In Chicago, on the South and West sides, police surveillance cameras, with their branded flashing blue lights, checkered borders and official insignia, have been peeping the activities of the citizenry from atop light poles since 2003.
The Truman Show was the 1998 movie in which Jim Carrey slowly realizes that his entire life is a televised illusion. Welcome to The Truman Show economy. Much of what we hear nowadays hides a grim reality -- not just from our leaders, but from us.
Andrew Niccol's film of The Host starts so well that, when it suddenly slows to a crawl 20 minutes later, your impulse is to give it some slack -- to let it find its feet and get back on track.
Unfortunately, it never does.