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Great Sci-Fi

Posted on: May 15, 2010

Saw two “thoughtful” si-fi movies over the last couple of weeks. The thing about a great movie is that not only do you get great food for thought in the plot itself, it opens your mind to a myriad of new possibilities. Even while i watched both movies, my mind was in parallel imagining the possibilities that were opened on chasing the themes.

The first was “The Moon” is about a man just about to leave back for Earth after a three year solitary assignment on the Moon, only to realise he is a clone. All his memories, disappointments, hopes, loves just a memory implant from the human he is a copy of. This raises a myriad of questions about our being, and how our being relates to the being of others. Questions that humanity may have to face as it becomes easier to clone.

The second was the new version of the famous “Solaris”. It is the story of a a bizarre, seemingly willful planet which is able to create living beings from the memory of the team of explorers which orbit it.The dead wife of one man comes alive, the child of another. These “visitors” are as aware of the strangeness of their existence as the crew of explorers. But their being is limited in that it only mirrors the memories the crew members from which they were created. Doesn’t this raise interesting questions about how we relate to others?

A thought almost simultaneously struck me and my brother, that if randomness of the universe can have the fantastic, mind boggling capability to spurn living, conscious, self aware, intelligent beings; create the mind out of a rock; a mind which seems to have the ability to unlock the secrets of the Universe that created it, almost any possibility can be realized – thinking planets bathed in surreal pink light, planets with ghosts, goblins, even hell. If not in our Universe, these possibilities must be realized in some other universe. Clinging to belief in a benevolent God seems like a better proposition than living in such a bizarre Universe.

Another great quote from the movie “there are no answers, just choices”. We expect the Universe to yield answers, that too happy answers for humans. This also applies to our expectations from life.

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7 Responses to "Great Sci-Fi"

Nice essay.

Too much philo where is the humor. I like humor.

Wow! It was incredible to read this really..I saw Moon and District 9 on the same day within a few hours of each other and I realised how diametrically opposite the two were in story and approach..Moon, more eloquent, quiet and complex..District 9 very brutal, in-your-face, very alive and throbbing with action..yet both are great sci-fi..

I’m hoping that these movies will lead to even better sci-fi movies coming up..2009 was a good year for scifi movies..even Star Trek was nice..the great thing abt the genre is it really helps to put issues in perspective..in fact, the movies really give us food for thought and scope for mental callisthenics..its always been a genre of ideas..

The first time I saw Solaris, I really thought it was silly, Hollywood trying to appear deeper and more philosophical than it can ever be..but it has sorta grown on me when I saw it again and ignored the schmaltziness of it all..

Hee hee. Infact that was my reaction to Solaris many years ago when it was playing on TV. But this time i was slightly de scepticalized (maybe because of reading an ebert review first). I think part of the reason Solaris is a little difficult to digest is the pink swirly background, which kind sets a “The Fountain” sey, psuedo-philosopho indulgent rhythm.

You described the difference beween District 9 and Moon perfectly. Both were so different, and yet i loved both utterly.

I totally agree about Solaris. I was actually surprised that people were actually taking the movie seriously..pseudo-philo is the perfect adjective for it! And y’know, for me it wasnt just the gaudy pink planet, well to a large extent it was..have you noticed how at the end of the movie, it looks eeriely like a human embryo? Yuck! What terrible symbolism na? It was also that wiry physicist who kept waving his arms about as if he needed physical tics to prove that living isolated in space that long had made him a little cuckoo..but the movie does have its redeeming qualities..

George Clooney acts well, and the woman who plays his wife is lovely..

hey… just saw ur profile.. ur from chd too??? Im from Chd too and omg i miss it sooo much!!

I think that’s how i chanced upon your blog. I was orkut hopping from profile to profile and noticed you had a blog 🙂

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