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What 'Looper' tells us about the American future
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Posted on 09/28/2012 6:03:14 PM PDT by Perdogg

Which science-fiction scenario better describes the future: “Star Trek” or “Blade Runner”? That is, can we look forward to the utopian vista of “Star Trek,” in which we humans have solved the problems of earth, leaving the rest of the universe for us to explore? Or must we dread the smoggy dystopia of “Blade Runner,” in which a brutal world is divided starkly between the huddled poor and the rich luxuriating in their guarded enclaves?

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Obviously the author of this piece never read "The Skull" by Philip K Dick. I am sorry, but the basic premise of this film is not original.
1 posted on 09/28/2012 6:03:17 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: kronos77; mass55th; Perdogg; DollyCali; EveningStar; Borges; Mr. K; Blondie; altura; mylife; ...

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2 posted on 09/28/2012 6:04:33 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg

Science Fiction isn’t about the future. It’s about the present. In an optimistic age, we get Star Trek. In today’s fascist America, we know we’re on the wrong path, we see no easy way to change direction, and we think that things we mostly just get worse. And so we make that kind of movie.


3 posted on 09/28/2012 6:12:16 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (ua)
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To: Perdogg

I think our future most closely resembles THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN.


4 posted on 09/28/2012 6:17:14 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Perdogg
How about "Makers" by Cory Doctorow?

/johnny

5 posted on 09/28/2012 6:19:55 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Perdogg

I didn’t like Looper.

I did have a laugh at solar powered cars. They were older cars from todays time with solar panels on them.

Just rent it if you are going to see it.

Save your money for something else.


6 posted on 09/28/2012 6:28:31 PM PDT by moviefan8
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To: ClearCase_guy

This isn’t true.

Star Trek was a very optimistic view of the future in very turbulent times when it first appeared in the 60’s. 2001 was also very hopeful in its tone.

A few years later we got the dystopian Clockwork Orange, while not necessarily true science fiction it was based on future society.

The 80’s ran the gambit from Blade Runner and Alien on the dystopian side, the best of the best of the Star Trek movies II and IV were the worst of times and best of times respectively. You also had very hopeful Sci-Fi set in contemporary times like ET, The Last Starfighter, Starman.

The genre lends itself to the best and worst in the best and worst of times.


7 posted on 09/28/2012 6:29:20 PM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: Perdogg

All I know is that in the future: Soylent Green is made out of people!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sp-VFBbjpE


8 posted on 09/28/2012 6:29:32 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Perdogg

I’m sticking with ‘Mad Max’ as the best bet for our future.
Or maybe ‘Rollerball’? ‘Marathon Runner’?


9 posted on 09/28/2012 6:35:25 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Jim from C-Town

That, and “YOU DID IT! YOU BLEW IT UP!”


10 posted on 09/28/2012 6:36:34 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Perdogg

According to the Obama administration, Occupy Whatever and the mainstream media, our country is already a brutal place that is divided starkly between the huddled poor and the rich luxuriating in their guarded enclaves.


11 posted on 09/28/2012 6:38:18 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Lancey Howard

Whatever you do, do not watch the 2002 remake of “Rollerball”. It is awful!!


12 posted on 09/28/2012 6:56:21 PM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: BBell

That movie was awful, a disgrace.


13 posted on 09/28/2012 7:00:44 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg
> Which science-fiction scenario better describes the future:

Idiocracy

14 posted on 09/28/2012 7:11:45 PM PDT by Flatus I. Maximus (OVERTHROW OBAMA!)
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To: Flatus I. Maximus

Mike Judge is a visionary genius.


15 posted on 09/28/2012 7:15:20 PM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: Perdogg

My guess is that we will end up like the U.S. in “One Second
After”.

I could not finish reading it. My son developed Type 1
diabetes while I was reading. He is ten years old.

...It was just too scary to continue.


16 posted on 09/28/2012 7:56:20 PM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (I am become Barry... destroyer of wealth)
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To: NeverForgetBataan
Check out the Day Break books. There are two at present. Absent He3 I think we are no more than twenty years out. Except those days be shortened no flesh would survive
17 posted on 09/28/2012 8:46:58 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Perdogg

Blade Runner...with the film “Brazil” showing us how ObamaCare will work (or not work)


18 posted on 09/28/2012 9:05:44 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: spokeshave
And for bonus points:

What is the commonality between Blade Runner, Brazil and Atlas Shrugged....?

19 posted on 09/28/2012 9:08:28 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

It took me about 6 months before I could get the courage to read One Second After...turns out it was a great book. Scary, but good.
Sorry about your son. That book obviously made you much more aware of the seriousness of his condition. Pray that things don’t go the way of that book, and pray for progress from the medical side of this disease. There IS hope on the horizon.
Again, sorry for your son’s condition.


20 posted on 09/28/2012 10:04:25 PM PDT by Imnidiot (THIS SPACE FOR RENT)
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To: Perdogg
And if you have something as powerful as a time machine, why not transport the victim three billion years into the past, before oxygen became abundant on earth, or three billion years into the future, when the earth will likely have been swallowed by the sun? Better yet, why not think of a better and more fruitful use for a time machine, beyond body-disposal?

All good questions. When I saw the trailer for this film I was totally underwhelmed by its basic premise.

21 posted on 09/29/2012 7:30:45 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Flatus I. Maximus
Or Demolition Man...
22 posted on 09/29/2012 7:36:30 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Perdogg

May I present “The Book of Eli” as a possible glimpse into a God-free, post-apocalyptic America.


23 posted on 09/29/2012 11:14:36 AM PDT by Tonytitan
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To: Perdogg

Looper is such a weird movie. The telekinetic angle felt tacked on, but has a huge impact on the rest of the movie. I love the theory that Kid Blue and Abe are the same person.


24 posted on 09/30/2012 12:19:04 AM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions anonymus by the ATF***)
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To: Perdogg

Looper is such a weird movie. The telekinetic angle felt tacked on, but has a huge impact on the rest of the movie. I love the theory that Kid Blue and Abe are the same person.


25 posted on 09/30/2012 12:19:04 AM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions anonymus by the ATF***)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
2001 was also very hopeful in its tone.

It was in the sense that aliens implanted our intelligence, and then saved us before we destroyed ourselves. But then again, the movie was so abstract and purposely mysterious that I doubt most people saw it that way. I know I didn't. (A person would have to read the book to make any sense of it.)

Quite a few people figure that Kubrick held a very low opinion of his own species.

26 posted on 09/30/2012 1:13:10 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Nuc 1.1

I enjoyed those books. The next one should be out next year.


27 posted on 09/30/2012 7:21:16 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot
I am looking forward to the next daybreak book.
28 posted on 09/30/2012 3:36:06 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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