They Live quick movie review

they_live_movie_posterThey Live is a 1988 sci-fi flick with action elements starring Roddy Piper and Keith David and directed by John Carpenter. Unlike Carpenter’s Escape movies, this flick seems to take place in its contemporary time period and doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.

They Live is a big concept, but could have been better developed, particularly from a character standpoint. Still, there’s a lot to enjoy, even if the pacing is a little slow and the characters aren’t especially interesting. The sun glasses point of view that shows the audience the black and white image that the characters are seeing is a great touch and is probably the most memorable thing about this flick – and it’s ballsy ending. I can’t say They Live is great, but it’s certainly fun and hits all those 80s movies buttons (for example, in the 80s, if your movie was going to get an R rating for language and violence, producers felt that they might as well go the full nine and stick a pair of boobs in there, which this movie squeezes into the very last scene), so it has a certain nostalgic value. I give They Live an 8 out of 10 – a solid B score for a solid B movie that’s worth checking out.

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