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This article reads Battle: Los Angeles (2011) against the grain to argue that the film possesses an antiwar undertow running unexpectedly counter to its surface-level pro-military politics. The article uses the antinomy structuring Battle: Los Angeles as the opportunity to explore the pro- and anti-war politics of science fiction alien invasion film more generally, as well as consider the role of cooperation with the military in Hollywood blockbusters. The article closes with a Jamesonian reading of “the army”: as a kind of utopia as registered by mainstream cultural texts like Battle: Los Angeles.
Canavan, Gerry, "“I’d Rather Be in Afghanistan”: Antinomies of Battle: Los Angeles" (2014). English Faculty Research and Publications. 288.
Published version. Democratic Communiqué, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Fall 2014): 39-54. Permalink. © Union for Democratic Communications 2014. This article is licensed under Creative Commons License 3.0.