I don’t know what kind of message that other movie goers would get from this “Allied (film)”, which is sure, firstly a tragedy of war, secondly a very sad love story. That, I wildly guess is the message that pop-up in most people mind. For in their minds there are always the good side vs the bad side in every war. That “Our Government” is always in the good side and benevolent.Thus, whatever bad happened to any people, it must be some part of their fault, or just bad luck in “war”!
Anyway, if one did live through a horrifying long civil war like me (Vietnam War) – or just cares enough about other fellow human beings to ask and digs deeper, then the story “Allied” is not just a mere fiction. One would ask an unavoidable question, why war at the first place?
During the running up to WWII, there was a general named Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940) who tried desperately to warn people about the true motive of war. Sadly, his famous speech War Is A Racket, could not stop the people’ support for the WWII, which killed about 55,014,000 people lives, of this estimated total deaths, 30,497,000 were civilians. Why did the plea for peace from such highly decorated and respected General fall to people’s death ears? What did make people act against their own lives and interests. What did make men and women enthusiastically go to kill and be killed without even knowing their enemies ‘faces?
Yes, War is the best way to make money, but those war-profiteers do not have power to just order millions of men and women happily, enthusiastically to go killing and dying for them. There must be something deeper than just that.
Randolph Silliman Bourne (May 30, 1886 – December 22, 1918) before his death had given all of us the chilling answer.: War is the Health of the State. Yes, the very State that people so revere, so trust and so believe It will protect and enhance their lives.
The State needs to enhance its health to be strong and relevant; only War can provide this. The war profiteers need a strong “healthy” State to proceed war for their racket and to protect their racketeering privileges. And so at the end, war is people’s blood and their dead-bodies.
So I say people’s blood and dead-bodies are the health of the State, the wealth of 1%.
Thus, as long as the State exists War will not stop and Peace will not come on this planet.
Why does the State with such horrifying records still exist and exists strongly, more strongly than ever, I must say?
But,the State is just a concept, which is represented by the Government. Government is just a bunch of people who more often than not are worse than us (just look at the Bushs, the Trumps, the Sarah Palins, The Clintons- these are just some highlighted “samples”) . Most of them, if not all, are proven psychopaths., they often are just crooks, liars How can just a bunch of psychopaths, a con-man, or a con-woman, crooks, and liars or even a child (kings-queens) be able to hold and decide the fate of millions of people? How can a bunch of psychopaths- or in the past, just a single kid – be able to command millions of people, among them many strong and intelligent persons, to their death ?
Thus it still begs another question. In the end of the day, who is responsible?
In 16th century there was a man who tried to explain this phenomenon Étienne de La Boétie . He explained most of it in a booklet “The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude“(audio book). More than 400 years ago, Etienne de La Boetie did ask :
“how it happens that so many men, so many villages, so many cities, so many nations, sometimes suffer under a single tyrant who has no other power than the power they give him; who is able to harm them only to the extent to which they have the willingness to bear with him; who could do them absolutely no injury unless they preferred to put up with him rather than contradict him”.
Then it was the King, and now it is the State.
But the same trick has been employed to rule over millions:
it has always happened that tyrants, in order to strengthen their power, have made every effort to train their people not only in obedience and servility toward themselves, but also in adoration.
So? The people have just what they wish for, Don’t they?
Did the people heed or even want to hear Smedley Darlington Butler’s, Randolph Bourne’s loudly warnings? After, not only Smedley Butler and Randolph Bourne’s warning. but also 55 million more of them died in War II, did it wake people up? Since then how many anti-war men and women have warned the people with ample evidences of the State’s lies and deception to make war? How many wars have been made since then? How many more of the people have been killed, or suffering if survived? And what about things are happening to them right now?
Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!
“we, the people” on this planet have been fooled by the State countless times.
Watch the “Allied” and try to think if you have to wear the characters’ shoes
Watch The Movie “Allied” Here:
In 1942 during World War II, Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) travels to Casablanca in French Morocco to assassinate the German ambassador. He is partnered with a French Resistance fighter named Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard), who had escaped from France after her resistance group was compromised and killed.
The two pose as a married couple and grow close, despite agreeing that in their line of work feelings can get people killed. Marianne, who is trusted by the Germans, secures Max an invitation to the party where they plan to conduct the assassination. On the day itself, they make love, knowing that they might not survive. However, the mission goes well and they both escape. Max asks Marianne to come with him to London and be his wife. The two get married, settle down in Hampstead, and have a baby girl named Anna.
A year later, Max learns from the Special Operations Executive that Marianne is suspected of being a German spy, having adopted her identity after the real Marianne was killed in France. In order to test their suspicions, SOE run a ‘blue dye’ operation: Max is ordered to write down a piece of false intelligence at home, where Marianne can find it. If the information is picked up from intercepted German transmissions, Max must personally execute her, or be hanged for treason. Max is told otherwise to act normally.
Defying orders, Max visits a former colleague Guy Sangster (Matthew Goode) who knew Marianne but, blind from a wartime injury, cannot confirm her identity. He reveals that the resistance fighter Paul Delamare (Thierry Frémont) worked with Marianne in France and would be able to identify her. Max seeks out a young pilot named George Kavanagh (Daniel Betts), gives him a picture of his wife, and instructs him to ask Delamare whether she really is Marianne. However, the following night, Max hears that Kavanagh was killed whilst waiting on the ground for the answer. He also hears that the whole operation might be a test, before he is given a big job in the run up to D-Day.
The following night Max takes the place of a Lysander pilot and flies to France to meet with Delamare, who, it transpires, is being held at the local police station. Max and the resistance break into the jail to confront Delamare. He is drunk but remembers that Marianne was a beautiful pianist.
Back in England, Max takes Marianne to a local pub and demands she play the piano. Marianne cannot play, and admits she is a spy. She claims her feelings for Max are genuine and that she and her child were being threatened by German spies in London, including the woman who lives around the corner and often looks after Anna.
Max, unwilling to kill his wife, tells her they need to leave before the SOE catches them. He kills Marianne’s handlers before trying to escape from the airfield, but they are intercepted before they can board a plane. Marianne tells Max that she loves him, asks him to take care of Anna, then shoots herself. The commanding officer orders the soldiers present to report that Max executed Marianne as per his orders, so that Max himself will not be punished.
After the war, Max moves to the ranch in Canada that was always his ambition, and raises Anna. The film ends with Marianne reading the letter that she had earlier written to her daughter, anticipating that one day her real identity would be uncovered.