Captain America directors admit the film is a critique of Obama’s drone policy and NSA

At this point, you have come to expect brutally honest film reviews from Glenn, and on radio this morning Glenn shared his thoughts on the new Captain America movie. What did Glenn think of Captain America: The Winter Soldier?

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“I loved it,” Glenn said. “This should teach Hollywood… Here’s a movie that not only is good but tells a pro-American story. This one even has a political point to it. Even the director is coming out and saying, ‘Yeah, I’m trying to make a point here that killing people with drones, with some committee or the president saying yeah, we can just kill those people because they’re a problem, spying on them, collecting their data is wrong.’ That’s what Captain America is about.”

In an interview with Mother Jones, Captain America’s directors, John and Anthony Russo explain the political nature of the film:

“[Marvel] said they wanted to make a political thriller,” Joe Russo, who directed the film with his brother Anthony, tells Mother Jones. “So we said if you want to make a political thriller, all the great political thrillers have very current issues in them that reflect the anxiety of the audience…That gives it an immediacy, it makes it relevant. So [Anthony] and I just looked at the issues that were causing anxiety for us, because we read a lot and are politically inclined. And a lot of that stuff had to do with civil liberties issues, drone strikes, the president’s kill list, preemptive technology”—all themes they worked into the film, working closely with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

In The Winter Soldier, Captain America and the rest of the heroes… confront the government program Project Insight, which involves three Helicarriers (gigantic autonomous killer drones, basically) that are fed large amounts of data and intel. The Helicarriers process the data to identify and preemptively eliminate potential threats to national and global security. And though the film’s topical parts were all crafted prior to the NSA revelations, the directors say it’s no accident that data mining is a key element of the plot: “It was all leading up to Snowden,” Joe says. “It was all in the ether [already], it was all part of the zeitgeist. The Snowden stuff actually happened while we were shooting.”

Read the entire Mother Jones interview HERE.

The film enjoyed monstrous box office success in its opening weekend, setting an April record with $96.2 million domestically. That raises the film’s worldwide total to over $300 million.

“It’s really good. I’m telling you, there’s something happening. And it is strange bedfellows. It is coming together with people you think you disagree with, but you really don’t,” Glenn concluded. “Thanks, Hollywood. You have made up for Noah.”

Watch the trailer for the film below:

  • landofaahs

    I’m sure it was instantly tweeted that the director is a racist.

  • Anti Fabian

    I guess Glenn missed the blatant Progressive Propaganda? The line that Robert Redford delivers: To build a better world, some times means tearing the old one down.” That is right out of Fabianism loud and clear!

  • Stephen OConner

    I have not seen the movie yet. But, Wasn’t Robert Redford playing a bad guy? I honestly have no idea. Just asking.

  • Dennis De Pues

    Redfords character did say that indeed and the point to the story was that who was he to make that decision. To quote the character of Captain America”That isn’t freedom , that’s fear”

  • Anonymous

    **Spoiler Alert**
    Yes, Redford plays the primary villain. You can pick up on that rather early but it is laid out clearly about halfway through.

  • Anonymous

    Yey! I finally agree with Glenn on something. Captain America is awesome; it is critical about government making war in the name of peace; it attacks the NSA’s snooping; it is a movie about how Obama is Hydra… (well, that one just in the Beck fantasy, but we can agree to disagree on who are the good and bad guys).

    On the other hand, Glenn says we should see God, not as a creator, but as a father… ? What about as a mother? Beck don’t like that, because a mother, in a more direct way, represents creation, because SHE is the model for the concept of Creator. A father plants the seed, the mother nurtures and tends to it, like the Earth. And Beck is just so against taking care of the Earth, that the mother metaphor cannot possibly be as good as the father metaphor. Because that’s what it is, a metaphor. Because, as much as Beck would love to be able to understand the ineffability of God, he doesn’t, and like every single one of us, he has to use metaphors to grasp the ungraspable. Also, God as a woman is just not Judeo-Christian, you know, like America is, well, at least how it should be, right, Glenn? Don’t tell me that Mary, Jesus mother, is the mother, and God the father. For that you would have to explain why God is male, and not female, without falling into the ideological justification for male supremacy… methinks this is at the root of why conservatives are loosing the women vote… no? anyone? anyone? (crickets chirping away).

