Hiding In Plain Sight

Amidst all the chortling over Hollywood’s apparently unending string of anti-Iraq-war flops, there have been a good many commentors asking rhetorically, “Why aren’t there any movies that present U.S. troops in a positive light?”

But, of course, there is such a movie, released this very year.

It non-ironically shows U.S. servicemen and women putting themselves between innocents and vastly destructive forces, and fighting against the latter with grit and conspicuous valor. It openly celebrates their courage and sacrifice, and also portrays their leadership as, for the most part, decent people trying to do the best they can in a crisis with limited resources and information.

You don’t know which movie I’m talking about? Here’s a hint: It’s one of the biggest hits of 2007.

Does the movie’s success owe anything to its portrayal of American soldiers in action? Probably not nearly as much as it does to the freaking cool giant robots… but I’ll bet you that portrayal didn’t hurt the box office any, either.

More than meets the eye, indeed.

12 Responses to “Hiding In Plain Sight”

  1. Obi-Wandreas Says:


    I’ve actually mentioned this a few times in own blog. The servicemen in that flick were universally depicted as selfless and heroic. I had high hopes walking into it. I never dreamed I’d watch AWACS coordinating A-10s and AC-130s against Decepticons.

    This movie played to every ideal of those of us who grew up watching the original. Those of us who knew that our servicemen were there to protect us, and that the old guy with the wimpy veep wouldn’t let the commies get us. He’d send Optimus Prime, Duke, and if necessary he’d even make a call to Voltron.

  2. Will Collier Says:

    I never saw the old cartoons; I was a few years too old and figured they were just toy commercials.

    I thought the movie was a blast, and about lost it when I saw the shot of Raptor 4006 taxiing at Edwards. I not only worked on that jet when it was rolling out of the factory; I’ve actually been in its cockpit (inside a hangar, natch).

  3. Stephen Green Says:

    There’s no denying it, Will–that is cool.

  4. Synova Says:

    LOL, I just watched that movie yesterday and made nearly the same comment on a blog just today.

  5. Synova Says:

    Oh, and… chicks dig giant robots.


  6. Skyler Says:

    That was a pathetic movie. The beginning had very good compliance with military jargon, which was impressive for how unusual that is.

    But the movie was a complete dog.

    It was a typical movie that ran out of ideas and plot about 1/3 of the way through.

  7. Casey Tompkins Says:


    We forgive you. 🙂

    …And howcum no one mentioned the V-22 Ospreys yet? Hunh? Aren’t they high-tech enough for y’all? Heh.

  8. Joe Says:

    For all it’s cheesiness, Stargate SG-1 maintained its military roots.

  9. Chuck Says:

    Ah, but my favorite moment in “Transformers” occurs when the heroic soldier goes up against the weasel government official and Jon Voight says something along the line of “You’d better do what he (the soldier) asks – failure isn’t exactly an option for these guys.”

  10. Mars vs Hollywood Says:

    Oh, and… chicks dig giant robots.


    Nice one, Syn. I miss that show. 🙂

  11. nutellaontoast Says:

    What, I’m confused. This is satire, right?

  12. jason Says:

    Many of the extras were off-duty military – some with speaking roles (the AWACS/A-10/C-130 scenes, for instance). Say what you want about the rest of the film, but they paid alot of attention to this detail.

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