Have you noticed how all of the movies out right now seem to have a common theme?
The White House is blown up. The United States has been destroyed. The world has been decimated. All life on Earth is over. Humans have moved on.
What is this?! Have we become such a consumer-minded people that we are ready to dispose of what we have rather than try to fix it? That seems to me what these films are implying. They used to call that “throwing the baby out with the bathwater.”
This week kicks off the global destruction with Ton Cruise’s Oblivion. The first weekend in June will bring Will Smith’s After Earth. In theatres now we have Olympus Has Fallen and in June Channing Tatum will star in White House Down.
Movies often reflect what society is needing, Perhaps this is a cry for help. Maybe the country is begging for a new start. The irony is that we every day we get the chance for one.
Instead of seeing the world as broken beyond repair, we can look through fresh eyes at what is right and good, and start there. We can fix what’s wrong. Maybe I’m just a glass-half-full kind of gal, but I don’t think we need total planetary annihilation to do that.
These movies may all have wonderful feel-good endings full of hope. That is certainly my wish. I just pray that society isn’t waiting around for a zombie apocalypse before we get to work!
That’s a wrap for this Toast to Cinema. Thanks for reading.
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