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So, I'm watching this, despite the best efforts of my local independent DVD store* to give me a disk that required me to clean it several times and still gets stuck, and you know what? If an alien species that is clearly more powerful than you sends someone to your planet, shooting that person and then trying to kill them is probably not your best move. Unless they're a species of one, that is, and how likely is that? This film makes me root for the extinction of mankind and that probably is not a good thing.

ETA: I'm thinking my first move would to offer the alien a nice cup of tea or a drink. Maybe some homemade scones. And if I decided to go the shooting route, once I'd realized that everything I was doing was making things worse, I'd think about stopping. Just for a bit.

ETA 2: In this film it's like all of humanity got hit twice with the stupid stick. And then hit some more for good measure.

*Speciality: renting DVDs that don't play and never refunding your money. It's chain store from now on for me.

Date: 2009-04-15 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovinlorne.livejournal.com
LOL! We just watched it last night and thought pretty much the same thing.

1.) Not a good idea to shoot first.
2.) Totally not a good idea to shoot at the 300ft tall robot with the laser eye.
3.) How sweet! We finally have a use for this ginormous pit we would have had to start digging in 1965 in order to get it finished and tricked out by now! And the robot's head sits right where the big glass window are!! What luck!

I could go on, but why? You saw it too.

Date: 2009-04-15 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
We finally have a use for this ginormous pit we would have had to start digging in 1965 in order to get it finished and tricked out by now!

Your tax dollars at work: building stuff the US Army may one day need in case of an alien invasion.

My favourite bit was the Defence Secretary's reasoning: so in encounters the less technologically advanced race always loses. Ergo we should speed that process up by taking on something we know we can't beat and pissing it off more. And when it says 'you should totally let me go' don't bother listening! Because, you know, that won't make it smite us or anything.

I never did quite work out why Klaatu decided humanity was worth saving. Maybe he's just a masochist?

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