Monday, February 13, 2017

They Live (1988)

Director: John Carpenter. Cast: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster. 93 min. Rated R. Sci-fi/Horror.

An oldie but goodie. If you can ignore the clunky dialogue, ignore the horrendous lead actor (whom I'm glad to have seen for the first and hopefully last time), and avoid exploding from laughter at the super-long mid-movie street fight sequence ... you might actually enjoy how well the famed director tells a story with such small productions values, and hurls surprise after surprise till the very end. Only John Carpenter-lovers, those who understand his minimalist blockbuster film-making technique (if there is such an oxymoron), will have fun here - and even find significant correlates to Trump's America today.

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