Trailer: Dystopian New Film ‘New Order’ Violently Draws the Lines of Class Warfare

As a New York Times story this past weekend pointed to the shocking – but hardly really surprising – reality that, despite their companies suffering losses in the billions, and enacting sweeping layoffs due to significantly reduced revenues during the coronavirus crisis, the CEOs of Boeing, Hilton and Norwegian Cruise Lines made $21 million, $56 million and $36 million respectively last year. But those are hardly isolated incidents, as the overall statistics shamefully bear out. Indeed, the average CEO to worker pay in 1965 was 21 – 1, and in 2019 it was…320 – 1.

So the already controversial Mexican film New Order, which arrives Stateside May 21 via NEON, should surely resonate viscerally with a certain American audience. The plot is similar to that of last year’s Oscar winner Parasite, yet with a more revolutionary, less personal purview and intent. (It was the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize winner at last year’s Venice International Film Festival.)

The first US trailer has arrived, and it opens at the scene of a posh Mexico City wedding, with a well-turned-out crowd enjoying the pleasures of high-priced decadence. One guest turns on a bathroom faucet to find the water replaced by a sort of neon green paint, and all hell breaks loose from there. Green, of course, is the color of envy – and the story turns to the people finally rising up against deepening deprivation and inequality, and those who foster such conditions being at last called to account.

The streets turn to mayhem and anarchy, a combination of random and calculated destruction, with green paint being splattered around symbolically. The action swarms around the storyline of the good-hearted bride Marianne (Naian Gonzalez Norvind) – who sympathizes with their cause – being kidnapped and held for ransom. The military imposes martial law, and an authoritarian faction attempts to use the chaos to seize control and power.

Dystopian films, of course, are hardly in short supply. But one drawn so clearly along class lines would seem to be spot on for swelling 99% versus the 1% sociopolitical zeitgeist – giving New Order a sort of “this could actually happen” gravitas.

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