Here’s a film I saw over the weekend:
Dir. Alex Garland
Starring: Natalie Portman, etc.
In the past, this is the type of movie I’d spend more time analyzing and deciphering, but I’m not very motivated in doing that these days; or maybe this movie just doesn’t seem worth it. The film involves a strange phenomenon that a scientist goes out to investigate. If you want to know about the genre, I would call it a sci-fi/horror/suspense. In the next section, I’ll give a few thoughts on what I think the film is about.
Off the top of my head, I have two related theories about the meaning of the film–namely, the film is either about death or change. With regard to change, the film might even hint at changes that technology fusing with the human organism. In the film, an alien life form or force comes to Earth, and encapsulates a certain area with a kind of bubble, which is expanding. The life form or force begins reflecting (or is it refracting) everything within the bubble, including the DNA of every living thing. It’s as if every life form is merging with this life force.
Why do I think this is about death or change? One reason is the way the film implies (not subtly) that the characters represent different responses to death or change. One character wants to face it; another wants to find a way to defeat it; another decides to give up and submits to it.
There are other symbols in the film that I would explore, if I wanted to exert effort–e.g., the lighthouse.