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ScienceFiction in FilmIntroduction
Majortheme of Jurassic Park
Themovie Jurassic Park is based on the science and technologicalthriller. This discusses the issue related to the risk, advancementand development of technology for the human being. In this movie, thebiggest dangers are the concept that advancement in technology isdirectly beneficial for all human beings. Crichton raises thequestion about whether the technology advancement is as beneficial aswe are considered, whether the advancement should be allowed andwhether it provides the improvement in our daily lives andenvironment. Although this novel based movie does not portray theconcept against the technological development, it just wants toconvey the point that it is necessary to show the minor precautionsrelated to the new technologies. Furthermore, Jurassic Park is alsopopularized because of the mathematical concept of chaos theory. Inthe past centuries, the varies laws of physics explained the logicalconnection between the concept of cause and effect present in nature.Before the modern physics, it was assumed that the probability ofmaking precise long-term interpretation related to the physicalsystem was always possible in the specific condition. The specificcondition was that as long as a person understands the initialcondition of the system. The exploration of chaotic system in thetwentieth century completely abolished that concept. In this novel,Malcolm understanding of chaos theory represents the Jurassic Park asa “complex physical system”, will expect to progress in a randomand unstable manner that will certainly become the reason ofdisaster, irrespective of the cautions that have been practiced.1
Majortheme of forbidden planet
Thetheme of forbidden planet movie is also based on the science andtechnology. In the story of the forbidden planet, the species ofAltair 4 appeared as the full of mystery and dominant. Krell exploresthat Altair 4 species were more powerful in technology and moreintelligent compare to the human being on earth. They had advancedtools and equipment in their laboratories such as the brain-boostingmachinery. The most significant machine among all was an “undergroundcity-sized machine”.2Krell used that machine to work that facilitated them to exist in theworld having “civilization without instrumentality”. Furthermore,suddenly all Krell vanished while they were working on the samemachine. There were no indications on the planet about them. Thismovie discusses another view of super-technology that is thetechnology for the space journey. Forbidden planet presents thescientific exploration and advanced technology as the extreme dangerto any species who utilizes them. Ingrid Richter’s stated “Like aforbidden fruit, Forbidden Planet contained knowledge and technologythat far surpassed human responsibility…providing a…warning aboutthe instability of human nature, especially in regards to destructivetechnology”. The biggest machine holds the extraordinary power andAltaria and Morbius both fulfill their requirements by manufacturingthe innovative machine in the absence of any scientificconsiderations. Another miniaturize creation is Robby the Robot. ThisRobby machine has no pre-defined rules laws and has appeared as themaster of its own wishes. In the end, it becomes the reason ofMorbius destruction. Another most amazing form of technology in theforbidden planet is the brain-booster machine significantly createdto test and enhances the Krell minds. On the other hand, this is themost dangerous machine for the brain of human beings and it murdersthe people who use it for brain boosting purpose. It is quite similarto the advanced technology of today’s world, these devices have thepower over wealth and live of human beings, but at the same time, ifmistreated, they can turn into lethal.
ThesisStatement of JurassicPark
Thethesis statement of movie Jurassic Park is related to the potentialdangers due to the dependence on technology. The character JohnHammond does not properly understand about the advancement intechnology that is the reason he does not try to understand theimportance and sensitivity of Dennis Nedry’s work. Nedry starts tofeel himself unappreciated he creates potential danger for Hammondand for others.
ThesisStatement of forbiddenplanet
Thethesis statement of movie forbidden planet is based on the topic ofspace technology, the importance of exploration, human weakness(minor themes of ego, pride, jealousy, love, lust and greed),Internal and External war threat.
