Friday, January 6, 2017

The Green Inferno and Uninformed Activism

       I returned to reviewing movies today at Apocalypse Cinema after a hiatus of over two years. I will let you fill in the blanks as to the cause of that two year hiatus. This post is an addendum the film I just reviewed. It is Eli Roth's controversial The Green Inferno. You will get the full effect if you go click the link and check out y review, but it is not necessary in order to get the main idea of this post. There is simply a large element to the film that fits better with the scope of Gods & Monsters than my film review blog.
       Are you interested in watching naive, uninformed Social Justice Warriors experience what the real world is all about? If so, and provided you can handle some gore with a twisted sense of humor, then you ought to check out The Green Inferno. If those young ones crying, wailing, and gnashing their teeth over Hillary Clinton's loss to Donald Trump was the worst calamity that could possibly befall them, they have not seen anything like what happens in The Green Inferno.
       The full details are in my review, but the gist of the plot is a group of naive college kids fly down to Peru in order to protest a logging operation threatening an indigenous tribe. Flying back after the protest successfully stops the loggers, their plane cashes. The survivors are captured by the indigenous tribe who turn out to be cannibals. To add insult to injury, the leader of the protest reveals he was paid by a rival logging company to impede the other logging company and he is a drug smuggler working out of Peru. Oops.
       I will leave it to you to deduce the group's fate. The "cannibal" description of the indigenous tribe is a big hint, but there is ore to it than that to hold your attention should you seek the film out.
       One would expect a film like The Green Inferno to face controversy for its excessive violence and gore, but there was an added bonus of backlash against the film's presentation of natives as vicious cannibals. The representation goes against the progressive view that natives untouched by society live in peaceful harmony with the earth rather than the brutal reality of of life in the savage jungle untouched by civilization.
      Critics felt the natives' portrayal reinforced stigmas about voluntarily isolated tribes and promoted colonialism. These critics believe this without the slighter hint of irony, as the film is directly mocking their point of view. To believe the portrayal of fictional tribe in fictional movie is going to encourage the economic exploitation of real tribes is n absurd notion. It doe not matter indigenous people live and act when forces destroying those peoples' way of life are motivated by whatever resources they can exploit. It happens everyday.
       Do not get me wrong. The Green Inferno does not take an anti-activism stance. But it does make fun of those activists whose sense of idealism substitute for an understanding of how the world works. I am as amused to see such a film come out of Hollywood in this day and age as I am to see how the critics missed a big chunk of the film's message.   

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