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  1. FictionIsntReal
    April 13, 2016

    In the book it’s based on, Nothing Lasts Forever, they really are ideologically motivated German terrorists trying to expose the corporation’s ties to the Chilean regime:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nothing_Lasts_Forever_%28Thorp_novel%29

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    • Dayne
      April 14, 2016

      That’s fascinating. It’s especially interesting in that it predates the Iran-Contra scandal but seems to be, as throughout the film whose main set-pieces are taken directly from the novel, almost predictive of it.

      Having read the wiki page you linked, too, though, I’m glad they made the changes they did, as the themes I discuss in this piece, and why I enjoy the film as much as I do, are largely due to the much more cosmopolitan nature of the world portrayed and the difficult inter-classification of the thieves’ villainy. They expand the discussion of money and success as compromising forces found in the novel and tie them in to larger, globalized concerns, linking them to outside commercial forces.

      Interestingly, the novel seems to pre-empt my primary criticism of the film, as ignoring the difficult, protracted, often decisive role of American society in terrorism politics, by tying in the Klaxon Oil Company, an American corporation, to Chilean terrorists, thus implicating them in the larger dynamic. The wiki also suggests that the lead character could be the source of the violence himself, and the terrorists are not at all motivated by money. In some ways, that makes it seem more satisfying as a discussion of global terrorism, but less, as, by summary, it seems much more conceptual in its approach of the terrorists and not so rooted in the practical and social realities of these organizations.

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