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Gene for Silliness Exposed
on 26 August 2014
Based on the very American gene fable which has gained such a dominant position within US psychology, forever wheeled out to justify the current social arrangements, let alone the near future. It is not log cabin to whitehouse, your position is pre-determined by your DNA.
As a creed it has its own set of adherents, and operates as a glowering Old Testament ideology also beloved by Amerikkans. This is where those who continuously buy into this bogus discipline - which is essentially built upon the very unsolid foundations of eugenics - gain a foot on the ladder of success. It is a self propelling ideal, designed to exclude as much as define. And this film shows what happens when this creed becomes a dominant ideology. However its critique is somewhat blunted.
Here the "gene" for "addiction," "domestic violence" and "silliness" can be bred out of each individual to create the unique being. However what is not looked at within the film is raw flimsiness of these various descriptors. They do not exist in themselves, there is no "disease" but there are a number of names attributed to behaviors - a huge difference. But psychology and those bogus scientists believe otherwise and the script writers have lapped it up to produce a saucer of milk.
In the best of pure American tradition, we have the odd fellow who bucks the system, but the system itself never comes under scrutiny itself; despite wheeling out Gore Vidal, to act as some counterpoint to the young bucks who fill the screens. You see the Amerikkkan dream is based on lucky winners, and this is what we have here, a lucky winner - someone who wins the lottery ticket and joins the elite - except as a fraud.
Therefore the story is somewhat deceptive, it gets you to believe in the basic mythological concept before telling you that hard work can too make you part of that elite ie the current craze around plasticity. But this is pure Aryan myth, there is no gene for an elite anymore than there is a gene for writing reviews - however what becomes important is that there is a belief these genes exist. And this is what is only tentatively explored by the script writer in this offering.
The film does not delve too deeply into this subsection of academic mythologising and instead glides upon the Amerikkkan surface of glittering desire. It is a proper gander movie. So why the 3 stars?
Where it does succeed however, is in the acting, the ponderous style, noir interiors - Jude Law steals and Urma glitters. It is not intense, but it has a certain camera aesthetic and robotic rigid setting which raise it up a notch, but it holds back in delivering the killer punch. Instead it meanders in its story line
I guess that is the Amerikkkan Way - everyone can dream but it is not reality