They Live Reviews
Roddy Piper, Keith David.
Nada is homeless and jobless in the city of Detriot. He lands a construction job and makes friends with a fellow co worker. Almost everyone has been laid off and the movie does serve as timely as it did 30 years ago given the Trump era we live in now. Immigrants and people whom are underclass are being exploited through the media possibly filtering our way of thinking and how we perceive them to be.
With this film in particular Nada comes across a pair of sunglasses that allow him to see people as actual aliens bent on dominating the human race. Not only that but also signs that have commands saying obey, reproduce, no free thinking etc.
even some human followers have surrendered to their temptations
These things view our world as another third world much like we view other nations.
So what happens when there's nothing left to conquer, do we all sell out and exploit one another?
This film is highly enjoyable and action packed and offers some great political satire on Carpenters part
Carpenter here unfurls his movie's story as if he says to his audience: "I don't care whether you're enjoying the movie or not. You came here for the movie's bizarre and outlandish concept, and here it is!".
Not too much dialogue; the thing that may make the viewer feel a bit bored, especially before the action rises. But so what as long as this brilliantly reflects the movie's themes of working-class subjection and media control!
A very slow way of resolving the conflict of the plot; the thing that may infuriate the viewer, and make him worried lest the denouement would be so rushed. But so what as long as the results, as the movie proceeds and the end result, are more than fulfilling and rewarding!
In all honesty, Carpenter went a bit too far to say the least. As the transitions between an act to another are quite abrupt and scrappy that can make you feel as if something is missing; something that is necessary to make you more convinced. The transition between the first and the second act can redeemed; because there is an information that is represented later at the second act in a most subtle way. But this is not the case about the transition between the second and the third act. As there are some things that should have been quite difficult to work out, but they ended up being solved pretty quick by some coincidences and plot holes. Let alone the major plot hole concerns the whole story that you may realize at the end, if not while watching the movie.
It goes without saying that in They Live, Carpenter offers a timeless biting and daring political satire neatly encapsulated in a loony thought-provoking sci-fi flick while maintaining, at its core, its B-movie quality the genius director famous for.
This is not high-end special-effects driven space battle scii-fi, nor is this Oscar material. But the directing, tone, writing and acting are all perfect for this B movie. Roddy Piper is fantastic in the lead role, posturing through wonderfully quotable quips and bringing his wrestling skills to bear on the longest and perhaps most-parodied fight scene in movie history.
If you like cheezy B movie sci-fi this is right up your alley. If you love quotable movies, this one is a cornucopia. If you are looking for subtle drama, romance or high-minded Oscar bait, this movie is not for you. But for what it is, you won't find anything better.