District 9 and Avatar were both outstanding movies that explored the Science Fiction genre perfectly. Even though these two films are very different, the themes of aliens, space travel, medical experimentation and technology were shown throughout. It can be argued that Avatar is a more evolved film in terms of science fiction as the themes were more explored compared to District 9. Avatar is a movie that is beautiful to watch. The CGI and special effects enhanced the movie and made the viewers believe that Pandora, the alien’s homeland, could in fact be real.
The film Avatar is a movie with vivid colors and images. The director and writer of Avatar is James Cameron, he won best director, movie and best picture. In 2009 it was one of the highest grossing films that came out due to the fact that it was budgeted at over 237 million dollars. There were many scenarios portrayed in this movie, but the one that caught my attention the most was greed. I want to recount the scenes in avatar that depicts that greed was shown through the use of technology.
Avatar is set in the future, on a far away planet called Pandora. One hundred years or so into the near future, planet earth is attempting to solve its energy issues by mining a rare mineral called Unobtanium, where 12 foot tall blue human look alikes live, called Na’vi. In my eyes the main theme was Abuse Of Power. James Cameron, the director, showed it very well. One main point is Colonel Quaritch, he is head of the Resources Development Administration, which is the company mining Pandora.
On Earth, he struggles to find his identity after his accident in war and his brother’s death. Once he is signed on to the Pandora mission, there are many scenes where he is compared to his brother by Dr. Augustine and the scientists, due to his severe lack of training. The entire time on Pandora, Jake is constantly trying to prove himself to the humans, whether to Colonel Quaritch or to Grace Augustine. He feels as if he does not belong with the humans or with the Na’vi. "Everything is backwards now, like out there is the true world, and in here is the dream."
Inception, I personally think that it is a one of a kind movie. It really shows different perspectives of life that you could never imagine. A dream within a dream within a dream… Wow, just by saying this sentence it’s fascinating. It makes you wonder , makes you question your own reality, what is real and what is fake. If you were asking, this movie is about this trained thief Cobb, that to get back to his children, he has to create a 3-layer dream with the help of Ariadne, the architect & CO.
An archetype is a model for common symbols or story pattern seen throughout similar works. For example, that of the “Hero’s Journey”. In James Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar, an ex-marine by the name of Jake, finds himself on Pandora after his brother passes away. While there, he takes part in a mission left behind by his brother Tommy, in which he becomes an avatar and tries to earn the trust of the native Na’vi people. Colonel Quaritch tells Jake that he must negotiate with The People and report back to him every day after exiting the “simulated world”.
For instance, it is not the kind of story in which the protagonist goes into a magic world, like Alice, from Alice in Wonderland (2010) by Tim Burton. In that case, the protagonist is a girl that lives in the real world, and she enters a dimension made of bunnies running with clocks, smoking caterpillars, and talking cats. On the contrary, the worlds of the sub-genre own the same real characteristics, there are no fantastic elements in the movies. Another movie that could not fit in the category of the parallel universes sub-genre is The Wizard of Oz (1939) where Dorothy, a young girl from Kansas, is
Although John Carpenter’s version of The Thing leads us away from femininity, the 2011 prequel titled The Thing stars a strong final girl, aligning itself closely to Clover’s stereotypical horror film. While this changes the roles within the universe of The Thing, it shows that science fiction horror is ever changing and adapting. Other examples, including Ripley Scott’s Aliens franchise, along with the film Xenogenesis, follow some of the standards put forth within The Thing, while also changing and adding their own twists to the ever-changing genre. The success of these movies has helped to standardize and popularize this breakout subgenre now seen regularly in theatres. Continuations and branches of the Aliens franchise are still frequently seen in cinemas, while new universes, such as the Resident Evil and Riddick franchises, have seen great success.
Pandora is a character within Hesiod’s version of the Greek creation myth who is responsible for introducing suffering to humanity. Pandora’s opening of a jar containing all of the evils of the world represents a larger pattern of a loss of early perfection in creation myths. Pandora was created by Zeus and several of the other Olympians as a punishment to man for their participation in the theft of fire. Pandora was designed by the gods Athena, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, and Hermes to be wise, capable, and beautiful, but also crafty and wicked. Pandora, as the first human woman, is a device of temptation and is meant to disable man.
The film “Argo”, directed by Ben Affleck, re-enacted the events of the Canadian Caper during the Iranian Hostage Crisis (1979-1981) in Tehran, Iran. Not all 53 hostages were captured as six American diplomats escaped and were taken into the care of Ken Taylor, the Canadian Prime Minister at the time, in the Canadian embassy. Taylor and the Canadian government created a plan to help the diplomats escape, however, they needed an intelligence force to back them up, which they didn’t have. The C.I.A was contacted to help Canada get the diplomats back to Canada safely with fake Canadian passports. The C.I.A created the fake movie called “Argo” as well as a fake studio and script.