John Carpenter’s subversive landmark science-fiction film grew out of the director’s distaste with a 1980s America fraught with over-commercialization and propaganda.

In the film, a drifter named Nada discovers a special pair of sunglasses in a forbidden zone. Putting them on reveals the world in black and white, but as it really is: controlled by totalitarian alien overlords who are brainwashing humanity into submission.

Nada fights to wake up everyone else and combat the aliens, who are extracting Earth’s resources and causing global warming.

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