The summer of 2011 began when the action blockbuster Fast Five opened to vast success, but was quickly punctuated by the resounding victory over al Qaeda through the American killing of Osama bin Laden. While critics noted the excessive collateral damage caused by the heroes of Fast Five, a unique analysis of their actions reveals how they utilize basic tenets of terrorism through a blending of postmodern film theory and terrorism studies. When juxtaposed with the film's marketing, a disconnect arises between the cultural fantasies audiences wish to experience, and their inability to see otherwise despite logistical reasoning. Placed alongside an analysis of President Obama's simplified rhetoric surrounding the death of bin Laden, a distinct vision emerges of a contemporary America as a society of willing mindlessness influenced by spectatorship throughout a multitude of cultural spheres.


Hooley, Matt




American Popular Culture


fast five, osama bin laden, terrorism studies, film studies, blockbuster, hollywood, postmodern

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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