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It's fear mongering time boys and girls. (Spoiler warning!)
Settting: the movie is shot through a hand-held camera for the entire duration of the movie. The precendent for this type of cinematography was set
by the Blair Witch Project. I believe the psychological effect on the audience is two-fold:
A stronger sense of realism and authenticity.
By capturing the surroundings through a confined tunnel-like vision window, the viewer is left guessing as to what is going on in the periphery.
Both effects function to increase the level of viewer suspense and anxiety.
Although the big bad über-creature obviously cannot reach into and roam around in the narrow subway tunnels, it gets help by scary-looking and hostile spider-like creatures the size of dwarfs. I believe that these smaller critters, which have no semblance to the bigger über-critter, were put into the movie-script to imbue the notion that even the underground in general, and the subway in particular, offers no safe refuge to whatever danger is brought to bear and wreaking havoc above the ground. Of course, it just so happens that one of the main characters gets bitten by one of the smaller critters and later on dies a violent death, thus further adding to the viewer's anxiety.
In other words, during a calamitous event, whether you are above the ground or underground, be afraid.... be very afraid.
Of course the only governmental entity that can possibly give sanctuary to the victims of the calamity is the armed forces or so the movie suggests. This gives the viewer the impression to place trust, preferably unconditional, in the military during times of mayhem.
Although the remaining characters of the movie get away in a military helicopter the main critter manages to thwart their escape to presumed safety by swooping the chopper down to the ground, thus setting in motion the chain of events that would lead to the demise of all remaining movie characters. Even the army does not seem to give a guarantee of safety during times of calamity, although the movie suggests it is the only option that is extended to you in regards to survivability.
It is not a terribly big stretch to think that the creatures portrayed in the movie are not particularly realistic but that's not really relevant to the programming imbued I believe. The function of the movie seems to be to instill more fear into the public by promoting the notion that safe havens are found neither above the ground or under it. Another function is to get the public used to a police state type of society and to place trust in the military above all else although even they cannot warrant public safety.
Both effects function to increase the level of viewer suspense and anxiety.
A trick used by the Dairy of the Dead which was a big let down for me, I agree with your observations when I think about them.
The function of the movie seems to be to instill more fear into the public by promoting the notion that safe havens are found neither above the ground or under it. Another function is to get the public used to a police state type of society and to place trust in the military above all else although even they cannot warrant public safety.
The part when the brother is half eaten and then spat out made me laugh in my head, this big building /city destroying monster would stop to munch a single human?
Would you stop while your being attacked to eat a crumb and spit it out
Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:27 am
Joined: 26 Dec 2007 Posts: 51 Location: Leeuwarden of all places...
Jerry (Mel Gibson) is a rather paranoid, slightly delusional, and slightly disturbed conspiracy theorist. If not engaged in conspiratorial theories, he works as a taxi driver who seems to be constantly on the edge, fueled, presumably, by sufficient doses of caffeine which leaves him constantly rambling on about a whole host of conspiracy theories to his bewildered taxi fares who all give the viewer the distinct impression just wanting to be left alone. His living apartment is a littery mess, and the level of his paranoia is clearly demonstrated by his nutty habit of putting locks on not only his refrigerator but the food containers stored in it as well. This rather blatant caricature of the conspiracy theorist (or researcher), an acting performance that admittedly perhaps can only be accomplished by someone of the caliber of Mel Gibson, sets the freakish tone for the entire movie. Viewers are thus left with the notion that basically conspiracy theorists are individuals suffering from various expressions of psychopathology, namely: hyperactivity, delusion and paranoia.
Therefore the movie seems to sponsor a critical frame of reference which rejects anyone who choses to scrutinize and subsequently criticize the society he or she lives in. True, the conspiracy theorist in the movie is of the sympathetic hero type but his level of craziness far outweigh his credibility as an astute critic of society, an interpretation that is all the more supported when it is revealed that he is the victim of a mind control program suffered earlier in his life. Thus the movie suggests that his mind is warped to begin with and it is but to be expected that all kinds of mental borderline-insane non-sense is churned out by it.
Therefore, through some conspiratorial watershed event, should conspiracy theories become more prevalent
in the future the public is already being prepped to receive budding conspiracy theorists with ample doses of ridicule. Remember this movie was made in 1997, i.e. 4 years before 911 = the designated watershed event. Even George W Bush emphasized "not to tolerate outrageous conspiracies" shortly after 911.
So on the one hand you have the emergence of all kinds of conspiracy theories disseminated most significantly through Internet and on the other hand you have movies such as the one discussed here, condemning the budding conspiracy theorist. As such, this movie, though charming as it may be in some cinematographic respects, may be interpreted as a psychological counterintelligence operation aimed at thwarting (budding) critics of society and government.
