posted on Dec, 11 2012 @ 11:13 AM
I saw the movie specifically to see what jingoistic messages would be spewed forth. I noted the characters this time around were given a more war-like
mindset, getting into the thick of it pretty quickly. I love how the older brother character mentions his fighting in Iraq and fighting the locals,
"but now we're doing it as the good guys" as though any local citizenry repelling invasion wouldn't be considered the good guys.
In the 80s version, I remember the Cuban commando remarked on the same thing...on his fighting in Angola and Nicaragua with the Marxist guerrillas and
how suddenly he was caught on the other side of rebellion against the peasants and he wasn't used to that vantage point. Oddly, when the shoe is on
the other foot...i.e., the American war vet brother makes this comment in the film, there isn't even a slight acknowledgement of irony.
As far as the race issue, I found it unimaginative that, being the Pacific Northwest and all, the movie makers didnt bother to include a Korean- (or
other east-Asian) American among the main cast of teen rebels. I think one of the marine's ethnicity was not even attended too with bigotry by the
kids. Maybe that was their way of giving a nod and a wink to political correctness in the film (by avoiding), but based on sentiments thus far, from
Japanese-American internment in WWII up to the recent Sikh temple assault in Minnesota, bigotry towards the supposed "other" does happen and dealing
with it is difficult...we can see any of those kids above picking up a gun and shooting a forth generation Thai or Vietnamese American if China were
to go to war with us, can't we?