Echo Boomers (2020) Dir. Seth Savoy
Echo Boomers is essentially a heist film, but what sets this one apart from the others is that heist films usually revolve around greed and desperation, this one revolves around a sickening display of entitlement and it’s not pretty.
Here we have a group of angry millennials acting out their twisted progressive dreams and obsessions by engaging in home invasions and wholesale destruction, justifying their actions by using well worn activist talking points that revolve around equity and social justice. But like so many irate activists, they actually know nothing about what it’s like to suffer from lack or the uplifting joys of the human spirit that results when we triumph and succeed over all adversity. The personal soul searching, willful perseverance and tenacity that can make us the best we can be is what is put at stake in this film. The filmmakers know this and yet they double-down to the very end to put nihilistic behavior and materialism far before personal growth and virtue.
These kids like many today are also obsessed with the idea of virtue, but an inability to understand how to live a soulful life makes it impossible for any of them to know what it actually is. In one social gathering, a group of show-offs narcissistically brag about their humanitarian acts and use their Instagram posts to ‘prove’ to the world how wonderful they are. The ones without photos of themselves carrying water to remote villages simply lie about it and they all congratulate themselves for being such superior beings.
Though the film tries to justify horrible behavior by making the repeated point that this millennial generation suffers far greater challenges than any that came before it, it’s revealing that there is no time whatsoever given to subjects that many in this generation are marked by such as mental illness, atomization and a cult mindset that Jung referred to as Mass Formation. Dr. Robert Malone elaborated on the term by calling what we see today as Mass Formation Psychosis. This would have been a far more interesting film if the deeper reasons for why these young characters all take such great pleasure in destroying things of beauty and taking from others primarily for the psychological relief they seem to get from it. But the sociopathic smash-and-grab behavior is glossed over as if it’s only a minor by-product caused by society. It’s not their fault that they hate everyone and are soulless narcissists.
But just as every grotesquely rich man can not possibly be evil and undeserving of his wealth, it’s very unfair to suggest that all Millennials are shallow materialists who can only think so far as their next crime-fueled adrenaline rush or drug binge, but that’s what the filmmakers suggest here or would like them to aspire to. And in the end, in true selfishly sociopathic form, these young adults all claim to regret their crimes. Why? Because they were caught. It’s only the one character that we know for certain who had a job, a foot in the door and access to opportunities to help him build a career that says he doesn’t regret a thing. This character, a good-looking, advantaged white person becomes the face of what globalists would like to be defined as the ‘new normal’. This is someone who could function as a spokesperson and role model to help lead his hesitant counterparts to their spiritual doom.
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