Towards the end of the movie the meat and potatoes of the theme of the movie is revealed. It is confirmed that yes indeed their was such a thing as a CIA Mind Control program (MK-ULTRA) but it was terminated already in 1973. Then, what will turn out to be the bad guy of the movie ("Jonas"), continued its research independently from, the movie suggests, any government organizations. Of course, the technology of MK-ULTRA then was purportedly stolen and its mind control subjects were deployed in the private sector. This makes it look as if, yes the government was involved in Mind Control, but no they were not responsible for any ensuing acts of assassination. Instead the movie makes it look as though historic assassinations carried out by Mind Controlled "Manchurian Candidates" were done by renegade factions operating independently from the government, the latter which then consequently walks away from any blame. By sticking to this theme, where the bad guys are invariably just some radical renegade governmental offshoot, limited in scope and authority, it seems never appropriate or righteous to accuse government, or a governmental organization, in its entirety. This theme can also be seen in effect in the psyop works of Dan Brown with his filmed book 'The DaVinci Code' and other movies such as 'Shooter'.
Therefore the function of this movie, with respect to programming, on the viewing audience is twofold. First, it is to help persuade the viewer to reject through ridicule and contempt, people engaged in critically reviewing society and government. And secondly, it is to help convince the viewer that if there is government involvement in criminal or unethical activity it is always being perpetrated by small criminal break-away factions spun off from government rather than involvement by the government as a whole.
Let's home in on the very concept of conspiracy theory. Now, a theorist is someone who engages in theories, or speculation, with respect to some arbitrary subject matter. However, a more ambitious researcher would want to be able to test his or her idea or theory with some means of verification or fact checking. In science, this would simply be the analogue of experiment or observation. Therefore if a theory turns out to be not supported by the facts belonging to the case, the theory is in need of revision to be afterwards again be subjected to fact checking and altered accordingly if need be, and so on until both theory and experiment are most compatible with each other... Therefore people who take their research a bit more serious and who sincerely strive to have their theories conform to actuality as much as possible, would much better be called conspiracy scientists rather than be given the handicap label of conspiracy theorist. Coming back to the movie, here comes the self-proclaimed conspiracy theorist Jerry who even states during the movie that neither of his theories can be proven, arguing that a good conspiracy theory simply cannot be proven. As such, Jerry throws what little left of his own credibility out of the window and thus leaving the viewer with the impression even more that people who engage in conspiracy theories, no matter how sympathetic they may be, are in actual fact but mere fruitloops, one way or another.
Then there are some dialogues/passages that I thought were rather salient and deserved extra addressing:
"Jerry: They'll stick me in the same place as Oswald, just another lunatic acting alone.
Alice: Oswald killed the President, is that what you're planning to do Jerry?
Jerry: No, on the contrary."
This can be counted as a confirmation to the idea that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing John F Kennedy, which is ironically and remarkably quite unlike what real life 'conspiracy theorists' believe by and large.
"Jerry: The Oliver Stone-Bush Connection. If anyone who has the information he's got and had a national podium to shout it from, they actually let him do it? No it's quite clear that he is a disinformation junky for them....The fact that he's still alive says it all. He probably should be dead but he's not."
Well I agree that Stone is a disinfo agent but not with the specifics given here. Stone made "JFK", a movie critical of the official "lone nutter" explanatory fairy tale. Indeed it stands to reason to suspect that the powers that be never would allow a movie to come out revealing the whole truth about the Kennedy assassination. Since the people responsible for the assassination are never revealed in the movie it is fair to assume that the maker of "JFK" is indeed in league with the same powers that were responsible for the assassination. As researcher Eric Jon Phelps pointed out the actual hand in the Kennedy assassination is hinted at by phrases such as when DA Jim Garrison utters the phrase "Black is white and white is black", a slogan Phelps maintains is listed in the book of Spiritual Exercises belonging to apprentices of the Jesuit Order. Indeed, since Kennedy refused to recognize the Pope's temporal power in the US he made himself a open target for assassination by the Vatican to be executed under the auspices of its Praetorial Guard, the Jesuits. So I would agree with Jerry only if "The Oliver Stone-Bush Connection" would be replaced by "The Oliver Stone-Vatican Connection". That this may indeed give a more accurate rendition of actuality is further evidenced by the fact that Mel Gibson himself is very friendly with the Jesuits and the Gibsons since long have had strong ties with Opus Dei.
"Lone gunman assassins have three names. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, Mark David Chapman."
Although it is true that the full names given here comprise three names, the truth-content of the statement as a whole is in severe doubt. Personally, I think the case of the lone gunman assassin is very weak compared to a conspiratorial interpretation in all three alluded cases. However, to slip a semi-truth into a sentence like this tends to make it look as if the whole sentence is true to a gullible viewer. As such, ironically a technique is laid to bear aiming at deceptively trying to dissuade the viewer precisely from seeking refuge to conspiracy theories since, by construction, 'lone gunman theories' refute the need for appealing to conspiratorial accounts to explain away the transpired events.
To recap, as ironic as it may seem I maintain that this movie needs to, at least, be frowned upon by 'conspiracy theorists' and the like, rather than being received with open arms. This should not be one of your banner movies folks....
Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:18 am
Joined: 26 Dec 2007 Posts: 51 Location: Leeuwarden of all places...
