Originally Posted by dxanex
Originally Posted by grokit
I dislike am not a fan of Tom Cruise, but I am looking forward to seeing Oblivion. From the trailers it looks like it will continue the relatively recent trend of exploring humanity's original creation/religion paradigms, much like the Matrix and Prometheus. Of course they do it quite differently.
I did find an incredible 20-minute analysis of Prometheus from a mythology/philosophy standpoint, for those of you that are into other aspects of the movie beyond the exploding aliens. I especially liked his introductory and closing statements, but the entire analysis is worth watching. Much like the Matrix, most of these metaphors he points out go unnoticed upon first viewing:
I'm looking forward to Oblivion as well, especially since the director is Joseph Kosinski who directed Tron Legacy. Even though critics were split on that movie, I thought the directing was solid, and it was definitely one of the most visually stunning movies I've ever seen.
I ended up watching this whole video, because I'm a fan of Prometheus as well. I found it pretty interesting, especially some of the biblical references I missed like David washing Weyland's feet and the bible verse thing seems convincing. I remember reading a while back that in an earlier draft of the script, one of the reasons why the Engineers hated humans so much was the fact that humans killed Jesus Christ, who was in fact an Engineer sent to earth. Obviously that was later dropped for fear of the backlash that the studio would no doubt have to endure from Christians.
That's interesting, I didn't know that part about the Engineers. I also enjoyed Tron Legacy, so I agree that's a good sign for Oblivion. Even though I'm not a fan of Cruise he gets some great projects.
I recently re-watched the entire Matrix (quad)trilogy. The Superman/Christ analogy was always part of what makes Neo's character so appealing, but they really played played it up in Matrix Revolutions with the Anti-Neo/Christ Agent Smith, the Architect/Oracle as representing the duality of human nature, and of course the Source as God. I especially liked the facet that all of these players are part of the same master program, representing humanity's inter-connectedness and the God within us all.
In Prometheus, Scott is less heavy-handed and I would say more open-minded with his analogies that the Wachowskis were. Then again this is hopefully just the first of the Alien prequels, and perhaps Scott's vision will become more defined in the future. Prometheus looks like it could be the beginning of a prequel-trilogy like with Star Wars. I hope so because I would like to see where Scott wants to go with this.
I do give Matrix Revolutions credit for closing out a great story that wasn't afraid to ask the biggest questions, and I found that it held up very well to the rest of the series upon repeated viewings. I expect that the Prometheus films will inspire more than a few philosophical/existential analyses over the years, much like the Matrix films did.
The Matrix, 9.5/10
Matrix Reloaded, 8.5/10
Matrix Revolutions, 8.5/10