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Enjoyable movie with weird premise

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I’m watching Red, with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Earnest Borgnine, Richard Dreyfuss, and others. Very enjoyable, but it hinges on a strange premise. It’s a spoiler, so if you haven’t seen the movie, don’t click the link to read the rest of this post.

The premise is that the Vice President would go to extreme lengths to avoid prosecution for war crimes. That is so stupid, since clearly in this country the Vice President has nothing to fear from committing war crimes: the government will not prosecute highly placed, connected, wealthy people like a Vice President or a President for war crimes. If there’s anything we’ve learned over the past decade, we’ve learned that. And it’s not just the Vice President who gets immunity, it’s everyone involved except possibly a few enlisted personnel who serve as scapegoats. No one else is even subject to censure, so far as I can tell: torture, murder, whatever: it’s all okay if you’re field rank or above.

It’s sort of silly for the movie to have such a premise when everyone knows what has happened.

Do they think we don’t notice?

Written by LeisureGuy

16 February 2011 at 9:12 pm

Posted in Movies & TV

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