This is typically a movie for young people, especially boys who still like to play around with toy guns and are the most likely army recruits later in life. The movie is probably a bit too childish to the most adult movie veterans and although admittedly the movie seems to have its spoofy moments, the overal tone of the movie is quite serious as well (there are no jars of artificial blood spared in this one). Given its possible impact on a young viewing public I decided to treat the movie as a serious work of propaganda rather than let it slip away as a harmless spoof.
"If you're against the war, you're against us...", seems to be the boring du jour slogan of The Federation (the central type of governing body). False dichotomous maxims like this remind me of the one uttered by no less than US President George Bush himself, who said not too long after 911 that "You are either with us, or you are with the terrorists." Again, there's little resting ground for the pacifist. Consequently, war protesters are without recourse summarily executed since they are considered to be quite literally enemies of the state.
Thus it will comes as little surprise to the viewer that the movie portrays a society in which Martial Law is in full swing. Seemingly every government official is wearing an army uniform, a type of which is strongly reminiscent of wartime Nazi Germany. Coincidence? I think not.
In the early moments of the movie, some of the main characters, which are military men and women from the Federation, have to defend themselves against hostile farmers. Since sympathy is granted to the military at the expense of the farmers, the movie makes it look as if the
military also have the default moral upper hand. This condition is further accentuated when one of the main characters (the General) gets a serious ass-whooping from those wretched and immoral farmers.
In the eyes of the viewer, given the movie's unconditional moral preference for the military, the most ferocious kind of Fascism - Nazism - gets a huge endorsement by the movie.
In order to successfully fight the enemies of the Federation (mind you, I'm talking about the bugs now rather than the peaceful war-protestors) a crack military team is outfitted with an impressive type of high-tech exoskeletal robotic armour, of which the following is said in the movie: "The hardwire interfaces directly with your nervous-system." This suggests that, at least in the military, that once a trooper gets its brain wired onto (external) hardware, nothing but good and prosper comes out of it. Of course, to stress viewer attraction towards (brain)implants a bit more, imagery of nudity are joyously blent in with the movie scenery. This way, the attractiveness of the idea of future implants is boosted with sex-appeal.
It's quite remarkable that the movie portrays a society in which an almost perfect balance exists between male and female soldiers, even in the crack outfit. The movie makers seemingly went out of their way to avoid sexism at all costs. The feminists may be pleased with the outcome and the army recruiters may perhaps look towards times of welcoming more female recruits.
In one of the final scenes there's a remarkable confluence of two sequences: you see two women praying out loud and you see the hardware amped-up crack rescue team very effectively shooting away at the enemy bugs with "everything they got."
It is thus suggested that the gunslinger amped-up crack-team saviours are envoys of God himself. The viewer is left with the impression that military intervention sometimes earns no less than the blessing of God, especially if there are people praying hard enough for it. The salutation to God in the movie together with the Nazi character of the good-guys combined with its success in conquering evil suggests to the viewer that a Nazi kind of society is indeed sanctioned by God. And what an insane notion that is, but the naive viewer may be unlikely to notice this.
Tue Aug 12, 2008 12:51 pm
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I could identify three major predictive programming themes in this movie.
1. The Cold-War-inspired hatred for the Russians is given a good jolt once again. The Russians are the bad guys and the Americans are once again the good guys. The leader of the Russian bad guys (Cate Blanchet!) is a psychopathic individual who has a habit of stopping at nothing in order to attain what she wants. The gullible viewer is therefore helped in being persuaded to regard the Russians with scorn and contempt again. Regarding the tense and volatile situation with Iran - Russia - China, this imposition of anti-Russian sentiment on Western viewers seems rather well-timed in the current geopolitical arena.
2. The movie suggests that the development of human culture, and perhaps even humanity itelf, at some point in the past experienced the presence of tangible alien beings from outer space. Indeed, the shape of the unearthed crystal skull is not traditionally human (unlike the actual genuine crystal skulls: http://www.crystalskulls.com/13-crystal-skulls.html ) but seems to be rather like what is commonly referred to in SciFi circles as that belonging to "Grey aliens." Thus the Grey aliens have meddled in our own evolution, the movie suggests. To help the viewer get on the right propaganda feed-track even better, the movie near the end features nothing short of a rotating flying disc of which the Grey alien featured in the movie supposedly is native to. Therefore we have a scenario that is quite popular in the alternative media wherein Grey aliens have interfered with our culture, possibly even having created us and arrived here in 'flying saucers' (or UFOs). This theme of course adds fuel to the fire to the mind of the viewer that we were created by physical alien beings who travelled here in flying saucer-like physical vehicles.
There's no room given to the possibility that there might be a more etheric or untangible factor responsible for the creation of humanity. The movie leaves untouched the possibility of spiritual beings (demons) being responsible for our creation and subsequent cultural evolution. Instead it seems to exclusively support the materialistic notion that physical or tangible beings (Grey aliens) created physical beings (=us humans without spirit). The alternative to this point of view would be, for instance, the Christian Gnostic ontological explanation that etheric beings (e.g. demons) created the physical part of our beings (humans minus spirit). I do not intend to ignite a debate on the ontology of our own existence and how we came to be but this is besides the point, the movie clearly favors the former exclusively physical interpretation. Propaganda is inherently one-sided and uncompromising!
