June 29, 2013, - 10:11 pm

Wknd Box Office: White House Down, The Heat, Redemption (Hummingbird), Dirty Wars

By Debbie Schlussel

The new movie I liked best this week isn’t the one with a lot of hype. It’s a small Jason Statham film with release in fewer theaters. But all things are relative. Here’s what I thought of all the new releases, debuting in theaters this weekend:



* “White House Down“: I already saw this same movie in March. Then, it was called, “Olympus Has Fallen” (read my review). And although this retread of that plot is a little more fun, it’s also a lot more politically correct . . . annoyingly so.

In Olympus, there was a White, ideologically nondescript President. In this one, there is Barack Obama parading as Jamie Foxx parading as “President Sawyer.” But it’s definitely Obama. He’s pretentious, brings the troops home from Afghanistan, idiotically makes a deal to withdraw all U.S. troops from the entire Middle East, has a partially-read Nelson Mandela book sitting on his mantel in the White House residence, negotiates with Iran, and makes a peace treaty between Israel, France, Russia, the United States, and all Muslim nations, including Iran. Yup, we’re supposed to believe peace with Iran is possible if we only negotiate with them and pull all troops from the entire Middle East. Dumb. Oh, and we’re supposed to believe that the President sent investigators to Iran, and found “no nuclear weapons there,” as the movie tells us. Yeah, that’s the ticket. No Iranian nukes, no such aspirations. And if you believe that, I have some land in Tehran (or Hollywood) to sell ya.

Absolutely ridiculous is the plot point that the defense industry and “military-industrial complex” are behind the plot to take over the White House and kill the President because they don’t want the peace treaty to happen, as it will kill business for them. Riiiight. ‘Cuz that’s waaaaay more believable than terrorists being Muslims . . . which has never ever happened. The movie makes a point to tell you that the world and the media mistakenly believe it’s Arabs and Muslims, when it isn’t. ‘Cuz again, they would never ever be involved in terrorism. Never. Also, did I mention that the terrorists in the plot in this movie are “right-wing” domestic terrorists? They include a “right-wing sociopath,” a “Special Forces veteran of black ops,” and a man who shot up the Post Office because there are too many Blacks working there. The Speaker of the House, who is also in on it–and ends up being a major bad guy. He justifies his involvement in trying to kill the President by telling the President, “You’re selling this country out to the Arabs.” Yup, as if those of us who know that this current President (as did the one before him) is, in fact, doing that, would plot to bomb the White House and kill the Prez. Did Janet Napolitano (who went to the Washington screening of this movie) write this crap?

Among the plot similarities between “Olympus” and “Down”: both movies have a member of the President’s Secret Service personal protection detail who is in on the plot to bring the President down, kill him, blow up the White House, and get the President’s secret codes to launch nuclear weapons. Both movies have the White House getting horribly damaged through explosives and shootings and the President nearly dying when the Joint Chiefs are gonna blow up the White House, but the President avoids this at the last minute. Both movies have idiots at the Joint Chiefs of Staff war room doing the wrong thing. Both also have the preposterous plot holes of the bad guys getting to bring guns into the White House and virtually every single member of the Secret Service detail and uniformed Secret Service at the White House killed or otherwise incapacitated at the hands of only a few guys. Just not believable. Oh, and one surviving Secret Service agent–in this movie, a Secret Service agent wannabe–saves the day in Rambo/Die Hard-like fashion. In Olympus, it was Gerard Butler. In this, it’s Channing Tatum.

Please, Hollywood, come up with something new.

The plot: Channing Tatum is a ne’er-do-well who saved the nephew of the Speaker of the House when they were serving in Afghanistan. As a reward, he’s given a job guarding and protecting the Speaker. But he wants to become a Secret Service agent protecting the President, so he goes to the White House for an interview with the world’s ugliest and most annoying female Secret Service agent–America-hater Maggie Gyllenhaal (who said America deserved 9/11). Here’s a tip: when applying for the Secret Service, if accepted, your first stop is the Secret Service Academy for several months of training. After that, agents spend years in the field as Secret Service agents before they are considered for the President’s personal protection detail. It’s not a job you can interview for from outside the agency because you know someone. Just doesn’t happen.

