Originally Posted by zgodt
Dude, it's an escapist popcorn flick designed to play on Americans' Cold War fears about how powerful and bad the Soviets are, while simultaneously stroking our egos about how noble and good we Americans are, and how plucky and determined and resourceful we can be (as opposed to those brutes with their tanks). It's completely transparent and banal. That's what makes it fun -- how preposterous and corny it all is. I would never have imagined that anyone in 2007 could consider it a serious piece of culture.
Cold war propaganda aside, its still a good survival movie. What would you do if an invading force came into this country, go to the camps and do as your told? Sure it's unrealistic and pretty much impossible, but the kids in the movie had the right idea of how to act.