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What are some patriotic movies to watch on July 4th?

Lock and load. Find a flick to indulge your star-spangled freedom fever this independence day.

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Find a flick to indulge your star-spangled freedom fever this independence day.
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Everyone at AS USA hopes you are enjoying your July 4 celebrations. While your day is likely to be taken up with revelry and partying, and the evening with fireworks displays (unless your county is in a state of extreme drought), you may have spare time in the night to settle down to watch a film.

And what better way to celebrate the independence of the US than with these heart-warming, burger-eating, bud light-drinking film selections.

Team America: World Police

The film follows a team of Thunderbirds-esque marionette puppets as they seek to stop world terrorism. Deployed all over the world, the team stops at nothing to “police the world.” Dozens of countries are invaded by the private army in this pursuit with dozens of famous monuments destroyed.

In the opening, a misplaced rocket launcher strike destroys the Eiffel Tower with one of the team members exclaiming “damn I missed him,” with no reference to the stricken tower. Moments later, a vague Middle Eastern terrorist is killed when a missile strike from the team utterly annihilates the Louvre.

“Everything is bonne. We stopped the terrorists.”

Independence Day

The 1996 Roland Emmerich film was a pioneer in the disaster film genre. The now iconic scene of the White Hosue being destroyed by alien lasers would surely stir the heart of all patriots across the land.

It has been described as one of the most memorable scenes of 1990s cinema. While the script and plot has been crticised, without Independence Day perhaps we would have missed out on some of the special effect marvels of today.

The Rambo trilogy

Rambo began life as a vehemelty anti-war book, exploring the character of John Rambo, a Vietnam war veteran trying to come to terms the conflict. After fighting, he is left destitute and a wanderer in the country he fought to protect. While the first film in the series, First Blood, treads this path, the future films in the series throw this idea out of the window and devolve into mindless action-shooters with the big bad of the time, the Soviet Union, the primary antagonists.

This all leads to the now infamous dedication at the end of Rambo 3, announcing the film, “To the brave Mujahideen fighters of Afghanistan.” This has now been scrubbed from more recent releases of the film. Of course, the Mujahideen are the group which became the Taliban but in the 1980s were fighting with the CIA against the Soviet Union, which invaded the country in 1979.

This dedication was spoofed in the recent Amazon series The Boys in which the character of Soldier Boy, himself a spoof of Captain America, proudly declares “Afghanistan is free, and I will stand by my Mujahideen brothers until the end.”

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