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IDES OF MARCH - Aka...Invasion Of The Body Snatchers


By Old Dan Cedar - Posted on 29 November 2011

This movie brought to mind the great paranoid horror movie of 1956 – Invasion of the Body Snatchers written by the great Jack Finney who would have been 100 years old this year.

At first sniff - the movies don’t seem to be related.

Body Snatchers is about aliens taking over the earth with pods. Kevin McCarthy’s character ‘Miles’ is desperately trying to save and warn everyone in the fictional town of Santa Mira that there is no hope. But the towns people are just mindless pods trying to serve their alien brethren because their bodies are needed for the alien power grab.

On to Ides of March – where we’re through the looking glass, Alice.

And there is no turning back. Abraham Lincoln doesn’t live here anymore. Evil is everywhere today. There is no Emancipation Proclamation to be used as a moral guide. There is no Civil War to separate good versus evil. There is no constitutional amendment that congress can use to assert right and wrong.

This movie’s gist is that George Clooney is running for president. He has all sorts of political operatives helping to mold his image and help him get elected. Ryan Gosling is his chief campaign manager, master-molder, and most importantly…money grubbing underbelly.

Clooney plays a left-winged, populist that carries the typical rallying cries to the masses of those that want to believe that the presidential candidate he plays is concerned about them. And, of course, the pointless causes that they haplessly care so much about.

I have to hand it to Clooney. No, not because he finally fixed those baked bean teeth, but because he is also directing Ides of March. His candidate is espousing Clooney’s real-life beliefs and he pulls no punches. His directing message is simply and loudly conveyed.

But Clooney, to his credit, is more concerned about the credibility of his movie - than the credibility of his ideology. Pretty hard to look at the ideals that one holds so dear and admit that it is all pointless bullshit.

And we, the public, stand here smiling, applauding the sound bites…but knowing deep in our souls that THERE IS NO HOPE FOR THIS COUNTRY. Our nation is no longer ours, no longer under god, completely divisible, with justice and power for only those that can buy it.

We are no longer in America. We are in Santa Mira. And the few folks that aren’t following each other around like tiny ants marching….aren’t nearly enough to make a difference.

Should we be afraid, VERY afraid??

There is an exchange in Body Snatchers that speaks to life in Santa Mira - between the pod trying to convince one of the few surviving humans, Miles, that there is no use fighting.

Pod: “Love, desire, ambition, faith - without them, life's so simple, believe me.”

‘Miles’ The Human: “I don't want any part of it.”

Pod: “You're forgetting something, Miles.”

‘Miles’ The Human: “What's that?”

Pod: “You have no choice.”

Think you can hop on that truck headed out of Santa Mira and warn the others? Think your vote matters? Don't fight it, …it's no use. Sooner or later, you'll have to go to sleep.

Have an Ambien. Drift off to sleep.

Nighty night!!

It will all be clear in the morning.

All of that cynicism gone…like a fart in the wind.

Four Naybobs

Dan Cedar

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