Movie Review 2007 #146: They Live

Another guilty pleasure movie, John Carpenter’s They Live stars wrestler Roddy Piper.


Roddy Piper plays a nameless itinerant homeless worker, whose arrival in Los Angeles and contact with a homeless camp across the street from a bunch of kooks in a church basement sets into motion his discovery that the world is being controlled by aliens, who have lulled the world into a trance, which can be broken by means of special sunglasses.
The movie does and is somewhat silly based on that description. And with somewhat suspect casting, the subversive message that the movie delivers is somewhat diluted. The overlong alley wrestling fight sequence is overdone and kills narrative momentum.
And yet the movie works for me. Replace a few references in the movies (change commies to terrorists, for example) and this movie is not dated one iota. If anything, the movie is prescient and forward thinking in its indictment of modern society.

One thought on “Movie Review 2007 #146: They Live”

  1. Oh, man, I should so have remembered this movie for my list. (“And we’re all out of bubble gum.”)

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