Movie Philosophy: 2047 Virtual Revolution

I watch streaming videos on Netflix and Amazon Prime while I use my rowing machine. It’s not the most optimal way to watch a movie, but it sure makes the time spent exercising more fun. I watched an interesting movie on Amazon Prime this morning called 2047 Virtual Revolution.

The look of this movie was good and the graphics were very well done. However, nobody can escape that the atmosphere, scenery, buildings, flying cars, clothing, and even the handguns were all heavily inspired by Bladerunner. The creators of this movie are obviously Bladerunner fans, but they should do more to differentiate themselves. One thing was different, visually: the sun was actually emerging to light up the sky at the end of the movie. Graphics are one thing, however the plot is more interesting and led me to write down my thoughts.

There is some thematic overlap with The Matrix, but only at a high level. The Matrix used a virtual world as a political allegory representing how lies are used to control people and their behaviors in the real world. In 2047 Virtual Revolution, there are elements that seek to control and take advantage of human nature, but the virtual worlds aren’t used as allegory at all. They are exactly what they appear to be: an addiction and an escape from an ugly world that is probably made much uglier because nobody is *present* to make it a better place.

While the revolutionaries in this movie believe that everybody wants to be liberated, people prove that they’d rather be parasites to the State and corporations, escaping to live their lives in a virtual world. True liberty allows people to make their own decisions, and one character in this movie observes that nobody forced the majority of the population to become “the connected.” I think there’s a lot of truth in this. Movements for liberty often forget that the majority of people are happy to be mindless, sheep-like consumers. People will sometimes choose addictions and self-destruction over existing in a real world where they can create, assist, and participate with humanity in seeking higher purposes. Forcing people out of their ‘verses wouldn’t have fixed this.

This has much in common with Catholic teaching:

  • God himself doesn’t coerce us into following him
  • He gives us the grace to see that the light is there
  • It is up to us to exercise our free will to move toward the light
  • The majority of people won’t do it

Just thought I should share these thoughts today.

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