Saturday, November 16, 2013

Trailers: Divergent & Khumba

What does this remind you of and why?
There are at least two films Divergent reminds me of: more so The Hunger Games, and less so--but still definitely--Elysium. In a future world people are divided into factions based on personality, a teenager is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, her life is threatened. Okay, now throw in X-Men Days Of Future Past. The similarities to The Hunger Games obviously comes from the way The Reaping (when contestants in the Hunger Games will be chosen) and Elysium with the general way society is structured (we should also mention the mindset of General Zod from Man Of Steel). The Hunger Games wants us to believe that capitalism functions this way, however, we know from watching liberal talk show hosts who call for the deaths of conservatives like Ted Cruz, that liberals/socialists are the ones who don't want anyone "diverting" from the views they themselves hold (because they can't argue against it, so they just have you killed instead).
Another synopsis: "... set in a futuristic world where society has been divided into five factions. As each person approaches adulthood, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for the rest of their life. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) chooses Dauntless-the daring risk-takers who pursue bravery above all else. During the Dauntless initiation, Tris completes death-defying stunts and faces her inmost fears in spectacular simulations. When she discovers she is a Divergent, someone who will never be able to fit into just one faction, she is warned that she must conceal this secret or risk her life. As Tris uncovers a looming war which threatens her family and the life of the mysterious Dauntless leader whom she has come to love, Tris must face her greatest test yet-deciding whether revealing she is a Divergent will save her world-or destroy it." In the image above, I think that's a tattoo for each of the five factions on his back and he wants to belong to each: he doesn't want his potential limited, the way the STATE is wanting to limit it. Again, we see the same intolerance being expressed in X-Men Days Of Future Past and the death that is going to come to the mutants. We have also seen this writing on the body in at least two other films/trailers: 47 Ronin and The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (the runes; we could also cite the tattoo of the Mexican flag upon the chest of El Macho in Despicable Me 2). I want to say, but I could be wrong about this, that it's supposed to make visible for us that which is a part of ourselves, but can't be seen by others, such as our free will, our destiny, our weakness or our strength. I don't quite know what to make of it, so, if you have an idea, please let us know in the comment section below but at least keep it in your mind so if we see it again, maybe we will have enough to form a discussion about it.
This is a very real aspect of socialism and we have all ready seen it in Gangster Squad when the two men who were the best in their field died (the guy who wires houses and the fast shooter), and in World War Z, when the young virologist dies and Gerry (Brad Pitt) has to do the research himself. Why? Socialism hates exceptionalism, because socialists tend to be mediocre and are afraid of those stronger than themselves because they know they will be thrown out of power by smarter people. Consider this trailer for Khumba:
While individual groups might give someone a hard time (we'll take about "desolation" in my next post on the trailer for Noah) for being "different," as a country, we have always embraced our own differences and the differences of others because our strengths lie in our differences: for example, the different mutants in the X-Men series, and the different heroes of The Avengers. These are not just political questions being brought up by these films, but philosophical questions that have political ramifications.
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