... too confused and too muddled to be either a love-letter to the militia movement or an indictment of putting guns in the hands of kids, and without any specific point of view or focus to its storytelling, it just doesn't work.
I think the most important point you made is that "this isn't an actual anxiety that we're grappling with right now". Much like McWheeny I was an early teen when the original Red Dawn came out and a Russian "Red" invasion was a real fear. Looking back it was kind of a joke, but until the Berlin Wall came down many Americans were fearful of Russian aggression and nuclear war. I think that more Americans are worried about a zombie apocalypse than they are a Communist invasion. The Cold War is dead to this generation and the idea just doesn't work anymore.
Nov 8 - 04:17 PM