3. The Russian commander is responsible for promoting the idea that the Hived Mind, a mind from a collective of interconnected beings, has a higher potency than the sum of its parts. She states that the Hived Mind defined by some group of people is "more powerful together than they [the group] can ever be apart." I expect this to be precisely consistent with the propagandistic future sales-gospel for the brainchip. I anticipate it to be marketed as being no less than God's gift on Earth. The idea will be peddled to the public that it offers only benefits to you as you are being absorbed into a more supremely intelligent collective. The viewer is thus drawn a little closer towards acceptance of the brainchip, all the while not realizing that it will actually make him or her rather like an insignificant little workerbee, barren of any kind of mental, spiritual and physical freedom. The brainchip is therefore nothing short of the death sentence for the individual human being. So take heed of any kind of propaganda slung in your way that would have you made believe otherwise!
Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:51 am
Joined: 26 Dec 2007 Posts: 51 Location: Leeuwarden of all places...
I've taken all my analyses, brushed them up and fumbled them all into one blog:
Next are two reviews that pretty much reveal the themes embodied in the movie. I have high-lighted, through boldfacing, the parts I considered relevant to a predictive programming oriented discussion. At the end of each high-lighted segment is attached a footnote number referring to an expansion written below the two following reviews.
Any human being who shares the same nuclear gene set as another human being is deemed to be genetically identical. The relations of one are the relations of all.
Due to IVF, ID embryo splitting and cloning techniques it is necessary to prevent any accidental or deliberate genetically incestuous reproduction.
I. All prospective parents should be genetically screened before conception. If they have 100%, 50% or 25% genetic identity they are not permitted to conceive
II. If the pregnancy is unplanned, the foetus must be screened. Any pregnancy resulting from 100%, 50% or 25% genetically related parents must be terminated immediately
III. If the parents were ignorant of their genetic relationship then medical intervention is authorized to prevent any further breach of Code 46
IV. If the parents knew they were genetically related prior to conception it is a criminal breach of Code 46.
Code 46 is a love story set in a Brave New World-type near-future where cities are heavily controlled and only accessible through checkpoints.(1) People cannot travel unless they have "papelles," a special travel permit issued by the totalitarianistic government, the "Sphinx".(1) Outside these cities, the desert has taken over and shanty towns are jammed with non-citizens - people without papelles forced to live primitive lives.(1) William is a family man who works as a government investigator. When he is sent to Shanghai to solve a case of fake papelles, he meets a woman named Maria. Although he realizes she is behind the forgeries, he cannot help but fall completely in love with her. He hides her crime and they have a wild, passionate affair that can only last as long as his papelles: 24 hours. Back home, William is obessed with the memory of Maria. When the original investigation is inevitably re-opened a week later and William is sent back to finish the work he started, he tracks her down, only to discover she has been accused of a Code 46 violation(2) and any further relationship is impossible. Written by Anonymous
In a near future, in a world ruled by a totalitarian government, checking of the genetic code is mandatory for any type of possible relationship between man and woman. (2)The investigator from Seattle William (Tim Robbins) travels to Shanghai to investigate the faking and stealing of special Visas called "papelles". The main suspect is Maria Gonzales (Samantha Morton), who works in the company Sphinx, but William falls in love for her and protects her. They have a passionate one night stand, and sooner they find that they are genetically incompatible to each other and they have violated the Code 46. (2)Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It is the not-too-distant future, in a world which appears to suffer from overpopulation and large scale environmental degradation.(1) The population is divided between those who live "inside", in high density cities physically separated from "outside", where a poor underclasses lives. Access into and travel between the cities is highly restricted, and regulated through the use of health cover documents, known as "papelles" (1)in the global pidgin language of the day. This comprises elements of English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Italian, Urdu and Mandarin.(3)
Residents of the cities venture outside at night and remain indoors during the day, as direct sunlight has become hazardous to their health, perhaps through ozone depletion.(4) The form of government appears to be somewhat authoritarian in nature, and society is regulated by various "codes". The eponymous code of the movie title prohibits "genetically incestuous reproduction", which may occur as a result of the various medical technologies which have become commonplace, such as cloning.
The main character is William Geld (Tim Robbins), an insurance fraud investigator based in Seattle who is sent to Shanghai to interview employees at a company known as "The Sphinx", which manufacturers insurance cover documents. William's assignment is to identify employees who are suspected of forging and smuggling covers. After interviewing numerous Sphinx employees, he identifies a young worker named Maria Gonzalez (Samantha Morton) as the cover forger. He is able to do this by means of a genetically engineered "empathy virus" which allows him to obtain unstated information from people if they voluntarily reveal something about themselves.(5) Maria tells William that she has the same dream each birthday: she is traveling the subway to meet someone she cannot identify. Each birthday she is one station closer to her destination, where she expects to meet the person she is looking for. William is captivated by her, and instead of turning her over to security, identifies another employee as the forger.