    Oooooh, here come the bigot misogynists to tell me that if I think God as a woman or as a mother I am a pagan believer of Gaia.

  • Anonymous

    The name Captain America says it all. Just another hollywood movie….nothing to croak about. There are some better messages from hollywood in the good ol Western movies…you know, the good guys vs the bad ones. Seems that there has always existed the bad and the good in America, only now the truth hits us much faster through the internet and news gets around instantly. With all the corruption within the government it will be some task to to clean things up and it’s going to take a lot more than some movies.

  • TurboVenator

    Guess I have a few films to see. (At last)

  • Vanlan

    I’m guessing you didn’t actually see the movie.

  • Bryce

    Bigot Misogynist here, you can believe what you want, it’s not a crime…yet. For instance I believe you’re a kook…but that’s just my personal opinion. :-)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    No watch all most all of the liberals that defended Noah will hate this movie.

  • Anonymous

    glenn didn’t miss it thats why redford was the bad guy

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    He plays the bad guy so it is not shocking it sounds like Fabianism.

  • Anonymous

    Youre really mixed up arent you? Mary the Nazarene was the human vessel by which Jesus/Yeshua/ישועwas brought into the world. She was a human woman just as human as any assigned with the task of bearing the child. She is not God. She is not seated at the throne. All things were not created through her. God created the man in his own image. The woman was created after and for the man. Thus we say that he created them male and female in his image. The first created was male directly after him. (Gen1)

    The Word stood from the begining. The Word was with God and was God. The word was made flesh. This flesh was the male figure Jesus, who is everlasting FATHER, and PRINCE of peace, also KING OF KINGS, the second ADAM, and the SON of God.

    Take your heracy elsewhere. If you want to devise for yourself idols to satisfy your own evil desires, no man has the power to stop you, but for your own sake you ought to reconsider.

    And for the record conservative are loosing women. The women you refer to are beasts who long ago abandoned their femininty, traded it in for whorish rebellion.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn You Are So Right On All Your Movie Reviews. If People Question whether to see a movie people, listen To Glenn. Noah was a modern movie without biblical and Captain America was an excellent movie to wake up America! Hey, Glenn What Did You Think of ‘Divergent’?…I’d think you’d be interested

  • Hugh Jass

    I knew it!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    Who cares that is what the first Amendment is for. Even tho I think you are crazier than a bunch of rabid squirrels in a trash bag.

  • Anonymous

    Doesnt seem like role he would have to train for.

  • Anonymous

    No one is asking for the permission to believe in anything. I’m just pointing out the places where the conservative religious ideology just crumbles. If the ideology spoused by Beck followers were truly the word of God, it would stand a little dialectical pressure, don’t you think?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    You mean you are acting like a bigot. shocking!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t get it…? How is that?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    That is what they all say.

  • Anonymous

    thats obama using drones to kill americans to create a new world order

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    I want to see this movie.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, no. I liked Captain America more than I did Noah, but Noah is not the crap Christian conservatives say it is. Why so eager to polarize? (kind of a little kid: this movie is mine because it’s good, that one is yours because it’s bad… ugh with you, guys).

  • Anonymous

    it is a good movie from todays standards however it is not from the bible

  • Anonymous

    he was actually playing himself,for himself is a liberal

  • Elton Robb

    Redford is actually influenced by the Red Skull in the movie.

