Reviewing „Elysium“ by way of reviewing „Argo“, merely a year late.

And now for something completely different:


Some time ago I was sounding off to a friend about “Argo”, and the way it singles out politically loaded events, isolates them from a complex historical backdrop, and emotionally overcharges them to a degree that allows for reading the plot as historic revisionism. He reminded me that the opening sequence actually makes mention of the fact that the U.S. and Great Britain orchestrated a coup that deposed democratically elected prime minister Mossaddeq in 1953, and that it does not deny that the coup took place after his government had previously nationalized U.S. and British oil companies. Also, that the sequence can be read as making a remarkably frank statement about U.S. foreign and security policy, and that this is highly unusual coming from a major Hollywood studio production.

So, after watching “Elysium” I found myself defending it using a very similar approach. That even though it squanders a perfectly…

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