William then follows Maria and they meet and begin an affair. They have dinner, then go to a nightclub. Putting complete trust in a man who could have had her arrested, Maria reveals how she was able to smuggle papelles out of her workplace. In the club they meet Damian (David Fahm), a naturalist who longs to travel to Delhi to study bats. He has applied for cover for eight consecutive years but has been refused each time. Maria supplies Damian with a papelle. William is upset by this and indicates that he should turn Maria over to the authorities, but Maria somehow knows that William would not do this. William explains that there are legitimate reasons why Damian is unable to obtain the proper clearances legally. However, Maria believes that some risks are worth taking to fulfill one's dreams and that no one has any right to interfere if those she helps are willing to take that risk.
William and Maria then leave for her apartment where they spend a passionate night together. While there Maria shows William her "memory scrapbook" (an electronic booklet that records and displays video from the user's mind), which contains memories of her parents and close friends.(6) Other movies show her passing off papelles to various people. Maria says she thinks these people are beautiful and that their eyes are full of desire and dreams, and she wants to help them. As Maria sleeps, William finds a forged cover in her room and takes it.
William's travel cover will expire the next day so he returns home to his family. On the way to the airport, he stops to give the forged cover document to a poor street vendor at the city's perimeter checkpoint, an act of humanity which could change the anonymous vendor's life. A few days later he learns that Damian died in Delhi after exposure to a virus to which he had no immunity(5), and it is known that Damian was able to travel there using a forged cover made while William was in Shanghai. William is reprimanded by his superior for not discovering the true Sphinx forger. He explains that he had trouble with his empathy virus and requests that someone else be sent. However, he is ordered to deal with the problem and to return to Shanghai to complete his assignment.
Upon his return William discovers that Maria has gone. Her apartment is abandoned and the only clue to her whereabouts is an appointment scheduled at a medical clinic. He visits the clinic and using his empathic abilities learns that Maria was pregnant, but that the pregnancy was terminated due to a violation of Code 46.(2) William knows that this means Maria is somehow genetically related to him, but he has no idea how this is possible.
William discovers that Maria has been taken to another institution to have her memory of the episode erased.(6) He travels there and talks to Maria, but finds her memory of him has been erased and she no longer knows him. He succeeds in getting the clinic to release Maria into his care by telling them she is a witness in his fraud investigation. After she is released William proves to Maria that she knows him by his intimate knowledge of her and by showing her her memory recording of when she gave Damian the papelle, which includes a shot of William. Williams tells her about the memory erasure, but denies knowing why it was done. He also tells her about how he didn't report her for fraud. Maria is disturbed by this information and becomes very distressed. William gives her a sleeping pill and while she is sleeping, he cuts some hair from Maria's head and takes it to a facility which provides instantaneous DNA analysis (similar to the one portrayed in Gattaca), and discovers that Maria is fifty percent genetically related to him, and that she is a biological clone of his mother, who was one of a set of twenty four in-vitro fertilised clones.(2) This knowledge does not affect William's feelings, but instead of going back to Maria he freaks out and decides to go home to his familly. However when he tries to leave he is not allowed to do so as his cover is now expired.
William then realises that his only hope of returning home is to get a papelle from Maria. He returns to Maria's apartment and tells her about his inability to leave and she agrees to help him. She tells him she must acquire a papelle and that she will meet him at the airport later. She goes to work and obtains a papelle. While taking a train to meet William she remembers her birthday dream, and that he was the person she is looking for in the dream, and she remembers her feelings for him. She meets William and gives him the papelle and then tells him she remembers him. He decides not to leave her.
William and Maria then travel to Jebel Ali in the Middle East, which does not require special travel clearance. The two hide out in the old city where they book a room. Here William reveals to Maria that as well as the memory wiping she has been given a virus that induces a terrorizing adrenaline rush in response to physical contact with the person who brought about the Code 46 violation.(6) However, Maria still wants to make love with William and so he ties her down to prevent her from fleeing once the adrenaline rush kicks in.
Afterward, Maria enters a somnambulistic state also caused by the virus which forces her to report the further Code 46 violation to the authorities.(5) She is unconscious of this though William is aware of the virus's reaction. They then rent an old car and travel away to escape the authorities who are tracking them. William crashes the car while avoiding a collision with pedestrians and they are both knocked unconscious.
When William awakes he finds himself in Seattle with his wife and child. He has no memory of Maria or the Code 46 violation, as all memories of her and their time together have been completely flushed from his mind.(6) The authorities had brought William before a tribunal, but decided the empathy virus had affected his judgment. He attempts to use the empathy virus to read his son's thoughts on the drive back from the hospital, but is unable to. Maria is more severely punished by having her memories of William loving her un-erased(6), essentially forced to remember him and exiled to the place she hated the most, the desert.
The viewer is confronted with the following elements of predictive programming:
Overpopulation is a given. Cities are cordoned off and inaccessible without special travel permits, called "Papelles" implemented through thumb or finger scanning. The viewer is made aware of a futuristic prospect of over-population and government control exercised by stringent travel restrictions.