AnalysisOf Jurassic park
Thetopic of chaos theory and ethics of bioengineering were the majortopic of discussion in the analysis of Jurrasic Park. As MichealCrichton told“But now science is the belief system that is hundredsof years old. And, like the medieval system before it, science isstarting not to fit the world anymore. Science has attained so muchpower that its practical limits begin to be apparent. Largely throughscience, billions of us live in one small world, densely packed andintercommunicating. But science cannot help us decide what to do withthat world, or how to live. Science can make a nuclear reactor, butit cannot tell us not to build it. Science can make pesticide, butcannot tell us not to use it. And our world starts to seem pollutedin fundamental ways—air, and water, and land—because ofungovernable science.” 3–Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park. The success of Jurassic Park afterthe releasing as the motion picture vaulted all the major topics ofthis movie in the global spotlight. Crichton shows the criticalanalysis for the large medical industry that has the power to use thegenetics technology for a wrong purpose. John Hammond develops thetechnological concept that Jurassic Park run by the use of computerand automation system. Although the system has an error and defectsthat becomes destructive over the period of twenty-four hours. Themain reason of John Hammond concepts is that Jurassic Park, composedwhen the world was interested in implementing computerized system inevery aspects of life. It is also another form of critique for theadvancement and modernization in technology. The estimations ofMalcolm’s chaos theory about the catastrophe give a clear warningto the society.
Thegenre of Jurassic Park is thriller and science fiction. The style ofthe narrator delivers the interesting fiction having clinical tone.The major structure of Jurassic Park discusses the danger of powerand technology. Hammond wants to improve the system and increase theefficiency so that Jurassic Park can be operated with minimum costand staff. That is the reason, he has emphasized the park design tobe controlled by a single and efficient computer system. Thatcomputer system has the capability to virtually control each andevery function of Jurrasic Park system. The novel of Jurassic Parkwas composed in 1990 and representing the fever of that time when thewhole world was involved in the computerizing. Big companies andindividual of society wanted to live their lives by using automationof technology. “Albeit sometimes on a much smaller scale than thatof Hammond`s park. This occurred just ten years before the predictedturn-of-the-millennium "Y2K" computer glitch that hadcomputer technicians and information technology professionals acrossthe globe bracing for disaster”.4Crichton asked the primary question in Jurassic Park is what wouldthe situation of the world if all the computerized system andtechnology suddenly disappeared or stopped working. Although,Crichton does not utilize the Malcolm theory of chaos calculation forshowing the scientific lingo. Rather, Crichton utilizes the Malcolmtheory to gives a warning to the society that extreme dependency ontechnology is dangerous. At the same time, Hammond computerizedsystem particularly designed to predict the upcoming disaster thatmay enter in Jurassic Park. Malcolm insists that the law of chaostheory that rule all the manmade and natural system opposed theexistence of complex system present in Jurassic Park and itsexistence cannot be predicted. In Jurassic Park, the computer systemis showed the notification of unexpected destruction and no computersystem is designed to prevent that upcoming destruction. The lessonof Malcolm can be applicable to any company or individual that wantsto replace the computerized calculations for the purpose ofchangeable human thought. As changing is the rule of the world andeven the most accurate computer system sometimes stopped working.
