CIVIL WAR: America Is At War In New Trailer For Alex Garland's Politically Charged Dystopian Thriller

CIVIL WAR: America Is At War In New Trailer For Alex Garland's Politically Charged Dystopian Thriller CIVIL WAR: America Is At War In New Trailer For Alex Garland's Politically Charged Dystopian Thriller

A24 has released a new trailer for Ex Machina filmmaker Alex Garland's Civil War, and it reveals more about what happens when the United States goes to war with the Western Forces of Texas and California.

By JoshWilding - Feb 21, 2024 05:02 AM EST
Filed Under: Sci-Fi
Source: SFFGazette.com

After writing hit British movies like 28 Days Later and Sunshine, filmmaker Alex Garland later stepped behind the camera to helm mind-bending sci-fi movies such as Ex Machina and Annihilation

In 2022, Garland freaked us all out with his horror movie, Men, and next up is A24's Civil War, a movie which takes us to an all too possible dystopian future. Thanks to SFFGazette.com, we have a new trailer for that which offers a better idea of what to expect from this glimpse into America's possible future. 

The brief synopsis for Civil War simply describes it as, "An adrenaline-fueled thrill ride through a near-future fractured America balanced on the razor's edge." This sneak peek seems to suggest the story will follow a group of photojournalists who are covering the battle between the "United States," the "Western Forces of Texas and California."

Recently asked by Empire Online why Texas and California have united, Garland said, "That’s embedded in the film. I tend not to spell things out in films. I sometimes feel overly spoon-fed by cinema, and so I probably just react against that. That question, why Texas and California, is a question that I want the audience to ask."

Interestingly, despite Civil War being billed as a sci-fi movie, that's not a description the filmmaker himself appears to agree with. 

"I’ve seen it described as sci-fi, but I don’t see it as sci-fi at all," Garland explained. "There’s no ‘sci’ in it, for a start. Journalists are vilified, often, by all sorts of different people. By politicians, by the public. It’s not necessarily a side of a political spectrum. And the truth is that if you want a government with checks and balances, you need journalists."

"In the inferences within the film," he adds, "one of them is an inference about journalists, and about how important they are."

We're definitely intrigued to see where Civil War takes us and, inevitably, fully expect the movie to receive a fair bit of backlash. That's inevitable when politics are involved and it's apparent from this preview that Garland hasn't shied away from real-life inspiration.

Civil War stars Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, Cailee Spaeny, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Sonoya Mizuno, Nick Offerman, Jesse Plemons, and Jonica T. Gibbs. The movie is set to be released in theaters on April 12 and will also play on IMAX screens.

Check out the trailer in the players below. 

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Mugens
Mugens - 2/21/2024, 5:38 AM
California and Texas teaming up? So much for the Red State vs. Blue State dynamic. Will be interesting to see why these two states team up. I like Alex Garland so I'm sure it will be that if nothing else, very interesting.
SATW42
SATW42 - 2/21/2024, 9:28 AM
@Mugens - California is not just Hollywood and LA. Just like all of New York isn't New York City.
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 2/21/2024, 9:50 AM
@SATW42 - Yep, every state has working folks voting against their best interests.
Feralwookiee
Feralwookiee - 2/21/2024, 5:39 AM
Why would Texas and California ever be on tbe SAME side?
I know Garland says he wants the audience to ask why that has happened, but it's totally illogical in our current political climate.

And while the idea of a second Civil War in the United States is fun to think about, it's pretty unlikely considering how fat, docile, and apathetic the vast majority of Americans are.

I think in reality, all we'll see is the continued erosion of privacy and personal rights and eventual economic and social collapse. This country has been sold out by politicians on both sides and well as the corporations and oligarchs who rule over us. Fun times ahead! 🤣
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 2/21/2024, 6:55 AM
@Feralwookiee - THE IDEA OF A SECOND CIVIL WAR IN THE UNITED STATES IS FUN TO THINK ABOUT
Matador
Matador - 2/21/2024, 9:03 AM
@Feralwookiee - Also to note " Journalists are vilified, often, by all sorts of different people." With good reason 80% of the media is owed by Blackrock & Vanguard which they direct how and what the media is supposed to say.

The media is dead when they can't be honest to report the truth anymore.


You also make great points too!

