[Marxism] The Quake | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist
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Wed Dec 12 09:41:29 MST 2018
Among the most popular genres marketed to the youth-oriented Cineplex
world is the disaster film. The natural disasters range from tornadoes,
volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, meteor strikes to luxury liners
capsizing from either a rogue wave or an iceberg. The plot is dictated
by the necessity of survival and generally involves a strong male lead
trying to unite with a daughter or wife who he has become separated from
after the disaster strikes. Such films naturally require a major
investment in special effects or computer graphics since that’s the only
way to depict New York City being destroyed by a flood of biblical
proportions or a fireball produced by a humongous rock from outer space
striking the planet.
Hollywood generally dumbs down such films since they are intended to
scare you like a roller coaster ride rather than make you think. When
Rupert Murdoch’s 20th Century Fox produced “The Day After Tomorrow”,
they wanted you to sit at the edge of your chair hoping that the
paleoclimatologist dad (Dennis Quaid) would somehow make it across
thousands of miles of ice produced by climate change to reach and rescue
his son (Jake Gyllenhaal) holed up in the public library on 42nd street.
Do you think that the film had much to say about how the new ice age
happened? Don’t be silly.
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