Archive for March 4th, 2017
What do Rollerball, Death Race 2000, The Stars Our Destination, and The Belko Experiment have in common?
Answer: They’re all metaphors for capitalism. Yes, metaphors. Movies, believe it or not, can be metaphors.
Usually, filmmakers don’t state their intentions and they definitely don’t say their film is a metaphor.
However, if you’ve seen any of his films, you’d know James Gunn is an unusual guy. And in the Q & A for the screening at which I saw the film last night (3/3/17) he said his film is a metaphor for capitalism.
He also said it here:
Growing up in a family of lawyers and having that, looking at that and looking at my own career life, and what that’s like. How competitive I can be at times. How competitive people around me are forced to be. I think that it is a difficult part of our lives, living in a capitalist country.
Gunn, at the screening, said he loves capitalism. Makes you wonder what the film would be like if he hated capitalism.
The film is well made, funny as hell (mostly in a sick sort of way which sometimes is the best way) so see it and judge for yourself how accurate this film is as a metaphor for the society you live in.
Gunn, raised by a Catholic family, appears to be saying capitalism brings out the worst in human nature. But is there an alternative? Not in this film.
Belko‘s just a bit predictable, mostly regarding two “obligatory scenes,” scenes the film makes us want and expect after being set up in Act I.
The film delivers these promised scenes, and when it does, the audience cheers.
But with their cheers the audience may be proving the film’s (and Gunn’s) dark view of human nature (albeit a human nature shaped by a cruel environment).
A dark view shared by the filmmaker who shot this: