Movie Review: Dances with Militias

The _what_ stops _where?_ (
Sat, 20 Dec 97 10:19 PST

JT McBride writes:
> I had the privilege to attend a special premiere of "The Postman" last
> night because the author of the book it's based on, David Brin, is a San
> Diego resident, and agreed to a book signing and the premiere.
> I really liked the movie, and I think everyone should see it.
> If you haven't read the book, you have less than a week before the movie
> is released to theatres. Although the story line of the movie departs
> dramatically from the book, the screenwriter managed to capture the vital
> essence of the book -- something really rare from Hollyweird these days.
> The story does revolve around a cautionary vision of survivalist militia
> run amok -- might makes right, or the rejection of all that makes for a
> civilized society. If anything though, the movie portrays the use of guns
> in self-defense in stronger scenes than the book. Some things ARE worth
> dying for - Hope, for example, and love.
> The book was written back when stories of Survivalists stashing away arms
> and food caches in the forests were rampant. The screenplay is updated,
> and I give them credit for not ONCE mentioning the word "MILITIA".
> Thumbs up.
> Jim