Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Is It Possible to See a Movie in America Anymore Without Getting Fed Government Propaganda?

In Review: San Andreas
By Robert Wenzel

San Andreas is a typical disaster film. It is not great, it is not bad, but it is nothing more than what you would expect a big budget earthquake disaster film to be. There are lots of collapsing buildings, trapped people, etc. It is 1 hour and 54 minutes of entertainment. Well, actually, it is only 1 hour and 53 minutes of entertainment, as I shall explain in a bit.

Scientists apparently have trouble with the film because they say that the San Andreas fault can not create the type of crack in the earth that is seen in the movie. And apparently SF can't experience the type of  tsunami you see in the film.

Those familiar with San Francisco will have a problem with scenes that show the Golden Gate Bridge from street level shots of the financial district and from Chinatown. You can't really see the bridge from these locations.

The coolest scene in the movie occurs when  Paul Giamatti, playing a scientist, wants to get a news broadcast out to warn of a second even bigger earthquake, after a major one has already occurred. But the lovely Archie Panjabi, who plays a news reporter and happens to be in Giamatti's office, tells him all the lines are out and a broadcast can't be done.

Giamatti reponds, "This is Caltech!" and marches off into a room with Panjabi. The room is filled with about a half-dozen geeks and he announces to them: "I am launching a new class. Anyone who can hack into network broadcasts right now will get an A."

Of course, you have to suspend the thought of why network lines are down and not internet lines, but it is a cool scene. I'm sure they love it at Caltech.

[Side note: Panjabi, also plays Kalinda on The Good Wife. She also seems to get plenty of other gigs. With so many in Hollywood trying to get jobs, there has to be something very savvy about Panjabi for her to get so much work. I think that savviness shows through in her characters. I would love to see her in a film where she plays a leader of some radical revolutionary libertarian group.]

The most disturbing part of the film is the final minute. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has already saved every one that needs saving, and then of all things. as he looks over the collapsed buildings and fires in San Francisco, you see a huge American flag that someone has unfurled. Then you see, three military helicopters, apparently as part of a rescue mission, flying over San Francisco Bay. And that's not the worst of it. After the shot of the military helicopters, as the film comes to a close, you hear a voiceover in the background, presumably over a radio: "And rescue operations are underway by FEMA and United Nations rescue teams."

When I heard FEMA mentioned I, of course, thought of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, and thought the film had suddenly turned into a comedy, Then, I heard the mention of UN rescue teams and thought to myself, "What the hell is going on?"

How does FEMA and UN rescue teams, along with military helicopters and a huge unfurled American flag, get packed into the closing minute of a film that had nothing with any of these factors in the entire film. And that my friends is the real earth shattering shock of this earthquake film. The US propaganda efforts, (or should I say UN/global propaganda efforts?) are apparently in high gear. And you may not really feel the type of earthquake,that Giamatti claims in the film---where a  California earthquake will be felt on the East Coast, but the US propaganda effort is clearly on-going from coast-to-coast.

 Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher at EconomicPolicyJournal.com and at Target Liberty. He is also author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics


  1. "I'm calling the FBI!" - last line of original Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers movie

  2. The same thing happens at the end of Jurassic Park III. The main characters are in trouble after invading private property, but despite being in another country altogether, it doesn't stop an army of US marines from materializing out of thin air.

    But I guess it's not so unrealistic. SWAT teams "save" people from their own dogs on private property all the time...

  3. God I would love to see a "disaster" movie of the actual events of 9/11. Too bad a few 100 million Americans would not understand most of it; such as why most of the seats on the coast to coast prime time flights were empty (impossible statistically) or why most of the F-15s on the east coast were in Alaska (impossible Militarily). Perhaps if they put a lot of US Flags and brave NWO UN Forces in it it might get past the censors. LOL