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I’d like to commend the writers on how accurately the Asian character is placed in the character dynamics. Stands off to the side and speaks little; Plays a small role in the grand scheme of things; Waits while the white management and white scientific team fuck things up; Then dives in to fix their mess.
The black captain had a few funny lines. The Asian guy, played by Benedicte Wong, had just some stupid lines and dialog with the ambiguously ethnic guy, played by Scottish actor Emun Elliott.
I was waiting throughout the movie for the black guy or the Asian guy to become cannon fodders. But that moment didn’t come. The aliens didn’t get them, but stereotype did. I loved how they had sacrificed themselves to save Earth.
It was a total Harold-and-Kumar-plays-Thelma-and-Louise moment when the Asian, the black captain and ambiguous ethnic guy kamikazes their ship into the alien vessel. But then that’s what dutiful minorities would do.
P.S. Maybe I will write about the Hentai nature of the aliens next. The movie only showed guys getting tentacle raped in this movie. With two strong female leads, is this a feminist statement or is male rape still a scarier concept?