  • Anonymous

    It will take more than just movies…but just as was shown during WW2… The media has a big impact on public opinion. A movie wont change public opinion on the government or what it does by itself. But it can create the spark needed to fuel a fire of dissent of opinion. I say bravo, lets get as much of this kind of good free America promotion as possible. So with that I must disagree with you. Its not “just another Hollywood movie”. Its a movie that will begin to change they way some Americans view certain issues.

  • Anonymous

    Noah is not wholly from the Bible, to be more precise. It is inspired in it. It didn’t attempt to be a precise representation of it (the humanity!). But I guess improvising over the Bible can only be done by non-heretics. Others, like Aronofsky, are just that, heretical… tolerance toward heresy, anyone?

  • Anonymous

    he doesn’t get it because there is no logic to the liberal mind, most liberals are selfish

  • Anonymous

    Ad hominem (talking about logic, by the way)

  • Anonymous

    Wow all this because Beck referred to God as “Father” which the Bible does throughout. Have fun engaging in senseless arguments with yourself!

  • Anonymous

    Redford and his minions are followers of the SS–ie redskull

  • mealive4ever

    The Living God of the Holy Bible is referred to as El Shaddai, the Many – Breasted One in Genesis 7:1, 28:3, 35:11 alluding to the fact that He has characteristics of both female (able to abundantly care for as a voluptuous mother would.) He said He made us in his likeness & we each have male & female hormones… The NT also says there is neither male nor female in heaven so that part is for reproduction & pleasure in wives & husband’s “becoming one”.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn’s reviews were the best reviews of those two movies. he said it as it is and meant to be.

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    The Secret Gnostic Key to Aronofsky’s “Noah” that Everyone Missed
    All those bizarre additions to the story make a lot more sense now…

    http://www.aleteia.org/en/arts-entertainment/aggregated-content/the-secret-gnostic-key-to-aronofskys-noah-that-everyone-missed-5237320601042944

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    It’s a Gnostic adaptation.

  • Anonymous

    why are you a pagan?

  • Anonymous

    Glenn is so right in all his reviews

  • Anonymous

    I see other people arguing. Where is the “with yourself” part? I don’t get it.

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    Glenn missed the gnosticism adaptation of Noah.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not. I just don’t agree with the arbitrary Beckian notion that God cannot be correctly conceptualized with the term “Creator” but it can through the term “Father”. No problem with “Father”, but being against creator seems to me banal and arbitrary: just so one can be against the movie Noah and remain confortable in conservative ideology.

  • Anonymous

    just like a liberal can’t explain his idiot ideology..their ‘logic’ always has to be right

  • Anonymous

    The WHITE HOUSE SOCIALIST most likely will insist that the title be Changed so as to not HURT the feelings of the KGB PRESIDENT,or the Iranians,or the Palestinians because it will affect the”peace process” and will have DOJ investigate”leaks.”
    Of course,and just coincidentally around the 2014 elections,he’ll be EMPHASISING the Democratic Senate Investigation into the C.I.A…during the Republicans’ purview.
    Make NO mistake it will be LEADING the PRAVDA “NEWS” to try and throw the youthful and useful idiots to VOTE for DEMOCRATS…just to OVERSHADOW OBAMACARE and the REAL OPPRESSION and SUBJUGATION of the AMERICAN PEOPLE.
    DON’T Forget ALL Of The BAD CONSEQUENCES HAVE BEEN”POSTPONED” until 2016…Of course if NATIVE BORN AMERICANS FINALLY WAKE UP and VOTE ON A VETO PROOF REPUBLICAN /CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY ..SOCIALISM will start being FOUGHT and the RULE OF LAW,And The U.S.CONSTITUTION RE-EMPHASISED.

