Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Angels and Demons- Sci Fi film?

I saw Angels and Demons with my friend Michael yesterday. We agreed it was beyond silly, but it was quite entertaining nonetheless. The art direction was lovely, and Ron Howard’s use of themes of fire, circles of completion, mute statues and swirling people and history was quite affecting, and raised the film aesthetically higher than Da Vinci Code.

Then I got to thinking, as is my want, and thought about one of the central plot points in the film- the use of a supercollider ( at CERN ) to generate anti-matter (!) . The potential for antimatter- for good or ill, is one of the pivots upon which the film turns. The speculative nature of science itself duels with the power of faith and is the very underpinning of the mystery.

This is science fiction folks- real science fiction, and not the allegorical, speculative stuff we saw with relaunched Star Trek. Not since, I dunno, 2010, ( released in 1984 or 1986, I think) have we seen really inspired, real science based science fiction . No laser guns, no (discernable) aliens, no green women but an informed sense of where technology is now and where it could go and the ramifications, both materially and spiritually.

So yes, A & D is a bit flawed. But so is religion, and science, and all of humankinds’ endeavours. If there is only one true sci-fi film you could see this year, I do recommend Angels and Demons.

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3 Comments:

At May 22, 2009 at 7:42 PM , Blogger Michael Williams said...

You are reading way too much into the lame Angs and Demons. It was eye candy and not particularly satisfying eye candy! Sci i wihout green women and lasers is boring. Oh no it's antimatter everybody run... what ever. Talk about never quite grasping the suspense factor. I kept hoping Tom and his bad hair dye exploded....

 
At May 29, 2009 at 12:51 PM , Blogger EdieS said...

Tom looked great in the movie! symbology geeks rule! And yeah, antimatter! That's real sci-fi, man!

 
At May 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM , Blogger Michael Williams said...

whatever... nerd. :)

 

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