The Humanity Bureau (2017)

Still from a scene at the beginning of The Humanity Bureau (2017) showing a sympathetic character, a deposed former state governor, sitting proudly next to a smiling President Trump


By coincidence, I just happened to be watching THE HUMANITY BUREAU (2017) last night. I say coincidence since I had no idea this low budget Nicholas Cage film was a fever dream for right-wing conspiracy types, so watching it, I felt like I was getting a glimpse of their thought world in the aftermath of last week’s real-life insurrection.

The first scene in the film introduces the main character, Noah Kross (Nicholas Cage) as he determines the viability of an impoverished man who turns out to be a former governor of Colorado (presumably Republican) and associate of Donald Trump.

Rural whites are experiencing a genocide in a future where an urban elite impose a eugenics policy on the rural poor and extermination in death camps. Environmental contamination is a lie told by the government to control population settlement and movement. Death squads operate under the cover of a cost-conscious bureaucracy. Killer drones are constantly monitoring overhead. The end of the film presents a nascent popular and violent uprising with rural whites driving into cities to explode things.

That’s all I have to say. I can’t recommend the film on its merits but scholars of popular culture in this political moment probably shouldn’t ignore it.

This reaction to the film, THE HUMANITY BUREAU, was first posted on my Facebook page.


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