The Handmaid’s Tale – Scary As Hell!

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In a dystopian near-future, the totalitarian and Christian fundamentalist government of Gilead rules the former United States amidst an ongoing civil war. Society is organized along a new, militarized, hierarchical regime of Bible-inspired social and religious fanaticism and newly-created social classes, in which women are brutally subjugated, and by law are not allowed to work, own property, control money, or read. Widespread infertility due to warfare-induced environmental contamination has resulted in the conscription of the few remaining fertile women — called Handmaids, according to Biblical precedent — who are assigned to the homes of the ruling elite, where they must submit to ritualized sex with their male masters in order to become pregnant and bear children for those men and their wives.

Watching a couple of episodes of this will surely give me nightmares. This is a truly scary vision of the future and it should be a cautionary tale for us all. No doubt do I think there are those who would love to have a society like this. We should all be fearful that our world might end up like this.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant – It’s A Good Flick

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We saw part one of Allegiant the final chapter of the Divergent series and it’s a good flick. Sometimes splitting up a finale can help with story telling and in this case two parts will mean there is not as much of a rush to get to the end. Shailene Woodley and Theo James shine in their performances and Jeff Daniels makes a great performance as the new bad guy. I like where the story is good because it’s a cautionary tale of the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t. There is also the notion that perfect people in a perfect society don’t always work out.

Movie of The Night: “The Host”

From IMDB: When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

This is the movie of the night. For some reason I am in the mood for dystopian movies. Perhaps its a reflection of the times we are living in. It’s not good for everyone at the moment but better for others. Art imitates life so they say.