Magazine article Variety

Presidential Peril Predicted in Guise of Poisonous Penguin

Magazine article Variety

Presidential Peril Predicted in Guise of Poisonous Penguin

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IN A YEAR WHEN a bloviating billionaire businessman shook up America's electoral system, it's no surprise that one of the year's biggest film hits was a dark vision of American politics run amuck. Variety described a character near the center of the film's apocalyptic plot as "a specialist in industrial waste and leeching off the city" and noted his political stalking horse partner was running for office "while simultaneously hastening the community's ruin with his maniacal terrorist attacks."

The grim yarn takes place in a great American metropolis which has fallen under the villains' evil spell, and if you guessed it was standing in for New York City, that's a bingo. Variety called the film's cityscape "a striking, architecturally fascistic reimagining of Rockefeller Center Plaza."

Not only that, the political candidate in the tale has his own personal flock of "crazed ... rejects" ("deplorables" perhaps?) and his repellant tycoon partner even has an overbearing preppie-gonebad son who bears an uncanny resemblance to one of our current president's grown children. …

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