By Elisha Dorfsmith

In our unusual quest to watch every science fiction film ever made (we’re gluttons for punishment), my wife and I often stream obscure sci-fi films through Netflix. On Christmas Eve we enjoyed Metropia and on Christmas Afternoon we decided to see if anything new had been added to “watch it now”.  The first one we found had a cheesy cover and name: Eyeborgs. Sounded like a perfect film for a holiday afternoon so I hit the play button.

Eyeborgs instantly had the B Movie feel that we expected but what we didn’t expect was all the relevant discussion and  liberty symbolism sprinkled throughout the film. The only thing missing was a Gadsden.

The movie takes place in the not too distant future where the Department Of Homeland Security has more than just the “Patriot Act”  to work with…they also have the “Freedom of Observation Act”. Cameras are not just everywhere, they are mobile and can follow people wherever they go.  The 4th amendment is still given lip service but it only takes 5 seconds for a warrant to be issued through a computer. Most people have accepted the surveillance society as necessary for their safety but a few rebels (think Constitutionalists, Libertarians, maybe even tea partiers) are not buying the government story.

An upside down American flag (a symbol of distress) is found in the home of a man suspected by DHS of being a terrorist and his walls are covered in words of warning. “G Man”, a guitar dealer/repair man has a “Spirit Of 76” flag on his wall and he also has the text of  “The Freedom Of Observation Act” which he actually read (it’s several inches thick) and found serious threats to civil liberties throughout. Viewers are continually reminded that their liberty is going down the drain as the writers relentlessly drive their point home.

The Nanny State is also referenced. Early in the film, tobacco (which is illegal) is being sold like heroin by drug dealers. Later, a DHS agent brings in a couple coffees and tells his partner that she should enjoy it because that will be the next thing they make illegal.

The idea of demonizing security cameras by turning them into killing machines is pretty clever and takes George Orwell’s nightmare to a whole new level. The question is implied over and over throughout the film: How far are Americans willing to go before they say “enough is enough”?

While the film does have it’s flaws and often gets bogged down, we thoroughly enjoyed it. If you don’t go into it expecting anything great like 1984 or the Matrix and you pay close attention to the dialogue and message, you will be rewarded.

With federally funded ICX Skywatch Towers showing up at Wal-Mart stores and other locations across the country, the surveillance theme continues to hit closer and closer to home.

Eyeborgs Trailer:


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