Super Heroes Cause Apathy

A friend just sent me a link to the latest Cloverfield trailer. We’ve traded speculations in the past as to what it might be. An obvious choice might be Godzilla, considering the claw marks in the Statue of Liberty. I, naturally, am hoping it’s a Giant Space Robot, and I actually think the chances of that are pretty good, since movies tend to come out in pairs. For example, Deep Impact and Armageddon, Volcano and Dante’s Peak, The Matrix and The Thirteenth Floor, etc. ad nausaeum. We had Transformers last summer, yet there has been no "other" Giant Space Robot movie, nor has there been a Retro Action Figure Series movie… yet. One could kill two tropes with one stone and update something like, oh, I don’t know, Ultraman.

But back to the topic of this post. (I know, the horror!) Asawesome as it would be, I somehow don’t think we’ll be seeing a fortymeter tall silver man pop up to save New York. I think that ratherwe’ll see the amateur videographers attempting to merely survive ontheir own. Their fates cannot be served up to them on a 35,000 tonplatter, or they’ll just expect the same service again next the nexttime a Giant Space Robot wanders across the city limits. No, themessage of the day is to do it for yourself,and not expect someone to do it for you.Once you can save yourselves, then maybe we’ll talk again about saving the world.

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