So another "Rambo" flick is on its grimy, sweaty way and this time the villains are human traffickers and drug lords.
Now, I applaud Sylvester Stallone's heroic stance against human traffickers and drug lords — no doubt there will be an outcry from the large and very influential human trafficking and drug lord lobby.
But, this movie comes on the heels of two other equally edgy ventures: "G.I Joe" — which turned an American icon into an airbrushed Benetton ad, and "Inglourious Basterds" — a fantasy featuring Jews scalping Nazis.
These three flicks have two things in common:
They avoid present, real danger in the world and instead choose villains that are not just safe, but politically correct to hate. You'd think it would be easy for Quentin Tarantino to find a contemporary terror group that denies the Holocaust and wants to wipe Israel off the map, but maybe none exist. And what of those guys behind 9/11? I suppose in the era of the "unclenched fist," we must be more sensitive to "backlash" than barbarism.
Also: The film companies need money and to make money these days, it means putting the world first, not America. Global ticket sales mean eliminating any scent of American justice: That evil cowboy mentality that reminds the world we're reliably awesome.
But most important, it's distasteful to consider a battle between good and evil if it's happening now. Because then, you must choose sides.
And if you disagree with me, you're probably a racist.