|Throughout the film, we learn how much Dan Collier (Pitt) hates the Nazis and especially the SS (Hitler's elite battalion of body guard and soldiers) but he never says why he hates them, he never enumerates the horrors socialism has brought to the world, or the concentration camps--in spite of the film taking place during April 1945 when the US army began liberating the concentration camps, the film makers made a conscious decision to ignore this and leave it out of the film--or that war was inflicted upon the US; Collier hates Nazis because he hates them, and that simple-mindedness extends to every American in the film. The US was in Germany because, according to the film, we like killing and that's what we are good at. In the scene depicted above, a German SS POW is being led through the camp because he's going to be questioned, and, seeing the SS German, Collier goes crazy and wants to kill him in cold blood, so his men have to hold him back to keep Collier from killing the German POW; Collier, "like all Americans," just wants to kill the man because he's a German and that's the only reason why America came across the Atlantic, was to kill people who were not Americans.|
But it gets worse.
What does this mean?
|This was really clever casting by the film makers. Shia LaBeouf plays Boyd "Bible" Swan, and his nickname (or "war name") is "Bible" because he is always asking men if they have been saved by Jesus Christ and going over to dying men and reciting the Lord's Prayer with them, as well as randomly quoting Scripture verse. Why is this clever casting? Shia has achieved the reputation for himself in Hollywood of being crazy. In this article, "The Many Faces Of Shia LaBeouf," the author recognizes how "dangerously close" the actor has come to wrecking his career for good because of his off-screen craziness and arrest-record (I am not arguing with the quality of Shia's performance, which is, I will say, exceptional acting and, again, is also a definite credit to the director); but I am arguing that they wanted someone that everyone would associate with "being crazy" to play the Christian so the film could cast a ugly light on anyone practicing the religion, especially as the Obama Administration is trying to squeeze our Christianity in the military completely, while making all member of the military take Islam-sensitivity courses and participate in their holidays and fasts. There are two important scenes involving Boyd: first, the scene where one of the guys wants to touch his mustache and Boyd won't let him. Hair on the upper-lip like this indicates animal appetites, and we see him killing Nazis with gusto (he's the tank's gunner) and is grateful for being able to kill them. As Americans, we are grateful to his character as well, however, the film ends with no victory, no purpose, no moral, everything they have done is just a speck in a giant void; in other words, there was no end to the war, and the Allies and America, according to the film makers, certainly didn't win the war. So Boyd's mustache is a symbol of his hypocrisy, that if God loves everyone, even Hitler, then why is Boyd killing them? The second incident involving Boyd is his quoting of both 1 John 2:16 ("Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father but is from the world. The world is passing away and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever") and Isaiah 6 ("Who shall we send? Here am I Lord, I come to do your will"). Boyd quoting the Bible is meant, just as we saw in The Conjuring, to challenge Christians that, if you actually believe what you say you believe, then why are you fighting wars? What is the difference between doing what your invisible, non-proven God tells you to do, and what the State tells you to do? Everything is passing away in the world, you shouldn't own or have anything (which is the same argument form The Conjuring; please see The Devil's Hour: The Conjuring for more). The way Boyd dies verifies that this is how the film makers feel about Christianity: Boyd gets shot in the back of the head and it goes through his eye, symbolizing that Boyd "didn't see correctly," he was seeing the Scripture's backwards (the bullet going in through the back of his head and coming out the front) because Jesus Christ didn't intend for people to worship God, but to serve Cesar and the State (sot he film makers are arguing). When Boyd quotes Isaiah 6, Collier knows the Book and verse number and says so; this knowledge, is ultimately the reason Collier dies: it's not his slavery (symbolized by his whipped back, discussed below), nor is it even his harsh treatment of Norman because he tries to make up for it and at the dinner with the two German women, tries to show that he is better than other Americans because he speaks German. No, Collier could have been spared death but Collier knew the verse of the Bible, suggesting that he has some belief in God and anyone who believes in God, according to the socialist film makers, has to die. We saw this, again, in World War Z: the only reason why that androgynous girl Seneg survives is because she sublimates her identity and she doesn't talk about her Jewish identity or God. This is political propaganda in its purest and most raw form.|
|Collier threatens Norman that, if Norman doesn't take Emma into the bedroom (to have sex with her), then he himself will, so Norman and Emma go into the bedroom and make out; before that, however, Norman reads her palm, which his grandmother taught him, and points out that Emma has the "Ring of Solomon" sign on her hand, which is rare, but he has it, too. "You like to help people," he tells her; this ties in with Germany being superior because it was socialist: in America, "you're on your own," as Pitt's character says in Killing Them Softly, but in Nazi Germany, you can have someone like Emma help you. Most people would consider Palmistry to be superstitious because there is no science to it, whereas Christianity has endured for 20 years; the film makers, on the other hand, appear to be arguing that because you can physically see and touch the Ring Of Solomon on someone's hand, that is not superstition but, because Christianity cannot be touched, that is superstition and must be done away with. When Collier and Norman first entered the apartment, Emma was under the bed hiding for fear they would rape her (her skirt was hiked up on her leg, though, and her blouse wasn't tied up at the top, so she looked loose anyway). Just as Emma was under the bed hiding from the Americans, so Norman will be under the tank hiding from the Germans.|
|Under immense pressure to do something "respectable" about ISIS, at least pretend as if he has a strategy, Obama responded in part that he would "degrade" ISIS. America has never "degraded" our enemies in the past, because we never had anyone using Saul Alinsky's Rules For Radicals in place of the Constitution; Alinsky, however, calls for enemies to be degraded, and that's what we see happening to America by the film makers. The film makers hate America so much, they show a painful sequence of total incompetence where 4 American tanks are incapable of taking out 1 German tank. (the scene depicted above). A scene like this exists solely to degrade the vets of all the Allied forces, but specifically America. This was the opposite situation in Battleship where the veterans were celebrated and honored (please see In God We Trust, All Others We Track: Battleship for more).|
|One small bright spot in the film: Scott Eastwood, son of Clint, has a small part.|
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