Movies accused of being too political
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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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.
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.
The Iron Giant (1999)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Built around a massive natural disaster that turns the world upside down, some conservatives believe this is a reference to global warming.
The Hunger Games (2012)
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.
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.
The Incredibles (2004)
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.
The Dark Knight (2008)
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.
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.
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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