November 27, 2012

Uh, we did that already. Many times.

The Wall St. Journal pans the new Red Dawn flick as "manipulative," full of "horse-pill jingoism," and "plays readily into classical stereotypes."

Those that depict Asia as a Mordor-like alien netherland where every hand wields a weapon and every weapon points at the throat of the civilized West — and those that treat Asians as an interchangeable, all-same mass. Can’t offend these Asians? Well, let’s just say they’re those Asians instead. A little cosmetic adjustment to flags and uniforms, and we’re off to the races....

Writer Tao Jones' solution? Make Red Dawn about invading aliens. Uh, hello?? Independence Day?? War of the Worlds?? Yeesh.

Look, I'm as incredulous as the next guy when I think of North Korea invading the US (instead of China -- remember, the movie had to change the bad guys away from the Chi-Coms because 1) they were pissed off, and 2) you don't want to piss off a movie market audience of that size!); however, if the premise from what I've read is correct, the Norks use a "new type of weapon" preceding their actual invasion. It's probably something like an EMP device which would shut down any and all electronics over a vast area, depending on the size of the device.

Of course, the United States would retaliate completely, effectively turning North Korea into a smoldering glob of radioactive glass. But that would only be slightly worse than what the Norks live in today! Their regime is irrational and paranoid, and if you read One Second After -- about a hypothetical EMP attack on the US mainland -- you'd know that such an attack could result in over 100 million deaths. Think that'd be worth the Norks' existence -- especially if the honcho "intelligentsia" of that country jaunted off to another locale before they zapped us?

Who knows. But it's a freakin' movie, after all. One can only imagine what Jones would whine about had the movie been about radical Islamists using a similar device, invading a portion of America, and instituting strict Islamic law across the region. Not that the filmmakers would have done that, of course ... they wouldn't want a fatwa issued against them!

Posted by Hube at November 27, 2012 04:58 PM | TrackBack

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Interesting. I've been wanting to read "One Second After" for sometime now... I actually discovered "The Forever War" via Colossus of Rhodey and it's now one of my favorite books.

Posted by: Carl at November 27, 2012 06:49 PM

Good to hear you dug The Forever War! Absolutely phenom book (even though Haldeman is a big lefty). I also recommend his The Accidental Time Machine. Kind of like the indy film Primer but with a different set of "time rules."

One Second After is damn spooky. I did read one critical review, however, that said the author grossly overstated the number who would die as a result of an EMP attack after a few months. I dunno ... the book is DAMN convincing!

Posted by: Hube at November 27, 2012 09:03 PM

I don't think 30 million or even 120 million are unrealistic estimates. So much of our culture / civilization is built on other parts of our society.

Without delivery of food - most urban centers would quickly turn into insanity.

Without electricty to get fuel to tankers, nothing will move : See NY after Sandy, but with NO ONE COMING to help (or so little as to be no good)

The police are overwhelmed, citizens forms gangs or militias - for good or for ill. The order of our society is gone.

Stores are ransacked and not re-filled. Hungry people riot.

No - I don't see 100 million being a crazy number - not if the loss of electricty is widespread and lasts any real length of time.

I wish I was wrong - truly I do.

Posted by: Steven at November 28, 2012 03:20 AM

I agree with Steven. Not only that but the collapse of the US would be catastrophic for the rest of the world. Starvation and massive civil unrest would be horrific. Imagine the simmering cauldron of the Middle East going up in flames once the US is not there. China would be unrestrained and Russia too. I have no idea what it would do to oil markets.

Posted by: Duffy at November 29, 2012 11:49 AM

Duff: For a really good examination of what would happen to the world w/o the US, check out John Birmingham's Without Warning trilogy. The first book is best, followed by the 3rd, then 2nd (which is way too long).

Posted by: Hube at November 29, 2012 02:57 PM

I'll have to check out the Without Warning trilogy too! It sounds interesting and the premise spooky.

Posted by: Carl at December 3, 2012 05:21 PM