By Henry Makow Ph.D. — henrymakow.com Jan 1, 2013
As the trailer indicates, “Assault on Wall Street” shows how the credit crisis of 2008 destroyed the life of an average American working man, Jim Baxford, an armored truck guard,played by Dominic Purcell .
Baxford’s life savings, invested in mortgages, disappear. His wife who is getting expensive therapy for a tumor, kills herself and his home is foreclosed. The average American is credibly depicted as being screwed by the medical, financial and legal systems, and by government itself. A background chorus of TV commentary documents how the criminal elite got richer while the masses were robbed. No one served time for the worst calamity since the Great Depression, just as no one has served time for allowing 9-11 to happen.
Instead of griping on the Internet, Baxford, an army veteran, researches the culprits and starts killing them. The movie ends in a rampage where he murders nearly everyone at his brokerage.
The movie was written and directed by Uwe Boll, 48, a German who has made a string of violent, mostly unsuccessful horror movies. He could do this because of German tax write-offs. A lot of people think he is incompetent. A petition asking him to stop making films garnered about 300,000 signatures. He challenged some critics to a boxing match and there is a YouTube of him beating the crap out of one.
Ewe Boll is no lightweight. He has a Ph.D. in literature which admittedly is no guarantee of anything. But except for a few clunky notes, the movie is well made, credible and gripping.
In an interview, Boll described its genesis:
“Look at movies like Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Margin Call, … and you almost feel sorry for the brokers. …For me, I want to represent the people that aren’t rich. They suffer. Commonly, for most of the people, they didn’t recover. Even when the stock market went up, only 12% of the people came out of this okay. This is a movie for them. It’s a revenge fantasy of course. I don’t want, for real, to see the bankers getting shot. But I want the bankers to maybe get scared. I want them to think, “Maybe we shouldn’t be overdoing this.” Because we present the risk of someone always going after them. Right?
“A lot of Hollywood actors are very connected to that whole studio world. They are into the stock market. They cause suffering. Let’s face it, with a movie like Argo? It’s a great movie. But it doesn’t help anybody. Its great for the CIA. It’s a very conformist movie. Where there is nothing political, and there is no courage to do Argo, zero.
“Courage comes when you do something against the system. Something you can use to wake people up. You can use it to hurt the people with power. I think this was my plan, That some people get hurt. Fuck it! Maybe they’ll get shot now. (Laughs) If the bankers feel really uncomfortable when the movie is out, they feel maybe someone will do this now, and they need even more bodyguards. I would say, Yeah. You need more bodyguards. Or, you need to change your behavior.”
“You shouldn’t be taking million dollar salaries while other people are starving to death. You know? Its ridiculous. Its like (actor) John Heard said in the end. The capitalism…The cream always swims to the top. But, is this what we want? I don’t know. I don’t. I think, in a good world, we all can live. Now, we are running in a situation where increasingly people can’t afford to live …”
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