Team America - World Police

Director: Trey Parker
Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Kristen Miller, Masasa

Reviewer: Fraser Dallachy

With the world ever under threat from international terrorism, one agency takes it upon itself to keep the citizens of Earth safe, no matter the cost. With one of their own cruelly taken from them, ‘Team America’ must recruit a new member and get him up to speed in time to save humanity from the schemes of a ruthless dictator, and Alec Baldwin.

Anybody who has ever watched South Park knows what to expect when Trey Parker and Matt Stone put image to celluloid. Team America – World Police is another attempt to teach the world a little morality using as much swearing, crudity, and graphic cartoon violence as possible. And, of course, it’s hilariously funny.

Taking a break from their usual style of animation, Parker and Stone enter the world of puppetry in this fantastic Thunderbirds spoof. Never content with the black-and-white, the duo examine the failings of every side in the current world climate, where terrorism is on everyone’s mind, and everyone has their own views on the best way to deal with it. The heroes out to save the day cause more damage than they prevent; the UN is polite but powerless; and the actors rallying the world to the call of peace have their own way of getting results...

Not for the easily offended, and certainly not something you want to take your granny to see, this is a highly enjoyable film that does what it does with style, and hides an intellectual, incisive core under a good coating of grime.