    Please FORGIVE Me for going off on a tangent..but Captain America and the FIGHT against oppression..reminds me of why I emigrated to the UNITED STATES…To ESCAPE OPPRESSION…SOCIALISM and COMMUNISM…and What AMERICA offered…FREEDOM LIBERTY,AND Religious Freedom,Freedom of thought,conscience,and the pursuit of HAPPINESS.
    I see and I’m sure ALL Americans are STILL WAITING FOR A CHANCE AT A DECENT JOB…BUT The ONLY THING THAT SOCIALISM GUARANTEES IS EQUAL MISERY.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    Oh yes it is just because it has liberal propaganda message does not mean it is good it means you liberals will like any crap.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    Funny how the left says that we are not tolerant but yet you do not see us rewriting the Bible to fit our world view.

  • Anonymous

    there is no pleasing liberals they are just miserable people uh sheeple!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    Why should we do something you liberal love to hate?

  • Anonymous

    there is no pleasing liberals they are always miserable people uh sheeple

  • Anonymous

    liberals are high on opium OPM – Others Peoples Money. keeping all for themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Good One…so True

  • Boo2

    I still won’t spend good money to go to a theater to watch this or any other movie. I refuse to help Hollyweird’s progressive agenda and someway, somehow they’ll benefit.

  • Anonymous

    i didn’t say i was against the movie ‘Noah’, I had said it was a good movie.. just not from the bible. why don’t you just read the bible and see for yourself. and God Is Our Father! we are all brothers

  • Anonymous

    Obama is likened to Fascist dictator The Red Skull !

  • Anonymous

    And sisters.

  • Anonymous

    Seems appropriate.

  • PhoneDoctor_1

    i will watch plenty movies but refuse to pay to see them as i download torrents and thereby the entire movie. ALSO tons of currently running TV shows since I don’t get them here on the island that I am living on for now

  • Anonymous

    Fathers do have an integral role in creation too, Fiine. Neither men nor women can create life on their own. And as a woman and someone who is of Glenn’s faith and knows why he refers to God as the Father, I can tell you that your assumptions about why Glenn does so are waaaayyyyy off the mark, as is your accusation that he is against caring for the Earth, and your notion that because God is male, that justifies some sort of male supremacy. (It does not, btw.)
    Also, you don’t get to use the ‘crickets’ bit until AFTER you post your comment. It doesn’t count if people don’t get a chance to respond. And please, learn the difference between ‘losing’ and ‘loosing.’

  • Gigi

    This is a double edged sword. Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett
    Johansson, Robert Redford are all ultra liberal and they are in this movie. If yo go see the movie, you are making these people richer. I’m not about to do that. Sorry.

  • Big George

    I was thinking similarly to Glenn while watching this. However, I’m sure the writers really meant for HYDRA to equal the Republicans.

  • Vueiy

    Don’t forget OPP!

  • Vueiy

    “Today’s standards” are pretty low. Watch any pop/R&B/rap star’s music videos for proof.

  • Anonymous

    One good deed does not excuse thousands of bad and wrong minded acts against America and our patriotic traditions!

  • Vueiy

    God is referred to in both the Torah and the Bible as a FATHER. Jesus (God’s Son) refers to Him as “the Father.” There are NUMEROUS references to God as the Father in the Bible. Not exactly a stretch. If, however, you don’t believe in the Bible, then that’s not all that surprising. Non-Christians often take scripture out of context, misinterpret it to suit their own tastes, and so on and so forth.

  • Anonymous

    To Fiine Tapestry: If the move is inspired by the Bible, than what do you think about LUKE 17? I mean where the Pharisees demanded that Christ Jesus till them “when the kingdom of GOD would come”? LUKE 17:20. And Christ Jesus answered them. One of the examples Christ Jesus gave was ” And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the day of the Son of man.” LUKE 17:26. But he l also went on to say” Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot”. LUKE 17:28
    So if I read LUKE 17 correctly Jesus the Christ will soon return and we will know one of the signs will be the current times will be like the days of NOAH and the days of Lot.
    So you may want to read the Bible about Noah and Lot, and the Book of LUKE.

  • Anonymous

    Really. played that card pretty fast didn’t you.

