Despite the liberal leanings of most of Hollywood, the entertainment industry is not devoid of content for right-leaning audiences.
There were multiple films out this summer that seemed to buck Hollywood’s typically “woke” agenda.
They were politically incorrect, honest works that touched on themes of great interest to today’s conservatives and right-leaning thinkers.
Here is a look at five conservative films from this year’s summer movie season that are worth catching if you haven’t done so yet.
1.) “Death of a Nation” (rated PG-13). Filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza has become one of the most powerful and influential conservative voices around in recent years. He’s also become one of the most successful conservative filmmakers of all time with hits such as “2016: Obama’s America” and “Hillary’s America” under his belt.
“Death of a Nation” explored the history of the Democrat and Republican parties and drew parallels between Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and that of Donald Trump.
It was the first political documentary to have a wide release in theaters in years — and conservatives bucked mainstream critics and offered high praise for the film.
2.) “Mile 22” (rated R). Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg have become a powerhouse Hollywood team since they created 2013’s “Lone Survivor,” the true story of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who lost his heroic team members overseas.
“Lone Survivor” was a monster hit that led to two more movie collaborations between Berg and Wahlberg, “Patriots Day” and “Deepwater Horizon.” Both movies were as patriotic as “Survivor.” All of the films used true-life stories as a platform to salute both America and the undersung blue-collar heroes of this country.
A fourth film collaboration between the two had Wahlberg and Berg setting their sights on fiction. “Mile 22” is their attempt at a new original franchise, something Hollywood is not accustomed to doing these days. And one has to respect the creation of something from scratch in an age of reboot fever.
“Mile 22” found Wahlberg as the head of an elite military team tasked with transporting a man with vital information about potential terrorist attacks on American soil. They have to transport the suspect 22 miles to get him out of the country — but plenty of highly trained men stand between them and the chosen airfield.
The film saluted patriotism and the American military. Berg, who has no time for political correctness, delivered the type of hard, R-rated military action movie that Hollywood rarely makes today.
The film touched on American-Russian relations, but both Berg and Wahlberg avoided politics when promoting the film and instead chose to talk up the many elite military teams that deserve attention today.
The film respects that Trump is the president and then turns its focus back to the story.
As an added bonus, a scene in the film refuses to give in to the typical Hollywood bashing of President Donald Trump. A group of operatives set up a line of president bobbleheads in the film and Trump is added to the mix before they start a new mission. There is nothing to make the president look goofy; there are no cheap shots taken. The film simply respects that Trump is the president and then turns its focus back to the story.
3.) “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” (rated R). Perhaps the most politically incorrect movie of the summer was “Sicario: Day of the Soldado.”
The opening of the film turned off many leftist critics as the movie showed the true dangers America faces today with Islamic terrorism. It shows a terrorist attack without blinking — then draws a connection between that and the unprotected border.
Like the first film, it shows the utter chaos that takes place on the Mexican-American border.
Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin are pitch-perfect as two government agents who work far outside the rule of law.
Though it’s not as powerful as the first “Sicario,” “Day of the Soldado” is a more honest work than most of what Hollywood pushes out today. The film refuses to give the cold shoulder to the threats of modern terrorism or the situation on the border. Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan has proven in recent years that he’s able to tackle right-leaning characters and parts of the country Hollywood typically ignores better than most; “Day of the Soldado” only cemented this fact.
4.) “Action Point” (rated R). Highlighted by some pretty breathtaking stunts performed by star Johnny Knoxville, “Action Point” was inspired by the real-life Action Park, a once incredibly dangerous theme park located in New Jersey.
“Point” was a silly comedy, but through its story of an anything-goes theme destination, it had a lot to say about personal responsibility and the softening of today’s youth.
The film gave a glimpse into another point in time, one too hard-edged for today’s social media age. And though it didn’t fully endorse the time period it highlighted, the film still used it to hold a mirror to today’s ridiculously politically correct age.
5.) “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (rated PG-13). The life story of television host Fred Rogers became one of the most successful documentaries of all time over the summer — and for good reason.
The film was wholesome, positive and unifying at a time that such things seem to be considered taboo by mainstream Hollywood.
The movie focused on Rogers’ push for family values in entertainment and his fight to help children. It also revealed that Rogers was quite a man of faith.
Check out the trailer to “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” below: