Posted on 3/13/05 07:00 PM
They Live is the story of far distant aliens traveling to our planet and slowly, taking over through subliminal messaging. They can pass as humans because of some sorta fancy beamy thingy, which is a good thing because they look like hamburger meat with teeth without it.
The movie starts with roddy piper (yeah, the wrestler) walking through train yards and poor mexican communities. We can tell hes a wanderer because hes got a hard look in his eyes, the kind of look that say "ive seen it all" (or at least i think thats what they meant his look to say, personally i thought he was confused and constipated for most of the movie. He walks down to work services and is sent away. He walks (get used to this, itl be a constant theme) to some construction site and gets himself a job. At the end of the day, after an obligatory comment from the jackass boss "theres no sleeping here, park you a** somewhere else tonight" and "you dont get paid till thursday", he ends up WALKING to some sort of shanty town. theres all kinds of wierd things happening at the shanty town, priests are blind, people are interrupting cable t.v., and the church across the street practices the choir till 4 a.m. in the morning.
Roddy Piper, being the sort of genius we all know him to be, figures out something is wrong and investigates the following day. What he finds is the source of the cable interruption, hundreds of boxes of cheap sunglasses and some sort of freedom fighters (convenient that they were so close, god forbid roddy piper might not be able to walk somewhere in this movie).
The freedom fighters all get busted up, the shantytown is destroyed and piper manages to escape the hundreds of police with a pair of the shades. now im gonna skip ahead here a little cause...frankly, he just walks for about the next five minutes of the movie.
Putting on the glasses he realizes, hey, i look stupid in these. Just kidding, what he does discover is that all the posters and advertisements and billboards all say different things. This is one of the best parts of the movie because all the signs say things like "obey" "no independant thought" "consume" and so forth. Even the magazines say it.
This is where the real plot shows up, when someone shows up to buy a magazine Roddy, looks at him and sees, some sort of monster. Walking into a grocery store he sees more of the undead beauties. After a little confrantation they realize he sees them and he proceeds to kill two cops and smash one display of flowers trying to escape.
This is where the movie really got fun, he walks into a bank carrying all of the ghoul cops guns and wearing his terminator glasses and declares, "i came here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and im all out of bubble gum" then proceeds to wipe out the ghouly bastards.
I wont bore you with the details of the rest of the film, ill just give you some highlights.
1. walking around on public streets even with his wanted add on every t.v.
2. kidnapping some ugly woman
3. getting hit in the head with a wine bottle and going through a plate glass window, rolling for a quarter mile, then getting up and...WALKING away
4. getting his ass kicked by his only friend, all over the glasses
5. walking to some meeting
6. more walking
7. o my god they're still walking
8. busting up the aliens broadcaster
9. YAY, Roddy Piper is dead, no more walking
10. Some hot chick screwing a ghoul