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When Will Hollywood Learn?

Matt Damon is a Hollywood star in every sense of the word. He has been center stage in big Hollywood blockbusters and done star turns in critically acclaimed pieces of art. He has made millions by performing on hundreds of thousands of screens all over the world, and he will likely continue to make loads of money in years to come. However, some of his film choices have to lead people to ask when will Hollywood learn.

This past weekend, Damon’s latest blockbuster, Elysium, opened on movie screens across the country. The movie has received quite a bit of fanfare from its studio, the actors involved, and some of the critics who’ve seen it. Sadly, for Damon and the financers of the project, the movie doesn’t seem to be gaining a lot of traction among moviegoers.  While we could argue about the issues that would cause a big summer blockbuster to fall flat on its face – bad acting, terrible script, no funding for advertising – none of the usual explanations seem to fit with Elysium. The one reason that does stick out? Elysium is leftist propaganda that has been wrapped in the trappings of a big budget movie.

Matt Damon and Elysium’s director both denied the film’s leftist tendencies in recent interviews. “’Elysium’ doesn’t have a message,” the film’s director Neill Blomkamp told Wired Magazine. Damon went even further in an interview with Fox saying “I don’t think it is trying to say anything. It just presents the issue – the distinct difference between the haves and the have nots… A science fiction film will work if it is a whole new world, but speaks to the world that we live in, but not in a heavy-handed way. The first order of business for a big summer popcorn movie is to make a kick-ass movie with great action.”

However, even a cursory look at the film’s trailer tells you all you need to know about the propaganda piece you are going to view.

Fortunately the movie’s other star, Jodie Foster, is more straightforward in her interview with Variety magazine. “The film has such a strong sociopolitical murmur, and it has such a strong insight into the ‘haves and have-nots.’” More than a few film critics also noted the strong leftist storyline. Here are two examples: “…When it comes to metaphors, he (Blomkamp) prefers the sledgehammer,” says Alonso Duralde, of The Wrap.  “It’s a Pollyanna-powered treatise on health care, immigration and economics,” writes Christian Toto of Big Hollywood.

Hollywood continues to try to pass off leftist political nonsense as meaningful entertainment — and it continues to fail. Hopefully, newer bombs like Elysium will begin to stimulate some in the industry to stop dancing to the tunes of the left and begin green lighting new conservative themed movies.

the-patriotOver the years conservatives have had few movies to stand up and cheer for, but the ones that have come across our screen have done quite well. Movies like the Patriot, the Passion of the Christ, the Blind Side, 300, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Courageous, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, etc., have all made money for their studios while drawing big crowds of conservatives. But honestly, we’ve not had much to make us get out to the theaters.

If Hollywood really preferred profits to preaching liberal ideology, they would begin searching for and producing conservative themed movies at the same big budget prices they do the liberal propaganda.


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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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