Fear of the unknown

The success of a movie is arguably linked with how much the people can relate to it.
The last year 3 movies caught my attention; not much individually, but when I saw the third of them I began to perceive them as a mark of our time:

  • Annihilation
  • A quiet place
  • Bird box

I am not much of a film connoisseur, so these are all pretty mainstream and relatively successful movies, and they all have quite a bit in common: they describe an unknown and unintelligible threat that impends over humanity. The threat remains hardly explained throughout the movie, and has the potential to change or destroy the world as we know it.

It appears our collective subconscious resonated pretty well with this type of story in 2018, and looking at the current status of technology, society and geopolitics, it seems hardly surprising!

The threat we fear of course isn’t an alien, a demon, or odd supernatural phenomenon like the movies suggested, that’s where the metaphor takes over and the movie becomes an interesting story in its own right, but nonetheless, it seems we may have reasons to be uncertain about what is coming.

Will robots take our jobs?

Will global politics bring back a new cold war?

Is far right populism / nationalism a safe political solution to our problems?

We woke up abruptly after our century’s belle epoque and understandably we are shaken… it’s hard to find answers, but at least it’s comforting to know that our disorientation is the same as everyone else’s.

* why the picture from the avengers? I just didn’t want to chose one movie between those 3, besides Thanos from the latest Avengers movies has a mindset that strongly reminds me of this post I wrote recently. Actually… if you enjoyed this post stay tuned as I may have more to say on this topic!

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