27 February 2009

DVD: "Idiocracy"

Directed by Mike Judge
Story by Mike Judge
Screenplay by Mike Judge & Etan Cohen
Starring: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard
DVD Release Date: 9 January 2007
MPAA Rating: R (For Language and Sex Related Humor)
List Price: $14.98

The Film
Joe Bowers (Wilson) is an average guy who winds up in a hibernation experiment for the government.  When he awakens, it is to the year 2505, and to a world that has digressed to a state of idiocy.  Despite his limited intellect, Joe discovers that in the county of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.  Or, in his case, advisor to the President of the United States.  Basically, imagine if rednecks and gangstas were all that was left in the world and you have an idea what Joe is up against.

The only feature is a small set of five deleted scenes.  These were clearly removed just for time considerations, because they only last about a minute each (if that) and add nothing to the plot or any character arcs.  To say the least, this is greatly disappointing, as a commentary track by writer/director Judge would have been a very welcome inclusion.

The Recommendation
Science-fiction, at its best, uses other times and places as a mirror for our contemporary selves, and Idiocracy does just that.  This is the film for those who fear that the extremists on the left and the right are each taking us too far (or not far enough) in any one direction.  If we're not careful, our narcissism might just yield to generations of self-absorbed idiots.  Think of this as a more humorous (and vulgar) version of Fahrenheit 451.

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