Sunday, November 07, 2010

Bringing the War Home

The new Call of Duty: Black Ops commercial titled There's a Soldier in All of Us is disturbing.

It's unnervingly effective and immersive. Ordinary people, adults, kids, in school clothes and work clothes rampaging through a generic dessert town shooting and blasting away to the Rolling Stone's Gimme Shelter.

Lots of operatic slow motion action movie tropes like the 'shooting both directions and dropping your guns' thing.  Everybody's smiling and having a good time.

If you have the nagging feeling that something seems to be missing, you may notice the complete absence of whoever it is they are annihilating.

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