After the Dark [Blu-ray]
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This film seems like a great idea. An exploration of basic philosophy and ethics through the visualization of thought experiments? Cool! But this is about philosophy in the way that 'Matrix Revolutions' was about philosophy: pretension, doublespeak, explosions, and electronica masquerading as deep thought.
In this movie, a couple dozen Abercrombie models in their mid-20s pretend to be actors pretending to be high school students (to be fair, some actually are actors). On the last day of Model School, their philosophy teacher springs a thought experiment on them: what if the world were ending and each of them had to decide which 10 people to save? The teacher (who can't make up his mind whether he's teaching logic, philosophy, ethics, Reader's Digest Brain Teasers, or brooding) might have been expected to introduce concepts like this before the last day, but hey.
Their thought experiment is then visualized and narrated (in its broad strokes) through three iterations in which the students -- and the audience -- become increasingly frustrated. The 'philosophy' 'discussion' is a train wreck of unexamined preconceptions, assumptions, and commitments that goes from bad to worse to utterly incoherent. Why is principled nonparticipation ruled out of court? Why does everyone (even the token religious guy) automatically go along with the materialist-utilitarian agenda without comment? Why is the only alternative to materialist utilitarianism presented as hedonistic narcissism?Read more ›
This scenario is something most people will have done themselves, or will have to do at some time in their life so it's interesting to watch it as a movie. I've been to many job interviews where the first round of the process is a group interview, and you have to do a similar scenario such as you are on a sinking ship and have to decide who will get to go into the lifeboat.Read more ›
Only one thing really broke it for me, which made no sense. I think I can say it this way without spoiling anything... their solution to the bunker code problem was ridiculous and nonsensical. :)
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As a college student I loved this movie, it made me think and ponder on a lot of it. All in all a great movie.Published 1 month ago by Lucianwade
I absolutely hated this movie. The whole story was pointless, and I can't even begin to understand what the teacher was trying to prove or teach. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Deitra Wedd
I have been eyeing this movie for some time, perhaps even more than a year and finally watched it tonight on Netflix (free, btw).
I am sorely disappointed in this movie. Read more