2012, Legion and The Book of Eli. These three movies don’t deserve your time or your hard-earned money.
Penelope Thornton sums it all up in her review “Hijacking Jesus on the Way to the Apocalypse“:
The themes of these movies are relentlessly morose. All the imagery is bleak. And in two of the movies, the optimistic message of Christianity is turned upside down and served up as prophecy of doom. In the Book of Eli, doom is the desert that the world has become. In Legion the scenes of the shootout at the bar are relentlessly gory. The story itself is a sick twist on the Nativity. It features archangels brutalizing each other with maces. This movie starts out on a cold, rainy, bleak night with a mad barking dog trapped behind a chain-link fence. Then there’s the depiction of America as a nation of ghettos and diners, or even worse, a desert full of cannibals.
And the funny thing is that America is becoming like this. The degradation of the society is an ongoing project. This is what people spend their time doing. They go to these insane, hyperventilated, over-the-top sci-fi slug-fests called entertainment.
And all this stuff gets poured into our minds day in and day out.
There is no letting up on the violence, but then added to that is this preoccupation with The End. 2012 is the Hollywood spin on the Mayan prophecy, and Legion and the Book of Eli Hollywood versions of Revelations. The promotion and cultivation of fear is a Hollywood staple, using a twist on old themes. In 2012 instead of the visitation of death coming from the sky above, it comes from the very earth beneath your feet, which buckles and erupts for the entire length of the movie. And the heroes again, as with Independence Day, are a Black and a Jew — in this case a Black scientist and a presidential adviser, who appears to be Jewish. Together they usher in the New and Better World. The White suburban dad is, of course, a loser in 2012, but even so he winds up being saved. The War of the Worlds anti-hero and troubled dad, played by Tom Cruise, is another version of the same stock character.
And in the Book of Eli, besides having a Black Christ figure, the Whites in the movie are uniformly subhuman, savage, and beyond salvation. To a man they are absolutely repulsive. No subliminal programming here! Hollywood’s war on the White male continues unabated.
And then there’s the sound. As we know, the soundtrack makes the movie. The dreary beat of the rain and howling dog in Legion and the high-pitched droning and the howling winds keep you on edge throughout the Book of Eli. It’s all hideously abrasive. I know I was being tongue-in-cheek when I wrote the reviews, but I am serious when I say that you walk out of these movies exhausted, drained of all feeling.
I remember going to movies as a kid and walking out, feeling totally exhilarated and just wanting to dance down the street. My spirit was lifted. The joyful mood would last for hours.
Sitting through these movies is exhausting. Even when I am there I don’t want to be there. The sounds are irritating. Most of the imagery is bleak and ugly. It’s hard to believe this is considered entertainment.
And even more unbelievably, Hollywood tries to pass these movies off as Christian movies. [Emphasis added by MW]
The constant depiction of life as brutal, as an unending struggle is played out again and again. I think of the scenes of these pathetic people reduced to cannibalizing each other in the Book of Eli. All the subliminal programming. What am I saying? The messaging is as subliminal as a ton of bricks.
What is the point of all this? What is the perpetual pique of the Hollywood moguls really all about? Rather than dishing out mindless entertainment, they are making movies that that are full of very mindful propaganda and programming.
We are being told time and again that our civilization is a failure and is going to collapse or be destroyed. We are told that it is time for it to go. The Mayan Prophecy tells us that it is inevitable. The movie 2012, tells us the new world begins in Africa. Legion tells us our world is rotten to the core and not worth saving. Christianity is presented as being in a state of self-destruction. The book of Eli describes a world destroyed by technology of the West, which is to say by White people.
Good guys are Black and Indian scientists in 2012, and a Christ-like Black man in the Book of Eli. The central White guy is an irresponsible, selfish, divorced dad in 2012. The Whites in Legion are uniformly bad. The old lady is a monster, the pregnant girl is a slut, and her boyfriend a nerd. But the book of Eli depicts White men as either evil or subhuman. It doesn’t get much worse than that! I am not sure if Hollywood wants to get rid of Whites, and particularly White men, or just relegate them to the bottom of the pile.
What is this sick thing, called entertainment, doing to people? It really is changing the way people are and, I would go so far as to say, turning people into animals, except for the fact that the animals are far better behaved. It certainly seeks to degrade our society and it succeeds.
Anyway, this goes along with my central thesis that there is no reality — only what we see in the movies and on TV. Media is so big and so overwhelming that it really is creating reality. The media is a giant suction device that sucks people in and they become like it.
Think of the changes in society: the crudeness that is the height of cool, and the brutality that people don’t even question anymore.
Hollywood began seriously trashing Christianity several decades ago. But now it seems that a Christianity in tow is a lot more useful.
Legion lectures us that God is finally so fed up with us that he has to destroy his creation, the human race. Interestingly enough one of the reasons is our ‘racism”. Not listed as reasons are murder, rape, arson, and robbery. The subtext would seem to be that Christians never practiced Christianity. The movie uses the themes of Christianity without really ever endorsing the religion. The central themes and images of Christianity such as the Archangels and the Virgin Mary are presented in such a degrading manner that the movie cannot be understood to endorse Christianity.
I believe the message is that Christians were never truly Christian. At the same time the presentation of the themes and imagery of Christianity belittle the religion.
In the Book of Eli, we are told that it is only Blacks who truly practice Christianity while Whites use it as a means of social control and a way of deceiving and exploiting the common people. The last scene of the bookshelf, with the two books, the King James Bible and the Tanakh side by side, tell us that Christianity and Judaism are of equal value.
A politically corrected Christianity is now to be tolerated. Better to lull audiences into thinking that their religion is not just the butt of jokes and has regained some kind of dignity. Better to finish off what is left of our civilization using Christianity as the primrose path.