Parasite seems to have opened the floodgates for genre movies that tackle class disparity (at least, those that will be picked up by NEON), and the Mexican dystopian drama New Order takes the baton and runs with it. NEON has released a brutal and vicious trailer for Michel Franco’s dystopian drama, which follows a rich wedding party interrupted by a violent social upheaval. Watch the New Order trailer below.
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Class conflict in cinema is nothing new. Though after Bong Joon-ho’s Best Picture-winning Parasite became a global phenomenon, there’s perhaps never been a more receptive audience for films depicting a breakdown of unsustainable social contracts. (The ever-growing chasm of worldwide economic inequality unfortunately does not hurt, either.)
Enter Mexican writer and director Michel Franco with New Order, a taut 88-minute dystopian drama about a country thrown into disarray amidst societal upheaval. Where Franco might lack Bong’s knack for clever plotting, he compensates with sharper knives in his class commentary. New Order presents a ruthlessly barbaric vision of social breakdown with melt-your-face-off intensity, one made all the more potent and difficult to shake given Franco’s stark realism about where platitudes like “eat the rich” would inevitably lead.
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