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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Movie Reviews


CLONE WARS (Vol.2): More of the same stuff seen in Vol. 1. The action is not as intense as in the first installment, but it is still OK. Nice to see more of Yoda in action. The single truly memorable moment (though it seems to have been passed over in Revenge of the Sith) was Anakin's promotion ceremony to Jedi Knight.

GATTACA: Quite well done, as far as a drama in science fiction goes. The acting is decent, but as with many SciFi movies what is most compelling is the thought experiment. What would the sociological changes be if our status was based on genetic predisposition? Never mind the ambiguities and inconsistencies with the technology (I mean, if we can read a person's genetic code in less than half a second, and change the code before birth, why can't we correct myopia?). Basically we take a very human trait: placing everyone into what our preconceived notion of them should be, and then technologically enable our biases. How different is this from a caste society? Sadly, the movie takes on a slightly sanctimonious "nature knows best" and "the human spirit will prevail" warning tone towards the end. As a Singulitarian, I simply can't jibe with these notions.

And at the other end of the spectrum, we have our beloved military, which "doesn't discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, or ability" - Tom Lehrer

4 Comments:

  • Asimov was great for books with a great premise for a thought experiment, a great exposition through the broad-stroke ideas, and then a plot kind of loosely strung on at the end. Good books. _The End of Eternity_, although obscure, might be his most enjoyable book.

    Joe Haldeman wrote _The Forever War_ which rocked a similar theme. I'd really recommend that one.

    By Blogger Matt Dick, at 2/08/2006 7:45 PM  

  • Clone wars? Are you talking about SW:E2? I only wonder why you are reviewing that particular three-year old movie just now.

    By Blogger shadowfax, at 2/08/2006 11:03 PM  

  • Liam - I mean the cartoon animation shorts, not SW:E2.
    Matt - Indeed "The Forever War" was an excellent book. I don't think I've read "The End of Eternity" but I'll have to look for it. Another good one along those lines was recommended to me by Christian, "Childhood's End" (can't remember the author).

    By Blogger Carlos, at 2/09/2006 10:43 PM  

  • I think Carolos has just proven he has an edge on geekiness over Liam. In general, are the animated installments worth checking out?

    By Blogger Cool Hand Luke, at 2/12/2006 6:56 AM  

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