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14 blockbusters with sociopolitical agendas

Published: Thursday, May 22 2014 12:05 a.m. MDT

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According to US News, the original Godzilla, produced in Japan only a few years after the atomic bombs hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki, was created to express Japan's scars and anxieties relating to the attacks.

This most recent remake has been adapted to represent more modern threats, including using photos of destruction from events like the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina for inspiration, according to US New. Additionally, the film drew on the events and potential nuclear threat of Fukushima.

"If the film draws a line, it’s the use of nuclear power for weaponry," wrote US News writer Tierney Sneed.

“The question we tried to raise the most in the movie is: We try to control nature, we try to abuse it for our own benefit. Often it’s impossible that we could fully control it and something always goes wrong and actually it’s nature that controls us,” said director Gareth Edwards, as quoted by US News.

Total grossed over its opening weekend: $93,188,384

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Flashback
Kearns, UT

Daniel Snyder writing about Independence Day doesn't know the difference between an F-18 and an F-16? Duh. The president was flying an F-18. Single tail one engine on a F-16 vs a twin tail, two engine plane, F-18.

Hank Pym
SLC, UT

While The Winter Soldier was mediocre political thriller, the comments about the NSA have an element of truth. I'd encourage anyone to do research on Operation Paperclip conducted by the OSS (precursor to the CIA).

For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, SSR = OSS.

TallGuy1970
Syracuse, UT

I encourage anyone who is shaking their head in agreement with all of these "reviews" to look up the meaning of the word entertainment and then seek counseling for paranoia. That is all.

whitedragonrider milestone
RENO, NV

I concur, My daughter and I go to the movies to be entertained. We rate the movies, and if the agenda of the film becomes political than entertaining, down go its ratings, it would help if they let you rate a .5% difference, not just 1 through 10 to give a more accurate rating...

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