Anyway, Tatum doesn’t get the Secret Service job, but he’s brought along his estranged young daughter in an effort to impress her because she’s into politics, the White House, and President Jamie Foxx Obama. While they are still at the White House, technicians working on the President’s personal movie theater are really terrorists with guns they unbelievably got into the White House. First, a janitor, who unbelievably got a gun and explosives into the U.S. Capitol building blows up the Rotunda. Then, the terrorists at the White House take over. Surprisingly, there are only about 30 people, including tourists, in the entire White House (in this absurd movie), and they are all herded into a single room, including an anti-President Foxx TV talk show host, who is conservative and obnoxious/annoying. He gets killed, and everyone laughs.

Meanwhile, Channing Tatum is separated from his daughter (she went to the bathroom) when the terrorists strike, and he spends the whole rest of the movie trying to find and save her and save the President.

Yes, there are funny lines (and scenes, including one with the Presidential limo) in this movie and it’s entertaining–much more so than “Olympus Has Fallen”–but mostly it’s just a giant absurdity and rehash of a movie I saw just months ago. And, above all, it’s a Tatum-produced effort to make himself into an action hero a la the 1980’s movies. But it’s a hard buy despite the hard sell. Tatum’s no Jason Statham. Not even close.

The one thing I did find believable: when President Jamie Foxx is on the run for his life and every second counts, he stops to change his shoes to his precious, prized Air Jordans, which he wants to save. Priorities. You can bet the Obamas have a lot of the same kind of priorities, which is why people like Jay-Z infect the White House and the Presidency.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “The Heat“: Sandra Bullock plays an uptight, perfectionist, but highly achieving and ambitious, FBI agent. Melissa McCarthy is a let-it-all-hang-out, sloppy Boston cop. They initially hate each other, but are forced to work together to catch a drug lord. And after a long set of arguments and hijinks against each other, they become buddies as in a raunchy male cop buddy movie. Yay, feminism!

Yes, there are funny lines, and I laughed. But not as much as I expected to. The movie is mostly boring, stupid, and predictable. It’s not a good cop buddy movie, regardless of the gender of the lead roles. And Melissa McCarthy’s “Laugh at me ‘cuz I’m a fat slob, and therefore funny” act gets tired. And beyond five minutes, it isn’t funny. Just grotesque and slovenly.

Mostly, this movie was lame. But, hey, they got a big paycheck. Cha-ching. It may be called, “The Heat.” But there’s no truth in advertising here. There’s nothing hot about this predictable time-waster. In fact, it left me cold.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Redemption” (Hummingbird): I liked this Jason Statham movie the best out of all the new releases, this weekend. But all things are relative. Originally called Hummingbird, it’s about Joey Jones (Statham) a veteran of some Middle East war (either Iraq or Afghanistan, apparently), who went nuts, fled from a court-martial, and is now just a homeless drunk on the streets of London.

Thugs beat him and a homeless girl he watches over and loves. When the thugs chase him, he escapes through the roof of a building into a penthouse apartment, which just happens to be unoccupied for the summer, as its occupant, Damon (apparently a gay, big name photographer), is spending the summer in New York. So Statham stays there and brings himself “back to life,” cleaning himself up, getting a job as an enforcer for a Chinese mob, and ultimately seeking revenge for the killing of the young homeless girl, who has been murdered by a john when she was forced to work as a prostitute. He is an “avenging” angel.

During all this time, Statham amasses money and gives a lot of it to the attractive Polish nun, who mans the soup kitchen where he ate when he was homeless. And he and the nun have a brief romantic flirtation in which they learn they have very similar mysterious pasts.

I found this movie very entertaining, but it’s extremely violent and its message–if there is one–is quite muddled. While Statham tries to avenge the young girl, he’s just as violent and mean to others as a Chinese Mob enforcer, a point the nun makes to him. And while the movie is built on an interesting idea–a homeless man who finds himself in a luxury apartment for a few months, with access to funds and the good life–some of it was a little too coincidental, such as the fact that the man whose apartment it is just happens to wear the same size clothing as Jason Statham, in addition to happening to be out of the country when Statham lands there.

Still, if you like Jason Statham (I’m a fan), you’ll probably like this movie. It’s full of action, and has an interesting story line.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Dirty Wars“: This anti-American, apologist “documentary” by the far-left “journalist” Jeremy Scahill (of “The Nation”) was boring and absurd, but, hey, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Rand Paul, and other flip-flopping partisans who’ve attacked Obama for killing “U.S. citizen” Anwar Al-Awlaki, will love it.