Code 46: Compelling regulations are put in effect regarding reproduction. The natural way to conceive children has taken a backseat and "in-vitro" ("test tubes") ways of conception seem to have gained prominence, while reproduction is subjected to restrictive laws. The viewer is made aware to the idea that the government will have more say in the specificity of the children you may want to have than Mother Nature.
There seems to be one global language spoken, a mixture of several widely spoken languages but predominantly consisting of English, and containing traces of Spanish and French. The emphasis of the presence of a global language seems to familiarize the viewer with the concept of globalization and unification a bit further.
The daylight seems have a toxic influence on the wellbeing of humans, in contrast with the darkness of the night which is bearable for humans. This theme seems to paint a scenario in which the world has fallen victim to its own pollution. A fashionable but no way scientifically endorsed cause for global pollution is humanly induced CO2 emission. The viewer may feel a certain sense of commitment to help reduce global pollution by accepting responsibility in contributing towards lessening CO2 emissions. As such, this theme is highly compatible with the whole Global Warming myth and welcomes the much touted but phony CO2 emission discouragement swindle dressed up as a remedy, called Carbon Tax.
Viral-based technology abounds. The society of the future seems to feature a versatile virus-mediated technology capable of manipulating (enhancing or restricting) the host of a virus in a number of ways:
"Empathy viruses" function to obtain unstated information from people if they voluntarily reveal something about themselves to the carrier of this virus.
Unauthorized visits to certain cities can be met with death if no prior immunity for locally prevalent viruses has been obtained.
A virus is given to Code46 violators, which is responsible for causing violent adrenaline reactions in case recidivism should occur between two Code46 violators.
Memory retention can be manipulated by undisclosed neurological/ neurosurgical technology. That is, memory a person has of a specific event can either be wiped or, if they were wiped before, can also be restored again. This suggests that the process of the erasure of a memory actually consists of a reversible suspension of conscious access to that memory.
The movie also alludes to a technology that enables retrieval of memories and place them into electronic storage devices.
At some stage there's a woman revealing to the main character that she belongs to a religion she refers to as "Christian Science." Perhaps this is to make the viewer aware of any possible profound future merger between science and Christianity. Given its rather "progressive" tendencies nowadays, this may be the choice future garb the Roman Catholic Church may want to cloak itself in.
Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:03 pm
Joined: 26 Dec 2007 Posts: 51 Location: Leeuwarden of all places...
This movie features some interesting themes and symbology other than the predictive programming kind, so pardon me if I dwell a bit on details and go off on tangents a bit more than I do usually.
Following an apocalyptic Third World War, the strict government of the city-state Libria has eliminated war by suppressing all human emotion. In the monochromatic and sedated society, artifacts from the old world (works of art and music that may evoke some emotion) are destroyed and the population is required to take emotion sedatives. Grammaton Cleric Preston (Bale), a man trained to locate and arrest those guilty of feeling emotions, finds himself abandoning the drug and experiencing outlawed feelings. As he struggles to conceal his feelings from his superiors, colleagues, and family, Preston finds himself drawn into a sinister world of double-crossings and lies, and becomes an unwitting pawn in a sophisticated plot which ultimately changes the repressed society forever.
Let me first start off with pinpointing the obvious predictive programming themes:
This movie offers an ominous glance into a rather cold Brave-New-World futuristic type of society, in which Huxley's premonition of a society in which its inhabitants are (voluntarily?) sedated by happiness pills, to combat states of depression, anxiety, sorrow and all the rest of it... has now been replaced by the actualization of a society in which its members are mandated to self-administer a medication that radically suppresses feelings altogether.
It so happens that the leaders of society have decided, no doubt after a profound deliberation (sarcastic joke), that, based on the presumption that unchecked human emotions are the leading cause of all the misery in the world in general, and war in particular, it was simply the best thing to do to altogether eradicate the full scope of human feelings.
Never mind that vital and intrinsically benign and nurturing emotions such as sensations of pain, love and compassion, are also flushed down the drain. And never mind that indeed feelings are of crucial importance in the basic act of decision-making, so that necessarily everyone with one iota of responsibility simply cannot do without feelings and emotions. Therefore, at least those who have leadership obligations have to still be able to feel to avoid persistent states of frustration regarding decision-making. As it turns out, this is indeed the case as the society's leader confesses at the end of the movie that he still is able to feel:
To enforce such an abhorrently dystopian society to function, a Big Brother-like Police State is established, in which human emotions are outlawed and suppressed. Behavior gets to be ruled by reason, exclusively.
Police officers are typically dressed out in black gestapo-like uniforms with long overcoats and wearing motorcycle helmets that serve to not only protect the head but to also obfuscate the officers' identities. Through making the police more anonymous an instant distance is created between them and regular citizens, especially the considered enemies of the state, who are simply: people who are still able to feel: so-called "Sense Offenders." Compare the police of yesteryear with the police of today, especially in the US, to acknowledge the (predictive programming) theme of the militarization of the police already is coming to fruition.
To drastically enforce preventing people from having emotions a drug is created called Prozium, which needs to be administered several times a day by means of automated inoculations. All civilians are mandated to take this essentially zombifying drug. As such, a pale and robotic kind of society emerges out of the ashes of the devastation brought on by a cataclysmic nuclear WWIII. Regarding programming this movie is not the best way to try to peddle any government intentions of mandatory public drug use, but still we are being prepared nonetheless. Also note that the movie allows for the possibility that the leadership does not require to take sense-numbing medication.
