They Live

release year: 1988
genre: suspense
viewing setting: home DVD, 10/22/99
what I expected: wasn't sure
what I got: a neat little movie with a message

synopsis: A drifter learns that the world is actually run by aliens who see to it that we are kept docile.

impressions: This is yet another quirky little John Carpenter movie. It definitely has a message: Americans watch too much TV and are too lazy and docile and content. Unfortunately, most people who watch this movie will laugh at the cheesy dialogue and lack of major stars and totally miss the point.

acting: Roddy Piper (yes, the ex-wrestler) and Keith David do good jobs in limited roles.

the good: Makes a good (and true!) statement about our society.

the bad: A little slow at times, no big deal really.

final word: Worth seeing, maybe only once.

rating: C+

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