Byanalyzing the broader sense of Jurassic Park, Crichton is given thestatement that man have an intense thirst for power and scientificexploration. As represented in Jurassic Park when the research andexperiment of DNA gene-splicing are performed using thesupercomputer, not human beings. The DNA strand is so complicated andextensive even with the help of the supercomputer, it is impossibleto figure out and analyze it entirely. No doubt, the head scientistof Jurassic Park Dr. Wu is not completely aware of his own computersystem that is the reason he replicates the dinosaur DNA. Crichtonshows his worry that science so much depends on the theoreticalconcepts and human beings are so much involved in transforming thetheoretical concept into the big picture. Only because today’sworld have a supercomputer or latest technologies or powerfulscientific discoveries or technological gadget that can perform thedesired work does not mean that we should completely trust thattechnology particularly in the case when we have limited knowledgeabout something. “Through science, billions of us live in one smallworld, densely packed and intercommunicating. But Science cannot helpus decide what to do with that world, or how to live. Science canmake a nuclear reactor, but it cannot tell us not to build it.Science can make pesticide, but cannot tell us not to use it. And ourworld starts to seem polluted in fundamental ways because ofungovernable science”.5
Forbiddenplanet movie is based on science fiction and is composed in 1956. Thetopic of film is related to the trans-humanists. It provides us withthe great warning and many topics fit in it. For example: arguments,modern technology equipments, robotics, space travel and thedesigning of a well equipped machine that can be utilized for varietyof purposes. Forbidden planet is covered the brief discussion ofShakespeare’s “The Tempest” which is composed in thetwenty-third century on Altair 4.In this movie in which a warning ofAliens and a war was started. The electronic music is becoming somuch popular that after the forbidden planet movie all these themesbecame common in movie. Like the danger about the monsters attackingthe people was thought by the public. But, there was a threat whichthe people could not see was the wishes of Morbius which was thecontrolling of the Monster with a machine which could bring it backto life. Many weakness are shown in the movie of the humans likeMorbius did not had the power to control his I.D so it tormentedMorbius’s partners and even Morbius. This error shows that how muchcontrol he had lost on his mind which was now unstable like a liontrying to escape from the cage. One of the big aspects of that movieis the work of technology which helped the Monsters I.D through whichit came to life. The huge and gigantic machine which controlled theMonsters had created a lot of questions into the mind of others. Thegreediness is shown very clearly at the point where the cook asked aquestion to Robby about making almost 60 gallons of “Rocketbourbon” and he did not wanted anyone to know anything about thiswhich they would share with others.
Furthermore,the main theme which I think suits this movie is internal threatand the small points highlighted very clearly are greed, unstablenessand sub-consciousness of Morbius and the use of super technology. Thetheme that I chose is to be seen in the whole movie mainly by theMorbius and the thinking of people on the external threat not toforget how the Monster was killing everyone created a scene of dangeron the lives of people. But, this goes fully opposite when we talkabout Morbius because through that huge machine he tried to create aMonster of his own I.D which he was doing when not in a stable mindset. The last main theme which I would be talking about is theinternal and external dangers. When this movie was composed that isin 1956, the world was still trying to forget the happenings anddestructions caused by the great Second World War which brought aserious fear in the minds of the people present at that timeincluding kids. Dr. Edward Morbius: “Intimes long past, this planet was the home of a mighty, noble race ofbeings who called themselves the Krell. Ethically and technologicallythey were a million years ahead of humankind, for in unlocking themeaning of nature they had conquered even their baser selves, andwhen in the course of eons they had abolished sickness and insanity,crime and all injustice, they turned, still in high benevolence,upwards towards space. Then, having reached the heights, thisall-but-divine race disappeared in a single night, and nothing waspreserved above ground”.6
Inconclusion, I believe that the movie Jurassic Park was representingthe danger of the careless utilization of science and technology in avery controversial manner. The writer of this movie conveys this ideathrough the character of Ian Malcolm. Although Michael Crichton doesnot represents technology as the villain of today’s world. Fire canbe used for both good and bad purposes, but it does not mean thatfire should be banned. It is just the perspective of world thataccurately determines how the latest invention in biotechnology,computer and nanotechnology is to be used. The only problem in thismovie Jurassic Park was the irresponsibility of human beings whileusing the extreme technology. In conclusion of forbidden planet themovie was well organized through the Second World War and thereferences of internal danger and technological advancement. Thepeople started to realize the things which had happen with otherpeoples that were so terrible that one could not imagine. Scienceshowed its work at the time of world war and this fiction involvedsome materials which were beyond imagination .It was like somedemonic entities were haunting the place and had curse that century.The internal threat and technology were also described as thesub-consciousness of Morbius and the external threat were realizedthrough the countries which had invaded other countries and theMonster which had scared the people after the world war. This moviemotivated me towards helping the people of today’s century and mademe cry after looking at the conditions of those people who hadsuffered by the dangers of technology.
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