  • Anonymous

    I limit my movies to those that promote American values, the more people who do this the more Hollywood will change to meet the demands of the consumer.

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    He definitely took creative license using the biblical Noah to get people to see his Gnostic version of Genesis.

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    He missed this one. Apparently Glenn isn’t an expert on Gnosticism, and that’s fine I don’t expect him to be an expert on other belief’s.

  • Anonymous

    The same plan the villains in Captain America the Winter Solider is the same plan Obama’s mentor Bill Ayers and his group the Weathermen had;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWMIwziGrAQ

  • Gov Jay

    Hollywood will take the money they make from this movie and donate it to the Dumbocrat Party.

  • Rush Limborg

    In the long run, it won’t matter. Party funds are temporary. Movies are immortal.

  • Rush Limborg

    You’re arguing Hollywood is a monolith, with one psyche. It isn’t. Support the “good” guys in Hollywood–the filmmakers who promote American values–and we’ll be one step closer to winning in the culture war.

  • Rush Limborg

    Then you harm the chances of Hollywood continuing to make “good” movies. Who cares about the actors–they aren’t determining what themes the movie promotes, what it affirms and what it critiques. What matters is the movie ITSELF. The more “good” (Conservative-friendly) films SUCCEED, and the more “bad” films FAIL, the closer we get to changing Hollywood for the better. Ignoring all the good stuff–dismissing it, saying it “doesn’t matter”–is helping the Left.

    There is nothing the Left loves more than Conservatives who isolate themselves WILLINGLY–it sames them time and effort, and leaves the would-be battleground open for them to seize without challenge.

  • Rush Limborg

    Then you play into the Left’s hands, by refusing to support ANY growth of Conservatism in Hollywood.

  • Rush Limborg

    Then you play into the Left’s hands, by refusing to help financially support the “good guy” filmmakers. The Left in Hollywood takes care of their own–they will NOT feel whatever sting you think you’re giving them. The “good guys” WILL feel it.

  • Rush Limborg

    Watching the trailers for “Divergent” I felt a big, “Hmm…is it just me, or does this film REALLY look like a big-budget action-flick treatment of Ayn Rand’s ‘Anthem’…?”

  • Marilee Guinan

    I watched the movie last night with my 18 year old son and we found the movie to be very entertaining and quite the social statement on the current direction of our country. If we can’t get the public to study history books and understand things like the U.S. Constitution and the differences between socialism and freedom perhaps a blockbuster Hollywood movie can teach these lessons through cinema. I would personally like to see a cartoon series that teaches kids true principles long before they are subjected to the public school system.

  • Alex

    Based upon the inteligence level experienced in these comments…I have come to the conclusion that most of you do not have a thought process, let alone the abililty to come to conclusions…
    But keep at it!

  • Alex

    The current state of the Public School System can be directly, and almost absolutely be pointed to the BS “bi-partisian” bill No Child…which was championed…by what/who I would presume you call an “Ideal American”…

  • Anonymous

    I’m with you all the way on this one. Father and mother are together creators of life. Creators created by the Creator. We don’t have to argue whether this organic equation should be the exclusive model for marriage (I kinda get the feeling we could argue for hours without anyone budging), all I am saying is that Glenn, here in this video, gets all bent up about Aronofsky’s artistic decision to call “the Creator”, what we ALL know is God. His reason for this being wrong, I argue, is not because “creator” is a concept that is somehow demeaning to God, like he says, but because Aronofsky, a blatant environmentalist, used it. Glenn can argue all he wants that global warming is wrong because green politics means Big Government. But the math don’t add. It’s all politics. As you say, I bet that if you ask him Beck would tell you that he cares for the Earth. But if you think good will alone, and not environmental regulations, will help the actual state of pollution in this contaminated world, then I guess you’re either too naive to see reason or maybe just waiting for the Second Coming to clean all the sinful filth along with the tons and tons of trash that are killing our oceans. Maybe that’s all it takes to save the whales and the polar bears, for Jesus to come back.

