Alison: I think sci-fi movies are a waste of time, Shelley.
When I spend a few hours watching something, I want to be the hero of the story, the characters and their relationship with each other. It seems that the robots, special effects, and imagination are the main subject of the film when I watch sci-fi.
For some people, I know it’s about escapism, but how can it provide an escape when what’s on screen in real life is practically unattainable? I’m sorry, but it literally leaves me empty. Shelley, prove me wrong. Shelley: That’s like saying that horses and carts are historical tales! You’ve done it wrong.
Science fiction isn’t about escapism, but about us. These incredible worlds are just exaggerated versions of the world in which many of us are living now. By bringing these technologies under a fictional microscope, well before they become mainstream, we will discuss the moral and ethical concerns these technologies pose. These movies are also cautionary tales of ways we might — but shouldn’t. I’d like you to watch Gattaca (1997), starring Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, for your sci-fi movie homework. The film is set in an imagined future where it is normal to genetically select desirable traits for possible offspring. While the surface genetic selection that can eliminate disease can sound beneficial, when seen through the eyes of a character whose family could not afford to buy him the highest IQ and a healthy heart, the dystopian results are clear. A film like Gattaca gives us a context to think about genetic selection when it confronts us in the real world-as happened in 2018 when Chinese research
Let me know what you’re thinking about. What is the most prescient science fiction movie? Blade Runner (1982) and Ex Machina (2014), which take into account our moral responsibilities to artificial intelligence, are other strong examples. The Net (1995) discusses the ramifications of a society in which our entire identity is digitized.
And Her (2013) explores the emotional implications of spending so much time with a virtual assistant such as Siri or Alexa. These films are not at all about technology at their heart, but about what it means to be human. Alison: Would it be disrespectful for me to point out that three of the five films you have suggested are from the last century? Are decent sci-fi films too rare? As I watch Gattaca, I compose, and I wish I could say I am persuaded.
Is it a cautionary tale or is it a peek into the imagination of someone else? It tells the story of genetic selection and an outsider who exploits the system to fulfill his dream. What I do not understand is why this story has to be set in the “not too distant future.” in an imagined time. I think the dystopian nature of the story undermines its authenticity, far from having the possible pitfalls of genetic selection ring true.
It’s convenient for audiences to dismiss concepts as fiction because it takes place in a world unlike our own. For me, Blade Runner is a distant blur from the 80s. Yeah, I saw it, but I don’t remember anything about it, except that Harrison Ford was in it.
Once again, I watched the trailer that said the film was set in 2019. I guess I feel like so many of these films, too, are about men and the patriarchy and who is the biggest, the meanest, the wealthiest, the most dominant. Honestly, it makes me furious that not just this life, but any life set in the future is dominated by these themes. Prove Me Wrong is a new summer series in which colleagues from Guardian Australia disagree over whose tastes are right in pop culture, food, and leisure activities… And the ones that are incorrect.