A glimpse of future (The Matrix and Star Wars)

En analyse av The Matrix og Star Wars som framtidsspekulerende filmer, samt dveling rundt virkemidler i futuristisk film.

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Who knows really what the future beholds? We all have theories and visions, yet few dare to declare any prophecies.


Through all of human history we have thought, discussed, dreamed and even predicted the future. Most people did it for their own and others’ pleasure through made-up stories, tales and myths concerning the future, and often their people’s prospects.


And as our humble beginnings thousands of years ago evolved, did also our ways of telling develop. Although little was changed until the 20th century, when the cinema and movies were “born”.


In the cinema’s early years there were rarely large compotes in movies about the future; Simple, short stories, most often just short horror themes stirred people’s minds and changed many personal visions in that particular movie’s direction.


Today it is very much the same, except the new stunning technologies and methods. But today it is the complexity that wins; Complex and catchy settings that move people much more into the act.


Of course, technology has helped much, but now, the touch of special effects is a standard procedure during film-making. People are used to seeing breathtaking car-chases and life-like futuristic battleships fighting in space on screen.


Film today has become very mush like contemporary art; It’s not the direct impression from the screen that counts, it is the artwork’s deeper meanings and theories. That is a good description of the comprehensive “Matrix” trilogy.


As you are watching the “Matrix” you get confronted with a contemporary world, a recognizable environment where everything seems to be in order (compared to our reality). The plot begins when the protagonist, Neo, realizes that we are all living inside a computer programme, living in a virtual world under complete dominance by machines.


In the start it is all very unconceivable, yet curiosity drives you into the action and stirs you mind more than ever. Still, beneath the philosophic foundation there is a bottom layer containing the everlasting battle between good and evil. For in the end, that is all what it’s about.


The “Star Wars” series has not concealed the fact of good and evil’s coherence the story it’s telling. It is really straight forward good versus evil futuristic action.


As for “Star Wars” compared to the “Matrix”, many opinions point at the complexity and epicness of the story; It is a story told with every kind of richness and comprehension. You face the morale immediately and with such power that you cannot help you sympathy from running loose on the characters.


When a movie wields such mental power and can inflict emotions at a high level, it is easy to say that people generally should avoid those movies, especially sensitive children. They may have a point, though these films are by nature good-ending stories, where all the good beats the evil in the end.


Another point to underline that fact is to look at where sympathy in the movie is “placed”. As for “Star Wars”, that is with no doubt the good people, the followers of the “light side”.


Supported by those arguments, I can really recommend both the “Matrix” and “Star Wars” to everyone. They are fantastic stories combined with contemporary philosophy and morale, and a definitive must-see for all of us.


For in the end, what is so unrealistic about the stories, settings and theories? Who knows really what the future beholds?

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