The films: thoughts so far

The films: thoughts so far

I’ve watched five of the films so far and Memory 2.0,  Roy Batty’s ‘death’  and Address is Approximate have moved me most. Memory 2.0 had echoes of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: it was its negative. Here, technology was used to repeat memories rather than lose them. In terms of the connections between the films, almost all of them touched on control of technology: those who control the tech have the power to control humans and nonhumans. The Daft Punk video showed a sinister figure who appeared to control the fate of the cyborgs; the Hackers (‘Hack the World!’) were framed by another hacker; the lovers could meet again in the alternative mainframe only with the help of an edgy techie. The blurring of boundaries between human and machine, between RL and VR was evident within all five of the films; Address is Approximate touchingly offered a celebration of the power of technology to offer experiences which are not readily available in RL.

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