This movie, with its depiction of white male entitlement, racial unease, and disconnection, all progressively souring to the point of horrific violence, feels pretty shocking and prescient. Travis doesn't know what's getting him down, what's keeping him awake at night and separating him from other people - he stutters and says a bunch of verbal garage when asking his taxi driver friend (played by Peter Boyle) for advice, he isn't able to name a single political issue that bothers him…
"They're after the place. They don't know why; they just remember. Remember that they want to be in here."
"What the hell are they?"
"They're us, that's all, when there's no more room in hell."
This was remarkable - so densely packed with political ideas (the police raid at the beginning is one of the best depictions I've ever seen of the absurd terror of police violence), haunting images (blood getting wiped away by windshield wipers), biting satire (the brilliant…
The world building in this made me euphoric - I repeatedly found myself wanting to stand up and step into the screen because the film was so beautiful (even when the things it's showing us are insanely grim).
A terrifying film about alienation and ecological devesation. Nature is dead, the world is almost devoid of humans, filled merely with copies, or copies of those copies. Lonely souls looking for a mythology to attach themselves to, only to realize their fundamental…