Who Hijacked Our Country

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Assault on Wall Street

Now don't get all hopeful; it's just a movie.

I didn't even see the whole thing.  It was on TV and I came in on the last half hour or so.  It's about a (formerly) well-paid security guard who lost everything in the 2008 meltdown, had his home foreclosed, and his wife committed suicide after being dumped by her insurance company and unable to afford her medical bills.  He decides to get even.

The movie is pretty over-the-top (how could it not be?) and gets mostly negative reviews.  But it expresses the hopelessness and fury of one person who had his life turned upside down by the banking cartel.

Take this one fictitious person's boiling rage and multiply it by the millions of real people who have been robbed by the one percent, and you have to wonder why this kind of event hasn't happened in real life.

Now obviously I'm not saying anyone should go out there and start mowing down a few Wall Street/HMO perps.  That's not the solution.  But when somebody has been fucked over one time too many and decides to take the law into his own hands well, as Chris Rock once said (in a different context):

I'm not saying it's right.  But I understand.


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4 Comments:

Blogger Cirze said...

I like it too!

And I think it would be better received today after all we now know.

Love you,

C

January 9, 2014 at 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Tom,

There is no reason to take things in your own hands in today's times. We have regulators and watchdogs and elected lawmakers who are responsible to make sure you can always make a grievance and get your day in court rather then...what type of ammo did he use?

Erik

January 10, 2014 at 1:30 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Uwe Boll flicks are so bad they're not really that good.

January 11, 2014 at 5:57 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Cirze: I don't know about better received, but it's certainly understandable.

Erik: You're right, what was I thinking? We have regulators and watchdogs and elected politicians who care about us lowly peons, and they'd never let a bank do these kinds of things. All is well :)

Randal: I hadn't heard of him before Googling the movie. According to the Wikipedia writeup on him, we have to say nice things about him or he'll send his goons after us.

January 11, 2014 at 2:17 PM  

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