They Live

Watched the John Carpenter movie “They Live” on AMC last night. You remember–Rowdy Roddy Piper finds special sunglasses that allow him to see that humanity is being controlled by aliens living among us. Sort a “Matrix” scenario, but not as high-tech.

Once I looked past the action scenes (especially the pro wrestling moves in a couple of the fight sequences), the film struck me as a powerful allegory for modern America. “OBEY.” “CONSUME.” “NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT.” “STAY ASLEEP.”

I wonder why I didn’t see it this clearly 15 years ago? Maybe with age comes wisdom–or maybe I’m finally waking up.

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