I myself do not believe a Civil War will ever happen that would mean a fight among us for different points of views. If anything maybe a revolution against the Government corruption.
SATW42
SATW42 - 2/21/2024, 9:29 AM
@Feralwookiee - California is not just Hollywood and LA. Just like all of New York isn't New York City.
Feralwookiee
Feralwookiee - 2/21/2024, 7:01 PM
@SATW42 - Of course not and there are some red counties but it's still overwhelmingly blue.
Feralwookiee
Feralwookiee - 2/21/2024, 7:04 PM
@ClintThaHamster - Of course.
Same goes with possible WW3 scenarios.
Pure entertaiment! 😁
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 2/21/2024, 7:47 PM
@Feralwookiee - Like if there was a war in Jerusalem and the US was picking sides? Just some light hearted speculation. 😬
Feralwookiee
Feralwookiee - 2/21/2024, 7:53 PM
@ClintThaHamster - Jerusalem has a long history of being attacked and sacked.
It'd be just more of the same.
Reginator
Reginator - 2/21/2024, 5:41 AM
Texas and Cali teaming up is the science fiction part
zeon00
zeon00 - 2/21/2024, 6:19 AM
@Reginator - part of Cali is just like Texas
Reginator
Reginator - 2/21/2024, 8:24 AM
@zeon00 - must be a small part as the majority of politicians from cali all seem to be liberals.
SATW42
SATW42 - 2/21/2024, 9:30 AM
@Reginator - California is not just Hollywood and LA. Just like all of New York isn't New York City.
zeon00
zeon00 - 2/21/2024, 10:16 AM
@Reginator - Cali became split & they have their own civil wars
mountainman
mountainman - 2/21/2024, 7:32 AM
Journalists aren’t the problem. Corporate media journalists are. And politicians love them (as long as they are on their political side) because a big part of their job is pushing propaganda for the government.

This might be interesting. But it’s likely just predictive programming to get people to hate each other more.
Matador
Matador - 2/21/2024, 9:04 AM
@mountainman - 100% correct you can thank Blackrock & Vanguard for that.
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 2/21/2024, 9:52 AM
@mountainman - "Journalists aren’t the problem. Corporate media journalists are."

Curious who you would rank among the trustworthy, non-corporate media journalists.
mountainman
mountainman - 2/21/2024, 10:26 AM
@ClintThaHamster - I wouldn’t give you a single journalist name or outlet to get all your news from. Every source is biased in its own way.

This forum is not the best place to get detailed into real world discussions in my experience. The key for anything to to not blindly trust any person or institution and to try to verify everything before believing it.
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 2/21/2024, 10:32 AM
@mountainman - "The key for anything to to not blindly trust any person or institution and to try to verify everything before believing it."

I actually agree with this, though I would add the caveat that some sources are more trustworthy than others. The AdFontes Media Bias Chart is a great resource in figuring out which outlets are likely playing it straight, and which ones are actively bending facts to fit a political or religious narrative.

https://adfontesmedia.com/interactive-media-bias-chart/

The main thing I try to do is just factcheck anything that sounds like bullshit. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
mountainman
mountainman - 2/21/2024, 10:37 AM
@ClintThaHamster - I find that bias chart to be problematic, but do not desire to get into that right now. Having CNN and NBC in the middle destroys the whole thing for me.

But I also think the left/right spectrum is largely a farce to get people fighting about unimportant things vs important ones.
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 2/21/2024, 10:47 AM
@mountainman - "I don't like what it says so it can't be true." Is it possible that the extent of CNN's ideological bias has been exaggerated by a particular political candidate who doesn't like it when people say bad things about him?
CoHost
CoHost - 2/21/2024, 7:32 AM
Wagner Moura is the discount Pedro Pascal.
ridah
ridah - 2/21/2024, 12:35 PM
@CoHost - He definitely had striking resemblance, to a younger version, in the trailer.
IronMan616
IronMan616 - 2/21/2024, 7:35 AM
Don't California my Texas is what we say over here.
SATW42
SATW42 - 2/21/2024, 9:31 AM
@IronMan616 - California is not just Hollywood and LA. Just like all of New York isn't New York City. On the other side of things, in Texas you have places like Houston and Austin.
IronMan616
IronMan616 - 2/21/2024, 9:33 AM
@SATW42 - Yeah, we're ashamed of Austin.
HistoryofMatt
HistoryofMatt - 2/21/2024, 11:00 AM
It's hilarious when people like this don't see that almost all of the mainstream media, aka "journalists," are so one-sided and compromised by their ideology that they're basically a mouthpiece for a single political party.

So no Alex Garland, "journalists" aren't the heroes you want them to be. They're very much the enemy. They lie to us about gender and identity. They lie to us about viruses. They lie to us about the encroachments on our freedoms and actively suppress the truth and speech they disagree with. Journalists aren't journalists anymore. They're activists.

This movie is going to bomb, because Alex Garland's heroes are actually villains in real life, and no one wants to see otherwise. We'll go watch "Goodnight and Good Luck," or "All the President's Men," or, "Spotlight," to watch journalists be what the used to be instead.
DarkModeDan
DarkModeDan - 2/21/2024, 10:42 PM
I dunno about this. It feels kinda soon to reboot Civil War. 🤔







...Wish they'd at least waited to add the Fantastic Four, smh.

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