Brazil, 1985, directed by Terry Gilliam, written by Terry
Gilliam, Charles McKeown, and Tom Stoppard. In Brazil, Terry
Gilliam asks the audience to imagine a world where the government
wages a never-ending war with shadowy terrorists, a world where
civil liberties are being destroyed in the name of security, a world
where torture becomes official state policy in order to conduct more
efficient interrogations of suspected terrorists. What's more, in
Gilliam's fictional world, the central government is not just
secretive but incompetent. Mistakes are made, leading to the
imprisonment and torture of innocents. Most offensive of all,
Gilliam implies that such a government could exist without its
citizens staging an armed revolt. I'm usually willing to suspend
disbelief, but this goes too entirely too far.
Yeah, he's right—a government like that could never happen.
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