OVERVIEW: Excerpts of the new Judge Dredd movie that “premiered” at Comic Con recently seem to provide us with one of the most despicable “superheroes.” Even worse, perhaps, than the militaristic celebrations of the Pentagon-supervised Transformer epic. It’s likely going to open in September to a massive audience of fan boys who will enjoy the gritty urban feel and the nonstop blood and gore that accompanies the movie’s simplistic plot. But for those who believe that many “blockbuster” Hollywood movies are a kind of pre-conditioning propaganda, Judge Dredd confirms everything that is suspected about an increasingly out-of-control entertainment industry.
It’s bad enough that the Hollywood powers-that-be sent American storm troopers halfway around the world to raid the palatial home of Kim Dotcom and put his worldwide Megaupload enterprise on ice. But now Hollywood is readying a big-time promotion of a character who is “judge, jury and executioner” on a dystopian future earth.
Such a future is surely gazed upon with longing by those (the authoritarians among us) that wish to dispense with the messy system of Western jurisprudence that demands evidence, a prosecutor, witnesses, etc. How much more convenient to simply send in one “judge” armed to the teeth and willing to do what needs to be done quickly and efficiently.
The initial comic may have started life as a satire, but by now the storyline is increasingly presented with deadly seriousness. Dredd serves justice in a slum-like, violent city of 400 million. The future is going to be even more grimy and horrible than the present. As this terrible future is realized, authoritarianism must become the order of the day.
A previous Judge Dredd movie starring Sylvester Stallone failed to capture the gritty urban ambiance that has made the comic book itself one of Britain’s most popular for nearly 50 years. The Stallone movie shows us that when a comic book adaption goes wrong, it can really go off the tracks. The Stallone adaption ranks right up there with the blockbuster clunker Batman and Robin.
But THIS Dredd looks to be more a successful adaptation of the comic book, if initial clips, descriptions and interviews are correct. HDNT (a movie-focused website) describes the movie this way:
Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd … is challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.
During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson, a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture – a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma and her ruthless clan…
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It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the rest of the movie is going to be short on plot and long on gore. But regardless what happens, the powers-that-be have doubtless advanced their agenda simply by bringing this sort of concept to the big screen.
Much as the Transformer movies are celebrations of US military might and (mythical) competence, so Judge Dredd is certainly a glorification of the state’s right to shoot first and “ask later.” Yet, the psyop goes beyond the obvious one – that increasing authoritarian violence is the only way to deal with humankind’s out-of-control animal nature.
The bigger point in this movie, and many others like it, is that there is no controlling humanity’s baser instincts without the presence of truly superhuman law enforcers. The metaphor – which hasn’t always been clearly stated by the alternative media – is that civilization needs a tiny clique of Socratic “kings” to help society function.
It’s quite possible that the comic book industry in its infancy didn’t partake of any particular psyop. But that was remedied once Superman – the first superhero – appeared nationwide as a syndicated cartoon strip. Wikipedia tells us:
The strips contained the first appearance of a bald Lex Luthor, the first appearance of Mr. Mxyzptlk and the first telephone booth costume change in comics. Other stories of note include Superman saving Santa Claus from the Nazis, WWII-era stories of Superman protecting the American home front and Clark Kent marrying Lois Lane (and they lived together for years without her figuring out that he’s Superman).
We can see, therefore, that the propagandistic benefits of superheroes were recognized from the start. But Hollywood didn’t really figure out how to transform these comic book personalities into believable cinematic characters until the later 20th century.
Once the formula had been established, however, the floodgates opened. Now almost everywhere you turn, a new superhero movie is being birthed and previewed. Bluewater Productions, for instance, is turning Bill Gates into a comic book hero – apparently to glorify his population control agenda.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has undergone a similar treatment. Recall Henry Kissinger on the cover of Newsweek in a Superman suit. Apparently, humanity cannot survive, let alone thrive, without the wisdom of a few.
Yet humanity does not need to be saved from itself – nor from a plague of Ma-Ma’s designer drugs. In fact, if mind and mood altering drugs were widely legalized (versus being prescribed by doctors), they would likely prove less dangerous than what is currently available. This is because the producers would have no incentive to create a dangerous drug that would soon maim or kill their customers.
A future of violence and despair is actually a false alternative based on an extension of current scarcity-oriented memes. Those who currently occupy positions of power and authority have every incentive to offer people this kind of scenario because it is the easy way to stay in charge – offering fake solutions of simplistic violence to phony, trumped up scenarios.
People are to be thoroughly brainwashed into believing at a basic level that they cannot do anything to better their lot or even protect themselves without the help of some sort of magical force flying. The upcoming Judge Dredd movie is just more of the same.
Hopefully, as people understand that portions of the entertainment industry have been co-opted for these authoritarian messages, Hollywood will have less success with this sort of “entertainment.” Within this context, the downward spiral of cinema ticket sales is a hopeful trend.