Sunday, October 6, 2013

Wish for a good war

Susan Sontag, The Imagination of Disaster, we live in a space filled with real problems that scary us. Therefore, "fantasy" is the perfect weapon to carry us into an exotic dangerous event, holding in minutes of happy endings. (Sontag, 316) On the other hand, this reduces the world-wide true by promoting radiation and contamination, which somehow gives the sense of "otherness." Nontheseless, the lack of original dialogue touches some points in the film that ends up causing laughs. Also, the multiple "cliche" traits, such as identity, power, and social concerns, the movie brights out makes film closest to reality, and that tights the audiences' thoughts of the film. Science fiction films are made of five parts in general. First the enemy approached and it is seen by a studious guy, who become the hero. Then the hero's observation is backed up by others that witnessed the destruction. Next, the country's intelligence enters in dialogues to deal with the problem. Fourth, at the sight of the hero's clumsy girlfriend the army starts a massive attack. Finally, another chat between authorities, while the hero prepares the ultra-weapon that kills the monster. As a result, the film underlines the beauty of destruction, which in a way is similar to old monster movies expect, of course, for the scale of "havoc" the science fiction movies can produce. Every time this film provides a wish for a good war that always or at least most of it has a happy finish. When it does not give the impression for a good ending, it channels to yearn "peace or peaceful coexistence." On one hand, technology conceives a utopian fantasy where social controversies become world-wide agreements, and the simple forms of lifestyle are taken as absurd. On the other hand, it is eliminating social criticism, or at most the feel of it, in dehumanization upon the influence of aliens. In short, science fiction films standarazes attitudes of fear for newcomers, who are looked up as aliens, and consequently they are dehumanized. Also, it provides an imaginary utopia where everything is done for every person without moving a finger.  

"Science fiction films are not about science," prints Sontag. It is relevant to point out the theme of these movies are not anything for this century that "disaster" has been around for a long time by now. Also, to feature the use of the science, here science plays the role of constructing a large scale place of destruction. Thus, the film turns the attention to broken walls, massive explosions and killings. Finally, to detail the monstrous alien that is annihilating humanity, while the natives plan estratiges to put down the outsider. So, true science is not present in the so called science fiction film.           

1 comment:

  1. Good stuff here, Victor! But why is your whole post centered and in italics? And what's with the giant spaces?

    More importantly, where's your answer to the second question?