  • Mike Nelson

    You’re showing your age ;)

  • Anonymous

    heil

  • landofaahs

    It’s not hard to front-run democrats since their playbook is always the same; Everyone who disagrees with democrats hate women, children, are racists, hate dolphins fish and the sun.

  • landofaahs

    God will deal with “his kind”.

  • landofaahs

    When people gain interest and actually read what the story is really about, they may understand the truth of why God was just in destroying all but 8.

  • Memphis Viking

    Frankly, I’m relieved they didn’t make Captain America a panty-waist liberal. I’m surprised when a movie makes it out of Hollywood with this kind of message. And for those who didn’t pick it up, today’s progressives are Hydra.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn and all of you have been really fooled by the left in Hollywood. They have subverted Captain America right before your eyes and you are blind to see it. The left doesn’t want you to take out the bad guy. They want America to decline. They want all the secrets out. Where did Snowden end up? Russia. They are happily using ‘libertarian’ ideas to do it. In the first Captain America there was a clear difference between the good guys and Hydra. Here we have a movie that for the first time I’m actually rooting for the bad guys (Hydra) Why? Cause they want to take out the bad guys and Shield all of the sudden doesn’t. Like what has Shield and Avengers been doing all this time. In the Winter Soldier there wasn’t much difference except who had the power. If Hydra took over the airships and just wanted to kill anyone that would make sense. But they, even after coming out as Hydra, wanted to kill the bad guys of the world. Huh? Like Robert Redford’s character says, (paraphrasing) “If there was a guy in Pakistan that wanted to kill your family, wouldn’t you want to go kill him before he did it?” YES! Oh ya, CA, Nick Fury, and Black Widow were all for due process…that is until they wanted to stop someone. The due process suddenly disappeared. Do you not remember in Avengers when Coulson calls the General with Romanoff and says, “we have an F-22 6 miles out that can destroy the block before you reach the lobby”? In that we have the ultimate definition of liberalism and libertarianism . I want to be able to do whatever I want…..but it’s wrong for you to do it. That is not freedom. That is tyranny with Russia standing behind nodding their head, yes.

  • Patrick Ploof

    The Captain America with the single star in a triangle with red and white stripes below, certainly resembles the flag of Puerto Rico.

  • Brendan Smith

    Considering that the basic design for Captain America’s costume hasn’t changed since the character was introduced in 1941 and the Puerto Rican flag wasn’t designed until 1952, I’d say it’s quite the other way around.

  • jen

    You think you sound cool Obama bashing. Dumb, highly idiotic. Since you left Bush family/Romney/tea partiers out of that, that would they are all holy and you know it all.

  • jen

    dork – you are the only one high on opium, not for yourself, but for your rino masters.
    dork – why do you refute beck when he says gop/dem are in this together as the wicked political class. but you say no, no, no – it is not bush/gop/Romney/Rubio/ryan, but it is only dems.

  • Igor Shafarevich

    Liberals just want your stuff.

  • seth mckinney

    You’re an idiot.

  • Tyler Carraway

    I doubt you’ll listen, but I’ll try to explain that point about you acting like a bigot anyways. No harm in trying, right?

    Remember, you said “Oooooh, here come the bigot misogynists to tell me that if I think God as a woman or as a mother I am a pagan believer of Gaia.”

    If you think that anyone who disagrees with you is a bigot, then congratulations, you’re already one yourself. That’s all it takes.

  • Sam Sung

    Since equal justice implies that laws apply equally to all, and the range of skills and talents varies between each of us, the same rules will naturally lead to a wide range of unequal results.

  • Rush Limborg

    As Glenn noted, they consciously paralleled Obama’s drone policy. So, I doubt it.

  • Anonymous

    sounds like bs

  • B. Glenn

    Noah did suck though.