They Live (1988) – Review, Rating and Synopsis
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They Live (1988) Rating:
- Dylan = 8.5 / 10;
- Eloise = 6 / 10;
- Raoul = 7.5 / 10;
- IMDb = 7.3 / 10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 8.5 / 10;
They Live (1988) Synopsis:
A man discovers a pair of strange sunglasses that allow him to see the true nature of things, and discover that our world is populated by a dominant race of ugly alien.
They Live Review:
They Live is the science-fiction horror classic by excellence. Inspired by a short story called Eight O’Clock in the Morning by Ray Nelson, the film is about aliens trying to secretly take over the planet, in a very similar way to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, except that you get to see the aliens here.
The apocalyptic scenario is fascinating, and the idea of glasses that allows whoever wears them to see the aliens’ race is amazing and superbly implemented here, with lots of good ideas such as the uses of the special watches. Not only do you get to see the ugly aliens, but the glasses show a whole different world, where everything is made to control you.
I was actually surprised by the violence in that film. The protagonists do not hesitate to decimate lots of people, including a completely chaotic scene in a bank where Nada, the lead character, shoots at everyone pretty much indiscriminately. The film also gives you the chance to witness one of the weirdest scenes in horror cinema, namely a 20 minutes fight that happens for no valid reasons, making a hilarious break in the middle of a rather dramatic film.
To conclude, They Live is a charming classic, both clever and weird, that tend to be forgotten outside of horror fan circles.