They Live (1988) Movie Review

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They Live (1988)

1988 | R | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy
94 minutes / 1h 34min

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They Live Plot Synopsis:

Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No Imagination", "Submit to Authority". Even scarier is that he is able to see that some usually normal-looking people are in fact ugly aliens in charge of the massive campaign to keep humans subdued.

They Live (1988) Review

John Carpenter‘s "They Live" has an awesome plot. However, casting wrestler Roddy Piper as the lead role was a slight mistake. The movie’s ideas and story are awesome, but Roddy Piper is pretty corny with his punch lines. However, he doesn’t totally ruin the film, and well into the film you get used to his over the top acting, and the movie is great. Nada (played by Roddy Piper) is a homeless man looking for work. He gets a job as a construction worker and becomes friends with Frank (Keith David). Frank takes Nada to the shelter he lives at for a place to stay and a good meal. Nada begins to stumble upon something strange, as he spies on a few of the people in the shelter who seem to have a cult. He finds a box full of weird

Nada (played by Roddy Piper) is a homeless man looking for work. He gets a job as a construction worker and becomes friends with Frank (Keith David). Frank takes Nada to the shelter he lives at for a place to stay and a good meal. Nada begins to stumble upon something strange, as he spies on a few of the people in the shelter who seem to have a cult. He finds a box full of weird sunglasses but thinks nothing of it the shelter is raided and everything is destroyed by the police. Nada later tries on a pair of the sunglasses and something extremely frightening happens to him. When he puts on the glasses he see’s a whole other world. The real world. Where people appear as they’re true selves, hideous monsters, and the media brainwashes us.

Nada later tries on a pair of the sunglasses and something extremely frightening happens to him. When he puts on the glasses he see’s a whole other world. The real world. Where people appear as they’re true selves, hideous monsters, and the media brain washes us. The movie has some very cool ideas and is carried out very well. The long fight scene between Frank and Nada is so classic, and the ending is ****ing great. This movie is highly recommended to John Carpenter fans, Roddy Piper fans, and fans of good sci-fi, disturbing stories. Very good movie!

The movie has some very fresh ideas and is carried out very well. The extended fight scene between Frank and Nada is so classic, and the ending is f*****g great. This movie is highly recommended to John Carpenter fans, Roddy Piper fans, and fans of good sci-fi, disturbing stories. Very good movie!

  • They Live Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.98
  • IMDB: 7.3
  • MetaCritic: 5.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.4

About They Live 1988

Title: They Live
Year: 1988
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy
Reviewer: Score: 3.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.49/5 stars from 91,602 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 91,602 MPAA Rating: R
They Live Cast Starring: George 'Buck' Flower, Peter Jason, John Carpenter, Keith David, Al Leong, Jan Rabson, Meg Foster, Jeff Imada, Matt McColm, Jeb Stuart Adams, John F. Goff, Christine Anne Baur, Larry Franco, Larry J. Franco, Helen Kelly, Robert Grasmere, Cibby Danyla, Susan Blanchard, Dana Bratton, Norman D. Wilson, Peter Rodkey, Norm Wilson, Thelma Lee, Stratton Leopold, Roddy Piper, Rezza Shan, Eileen Wesson, Norman Howell, Gregory J. Barnett, Raymond St. Jacques
They Live Writers: Ray Nelson, John Carpenter
They Live Director: John Carpenter
Production: MCA/Universal Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA