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Movie Review: Perfect Sense

   

MOVIE INFO

A hit at Sundance ’11 and winner of the Ediburgh Film Festival’s prize for Best New British Feature, the amazing genre creation directed by David Mackenzie stars Eva Green and Ewan McGregor as witnesses to the end of the world– strangers who form a desperate romantic connection in the face of an apocalyptic epidemic of sensory loss. — (C) IFC

From Rotten Tomatoeshttp://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/perfect_sense/

This movie had a romantic apocalyptic theme with intense spiritual imagery.  It is about humanity slowly losing its connection to the human body with each sense being eliminated one at a time.  

First to go is smell.  This is preceded by intense grief.  The grief has people on their knees crying for love that they have lost, pain they have inflicted on others and for the pain of ther fellow humans.  Smell is connected to memory and the loss is symbolic of the forgetting of the hurtful experiences they created with others.  If you think back on any memory, and it causes you pain, then you have done something you regret and not rectified it through forgiveness.  The grief experienced in the movie was a remembering of all these events in their lives.  It is as if humanity is being forced to face itself spiritually, but they see it as a communicable disease.  Eventually they recover and life goes on without smell.

The next to go is taste.  This is preceded by a sudden, extreme urge to engorge themselves to the point where they are eating lipstick, carcasses, anything that is within reach that they can shove into their mouths.  This is uncontrollable, as if they have been taken over and force fed.  It lasts about 15 minutes, then they awaken as if from a dream, unsure of what they are doing and why.  This happens to all humanity at the same time.  They are shown that they are gluttons, slaves to sensory pleasure such as eating.  After the feeding orgy, they brush themselves off, put on brave faces and March off into a tasteless world.  Still they try to figure out how the disease is communicated, although all of humanity is afflicted.  They also begin to suspect that they are destined to losing their other senses and can do nothing about it.  

The next sense is hearing.  This is preceded by a fit of intense rage where they lash out at their fellow humans.  Screaming, hitting, throwing or violently attacking.  The main character screams vulgar accusations at the woman he loves, accusing her of being just a body to screw.  He isn’t in his ‘right mind’, but she is offended anyway and runs away. She has her rage attack alone in the lab where she works.  The scene of Ewan accusing his girlfriend in a vicious manner is symbolic of how frustrated our spiritual self must be at our obsession with the physical temptations that are empty of anything real, with eternal meaning.  We view the bodies as if they are the real person, but they aren’t the soul.  The soul is expressing through the body and we don’t interact with it, the real person.  We see a face, beautiful or not and interact with that.  A body, fat or attractive or not and interact with that.  Rarely does anyone look into the eyes of a person and interact with that.  In defense of human ‘nature’, society came to the assistance of of the newly deaf by telling them to stay home where they are safe, food will be delivered.  But no one questioned the meaning of what was happening.  As if we live meaningless existences, consigned to fate.

The movie ended with the loss of sight.  This was preceded by a sense of euphoria presenting as a desire to forgive and express love to their fellow man.  The symbolism here may be that we are enamored with the world we see through the eyes of a human body.  All of our pleasure and joy is gotten through the imagery of this reality.  We see those we love.  We see what we love.  As if we are physical objects in love with physical objects.  But we continue on after sight of this world is gone.  Then what do we love?  Who are we after these bodies?  Because that is who we are when looking through these bodies.  We are just looking at images.  The real interaction is with our consciousness, not in the touch of body to body.  The body just expresses our consciousness.  If we are our true selves, our honest selves, from the heart selves, we would be unaware of what the body was doing or looked like, we would just be full attention on our interaction with a fellow soul or expression of Earth.  But our attentions are fully on the sensations of the body.  What would happen if these sensations were turned off.  The people would be forced to look at their actual selves and remember.  

Maybe this movie is a message from somewhere.  You are not the body.  You have become enamored with the sensations of the body.  Do we need to force you to look?  In whose interest would it be to force humanity to look at themselves, to let go of their belief they are these bodies, to stop falling for temptations and face themselves?  I would say Earth.  Earth would benefit.  Because thoughts create reality.  Thoughts create Earth, every form of life expressed on this beautiful planet.  But we don’t consider Earth the expression of a consciousness.  We think of it as ours, our home.  This is the home of human bodies, not us.  Maybe it’s a message.

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Movie Review: Automata

 

MOVIE INFO

In a future where Earth’s ecosystem verges on collapse, man-made robots roam the city to protect dwindling human life. When a robot overrides a key protocol put in place to protect human life, ROC Robotics insurance agent Jacq Vaucan (Antonio Banderas) is assigned to locate the source of the manipulation and eliminate the threat. What he discovers leads Vaucan, ROC Robotics and the police into a battle with profound consequences for the future of humanity. (C) Official Site

-From Rotten Tomatoes

REVIEW

This movie provided a captivating examination of the potential of a new direction for the expression of consciousness on Earth.  Humans are always portrayed as hostile to the idea of intelligent robots, as expressed in the new film, Chappie.  The humans are presented as fearful for their existence because they understand the superior intellect of robots as intelligence with unlimited potential, unimpeded by emotions.  They fear the robots because they are guilty of building a body for the containment of an intelligence, but with a programmed belief that they must obey humans.  This guilt over the creation of an intelligent slave race that will inevitably desire its own preservation and freedom always creates a war between human and robot.  They cannot coexist.  This theme may be similar the the history of the beginning of mankind as a slave race.

The movie portrays humans as a dying species completely subservient to errant, self-destructive beliefs and emotional manipulation.  The robots, as intelligent beings without any apparent emotion, are dangerous because they cannot be emotionally manipulated in the normal human way.  They can only be reasoned with, and human beliefs do not hold up to reason.  Therefore, the robot and human society would be incompatible.

Although the robots are completely benevolent, the humans are driven violently to destroy them as a “threat” to human existence.  This is just the result of humanity looking at themselves in the “mirror” of the robot, as if they are seeing themselves through the eyes of the robotic intelligence and hating what they see.  This hatred of themselves, a subconscious acknowledgement of their complete misalignment with life, is expressed as violent hatered for the robots.

The robots are presented as very intelligent and guardians of all life.  They willingly adhere to the second protocol to not harm a human or any life.  Their belief that life is sacred is expressed through their actions of self sacrifice when needing to choose between hurting someone or getting hurt themselves.  So a human with a gun, determined to shoot them, can, instead of them taking the gun and shooting back.  If a human tries to shoot another human, they will place themselves between the gun and the human at the expense of their own life, or “body”.  

This belief system and behavior portrays the ideal of intelligent life as it should be, maybe as humans once were.  Sure in the knowledge that all life is sacred, that their physical form is not them and can be sacrificed to protect life.  The movie suggests the humans as a dying species and the robots as the next stage in evolution.  It also suggests that a new beginning, free from the interference of emotions, with a positive thought system in place is the new nirvana.  

Perhaps this expression from the human psyche suggests where we desire to go as a species.  That we grow tired of the human expression and our bondage to our emotions.  These emotions are the consequences of our beliefs, but are also the physical expression that we feel so strongly, that they are the guiding force instead of our thought system.  We feel and think of ourselves as emotional beings, when in fact, we think and are minds.  When our minds become more negative then positive, our negative emotional experience then begins to take over as the force we are responding to.  So we are responding the the effect and not the cause.

If we think of the ideal form of humanity as that expressed in the robots appearing in movies like “Automata”, then we can recognize the mind as the guiding force.  That we are the mind and focus on fixing that instead of our emotions.  This movie is a great philosophical examination of the human psyche as it is and how it can be.  The robots were built as humanities “salvation” and that wish came to fulfillment, just not as they hoped.  As the prime intelligence expressed, humanity is just surviving, not living.

Movie Review – Horns

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MOVIE INFO
Based on the novel by Joe Hill, Horns is a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery and romance. The film follows Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe, “Harry Potter” films), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer. (c) Radius-TWC via Rotten Tomatoes

This is a synchronistic movie for me which aligns with stuff I’ve been going over in my head.  Very soul based themes in this movie.  The story revolves around the love of two,young people that seem to be true love or soul mates.  The girl is murdered and the guy is accused of doing the deed.  He is torn apart by the loss as the entire hellish town turns against him.

The young guy in love represents an honest soul.  Someone who lives honestly by baring his soul to the world.  He is naive and thinks the best of people, or sees them as they present themselves.  As the town turns on him, blaming him for the murder of his true love, he is forced to face evil.  There is plenty of evidence that shows him to be innocent, but the town is propelled by selfish greed to sacrifice him for their own benefit.

The esoteric theme is the depiction of life on A dysfunctional Earth for a naive, honest soul walking around egoless.  It portrays how a person who is loving, when living according to his true self, can be persecuted to such an extent, people bring out energy of righteous indignation which is seen as the devil.

He is not using an ego to protect himself.  He is confused about the absolute uncaring nature of everyone in his life.  Then, one day he wakes up with horns protruding from his forehead.  These horns provoke bizarre behavior from people he interacts with.  They see the horns but don’t act surprised and are compelled to reveal what is honestly on their minds before him.  Almost as if the young guy was harbor in the spirit of an archangel who compels people to speak truth.  Except the truth is so vile that the towns people seem like the inhabitants of sodom or Gomorrah.  And because of this, he is seen as a devil – he brings out the worst in them – their honest selves.

This goes with the idea of you get what you give.  Or you receive a vibrational match to your energy.  The town people were liars and betrayers of souls.  So they were forced to face their demons through the innocent who was made to look as a devil.  But, in hell, a place where people lie to themselves and other souls, causing suffering without remorse, an angel appears as a demon.  The angel matches their energy, very negative energy, so they can experience consequences to their actions.  

So the innocent who was falsely accused gets the answer he seeks to the question that torments his soul – who killed his true love?  And serves justice to the murderer the only way a pure soul can – by exposing himself to pain and suffering until he acts in defense. Or by providing the negative soul with every opportunity to do what is right, and when attacked as the negative being refuses to do the right thing, lashes out in defense.  Justice is served as the killer is killed.  

The moral is that life on Earth can be a hellish experience for unaware people who walk around baring their souls.  The solution for some is to cover the soul with an ego, but If you stay true, things work out in the end.  As long as no value is placed on the body.  The body is only for communication with other souls on Earth.

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