Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Blood Car, Resident Evil, Black Gold and Adopted

This is the newest Avengers trailer (release date May 4), wow there is some serious conflict here, which probably refers to the political landscape in America:
I am responding to some comments that have been posted, including on Chronicle: A Death Foretold, and I am going to try and get in that second screening of Gone. Here are a few more trailers I just found today, and two of these are really rather important. The first is Blood Carit appears the film was made in 2007 but is just being released this month in the U.K. In the near future, gas is over $35 a gallon and no one can afford to drive. Vegan geek Archie accidentally invents a car that runs on blood; since he can drive, he gets the attention of Denise, and will resort to killing to keep his car running (there is some foul language in this trailer and some suggestions of nudity):
Blood Car, like Resident Evil: Retribution hinges on what we discussed about in the last Mission Impossible: entropy.
I am confident it's not an accident that Resident Evil has an opening date of 9/14, invoking the anniversary of 9/11 and the consequences. Entropy, in different branches of science has different meanings, but in chaos theory entropy regards the ratio of a society's advancing complexity with its inevitable downfall (please see Nuclear Endgames: Mission Impossible). In Blood Car, the escalation of something like the price of oil has untold consequences for all of society, and in Resident Evil, while the exact triggering mechanism of "blacking out" civilization isn't relayed in the trailer (as in The Darkest Hour, for example) it offers us an apocalyptic forecast. In the same vein of entropy is the Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong film about the 1930s Arab oil boom and how two warring princes will fight over a small strip of desert: Black Gold.
Now that we have taken a look at how the smallest incidents in other parts of the world can have huge impacts on our own lives, we can understand a little better this next trailer, Adopted:
We have not really had a chance to talk about comedy, heretofore, but as I said in relation to The Dictator, comedy is actually a unique form of censorship, because it talks about certain things to avoid talking about other things; it targets discontinuity, for example, in Adopted, the idea that life in the West is better, but would it be better with a guy like Pauly Shore? Would it be better with a guy who is dehumanizing you because you are from Africa? While we think comedy is cathartic, it actually keeps our thoughts in by releasing some pent up energy (nervousness, anxiety, fear) only to help us hold in the most important part of it.
Keeping that in mind is the Neighborhood Watch trialer just released today. (I wasn't able to find a version I could upload directly, sorry). What does the background rap music and the stylized filming of Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Vince Vaughn in a mini van convey to us? Fears about gangs patrolling neighborhoods. Supposedly these suburban dads uncover a plot to destroy the world, and this may be very close to truth: would destruction of the middle class, and their ability to retain their middle class identity be the end of the world? Well, it could certainly mean the collapse of the economy, and if anyone would know what was happening, that would be the bread-winners of the middle class and what is keeping them from being able to win that bread.