I enjoy watching movies which make one think. If you keep thinking of the ramifications of the story even ages after viewing the movie, then you know its a special story.
I decided to list out 5 of my favourite movies whose concepts remain in my thoughts. Hope I see more such movies & get to add to this list.
The Man from Earth
Story : The entire movie revolves around a conversation of a group with 1 of them claiming that he is a immortal man & has been living for ages. My view : The entire conversation is unexpectedly riveting & intellectually stimulating with topics from history to biology to religion being touched.The story is the main driving factor in this movie & 1 can’t help but imagine how things would be if the theories proposed are proved.
Story : The struggle of humanity whose populace unknowingly lives in the make believe world of the Matrix controlled by the machines. My View: Aided by a strong storyline & path breaking action scenes, it drives its inspiration from various religious texts around the world. While some of us can’t stop thinking of the painful depiction of the future (a doomed ecosystem, a severe resource crunch, a never ending conflict) , the rest of us are probably trying to sense a feeling of dejavu to catch the glitch in the ‘matrix’ possibly around us ^_^.
Story : A fast paced mission completion story in a world where dreams can be customized & invaded by others. My View : Like the Matrix, this movie questions the reality of the world around us. With the present craze of addictive online games, role playing in a customized dream world could be a future craze to escape the real world if we ever harness such a technology.
ps : Don’t forget to retain your totem !
The Truman Show
Story : The story of an ignorant Truman Burbank whose life is a never ending popular TV show. My View: It was a very well thought movie which examined the extent to how commercial our lives can get. At some point in time, everyone of us has thought of ourselves as the center of the world . Well this movie brings back that feeling again .
Story : The story involves the future where people are judged by their genes & a lone man’s struggle to prove himself. My View : I find the story quite believable considering the advancements made by medical science. As our dependence on technology rises, there will be surely situations where the question of the righteousness of a decision taken on the basis of a method or algorithm be questioned. Was the decision right ? Has everything been taken into consideration? Can we absolutely sure? Points such as these was raised in the movie where the unknown factor of the human spirit fought against the genetic bias of society.
The cry fills the air ‘ideas such as these…pray dont waste my time’
‘I have much work to do …while I am still in my prime.’
But there are amongst us those…
whose desire to discover forever grows.
Life is filled with mysteries for them
No question is too boring to condemn.
One can see the spark in their eyes
As they set out without many allies
To find the answers which few can find
They are the ones making true use of the mind !
Questions are meant to be answered. Thats 1 of my strongest beliefs. But what about those which have puzzled us for ages ? While finding answers to them might not be possible in my lifetime, I thought merely looking into the questions would be very interesting to say the least !
Man has always looked at the stars with an unquenchable thirst for answers. But most of them remain unanswered.
A number of questions are linked to this one :
Are we alone? If not then are we being watched? Is Earth the only planet of its kind ? If yes then how will this 1 planet handle our ever increasing population?
A number of conspiracy theories involving the US Government are floating around like the ‘Roswell’ Incident.
Science is working overtime to solve this 1. As we speak, there are many telescopes trained at space ….giant antennas trying to send waves out there hoping to get across some kind of message to anyone who is listening.
I agree with the ‘X Files‘ line :’The truth is out there”
While many people were hooked on to the ‘Star Trek’ line : ‘Space – The final frontier’, the vast unexplored territories beneath our oceans were overlooked.
From the 5 questions, this seems to be the 1 which Science will surely answer but after quite a bit of time.
If you keep track of the news, almost regularly you will see some news of a new species being discovered in our oceans. So the search is truly on!
Oceanic Adventurism has some beautiful stories of its own like the Lost city of Atlantis, The Bermuda Triangle (whats sinking the ships around it…magnetic disturbances?a deep sea monster?never ending storms?) , the Loch Ness Monster (ok its supposed to be in a lake…but still its a great story )