Anarchism and science fiction: X

X-Men (2000, dir. Bryan Singer)

A handful of mutants with superhuman powers are fearfully distrusted by normal humans. Two mutants are drawn into a conflict between two groups of mutants that have radically different approaches to bringing about the acceptance of mutant-kind.


Enthusiastically reviewed in Osborne's Guide. He finds three elements that libertarians will like: 1) the dominant social tolerance theme, 2) that "this is a terrific parable for the way government divides people"; and 3) Osborne's perceived parallel between the film's proposed registration of mutants, and the real world's registration of guns (once again the crazy American obsession with gun-ownership!).

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014, dir. Bryan Singer)

The superhero Wolverine travels back in time to 1973 to change history and prevent an event that would, by 2023, enable an army of robotic 'sentinels' to eliminate all mutants from the face of the Earth.


Reviewed in 2014 by Margaret Killjoy, who found it "a really good movie", but "as pacifist as a nun in a Gandhi costume", which for Killjoy was disappointing: "I just don’t understand why killing is presented as always wrong".




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