Posted May 15, 2010on:
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.