Thursday, December 3, 2009

On Movies in Foreign Countries

There's nothing like a good old fashioned American made blockbuster thriller with absurd special effects and cheesy dialogue to make you feel right at home in a foreign country. Early mornings and long treks through the wilderness wears us out, and occasionally a mindless movie to round out the night is just what the doctor ordered. So far on our trip we have seen two movies in the theater, and they are movies that would suggest that we were desperate to not have to think or move:

1) 2012

2) Surrogates

I was mostly curious how crowds would respond to 2012. For example, would they laugh when the fake Arnold Schwarzjaenajaeieger (I don't think I spelled that right) appeared on television? The answer was yes. Would they laugh when the large Russian responds with "It's Russian..." to the kid's "That plane is huge" comment. The answer was yes. And would they chuckle when the stereotypical foreign leaders appeared on screen for the first time? The answer was no. All in all, I was a little disappointed that I didn't hear any boos. I was hoping that something would make them unsettled, but they stared through the screen just like all of us Americans do.

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