predates the work of Darwin, and in fact was a major pillar of the rule of the landed gentry over the serfs in Europe and elsewhere for millennia. Wether it’s a matter of differing mindset, or there actually are Homo sapiens and homo parasitus is for you to judge.
The good, it’s a creative story, with something as simple as pairs of sunglasses revealing a vast and diabolical conspiracy. I like that kind of story where a small, simple object takes on vast importance. I have spent years studying the symbolism of various everyday objects and there are underlying messages underneath all sorts of things like corporate logos and advertising. And can anyone deny that money has essentially become a substitute for god in this day and age?
A little while ago I heard an interview with mr piper by Alex jones. It was really something, I had never heard him sound so in awe of a guest before. The interview was very enlightening, especially the part where mr Piper stated that the “They!” of the movie was intended to be a reference to Reganomics. But this metaphor has clearly taken on grander proportions over the years.
The bad, I think the movie itself is poorly made, I see a serious lack of quality, especially in the pacing of the story. Some aspects are telegraphed from a good long ways away and some of the technical hiccups are laughable. In one gunfight scene mr Piper is using what appears to be a HK-94, mounted with a horizontal grip, as opposed to a vertical grip commonly mounted on automatic weapons. I don’t know if that offers any actual increase in hit probability, but it sure looks goofy as heck.
Also I feel the ending was a bit rushed and overly convenient.
Still, it’s always fun for me to see a movie where a diabolical conspiracy is revealed in a way that cannot be denied. As odd as this may sound I would rate the movie as a 5/5 for storyline and a 2/5 in cinematography
Now what better thing is there to review along with this movie than a set of sunglasses? To be specific a set of VedaloHD Rapallo sunglasses. Get them HERE.
The Hoffman lenses used in the movie are nonexistent to the best of my knowledge. Even if they did exist the manufacturers would probably be hauled off to a cold dark place for all eternity and their product buried in a deep hole someplace. If you know where I can get some please leave a comment with proof of the effectiveness of these lenses.
I have been engaging in a gradual upgrade program of my possessions, and myself over the past year or so. Trading or giving away the things that I don’t generally use, have worn out or are utterly obsolete. I have also been trying to exercise more, though it hasn’t been easy.
I haven’t had a replacement set of eyeglasses in a few years so I went shopping around for something different. On the Facebook page of a guy I greatly respect I found a reference to an outfit called VedaloHD. Their prices were a bit out of my reach so I would have to save up a bit to get them. But the stated capabilities of their product were irresistible.
Over time I got together the money, I got my prescription done at a lovely little shop attached to a local Walmart. It took awhile for the new glasses to get to me, a little longer than I hoped. They arrived contained in the weirdest box I have ever seen in my life. I put them on and the effect was jarring, they do indeed enhance the effect of colors around. It takes some getting used to but you start to see the world as a prettier place.
Word to the wise, don’t wear these while watching an interview with the former head of the treasury Hank Paulson. The day I got these glasses I watched him on Charlie Rose and the level of detail that these lenses furnish can be a bit shocking.
Beyond this indescribable effect, the lenses appear to be fairly tough and the frame is the most durable rimless frame I have ever seen in my life. However I should also add that the metal parts of the frame were apparently made in China.