Scahill acts as if this movie is uncovering some sort of mystery or new information. Nope. It’s simply a love letter to Islamic terrorists and a polemic against America’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) for combating Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and so on. Scahill is upset that we are actually combating this problem, that we used drones to kill Awlaki and his son, and that some other “innocents” (whose side he automatically believes because it’s against America) were killed. Um, that’s what happens in war. What about the innocent Americans Muslims killed? Scahill can’t be bothered with that.

In fact, he actually says that he’s upset that JSOC killed Osama Bin Laden. Go to hell with him, Jeremy Scahill. Oh, and did I mention that Michael Moore helped make this film possible and is thanked at the end? But, hey, it takes the same view on Awlaki and others as Limbaugh, Hannity, and Paul, so it must be great, right?


Watch the trailer . . .

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37 Responses

What is the count now of movies that try to show Muslims are innocent victims and that the war on terror is really a plot by the military or military suppliers to drum up business?
I can think of several now just in the last two years.

Didn’t they try the same thing with the Cold War?
The Russians weren’t really supplying arms to rouge governments around the world. It was all just made up to generate income for Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
I suppose Hitler was really a great guy and we drug him into a war he didn’t want.

Why is it so hard to accept the obvious?
Government leaders all throughout the Middle East are leading massive rallies chanting “Death to America, Death to Israel”.
Are the American military suppliers paying them to do that?
I don’t think so.
Only a liberal can miss what’s staring them in the face and create an imaginary boogeyman instead.

Steve G. on June 30, 2013 at 12:04 am

More politically correct leftist horse manure from Hollywood.

Too bad Ho wood is not affected by the price of eggs or the TSA at the airport like the rest of us.

People, just boycott the entire movie industry, write a few emails to the heads of studios telling them that you are tired of their attacks on America and on conservatives, and then don’t go to the movies.

Jonathan E. Grant on June 30, 2013 at 12:24 am


    “Olympus Has Fallen” is the better movie – because it shows liberals would destroy America if they’re as dumb as they’re depicted. The sane thing to do is to destroy our enemies before they can destroy us. In real life, Obama is convinced we haven’t shown the Taliban how kind and gentle we are even while they’re killing our soldiers in a pointless war he has no intention of winning. Several years ago, liberals argued we needed to get out of Iraq so we could defeat the Taliban. Osama Bin Laden is having the last laugh from hell as we’re busy figuring out how to call defeat in Afghanistan a victory. Its not at all different from “OHF” plot of America’s highest officials surrendering the country to North Korea’s Stalinist dictatorship. The difference is merely in the details. And yup – liberals are THAT dumb!

    NormanF on June 30, 2013 at 1:02 am

“White House Down” is the liberal wet version of “Die Hard.” Channing Tatum is good looking but he ain’t Bruce Willis – who is very believable as an action genre actor. The original DH was just pure escapist entertainment fun and they don’t make movies like that these days. WHD suffers from laughable plot holes and you know who the bad guys are going to be even before the first reel. That’s the formulaic, predictable, boring and safe plots we’re used to from Hollywood. You know the crazies are always “right wing” the people behind them are evil white men and its always some minority or charismatic liberal president who is the angel bound to save the day. None of which is true in real life. The things we can’t talk get longer by the day. Liberal Sharia is as chafing and intolerant as its Islamic counterpart. And in the end, its traditional American ideals that harm this country more than our enemies. This is what passes for the popular culture these days and “WHD” is nowhere are as good as “DH.” When they produce an action movie whose plot we haven’t see before, then its time to go watch it. The only upside to “WHD” is it gets the real Obama nailed cold and this is the jerk the slobs of this country voted to re-elect last year, knowing that he’d rather break bread with Islamic head-choppers than keep us safe from them. That’s the only believable thing in the entire movie that rings true.

Go figure.

NormanF on June 30, 2013 at 12:30 am

Debbie, do you know how much Michigan is giving to Paramount/Michael Bay for filming Transformers 4 in form of tax credits and money for filming in the state?

Pats on June 30, 2013 at 12:37 am

It looks like more sludge from Hollywood.

Worry01 on June 30, 2013 at 12:37 am

Pats – I only liked “Armageddon” – terrific Michael Bay hero flick. And oh – it helps that Bruce Willis dies in it saving the world.

NormanF on June 30, 2013 at 12:39 am

Debbie, “Melissa McCarthy’s “Laugh at me ‘cuz I’m a fat slob, and therefore funny” act gets tired.”

