This movie could be called a dark comedy, but it evades capture by any known genre; it runs the gamut of emotions as demonstrated by protagonist Mark Whitacre, whom Matt Damon plays most convincingly. Based on a true story, it illustrates what can occur to whistle-blowers when confronted with the overwhelming power of both global corporations and the U.S. government.
I detest you, I pity you, I …need you?
Alien invasion makes for absorbing, sometimes terrifying stories. Aliens are creepy. They’re unpredictable. And they are almost always hostile. In good alien films, the kind we’re used to, extra-terrestrial assaults threaten humanity with captivity, even annihilation. Think Independence Day or War of the Worlds.
What if the story were reversed? What if the aliens were threatened with captivity and ruin at the hands of humankind?
Since that fateful day on September 11, 2001, significant news reporting has been dedicated to the Middle East and Islam. Such media attention is to be expected, for the old advertiser’s adage "If it bleeds, it leads" still rules news cycles. President Obama’s recent speech in Cairo is a case in point; it had to compete for coverage with a contemporaneous suicide bombing in rural Pakistan — as if those two events were of equally historic significance.
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