Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Idiocracy (2006) [R]

Director: Mike Judge
Writer: Etan Cohen & Mike Judge
Luke Wilson as Cpl. "Average Joe" Bauers/"Not Sure"
Maya Rudolph as Rita
Dax Shepard as Frito Pendejo
Terry Crews as President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho
Justin Long as Dr. Lexus

Synopsis: When a top-secret military human hibernation experiment goes wrong, an "average" man and woman in the year 2005 awake 500 years later, and find themselves in the opposite of the "Jetsonian"-like future that most of us envision.

Acting:  15/20
Writing:  30/40
Directing/Editing/Production/Etc:  28/40

Overall:  73/100 C

Review: In a way, this film is like 2 stories going on at once: the basic plot of the script that anyone can follow and a social commentary meant to make us reflect on whether or not we are making the right choices as a society.

The acting is done pretty well - though it's not that hard to play people with low IQs. That being said, Justin Long as the doctor and first real introduction to just how dumb this future population really is, does a pretty great job capturing the subtle nuances that can be found in such dumb people. For example he says, "Why come you don't...." instead of "How come you don't..." or just "Why don't..."

The real high-points of this film come from the witty jokes and remarks made in the film, especially in context to the overall plot of the film ("Oh, yeah, baby. I can wait so good.... Baby I can wait two days."). The film has about as much intellectual humor as it does juvenile, basic humor. This both adds and takes away from the film at the same time. If you're really not into that kind of juvenile humor, it can start to become redundant and off-putting.

Spoiler Alert! 

The way this film explains how "idiocracy" takes place, with dumb people having too many kids and smarter people not having enough or any kids was very logical. Unfortunately, too many people have kids - and often too many - that really shouldn't. While this hasn't really turned our society into an anti-intellectual dystopia, it certainly has made it's mark as shown in the modern film, Nerve, which is also a social commentary piece.

Basically, this film shows a lot of problems that we already see today, taken to an extreme.

  • People eating and drinking like crap. (Fast-food restaurants being the main culprit.)
  • People being very technology-dependent and lazy. (Particularly with the TV.)
  • People destroying the English language. (Lots of acronyms, lack of nuance and variety, etc.)
  • People being more angry, vulgar, violent, impulsive, sensitive and emotional. (Easily offended and quicker to punish than question or try to understand.)
  • People wearing clothes that are walking advertisements. ("Brand"-obsessed; materialistic.)
  • People not thinking for themselves and believing what they're told, primarily by corporations etc. (Taking advertisements at their word rather than doing any research whatsoever themselves.)
  • Over-sexualized nature of everything/"Sex Sells" environment. (Women in the media dressing more provocative and depending more on their sex appeal than other traits.)

All of that being said, even though the film does make some great points, the plot is pretty inconsistent. As degenerated as it showed the population to be, it was truly a wonder they could keep any kind of power or plumbing going - especially considering "average Joe"/"Not Sure" was the smartest person "in the World".

End of Spoiler Alert!

Since the movie is trying to make a point by showing just how anti-intellectual society could get and how incredibly off-putting it would be, the film can be a little too successful in being off-putting. The overall message of the film makes it worth watching but it definitely could've been made in a much "smoother" manner. The way the film is edited and put together, you almost feel like you lost a couple IQ points just watching this film. It certainly makes it point about why people today should make an effort to read a little more and watch less TV etc.

Overall this film was a good social commentary that had some worthy highs as well as some off-putting lows in sending it's message.

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