Let's now focus on somewhat less apparent predictive programming elements. First off, it is not too hard to detect similarities between the society painted in Equilibrium and former Nazi Germany.
In fact, the reigning flag of Libria for instance features nothing short of a Teutonic Cross:
A banner-flag featuring the Teutonic Cross suggests rule by the Teutonic Order. So who are the Teutonic Knights?
The Teutonic Order is a German Roman Catholic religious order. Its members have commonly been known as the Teutonic Knights, since it was a crusading military order during the Middle Ages and much of the modern era.
In 1143 Pope Celestine II ordered the Knights Hospitaller to take over management of a German Hospital in Jerusalem, which, according to the chronicler Jean d’Ypres, accommodated the countless German pilgrims and crusaders who could neither speak the local tongue (i.e. French) nor Latin (patrie linguam ignorantibus atque Latinam). However, although formally an institution of the Hospitallers, the pope commanded that the prior and the brothers of the domus Teutonicorum (house of the Germans) should always be Germans themselves, so a tradition of a German-led religious institution could develop during the 12th century in Palestine.
Modern Teutonic Order
The Order continued to exist in Austria, out of Napoleon's reach. Beginning in 1804 it was headed by members of the Habsburg dynasty until the 1923 resignation of the Grand Master, Archduke Eugen of Austria.
In 1929 the Teutonic Knights were converted to a purely spiritual Roman Catholic religious order and were renamed Deutscher Orden ("German Order"). After Austria's annexation by Nazi Germany, the Teutonic Order was suppressed throughout the Großdeutsches Reich from 1938-1945, although the Nazis used imagery of the medieval Teutonic Knights for propaganda purposes. The Order survived in Italy, however, and was reconstituted in Germany and Austria in 1945.
By the end of the 1990s, the Order had developed into a charitable organization and incorporated numerous clinics. It sponsors excavation and tourism projects in Israel and the Palestinian territories. In 2000 the German chapter of the Teutonic Order declared insolvency, and its upper management was dismissed. A 2002-03 investigation by a special committee of the Bavarian parliament was inconclusive.
Influence on German nationalism
German nationalism often invoked the imagery of the Teutonic Knights, especially in the context of territorial conquest from eastern neighbours of Germany and conflict with nations of Slavic origins, who were considered by German nationalists to be of lower development and of inferior culture. The German historian Heinrich von Treitschke used imagery of the Teutonic Knights to promote pro-German and anti-Polish rhetoric. Such imagery and symbols were adopted by many middle-class Germans who supported German nationalism. During the Weimar Republic, associations and organisations of this nature contributed to laying the groundwork for the formation of Nazi Germany. Emperor William II of Germany posed for a photo in 1902 in the garb of a monk from the Teutonic Order, climbing up the stairs in the reconstructed Marienburg Castle as a symbol of the German Empire's policy. During World War II, Nazi propaganda and ideology made frequent use of the Teutonic Knights' imagery, as the Nazis sought to depict the Knights' actions as a forerunner of the Nazi conquests for Lebensraum. Heinrich Himmler tried to idealize the SS as a 20th century incarnation of the medieval knights.
Hence, as the Nazis and the Teutonic Knights went hand in hand, it can be safely assumed that Libria essentially is ruled by Nazism. As good hospital-operating Teutonic Knights do, Libria's leadership approaches the problems of society as a medical problem, which, according to good allopathic (German) tradition enthuses over treatment with pharmaceuticals, applied in the characteristic brute force fashion. The rationale being that since no success has been obtained in controlling unchecked human emotion (considered the root of all the world's problems) using non-invasive means, it is decided best to simply chemically anesthetize feelings altogether; indeed a very radically intolerant and invasive approach that is most compatible with Nazi ethics.
Of course the movie never even remotely addresses the idea that the prevalence of war basically has more to do with sinister shadow politics engaged between filthy rich and megalomaniacal men than it has to do with the emotional incontinence of the ordinary masses. The viewing crowd is lured into believing that the phenomenon of war is basically the fault of Joe Six-pack and Jane Soap-opera.
Anyway, there are even more profound parallels to be found between Libria and the Catholic Church, no less. The fact that the Teutonic Knights formed/form a Roman Catholic Order, ultimately serving the Pope in Rome, is the first piece of evidence.
In addition, the head of state is referred to as Father so as to signify the clerical head. In the Roman Catholic Church the Pope is also referred to as the Holy Father. So those are pretty clear additional hints.
Later in the movie a scene is shown in which a "Sense Offender" is burned alive in a furnace much like the heretics of old were burned alive at the stake in the vain hope of "purifying the soul with flames". This was an all too common happening during the times of the Spanish Inquisition which, by the way, was administered by the Roman Catholic Dominican Order as well as the Jesuit Order. In addition, the scene is also reminiscent of the existence of disposal furnaces present in Nazi Germany, which functioned to get rid of corpses of persecuted political dissidents and so deemed racial adversaries. As an aside, the word Holocaust derives from Greek and means Sacrificial Burnt Offering.
