Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

They Live!

Posted by emilyjones232 on February 1, 2017

At first, I had no clue what this movie was about or how it pertained to our class as a whole. However, once the movie They Live began to evolve and unfold, I could truly see what the purpose of watching it was: it is a mirror of our society today.

To summarize They Live, wanderer Nada ends up in urban LA and begins to question what is happening around him. He stumbles upon a pair of sunglasses that show what lies behind the billboards and advertisements: phrases such as OBEY, MARRY AND PRODUCE, and STAY ASLEEP. He also sees that many of the people around him (mainly upper class people) are actually robot-looking aliens. He can only see the creatures and the messages when he has the sunglasses on. He garners the support of friends to take down the powers that be that are keeping the rest of the population enslaved and asleep.

In my opinion, this movie contains elements that are occurring in today’s America. This film conveys a sense that we Americans are being controlled by the elite class-including our government, just as the movie depicts. The aliens are a metaphor for the ones living among us that seek to control our thoughts, tell us how to live and cause our minds to drift into a sleep. Americans have become numb to tragedies happening around the globe. We hear something like a mass shooting on the news and just think “Oh well, another one.” We are in a sleep ourselves and if we don’t stand up and act now, we could risk being controlled like this movie shows.


One Response to “They Live!”

  1. marylennoxhalf said

    I agree with the sad, but true reality of our “asleep” state. The thought of becoming to immune to horrible news has made us become less likely to stand up and make a change. Although the movie was made a while ago, the reality is still the same. We must become aware of our surroundings and how it is making an impact on our lives.

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