Team America: World Police (2004)

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Team America: World Police (2004)
  • Time: 98 min
  • Genre: Animation | Action | Comedy
  • Director: Trey Parker
  • Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Elle Russ

Storyline:

The North American anti-terrorist force Team America attacks a group of terrorist in Paris. Later, the leader of the organization, Spottswoode, invites the famous Broadway actor Gary Johnston to join his world police and work undercover in Cairo in a terrorist organization and disclose their plan of destroying the world. The Team America destroy the cell of terrorists, but then the Panama Canal is attacked by the criminals as a payback. Gary feels responsible for the death of many innocents and leaves the counter-terrorism organization. When the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, joins a group of pacifist actors and actresses with the intention of using weapons of massive destruction, the Team America tries to avoid the destruction of the world.

One review

  • It’s hard to see what if any message this film really is trying to say about America’s war on terror. Though the macho antics of Team America clearly do more damage than many of the acts of terror they set out to prevent, they don’t always come off looking that bad. Trey Parker and Matt Stone have never openly taken one side or the other in the political world that this critic is aware of.

    Team America: World Police is a vulgar, eye-opening, and often perceptive look at an elite team of soldiers who set out to battle terrorists wherever they may be found. They live and train in a secret fortress behind the faces of Mt. Rushmore, and can rapidly deploy at a moment’s notice to face virtually any enemy. As part of their war on terrorism, the group recruits a successful Broadway actor to replace a recently killed member. It is hoped that his acting skills will allow himself to be passed off as “Middle-Eastern”, and he will then be able in infiltrate some of the more dangerous terror cells. After what appears to be initial success, the team then discovers that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il is planning to use America’s most liberal A-list actors to distract the world while his agents set off WMDs all over the world. Things culminate in a hilarious showdown within the walls of his palace.

    Oh, did I mention that everyone in this film is a puppet? Yes, this is a puppet movie. And some of the biggest laughs come from seeing the puppet versions of various famous people. The Sean Penn puppet gave me my biggest laugh of the movie. That thing is a spitting image of him, and its no wonder he got so angry at Trey and Matt for making this movie. Since the characters are not human, Parker and Stone basically have their way with them. Many of them are blown to bits with gory methods, and a sex scene between two of the characters is taken to levels that most hardcore filmmakers would never dream of. The film is every bit as vulgar if not more than the South Park movie, and about as funny as Baseketball. So in other words, you won’t be laughing all the time, but you’ll always at least have a smile on your face.

    Some critics, like Roger Ebert, came down hard on this film for taking such a casual approach to US aggression and the war on terror. It’s best to just thank goodness that we still live in a free society where a film of this kind with its unique perspective can be made. If anything, the left wing of Hollywood comes off as looking the worst in this film. Some of them, like George Clooney and Matt Damon, actually welcomed their “participation” in the film. The more kooky ones like Sean Penn were outraged. Gays might shudder at the concept of the F.ilm A.ctors G.uild, and the send up of the musical Rent which features a song about everyone having AIDS. That one really upset Ebert. Kim Jong Il, who is an ardent movie buff has no doubt seen the film. I’d give anything to hear what he had to say about it. 8 of 10 stars.

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