I know it was a post-crash film. But the messages and attitudes of the then current day people could have been made to be anything.
They could have said, time to rebuild. Or time to get to work.
Instead, it's chock full of then current and future Obama rhetoric about how there is no hope. Get used to having no manufacturing.
There are many literal quotes about how everything will be service and doom forever all over the movie. The pivotal scene at about 9:30 we get told "the real truth":
"American heavy manufacturing is dead.. the future is in health care and power generation..."
Tommy Lee Jones tries to argue against, but it's like watching Trump and Obama talk. Except in this reality Obama wins for the rest of time.
I was really looking forward to watching this again. But it's upsetting to be reminded how much the previous 8 years were just the farthest thing form the hope that was promised in the everyday rhetoric when he was being elected. Feels like propaganda played by a fine collection of actors, just selling it.
I'm only 1/3 the way in, but presence of the Kevin Costner character reminds me of the ending, where the main character guts it up and takes a lesser job and finds happiness in giving up and giving in to the new reality. Or maybe I misremember how it will end.