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Added by nehocb on 21 Jul 2012 07:50
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Movies accused of being too political

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People who added this item 3425 Average listal rating (2114 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.4

Some conservative pundits claim Christopher Nolan chose Bane as the enemy to play on presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s former company. Though Nolan has been known to get political, it seems a bit of a stretch that he could see the future in pre-production, and know Romney would be the front-runner.
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People who added this item 5236 Average listal rating (3462 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
Ghostbusters (1984)

Some have argued that, when the EPA shuts down the ‘busters ghost containment device, the creators were hinting that too much government interference could be a problem. Big government (apparently) leads to an army of crazed ghosts attacking Manhattan.
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People who added this item 1836 Average listal rating (1193 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8

Many believe this kids' flick, about a boy and his giant robot friend, carries a pretty strong anti-gun message. It’s been blasted by pro-gun supporters ever since its release.
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People who added this item 5069 Average listal rating (3342 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.4
WALL·E (2008)

It’s hard to argue with the abandoned trash-pile future shown off in Pixar’s Wall-E. Too much consumerism and waste run amok will eventually lead to an abandoned world of trash.
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People who added this item 2036 Average listal rating (1349 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Prometheus (2012)

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If you look through Ridley Scott’s classic (and recent) sci-fi flicks, a few themes often stand out. One that has often been latched onto is Scott’s portrayal of massive corporations, which often gain too much power, which leads to corruption.
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People who added this item 5229 Average listal rating (3465 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.8
Avatar (2009)

Many conservatives have argued the uber-blockbuster Avatar has a pro-tree hugger agenda, with the “evil” technologically driven culture causing trouble for the mostly peaceful nature-dwellers.
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People who added this item 589 Average listal rating (371 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.4
Monsters (2010)

This awesome, low-budget sci-fi indie was a great piece of filmmaking, considering its tight budget, though some viewers argue the sci-fi tension was covered with political undertones. Most notably? American isolationism, portrayed by the nation’s increasingly aggressive efforts to keep out the creatures.
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Some have said the fact that government officials are portrayed as being pretty dense, i.e. asking the Autobots to leave, is a not-so-subtle move by Michael Bay at criticizing the executive branch.
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People who added this item 4625 Average listal rating (3097 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.4

Built around a massive natural disaster that turns the world upside down, some conservatives believe this is a reference to global warming.
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People who added this item 2818 Average listal rating (1840 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2

Based on the hit young adult book series, some argue this film showed off a few political agendas, including the increasing obsession and distraction of reality TV on our culture.
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The mildly strange Superman flick featured a major plot point where Supes thinks we’re going to kill each other with nukes, so he takes it upon himself to deactivate all of the nuclear missiles in the world. It’s hard to argue with the anti-war message many have taken from it.
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People who added this item 6735 Average listal rating (4426 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8

Superheroes move on to more normal jobs in this CGI flick, after being sued for public property damage and other claims due to their superheroic efforts. Some have argued this is a comment on the proliferation of frivolous lawsuits.
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People who added this item 7410 Average listal rating (4893 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 9

Many on both sides of the political spectrum have drawn parallels to the War on Terror, with Batman bringing a bad guy across international lines, and using a super high-tech wiretapping technique in the big finale.
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People who added this item 3821 Average listal rating (2565 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Constantine (2005)

A small contingent of liberals have complained of an alleged anti-immigrant undertone in this film, based on the comic property. The film features poor Hispanics, who are involved with starting the supernatural problems the story centers around.
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Dating all the way back to the era of the original Twilight Zone, science fiction has served as a great way to sneak in political allegories and cultural critiques—all under the guise of a sci-fi movie. So what are some popular sci-fi flicks that have been accused—whether deserved or not—of getting a little too political?

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Posted: 5 years ago at Oct 4 6:56
An interesting list!
Posted: 5 years ago at Oct 4 16:10
I am surprised at such accusations, these films are rather apolitical on the surface and some I would argue are dumb down type films (so political in another way, but then all films play a part in being used as a political tool).
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Mar 16 0:40
V for Vendetta
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Mar 16 3:04
^ Frank: Personally, I always took Avatar as resembling the white man's subjugation of the Native American peoples - propagandized as peaceful colonization met with barbarism and savagery - which was motivated, in truth, out of greed of the white culture which could not content itself with what it had. It's easy to place a corporations vs. environmentalists label on it (because it is a modern take) but it's much more realistic and closer to the truth when you look at it through the eyes of history.

I loved Avatar, both for what it was - a fantastic adventure tale - and for the not-so-hidden meanings. I also loved that the Indians won this time.

The Day after Tomorrow and 2012 were both simply cautionary adventure tales and not propaganda at all, Frank! They were both also great movies, full of action and fun to see. They certainly weren't crap (or turds).

I believe that many movies that are seen as carrying hidden messages are cases of seeing things that aren't there. If someone wants to see something and they look hard enough...they will see whatever they want. I also believe that the propaganda that some label these (and other) films as is just that - seeing what they want to see. It's also usually a case of not wanting to face the truth - by the government or big corporations or whatever other large, powerful entity, when confronted with such claims. Quite often they are in the wrong.

Hollywood has used films for propaganda purposes but to think that every other film that comes out of Tinseltown is propaganda is ludicrous. As for all Disney films being filled with sexual crap ... that's also quite asinine. Yes, there are a few, little jokes here and there in a few of them that adults will get that kids won't - I've seen them. Yet I've also seen most of the Disney films... with my kids and they are certainly not drenched w/ sexual inuendo.

Sorry for the mini-exposition, Nehocb. It's a cool list and certainly fun to read. Conspiracy theories and hidden messages are fun to read about and it's also fun, sometimes, to see if we can see them in things...whether they are actually there or not. :)

I enjoyed your list for what it was - a look at some neat trivia. ;D
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Mar 16 5:01
@fortunado. why are you arguing with a troll? If anything should upset people about Avatar, it's that it was an almost direct copy of Disney's Pocahontas. Then again this guy could actually mean everything he's saying. In which case it would be even sadder.
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Mar 16 5:54
^ You've a point there, SK! Hell, sometimes I just feel like talking, I suppose. (lol)

I loved Avatar though...Pocahontas, too for that matter. hahaaha
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Mar 17 3:36
Very interesting list!
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Jun 28 22:06
I don´t think that Frank was a troll with his comment, althought I disagree with some of his details, it was actually the best comment about this list.

I love to "overthink" (if it´s even possible rsrs) ever movie and, most of time, people hate me for this, and I don´t care.
Posted: 4 years ago at Sep 28 20:28
How about "God Bless America?"

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