“Pirate Radio” & “The Box”
“Pirate Radio” is just a nice waltz down memory lane for Baby
Boomers. In a loose
adaptation of actual events, in 1966, apparently, Rock n’ Roll
couldn’t get on the “official” British station for more than an hour
at a time, so that gave rise to an enterprising bunch of deejays who set
up a portable station in a barge floating off the coast, and called
it….Pirate Radio. They
didn’t play anything that we still don’t hear every day now on all the
“oldies” stations----Rolling Stones, Beach Boys (hmmm, lack of Beatles
songs, could be a copyright problem).
This movie has all the deejays rocking to the music, and people
listening on their transistors, slight whiff of contraband---that
rebellious undertone that’s always been the backbeat of rock n’ roll,
Her Majesty’s government, at
#10 Downing Street
, was apparently determined to quash this little populist rebellion, this
“filthy, detestable, vulgar” music, which, of course, just made
everybody want to listen to it more.
The deejays were not exactly out of the pages of GQ.
They were, however, greatly enjoying their status as rebel
celebrities, as well as fortuitously benefiting from the first stirrings
of the sexual revolution (after the birth control pill became widely
available, and before anybody knew about AIDS).
There’s something wickedly exuberant about this whole enterprise,
from the tongue-in-cheek interpretations of stuffy Cabinet meetings to the
ribald fellowship aboard the good ship Jolly Roger.
If you grew up with the rambunctious music of this era, you’ll
just enjoy the plentiful sound track, as well as the pictorial tribute at
the end (be sure to stay through the credits).
If you don’t like “pop” music, anyway, well, you probably
won’t “get” it. But for
those of us whose psyche is indelibly marked with 60’s rock, well, the
whole experience just makes you want to get in your car afterwards and
crank up the volume of any decent song you can find.
And not explain why to anyone.
Speaking of not explaining why to anyone, you’ve no doubt already
heard the premise of “The Box”: a
stranger comes to the door of a young couple, carrying a box that has a
red push button on top, under lock and key.
All they would have to do is take the key, open the box, and push
the button. Then they’d
receive a million dollars in cash, delivered the next day.
But somebody they don’t know would die.
What would you do for money? What
would you not do? Perhaps
that’s why God gave us the 10th commandment, about not
It’s impossible to discuss this movie further without giving away
the plot. But if you decide
to see it, consider this metaphor: the
stranger at the door is God, and the couple is Adam and Eve, who then
evolve into Cain and Abel.
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Pastor, Grace