Did we need another Hollywood
picture making the USA the enemy in THIS day and age? Especially in an era when we have irrefutable evidence
that there are groups that want to see us destroyed and
that have already attacked us on our own soil? Well, that
is what we got with the
FX cable channel's broadcast of
the Sunday night movie extravaganza, "Meltdown" (06/06/2004).
Premise: Terrorists take over the San Juan nuclear power
plant situated off the coast of California near San
Francisco. They claim allegiance to
Al Qaeda and say they
are going to blow up the plant causing
destruction over much of California. We see the U.S.
government response to this threat and their attempts to
assure the public that the situation is in hand and their
attempts to capture these terrorists before they cause a
Naturally, about half way through the movie we discover
the story centers around the typical
Hollywood-hates-America plot. It turns out that they are
not REALLY terrorists, after all. Nope. They are
disgruntled American Special Forces soldiers who want to
teach the evil U.S. government a lesson. Of course these
poor, poor soldiers have also all gotten cancer from
depleted uranium shell casings that they were forced to
handle in their duties in Afghanistan. Yep, they are just spittin mad at 'ol Uncle Sam.
We were also treated to the assumption that the
citizens in all major U.S. cities would suddenly erupt in
riots because one California city is under threat of a
nuclear power plant meltdown. Wouldn't you, if you lived
in Boston, burn down your local convenience store to get a
few extra gallons of water because a city in California
was under a terrorist threat? Huh? Of course when New York
City was actually, viscously attacked on 09/11/2001 the rest
of the country sat glued to their TV sets instead of going
about their hometowns on a rampage. For that matter few
even in New York City itself did anything other than band
together in brotherhood and concern. Perhaps Americans
AREN'T that primal and stupid?
Later, after we discover that it is disgruntled U.S.
troops doing the dirty deed, we get to see the U.S.
government officials in the Homeland Security Department setting a policy that they will hide the facts of the case
from the public. Uh, huh. That's right, we can't expect the
government to ever really tell us what is going on, can
we? After all MOST of what is going on is
THEIR fault in
the first place, right? Hollywood rule number one, the U.S.
government is the most evil one ever created by the dark
forces of man's evil, evil mind!
Lastly, when the U.S. forces finally kill all the
disgruntled soldiers and get to the power plant control room
they also kill the plant control operator who is trying to
help shut down the threat because he is from Pakistan and
"looks" like a terrorist. So, naturally, the U.S. armed
forces are racists, too. And they are too stupid to tell
the difference between a guy wearing power plant ID cards on a
white lab coat from heavily armed and militia-like,
uniform clad bad guys to boot. What the heck, eh? Our boys
just shoot 'em all even in their own country anyway,
right? We all know that U.S. soldiers are automatons who
just pull triggers and they are not allowed to think,
right? Of course! Don't be silly.
Of course this flies in the face of reality. There ARE
real terrorists out there. They
HAVE killed Americans all
across the globe. They continue to issue proclamations
that they intend to bring more harm to America. They are
infesting every Western nation and causing problems for
them there as well. So why did the FX channel feel it
necessary to make the enemy our own government? Why did
the "terrorists" have to end up being our own boys? Because in Hollywood's mind, the U.S. government could
absolutely never BE the hero. The USA just could never be
the "good guys" and be a force for good in the world to
them. We HAVE to be perpetrators of evil, purveyors of
sin. It is axiomatic to them that the USA is the enemy,
its citizens are stupid and dangerous and its armed forces
are either dupes or crazies.
Hollywood is a far cry from the days of WWII when it
came together to help defeat our enemies. They have
drifted far afield from the days when a John Wayne or a
Henry Fonda could come to battle with might, justification
and God on their side. They have abandoned even a neutral
position on America and have firmly decided we are the enemy
that must be destroyed.
Hollywood is a tool for
Osama Bin Laden and his ilk.
Now, Hollywood celebrates sophists like Michael Moore or
Al Franken who would rather see the USA defeated and who
do all they can to effect such an outcome.
So, I almost turned this piece of garbage off the
second that it became clear that this FX movie was making
the USA out to be the bad guy, once again. I did not,
however, so that I would be able to write this warning and
be able to say yes, I DID see this movie … and it is