This is not a common film people expect to see, because it is to some extent ridiculous as a film, but still attractive to the audience. It tells the story of human overthrowing the mental control of the aliens.
There are some amusing scenes in the film, most of which are related to Nada. Nada is a character with distinct personality. He is idealistic, with a strong body and a strong sense of justice. Nada is more of imagination than of truth, and that might be the reason why some lines of him turns out silly. At first, he is very hopeful. “You need to have a little more patience with life.” He said to Frank. And when he realize the truth, he then began to fight without hesitation, even without thinking. He held the gun and started to shoot. His behavior is out of the scruples of society rules, and even the law. Why does Carpenter choose such a reckless guy to express the wake up and resistance of proletariat? Let us think in another way. Nada is such a small potato that if he were just a normal person, he does not have a voice strong enough to gain attention in society, not even strong enough to be heard in the film. From my point, the times that Nada surprises us sometimes by his behavior are just where Carpenter tries to call attention. Deeper things reveal themselves just when we imagine what will happen if Nada is only a normal person.
Different from Nada, Holly is someone we believe that is truly existing. This woman changed her mind and attitude so quickly that it is hard to read her mind and guess what she is doing next. But one thing for sure is that in any situation, she will choose a way that best protects herself. When Nada threatened her at first, she promised to do whatever Nada says, but then she threw Nada out of the window to regain her safety. Then she showed up in the secret meeting but her intention is not clearly showed in the film. From my point, her showing up does not express her sense of justice, but her belief that with more and more people knowing the truth, human will win the war. She must be on the more promising team. But after the fighting, she realized the hopelessness of the weak resistance of human, so she changed her mind to be with aliens.
Carpenter raised a few problems in the film.
a. How many sunglasses can be made?
In the film, people could not destroy the radio studio of aliens, and the only method to make people see is to wear the sunglasses. Through the reading materials of the past weeks, we have seen how the society and mass people are controlled and influenced in economy and culture. The control is hard to break and hard to resist, just like the system of economy of capitalism and the standards of cultural industry. Some people can see the problem, in every history period. It is true, but only when they wear glasses. Carpenter intended to make the process of gaining a pair of sunglasses so difficult. That is the true difficulty people experience when they try to see the truth. And this is also saying that, people who see are bound to be the majority.
b. How to win the war?
Nada is the absolute hero in the film. Though there are some people involved in the war, the final result seems to be up to Nada himself. It was a narrow win, though a planned narrow win by Carpenter. But what if Nada was shot a few seconds before he shot the wireless station? This will be what all of us need to face. When Nada succeeded it was actually a little funny, and every time it turns out a little funny, there is something behind it. The overthrown is never a smooth process, but a process largely depend on chances. Actually, I see a pessimistic future of the society from reflection on the scene, since it seems to count the victory on miracles.
c. What will it be like after the triumph?
This is the ending scene of the film. A human girl was in bed with her alien boyfriend and all of a sudden she saw his real face. If the girl is a character like Nada, she will shoot the alien at once. But she just stopped, and started to look up with wide-opened eyes. This is the true confusion human kind need to face after throwing over the oppressors’ control. The relationship between common people and the oppressors will be a huge, complicated problem presented in front of the whole society.