Alfonso Cuaron, much before he created a gripping adventure in outer space Gravity, had directed a much underrated science fiction titled Children of Men. I had watched this movie when I was in college and I guess I might not have appreciated the beauty of that work as I was sleepwalking through semester exams. Until recently, when I happened to see it again as a result of an ineluctable revival of the film online as lot many spoke about how relevant that movie is in today’s time. The impact of the movie this time on me has been much harder. Children of Men, is by far one of most frightful view of future I have seen on screen. It is frightful, because it is so close to real.
It is 2027, and it has been eighteen years since the last human child was born. Women are unable to conceive and the society, as we know it, is crumbling as humanity faces extinction. The world has collapsed and Britain, as we see on TV in the movie, is the only stable government that ‘marches on’. Being the last functional government in the world, the country is plagued by a refugee crisis. The government, as a result, is a police state and has shut down its borders, simultaneously coming down heavily on illegal immigrants, throwing them into refugee camps much similar to concentration camps of Nazi Germany. The movie begins with our protagonist Theo, getting a coffee while the news of the murder of the youngest person in the world, an 18 year old boy, is being reported in the TV news. As soon as Theo exits the shop, a bomb goes off in the very same coffee shop and we know we are in a grim, chaotic world with no escape.
Eight Friends meet up for a dinner party on the night a huge comet is supposed to be passing by the Earth. Things get stranger and stranger from there on.
James Ward Byrkit’s Coherence is a Sci-Fi film which tries to comprehend Quantum Physics. For beginners, let me tell you, quantum physics is inherently fuzzy.
A property of the particles in quantum universe is called Superposition. As per the theory, particles don’t exist in one state or the other, but in all of its possible states at once. I should be more clearer, I know. For example once you roll a die, according to quantum theory, the die exists in all its six states simultaneously.
When we observe a quantum object, we affect its behavior. Observation breaks an object’s superposition and the universe is literally duplicated, splitting into one universe for each possible outcome from the measurement. In case of our die… Once the observation is made, the universe splits into as many as the number of possible outcomes. In this case it is six, and within each universe the player has got one of the possible numbers.
Brilliant performance by Jodie Foster is what makes this film must watch
Have you ever enjoyed an opening sequence of a film so much that you wished it never ended. Contact’s opening sequence is absolutely brilliant and for about two minutes you are lost in its awesomeness as the visuals zooms out of Earth into far end of the universe.
Robert Zemeckis’s (director of Forrest Gump) Contact happens to be one of my favorite science fiction films. Sure it doesn’t have lead protagonist battling in space or stranded in another planet to stay alive, it doesn’t have a magnanimous black hole into which our hero falls. Or a killer robot hellbent on eliminating our protagonist. No! but its a satisfying film to say the least. It doesn’t answer anything but help us get comfortable with our unawareness.
Towards the end Dr Ellie Arroway played by Jodie Foster, talking to a bunch of school kids, says that she will tell them one thing about the universe. That its big. Bigger than anything we ever imagined. And if its just us.. seems like an awful waste of space.
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Firstly, let me tell you that Doraemon was my only exposure to Japanese Anime and I must admit that I hated it. Not just that show but the entire anime community. For a person who grew up on Cartoon Network, Anime seemed very weird to me. That was until I watched Steins;Gate which, to put it plainly, blew my mind.
Steins;Gate is a 24 episode series in which basic theme is Time Travel. (Oh! How I love that topic)
We are introduced to an eccentric young man named Okabe, a self proclaimed mad scientist who is so melodramatic in his appearance and speech that a regular person will consider him paranoid. He has named himself Hyoin Kyouma (Very cool name, if you ask me). Kyouma poses as a agent working against a nameless organization as a part of his mad scientist act when within his friend circle… talking to himself on the phone and entering into an evil condescending laughter every now and then. Just one of the typical ‘refusing to grow up’ man-child. Continue reading
Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction epic film, 2001: A Space Odyssey is more of a philosophical speculation rather than a plot driven drama, as it appears initially. Movie fascinated me by the implication of space travel and the film left me with a visual spectrum which are thought provoking.
Film begins four million years ago when ape-men were roaming around in wilds with occasional fights between tribes. Then one particular day a mysterious black monolith appears out of nowhere. As if somehow influenced by that one of the ape-men find that bones can be used as weapon. The first ever invention. Continue reading
What came first; a chicken or an egg? You can never tell. The father of all causality problems has made people scratch their head since maybe the first time man started using his brain pondering over existence and life. Predestination is a film which takes problems such as this to a whole new level. A story of a temporal agent who travels in time to stop crimes from happening before it takes place. So, much filled with the causality crisis that my head spun right off my neck trying to understand what the heck is happening. Continue reading
Time travel into the past is a mind bending concept to grasp. For it introduces paradoxes. There’ll be two versions of you hanging out in the same time frame; the original you and the one who has travelled back. So if you go back and kill your original self, do you actually fade away from existence? For surely there wont be any future you who’d travel back to perform this terrible transgression. Or do you just continue to live that life as yourself (since fading away is not a human thing to do). But as someone who knows the future and of course with a body to be dealt with.
Primer, let me tell you, deals with such paradoxes and ambiguities. It is a simple film though in the sense that it doesn’t have your regular geeks, mad scientists working with equations, evil corporates chasing our heroes or fancy gadgets which creates electric field around it when activated. No… But of course, this film is painfully confusing and complex in terms of the plot. Continue reading