Yes, she is a zombie, and she defines it best, perhaps, in the turning off of all her emotions and ethics to aid Mengele in his experiments for her own safety and in the encouragement she gives to her peers for them to do the same. We would be able to tell her moral digression (absent the beret and swastika arm patch) by the absent, glazed look in her eyes and the way she looks away from Lucas when he calls out to her because she's really turning away from the call of her conscience. But the other doctors are zombies, too. It's not just their interest in self-survival which puts their moral existence on the back burner and their brain on auto-pilot; when Mengele squeezes the infection puss out of the face of the new "Mark" zombie German, the doctors are all immediately interested in the research problem.
But what about the ones who don't turn into zombies?
Because they aren't.
Socialists always wear a mask of religion, but they never believe in God, they only do it for the sake of appearing legitimate, to get votes, to win trust, and then do whatever they will. The only "god" that exists is the leaders of the state itself. This is revealed, not only in the ruthless way they treat people, but also in the "enemies" of the Reich and the Reich's first target: the British Falkland Islands. This is the second time the Falklands have made an appearance in film of the last year, the first being in The Iron Lady (for which Meryl Streep won an Oscar) and it's because British Prime Minister stood up to the socialists in Argentina, and kept them from taking over and spreading socialism to the Falklands, that Hitler targets that group of Islands as "enemy" territory.
Contagion: Bats and Pigs for full analysis). This is why, at the end, Lucas proposes to Paige, that the sanctity of marriage will protect them from the lure of socialism, and going someplace warm will keep their hearts from becoming cold to their love for each other and humanity.
She "mercifully" kills Mark; is that acceptable? No, it's not, and because the scene of Mark--without most of his limbs and absolutely no flesh over his body--"strips away" the real differences between absolute value for life (as we will see in The Collection) and "mercy killings," Paige--in penance for killing Mark--willingly sacrifices her life twice: first, when she meets Hitler in the hallway, she is willing to sacrifice herself so Lucas can escape; secondly, she's willing to let Hitler take her into his clutches to kill her as Lucas injects some of the flesh-eating bacteria into Hitler's robot suit, thereby putting Hitler into the same position as Mark was when he died. But the flesh eating bacteria has a dual purpose in the film: it is used as a weapon by socialists because they strip way our flesh and our humanity so we behave like animals in giving into our animal appetites; secondly, it's a weapon against the socialists/Nazis because it strips away their flesh to reveal who and what they really are.
|Zombie scientist with the syringe in his neck for the flesh-eating bacteria.|
We have Alfred Hitchcock to thank for that.
Brian is good, but he's not that good, and we know by one word: "lifeboats." Just as Brian doesn't understand what the word means, and Paige has to translate it, so we are invited to "translate" what "lifeboat" means and I believe it means Lifeboat, Hitchcock's 1944 war drama (for which he was nominated Best Director) in which American and British passengers on a ship are hit by a German U-Boat, get on a lifeboat, but then are taken prisoner by the captain of the German U-Boat. Brian, in other words, if given the chance, would do to the Germans what they were going to do to him, and his own inherent disrespect for life can't be allowed to exist because that's exactly the same kind of "seed" socialism needs in order to sprout. So, Paige and Lucas kill Hitler, and Mengele, and guards, what's the difference? It's been years since I have seen Lifeboat, so there is probably a more direct connection that I can't make at this time.
Again, sometimes it's easier to decode films not as well made as others because they are easier to see through; secondly, quality is a relative issue, while the poor visual effects and acting is enough to sink this film for most, it isn't for me, and the quality of the writing outweighs the disadvantages of everything else. In understanding culture and society, and how art reflects who and what we are, it's important to consider as many varying aspects as possible (and if you have Netflix Instant Streaming, it's even easier to watch). Given that Nazis At the Center Of the Earth was released in April of this year, I find it remarkably advanced of films released after it, in its employing of symbols and messages. Again, it's great for a laugh, but it also contains some very important political messages which are definitely worth our while.
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