Review of The Second Civil War (1997)

Moving picture, 97 minutes

Seen in 2017.

The control of politics by the PR industry and broadcast TV as Idaho closes its borders to immigrants, in a near future of massive immigration to and ethnic strife within the US.

Satire. A lot of the individual roles are good: Phil Hartman’s Simpsons-esque weak-willed president, Beau Bridges’ love-sick nativist governor, Dan Hedaya’s cynical news producer, Ron Perlman’s straight man, and Robert Picardo’s marginal technician. James Earl Jones tries to rescue the larger script with a sane lament for the idea of the melting pot, saying he’s forgotten whether his wife is Jewish, remembering only that they met on a bus—i.e. in a political protest for integration—but this doesn’t ring true under the ludicrous premises. A weaker alternative to Wag the Dog (1997).

moving picture fiction