Now take a look at the type of clothing the clerics are dressed in:
To make it really obvious, in one particular scene there is even a civil servant dressed up remarkably similar to a genuine Roman Catholic cleric (notice the characteristic clerical collar):
Only a blind person could now possibly still deny the parallels between the leadership showcased in the movie and the Roman Catholic clergy. This revelation comes as little surprise since it has been quite clearly demonstrated, by a number of noteworthy alternative historians such as Eric Jon Phelps and Thomas Richards, that indeed the conception of Nazism as well as its operation was greatly facilitated by the Roman Catholic Church itself. Internet references abound to prove the cooperation between the two.
First one may learn of the setting up of a Reichskonkordatbetween the Vatican and Nazi Germany. NB: A concordat is a legally binding mutually beneficial agreement between some governing body and the Papacy.
A modest grasp detailing this remarkably paradoxical unholy alliance can be obtained here: ,, , , , 
To further disclose the connection between Nazism and the Vatican there is the still ongoing class-action lawsuit with the plaintiffs being the survivors of a WWII era Croatian genocide suing the Vatican Bank (IOR). It is remarkable, to say the least, that the Vatican admitted wrongdoing but it claimed it was justified under international law. Google.
It is therefore hardly a stretch to call Nazism a Catholic invention, or at least a profoundly backed enterprise, and many of its leaders were, in fact, of Catholic nomination, including Hitler, Goebbels, Himmler, Von Papen, Bormann etc.
It was Hitler for instance, who called Himmler his Ignatius of Loyola and confessed that he "had learned much from the Jesuits", while the SS was even patterned after the Jesuit Order. , , 
So to recap, here we have a movie that drew its inspiration heavily from Roman Catholic Nazi Germany and modeled its leadership themes consistent with specific Catholic Orders (Jesuits and Teutonic Knights), much as it happened in real life history also.
It is remarkable however to realize that the hypocritical leadership in the movie is overtly anti-Nazi, if only by mere principle of condemning war in general:
It nonetheless is just as Nazi-like in character and practice as the original was, except for the externally directed war-seeking part though. Thus, in essence, nothing has changed: Nazism still rules the world (but the herds are sadly too sedated and too disengaged to notice, also much like the real life situation today).
I hesitate to call this programming as it seems also a bit of an act of whistleblowing to me too. If it can be rightfully called programming, then I believe it is to inform the public that nothing will change in the future, we will still be governed by Nazism, no matter what.
The parallels between Libria's government and 1) Nazism and 2) Roman Catholicism, are so overwhelming and blatant that it puzzles me, quite frankly. After all, would the Roman Church really welcome the release of movies that expand on the historically documented fact that Nazism and the Vatican were happily wedded together at some stage in history? It almost seems that this is indeed the intent of the movie; to instill, perhaps on a subconscious level, a deep fear, hatred and/or disgust for the Catholic Church. After all, wasn't it Machiavelli who said that to rule through fear is much better than to rule through love?
Perhaps more programming can be gleaned from the nature of the conclusion of the movie. To save society from the horrible clutches of absolute and soul-numbing tyranny, the main cleric fortunately comes to his senses (thank golly) and decides to switch sides and join the network of Sense Offenders so as to ultimately succeed in killing the Nazi clerical leader (Father). The suggested programming seems that it doesn't really matter if Nazism still rules today, some day, sooner rather than later, a saviour will emerge, deliver us from evil and we all live happily ever after. So the viewer may just as well happily sit back, relax, do nothing and just enjoy the show!
Notice that this "messianic" theme was also present in the Matrix series, and even showed the saviour (Neo) dressed up in a similar Jesuit-like outfit:
With movies like these, are we to be persuaded into believing that (renegade members of) the Jesuit Order ultimately will save us from absolute and abject tyranny? Indeed, perhaps the programming lies in the movie giving hope to the viewer that, when crises similar to the one shown in Equilibrium, there will always be valiant turncoat formerly inimical hero-types capable of saving the day. That this may very well be a vain and false hope in practice would, no doubt, be something Hollywood is reluctant to acknowledge through their movies.
Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:21 pm
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This is quite an important movie as it details government involvement in procuring funds, through illegal means, as a means to support its counter-terrorism operations.
“Although I would find it unlikely, considering the myriad of risks involved, that covert FBI or CIA organizations or programs secure funds through such spectacular means as portrayed in the movie, the viewer is nonetheless inculcated with the idea that normal ethics hardly apply to these organizations, and indeed may be ‘justly’ suspended if so desired. In other words, downright illegal means of ‘fund-raising’ are permissible. The use of potentially unethical and unlawful acts of misdirection, being of crucial importance to make the movie script work, is not shied away from either. After all, given the supposed value of its supposed protectorate, that being the safety of US citizens and/or their lifestyles, to such organizations the single paramount rule upheld must be that the end is considered ’sacred’ enough to afford the justification of any means necessary. Everything else is of subordinate importance.”