Transformers the Movie – More Cynical than Meets the Eye?

by on July 13, 2007 · 0 comments

We’re facing war against a technological civilization far superior to our own! Our enemy can take any shape! They could be anywhere!

– Defense Secretary Keller, played by Jon Voight in Transformers

I took a break from trying to transform bad tech regulation to see Transformers the movie. It was surprisingly cynical for a big, kid-oriented blockbuster movie. At the beginning of the ending credits, the mom and dad of the main character (Sam Witwicky, played by Shia LaBeouf) insert some skepticism about trusting the government with national security secrets to really act in the best interest of the country. And anyone notice that the evil Decepticons were military vehicles, while the good Autobots were civilian vehicles (all GM autos). A veiled message of the power of the market to do good versus government control? And what about the writing on the side of the police vehicle – “to punish and enslave” (which was the only non-military bad guy vehicle, a Saleen S281 based on the Ford Mustang)?

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