Great homage to old style 1950s science fiction that is sweetened with solid political commentary and an exciting paranoid atmosphere about hidden messages in daily life that no people can see but we are controlled by. It actually feels more believable today even if it is an "alien invasion" film as it could as easily be about capitalistic powers.
THEY LIVE is a decidedly slack enterprise on a modest budget. Absolutely no consideration is played to anything like credulity. We are not asked to take it particularly seriously. Except that, you know, we are. This is by no means a heavy-handed political statement, but it is a forceful one. Manufactured consent. Bien sûr. Hard not to notice the impact of its sardonic aesthetic on the ADBUSTERS graphic design M.O.
They Live is still one of the finest caustic attacks on the oppressive nature of greed and conformity of American capitalism. It may be often too silly and campy to be outright venomous, preferring a more flippant and sarcastic tone, while its scant runtime means an imbalance of great action set pieces and not a longer stick-it-to-the-man final act. Yet, this is Carpenter's most purified example of politicalizing.
A good mixture of modern time western ('modern' being the 80's), Black & White B-movie sci-fi flicks from the 50's, exploitation films and action thrillers, the film however strikes for its incisive commentary about our consumerist world and flabby minds, and how it is even more relevant now, nearly 30 years after the film was released...
36/100 (Hahahahhahahaha 3,7 ne hahahahahahha aq malları ahahahahha gerizekalılar, embesiller, zihinsel engelliler. Bu filmin puan ortalaması La La Land'tan yüksek hahahahahhaha bu siteden cidden ayrılıcam. Ya bu kadar dar bi görüş olamaz. - Vay canına kapitalizmi eleştiriyor ne olursa olsun 5 yıldız. --Ha siktirin ordan. Mubi keşke siteye Iq testleri ile birey alsa. Keşke. Sinirim geçmedi alta da yorum bırakıyorum.)
So they had a witty idea about how to discuss power in media society - and they were able to screen it in a powerful way, such a well designed black and white sci-fi world. I just don't get why they would show so little of it, turning the whole film into a crashing and bombing action packed testosterama. To me, it's a cool opportunity missed.
As an angsty teen, I latched on to "They Live's" anti-consumerist theme: the mainstream media is trying to keep us asleep, man! As an adult in 2017, reality is so much more complicated - but the beauty of Carpenter's film is that it holds up to contemporary readings. "They Live" is a smart, shrewd, and deliriously fun rollercoaster ride with a message of class division that resonates even more in the Trump Era.