Sunday, June 16, 2024

“Civil War” Reaction: “Violent, Disturbing,” What If Trump Were Re-elected And Violence Erupted? “Not an Oscar Movie”


The PR machine for Alex Garland’s “Civil War” is in full gear.

The first comments were things like “Masterpiece!”

But I’m told the film, starring Kirsten Dunst, is not exactly that. It will be talked about, but it’s “disturbing and violent,” according to my spies.

“What if Trump were re-elected and the country split in two?” asks my insiders. “That’s what it’s about.”

Is it an Oscar film, I asked? Emphatically “no.” Kirsten Dunst, even? “Probably not.”

“Civil War” opens April 12th. I remember back in the day when “China Syndrome” was coming out and Hollywood PR made it seem like we were all going to get blown to high heaven by an exploding nuclear reactor. On top of that we then had the real life situation at Three Mile Island — the nuclear power plant went into meltdown ten days after the movie opened. Suddenly, theaters were packed.

Will “Civil War” scare people into making sure Trump isn’t back in the White House? I sure hope so. But will it cause violence now? That would be a shame all in the name of box office. Let’s hope everyone keeps a cool head — audiences and reviewers, and accept “Civil War” for what it is.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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