“That was stupid, even for an 80’s movie!” Well, that will be the last time I invite my mother over on a Sunday to watch a movie. Needless to say I didn’t think it was stupid. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t stupid either.

Besides in what other movie do you hear this famous movie line: “I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubble gum.” Brilliant.

Not many know of this movie even though it’s done by the legendary John Carpenter. The story is about a character known only as Nada who finds a box of sunglasses that allow him to see hidden message on billboards as well as the real-life flesh and blood faces of strange, previously unknown beings that have lived and worked alongside humans for an unknown amount of time. Their purpose for being here? Unknown. But it’s speculated that they are here to watch us as we destroy ourselves, almost as if war and murder are the highest forms of entertainment. And they also want out natural resources.

Even though they don’t openly announce that they are here, they control the world by bribing the humans that discovery their true identities. For the rest that have no idea that they are here, these alien visitors brainwash them through a signal that is broadcast through your T.V., whether it is on or not. Nada, who discovers the method by which the aliens manipulate all of humanity sets out to destroy the signal and free mankind from the shackles that he corrupted their minds and kept them enslaved for who knows how long.

Like I said, not the best movie ever, but not the worst, and certainly not a waste of time you find ourself with a few spare hours on a Sunday afternoon.

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