I haven’t seen any movie or TV show she’s in. But, doesn’t she play the same person over and over? I’ve seen previews and she is always the same character it seems.

Like you, Debbie, I love Jason Statham. I’ll see Redemption, but it sounds an awful like his last movie Safe.

Oh, I did see Much Ado About Nothing and loved loved loved it! Did you review it, I can’t recall?

Jeff_W on June 30, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Not so much her TV shows. She was first known for Gilmore Girls, where she was mainly sidekick material. Usually in gently quirky/adorable mode. She’s bigger than I remember her, but after a couple kids, a big girl usually gets bigger. While not particularly visible, she was fairly active for ten years before the success of her Bridesmaids character

    Absolutely, she gets pigeonholed as the slovenly fat girl, but it’s obvious why. That one role from Bridesmaids earned her 20+ nominations- why mess with a shtick that struck a huge chord? But if she were cast as the glamorous girl with curves who gets the guy or saves the day (switch the roles of Bullock and McCarthy for a close approximation), wouldn’t Debbie be kvetching that the PC police have run amok in shoving fat acceptance down our collective throats?

    A little bit like here? http://www.debbieschlussel.com/46024/they-said-what-observations-from-politically-correct-golden-globes-pregame-show/

    Or put another way, outside of Jerry Falwell, has Debbie ever praised a fat person instead of harping on their obesity?


    Not that Jason Statham is any better. Need a hot accented bald dude to blow stuff up, throw a punch, and get the girl? He’s your guy in spades! From his own mouth: “You ain’t ever gonna get an Academy Award for doing Crank (2006) and you certainly won’t for doing all the other movies I’ve done.”

    See also, Michael Cera and Shia Labeouf for similarly consistent typecasting.

    A profitable shtick is a profitable shtick, whether it’s a fat white girl with an Emmy, a bald dude with abs, or a skinny guy from the ghetto with an app and a costume.


    Yet only one of them gets actively raked over the coals.

    Robert on June 30, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I haven’t seen White House Down, but I figured it was just the “gratuitously include the black guy” version of Olympus Has Fallen. I might watch it when it comes out on Netflix next week.

Went to see Superman against your advice. It was just odd, very odd. Oh, and loved the black Perry White, not. I can see a black Superman with a Muslim name coming next. But, he’ll probably be a victim of whitey and have to be rescued by Lois. I loved Hancock, but I can’t see a repeat of that little gem.

Pray Hard on June 30, 2013 at 9:33 am

The creators of films like “Dirty Wars” are nothing more than suicide bomber-hugging dhimmis. Here’s a good plot for a movie:

All such dhimmis are loaded onto planes & parachuted into the jihadist paradise of their choice. The clincher is to see how many of them can actually convince the practicioners of “The Religion of Pieces” to NOT saw their heads off on YouTube. And in the end, the most convincing dhimmi is embraced by his new masters as they plot to destroy the Great & Little Satan. At the end, as the HDIC (Head Dhimmi In Charge) & his new friends are walking out of their hut to embark on their great jihad, DevGru operators appear out of the woodwork & pop all of them, triple tap style & then pull back to watch an AC-130 immolate the compound.

Hell, I think its a winner!!!

Idiots like Moore, Scahill & the rest of the suicide bomber hugging pukes would do well to remember this little ditty from someone who predicted their brand of insidiousness quite some time ago:

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”…Orwell

Cicero's Ghost (NB) on June 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

    CG, your movie idea is brilliant. I’m serious. I will bet that this could make a ton of money. And, all the furor over it would only drive up profits.

    Alas, who would make it?

    skzion on June 30, 2013 at 6:09 pm


      Thanks! Maybe we can get David Mamet to do it. He’s a recovering liberal who was one of the co-producers of one of the BEST shows EVER on TV, “The Unit.” Now if I can just find his email in my rolodex…


      Cicero's Ghost (NB) on June 30, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Like DS I am a Jason Statham fan.

DS rating system is unique and informative.

Why would I want to see any movie with Jamie Foxx.

bobguzzardi on June 30, 2013 at 10:01 am


    I, too, have been a long time Statham fan. Ever since I first saw him in “Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels.” “Mean Machine” & “Snatch” are also some of my earlier faves.

