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Hey, Formaldehyde face...,
This review is from: They Live [DVD]  (DVD)
Nada is a man without job who walks around a big American city trying to find something to do. He finally finds a job as a worker and a place to spend the nights, but something happens to him.
Nada discovers a pair of sun-glasses through which he can see the true face of people. Many in this city are in fact aliens from the Andromeda and most of them are important members of our society.
They keep humans in ignorance and they rule our world as they like.
Nada must find the rest of the men that know what's happening and join them in the fight against the aliens......
It was a brilliant idea, and some of the film is good, but its not as good as I remember, and in my humble opinion, doesn't deserve he cult status it has garnered. Key scenes yes, but the film as a whole, no.
Piper is an odd choice for the lead, but he looks like your typical white collar American who struggles to make ends meet. And this is the fundamental part of the narrative.
Read between the lines, and the film is a dig at capitalism and consumerism. After all, it's the eighties, and yuppiedom was rife.
It does drag in several places, and some of the acting is abysmal, Meg Foster in particular, but its watchable, and does feature possibly the longest and funniest fist fight ever made.
In one sense, its a brilliant satire on consumerism, and how people get sucked in to advertising and gullibility.
And on the other, it could be just a silly conspiracy movie about a nutty drifter who thinks he can see aliens when he puts glasses on, and goes for a killing spree.
Either way, its more average than I ever thought....