Friday, December 19, 2008

The Day the Earth Stood Still: Hollywood Goes Deep Ecology


Secondhand Smokette and I decided to go on a date and, against our better judgment, went to see The Day the Earth Stood Still. We expected some enviro-propaganda, but I must say it was even more extreme than I expected. I wrote about it over at the First Things blog:

Earth pushes the mantra of deepest ecology: Humans are the literal enemy of Earth, which, the script strongly implies, is a living entity. At the very least, the message of the movie is that our moral value is no greater than that of shrimp and squid, and that while we have some virtues--classical music being one--the earth is better off with us either obliterated out of existence or rendered completely untechnological.

Today's Hollywood reflects the cultural views of the left and the left has gone insanely anti-human. This misanthropic nihilism is usually implied between the lines, but it is the unequivocal and explicit massage of The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Oh, and there is a scientist character in the picture, whom we are told, won a Nobel Prize for "Biological Altruism." There isn't a Nobel in that category--yet--but it seems to be a field that would be about sacrificing the well being and prosperity of people in order to save the planet. Of course, like most scientists, the character is so devoid of ego, we are told that his friends had to frame and hang the award on his wall. Well, the film is science fiction.

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At December 19, 2008 , Blogger T E Fine said...

I've been totally in love with Keanu Reeves since I was in high school, drooling over Ted "Theodore" Logan (hush, you know you like the first BILL AND TED, too. It was comparatively innocent to his other movies). And this is the first time in fifteen years (give or take, cough cough) that I haven't felt any desire to see one of his movies. Even MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, as morally wonky as it was, didn't turn my nose up the way this one does (though I've only seen IDAHO once, and don't plan to see it again). Besides, I heard his acting in this was worse than JOHNNY MNEMONIC (spelling?) and CONSTANTINE put together.

No, I don't go to see the movies for his acting. I'm not proud.

 
At December 21, 2008 , Blogger Jason said...

A friend of mine offered the following review of the dilm.

"Nothing will make you miss the cold war more than the remake of the Day the Earth Stood Still"

Which from everything I keep hearing about it is harsh but fair

 
At December 22, 2008 , Blogger T E Fine said...

'"Nothing will make you miss the cold war more than the remake of the Day the Earth Stood Still"'

Ouch. Now that's just plain sad.

 
At February 20, 2009 , Blogger PunkMaister said...

It is sickening that the Ecofreaks, Ecoterrorists of Hollywood used a classic Antiwar/Anitnukes movie from the 50's/60's and remade it into an AntiHumanist piece of SHIT!

 

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