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Why are California and Texas Western Allies in new thriller Civil War?
Photo: © ANP

Why are California and Texas Western Allies in new thriller Civil War?

Why are California and Texas Western Allies in new thriller Civil War?
Photo: © ANP

There were a lot of questions raised by the trailer for Alex Garland's new thriller Civil War, which is set to his theaters this year.

The official premise of the movie reads:

'In the near future, a team of journalists travel across the United States during a rapidly escalating second civil war that has engulfed the entire nation, between the American government and the separatist 'Western Forces' led by Texas and California. The film documents the journalists struggling to survive during a time when the government has become a dystopian dictatorship and partisan extremist militias regularly commit political violence.'

So, within Civil War, Texas and California are actually allies in the West which is interesting considering they are arguably at opposing ends of the political spectrum. Texas is notoriously Republican, while California is historically Democrat.

Garland has commented on the alliance, but he doesn't plan on explaining it to the audience too much.

“That’s embedded in the film,” the director teased to Empire. “I tend not to spell things out in films. I sometimes feel overly spoon-fed by cinema, and so I probably just react against that. That question, why Texas and California, is a question that I want the audience to ask.”

According to Garland himself, the movie is "set at an indeterminate point in the future – just far enough ahead for me to add a conceit – and serves as a sci-fi allegory for our currently polarised predicament".

Garland, is, of course, referring to the delicate political climate in the United States, as over the past few years we've seen an all-out assault on the Capitol Building in Washington and accusations of election tampering, to name just a couple of incidents.

Civil War cast: Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Cailee Spaeny, Jesse Plemons and Nick Offerman.

Civil War trailer

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