Are We Free?: Top 10 Movies Where The Government is After You
Independence Day is the one day out of the year that Americans can stand up proudly, eat hot dogs, drink Budweisers and blow stuff up in the name of being free to not call our apartments "flats" and when we say bloody its because we fell down drunk and scraped our knee - not because we are "pissed," well we are but because we scraped our knee. OK, enough of this.
America is a wonderful place, and July 4 is one of the best holidays of the year. But what if it wasn't? What if everything we loved about this country was all-wrong? What if you woke up this morning and everything you thought you knew about being a member of the Red, White and Blue turned out to be completely the opposite of being an America - that would make everything in your life totally not-awesome.
The concept of being royally screwed over by the US government is not all that far-fetched, it happens in movies all the time!
Happy Independence Day with the top ten government conspiracy movies.
10. Canadian Bacon
Oddly, Canadian Bacon is a fiction film written and directed by documentary guru Michael Moore. The movie is about the U.S. president's (Alan Alda) need for a ratings boost, so he and his adviser (Kevin Pollak) cook up a plan to pretend to start a war with Canada. They base their idea on an actual brawl concerning beer. Naturally, aye. If we had a beer war sponsored by the U.S./Canadian government, the United States would totally win. Have you ever tried Labatts?
9. Enemy of the State
Will Smith is an enemy of the state, but it has nothing to do with NSA conspiracies; the government is still after him for ruining Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" for his "Wild Wild West" song. That was a crime against humanity.
8. Logan's Run
What if we all lived in a dome and our leader was a computer; I bet the weather would always be good. Logan's Run epitomized the hippy phrase, "don't trust anyone over 30;" in the movie 30-year olds were vaporized to limit over-population. This is like those death panels everyone was accusing Obama of a few years back, but without all the 30-year olds, who would write pointless blog lists?
7. Mercury Rising
The NSA do not get a very good rep in Mercury Rising when they go after a young Autistic boy who cracks their super-top-secret code that will do something crazy to the country! They need to make a sequel to this movie called Edward Snowden. That's it; that's the name of the sequel.
6. Murder at 1600
In Murder at 1600 , Wesley Snipes is a detective who uncovers a murder that he suspects was done by a member of the first family! None of what Snipes did in this flick helped him get out of his own IRS conspiracy whatsoever.
5. Conspiracy Theory
A few years ago I was with some friends at the Rodeo Parade and a group of crazies descended on us screaming about how when Michael Bloomberg runs for president the world will be a totalitarian state. This was two weeks after Bloomberg announced that he would never run for president. I told these people that and that I love Bloomberg and would be happy living in a world where he is the dark lord. Who was crazier in this scenario? Mel Gibson from the movie Conspiracy Theory will always take the cake.
I saw Syriana in the movie theater when it came out and I think it may have had something to do with a government/big oil conspiracy, but I can't be too sure. Actually, I have no idea what the movie was about, but it was really good, so I've been told.
3. Wag the Dog
Imagine that the Gulf War was entirely made up by the media and the president's PR people in an attempt at reelection? Hmm... why does this not sound all that implausible?
2. All the President's Men
The Watergate scandal was real! Allen Pakula just made a really good movie out of it. Government conspiracy ain't no joke.
1. The Bourne Identity
It seems like everyone in the entire
world is trying to kill Jason Bourne and yet he gets away, again and again. Jason Bourne for president!
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