Manipulating the Populace
Release Date: December 02, 2011
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler,
Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica
Chastain, Brian Cox, John
Kani, James Nesbitt, Paul
Jesson, Lubna Azabal, Ashraf
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 128 minutes
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Director: Ralph Fiennes
Executive Producer: Marko Miskovic, Will Young,
Robert Whitehouse, Christopher
Figg, Norman Merry, Christine
Langan, Anthony Buckner,
Carolyn Marks Blackwood
Producer: Ralph Fiennes, John Logan,
Gabrielle Tana, Julia
Taylor-Stanley, and Colin
Writer: John Logan, William
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The story opens in Rome with the fickle patricians rioting for food, although they look well fed. Into the heart of the riot steps General Caius Martius, later known as Coriolanus. Martius is tough as nails. He not only quiets the crowd but turns them back, except for one agitator. He’s sent to fight the invading barbarians, the Volscians led by General Aufidius, whose symbol is the cross.
In an incredibly intense battle, General Martius becomes the tip of the spear, charges into the heart of the enemy’s headquarters in Corioles, and comes face to face with Aufidius. Undeterred by being one against many, Martius challenges Aufidius to hand-to-hand combat. They are evenly matched in barbarism, cruelty, and purpose. Only a bomb going off separates them and saves their lives.
Having defeated Aufidius at Corioles, Martius is now known as Coriolanus. He returns to the Roman Senate as a victor and is asked to serve as one of the three Consuls ruling Rome by his friend, Menenius. Two opportunistic senators, however, spread the rumor that he’s proud, which is why he will not give a proper political address to the people. Actually, he’s just a general, not a politician. He is used to action, not speeches. He’s given everything to serve Rome, and just wants to continue to serve, but his mother is very ambitious and pushes him to become Consul.
The wicked senators turn the mob, who first vote for him, then vote to kill him. The senators have him banished from Rome, because they want to remove any obstacles to their quest for power.
Coriolanus finds and joins Aufidius. Menenius tells the Senate they’ve made a tactical, critical error, leaving themselves defenseless, but they’ve become fat and spoiled and don’t understand the enemy. With Coriolanus at the head of his army, Aufidius marches on Rome. Coriolanus’ mother, wife, and son beg him to make peace. This results in tragedy, however, a tragedy so similar to current events that it speaks to the politics of envy raging around the world today.
The acting in CORIOLANUS is absolutely fantastic. Shakespearean language is delivered as if it was everyday speech. The direction is incredible. Like BRAVEHEART, you never lose track of where the focus should be in the movie.
This is a very moral movie about doing the right thing, valor, loyalty to your mother, respecting your family, and even faithfulness. That said, it is extremely violent, but it’s not the porno violence of KILL BILL. It’s the violence of battle, which is absolutely bone-chilling. There’s no sexual hanky-panky in CORIOLANUS. There’s only two obscene terms, and they are minor, Shakespearean terms. There is alcohol use to get drunk, but it’s not commended. There’s suicide, but that’s the way of a pagan world.
In the final analysis, CORIOLANUS is a great movie, but please be extremely cautious about the violence. Its wonderful moral principles may help you understand the fickleness of the mob. America’s Founding Fathers understood that democracy is mobocracy, or dictatorship by the many, and no better than tyranny. The evil totalitarian communists and leftists of Russia called their system a democracy. What the forefathers designed was a system of limited, mixed government with checks and balances. After the Constitution was written in 1787, Ben Franklin was asked, “What have you given us?” “A republic, sir,” he replied, “if you can keep it.”
The acting in CORIOLANUS is absolutely fantastic. Shakespearean language is delivered as if it was everyday speech. The direction is incredible. This is another BRAVEHEART. CORIOLANUS is a very moral movie about doing the right thing, valor, loyalty to your mother, respecting your family, and even faithfulness. It exposes the politics of envy and the problems inherent in democracy, which is dictatorship by the many. America’s Founding Fathers created a limited, mixed government, with liberty and justice for all. MOVIEGUIDE® commends CORIOLANUS, but be extremely careful about the bloody war violence in it.