    Cicero's Ghost (NB) on June 30, 2013 at 10:38 am

Time was when the Axis powers were always the villains, even before the outbreak of WW II and long before Pearl Harbor. But commie run Hollywood is always “pushing the envelope” giving up more fantasy and less truth than before! Weary of virtually every trailer being almost identical, whether it is about a futuristic society, current problems (vastly distorted and manipulaterd), the Victorian or medieval eras — plots are the same, explosions and special effects try to conceal juvenile stories.
The GOP/RINOs are surrending the border to Barry Sotero, and
the El Supremos (under comrade Roberts) will soon have more
DNC/CPUSA/CAIR’s versions of the Nurmbnerg laws of the 1930’s.
No need to burn down the US “Reichstag,” for the domed capitol
will simply become the National Mosque.

Otto Schaden on June 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm

What I take from the Olym .. uh, White House .. uh, that movie with racist and anti-Semite Jamie Faux is that it takes a white man to save a black man’s ass.

The Heat? No thanks. Bla to the rest.

Jack on June 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm

So Deb from your summary, ‘White House Down’ has a basic premise of homegrown military-industrial complex terrorist attack on the President, who is defended by a loyal armed USGOVT guy….. YET I see that it is bombing at the box office, likely due to it’s liberal PC undercurrent….

…I also see that the year’s current worldwide box office champion also ALREADY successfully presented a story of a homegrown ‘terrorist’ attack on the President, including a successful kidnapping, and the President is defended by a loyal (extremely well armored) USAF officer, with a little help from his unrepentantly non-PC pro-Capitalism military-industrial complex buddy, who famously said in his second film as the character Tony Stark: “I’m tired of the liberal agenda”.

Nick Fury on June 30, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I saw “The Heat” and didn’t like it. I admit the jokes were clever and sharp, but all the humor was based on belittling and ridiculing men. Men are saps, simps, chauvinists, cheaters, and losers. Women, though, are awesome, and would be even more so if men gave them there fair due. That’s the film’s message, over and over and over.

The “four Betty Friedans” that Debbie gave is exactly right. On the surface the film is fluffy silliness and humorous vulgarity, but underneath it’s determined, mean-spirited feminism. An amateur “super reviewer” at Rotten Tomatoes predicted the film would be a huge success, though, noting “The lonely cat ladies who made up 90% of the audience were cackling and howling at every single pathetic attempt at humor.”

If everything in this film were reversed and women were made comparable objects of ridicule, the outrage and shock would be thunderous. Thanks to sitcoms and political correctness and the general lazy ignorance in our culture, we don’t notice the elephant in the room and just consider it perfectly normal.

Burke on June 30, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Deb –
In more Hollywood movie news, the Jabba of bad scifi flix just invaded and took over the ObamaChicago lakefront with his usual stormtroopers:


Nick Fury on June 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm

….I mean, is it any surprise that Lucas is a BFF of the dark Sith-Lord Jackson????

Nick Fury on June 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm

BOYCOTT ALL MOVIES. Why support the enemy?

Fred on June 30, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I used to cheer for Jamie Foxx in films like Miami Vice and The Kingdom but now I can’t think of him as anything besides a presidential butt sniffer. Sorry but the credibility is gone. What’s that smell?

migraine boy on June 30, 2013 at 3:15 pm

They showed the trailer to these movies when I seen the latest Will Smith Sci-Fi picture. Although I like Jamie Fox as Willie Beamin on Any Given Sunday, you could tell that this one was going to be just awful. I am not much of a Sandra Bullock fan either. The other lady reminds me of that cow Rosie O’Donnel, so I would not bother to see this one based on that and the stupid trailer they put out as well. As far as the other propaganda material, I will trust Debbie’s review and spend my extremely hard earned money elsewhere.

AR on June 30, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Who’s going to admit to being the second person here eagerly awaiting the croaking of Mandela and what Debbie will say about it?

skzion on June 30, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I will, Skzion!

    I don’t know much about Mandela (my interest was always Congo & Zimbabwe!) except that song (Freeeeeee Nelson Mandela) and in my Liberal days (where I did not know much more than the song, black=good, whitey=bad, DIVEST NOW and “Sun Cit-tay”)! Also I remember VIVIDLY the day he was set free (it was a Sunday morning). My old Liberal days of yore. Which should also be regarded as me knowing nothing.

    I have been waiting days with that same notion in my head. Buttressed by well-meaning (yet know-nothing all the same…) peeps in my Twitters TL just sending pre-death encomiums.

    I’m gonna wait for the truth. We know we’ll get it here.

    (You read my mind!! 😀 )

    Skunky on June 30, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      @skzion on June 30, 2013 at 6:12 pm
      since Skunky beat me for the silver I’ll take the bronze:)

      theShadow on June 30, 2013 at 10:17 pm

        Silver and bronze are fine accomplishments.

        Incidentally, Skunky, p bone and I have had a back-and-forth on the gay marriage thread. I find him even more stupid than I expected and every bit the cockroach. I criticize myself for thinking that pb should be considered a human.

        skzion on July 1, 2013 at 4:00 am

          Correctamundo, Skzion.

          His pesky and brainless MO shines brightly. He’s a proud Libtard who actually doesn’t know much about his side & he throws ineffective and dopey Coachroach bombs then scatters like a beeotch on the run.

          He can’t resist being an uninformed contrarian. That’s his schtick. (Not that he’s good at it.)

          But what offends me is that he LOVES this site (not for the reason you or I do) but none of the truth permeates.

          You and I have both been on the Left. We both left when the truth became crystal clear. Roachy does not have the brains or integrity to so he holds on to his erroneous ways of thinking with a kung-fu grip.

          Coachroachs are vile but they are not good at Kung-fu!!

          Skunky on July 1, 2013 at 10:21 am

I like Jason Statham. He’s a decent actor and his physical abilities and martial arts choreography are generally admirable. That is, he does his martial arts action correctly, sometimes outrageous, but correctly. And, the dedication the guy must have to his workouts is beyond comprehension, to develop the physique he has. Good grief!

Pray Hard on June 30, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Tired of everything Jamie Fox. No talent teamed with pretty boy Tatum didn’t look too believable to me. Stopping to put on the right prized tennis shoes DOES seem to be very realistic. Dumb, but realistic.
Anyone else see the strange hand shake Tatum did with his teeny bopper female costar on The Tonight Show? I may be wrong but it seemed to be too much familiarity and time spent with a little kid by a grown man. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of some sick MJ relationship 10-20 years from now when one of them needs a career jump start. Just an observation.

samurai on June 30, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Samurai, Channing Tatum reminds me of that Julie Brown song “I Like ‘Em Big & Stupid”.


    “What kinda guy does a lot for me?/Superman with a lobotomy”.

    Anyway, I have never seen his films. I don’t think he’s good-looking. Just not my cuppa but almost every other gal disagrees. I have read some reviews that said he can act but he doesn’t look like he has the chops if you ask me. I could be very wrong. One never knows.

    I also don’t like that big, shirtless oaf from “True Blood”. He’s just cheesy to me. Yuck! Martians should abduct him!

    I saw “Man Of Steel” and DS was correctamundo on every level in her review. Henry Cavill is super handsome but that movie bit the big one from outer space!! Total blah-blah-blah.

    Skunky on June 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      @Skunky, I can see your point on the big and dumb. I can’t pick apart a guy just because he looks like I used to when I was 25, but his little choreographed thing he did with the little girl in the movie that he plays her dad in waas a bit much. It was a 90 second weird thing that you might see a couple do. Certainly not normal. Knowing how holly wierd rolls, I am leaning more toward the weird something than the oh it’s nothing thing. If it walks like a duck…

      samurai on June 30, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Also, did I mention that the terrorists in the plot in this movie are “right-wing” domestic terrorists?
No surprise there. When I saw the ads for this movie I knew for certain the terrorists weren’t going to be portrayed as muslim.

Laura on June 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm

“an anti-President Foxx TV talk show host, who is conservative and obnoxious/annoying. He gets killed, and everyone laughs.”

He doesn’t get killed. He just gets shot in the leg.

dee on July 3, 2013 at 6:53 am

Cicero’s Ghost

Maybe we can get David Mamet to do it. He’s a recovering liberal who was one of the co-producers of one of the BEST shows EVER on TV, “The Unit.”


I agree that “The Unit” was an excellently intelligent and taut action show — however, you may not have noticed its ulterior ideological agenda. The vast majority of targets & enemies were non-Muslim terrorists; whereas any of the few shows that dealt with Muslim terrorism inevitably found a way to salvage the Muslims from blame, or set it in an elaborate context that softened the implication.

The ulterior agenda became clear to me after watching nearly every show: Yes, Mamet is insisting between the lines, we do need tough anti-terrorist elite forces like The Unit — but not to prevent Islamic terrorism; rather to prevent ultra-right-wing terrorism.

My extended essay on “The Unit” (as well as “24” and “Oz”):


Hesperado on July 4, 2013 at 3:46 am

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