The narrative of the violent undocumented “alien” serves a dual purpose of instilling fear into Americans and to view undocumented immigrants as criminals. The opening scene of the documentary shows dark, shapeless figures running across the border. This gives the impression of a foreign “thing” crossing the border with bed intentions. During another opening shot, a white male congressman with power talks over a scene
This film actually is a bit of two genres, the science fiction genre and the drama genre. Knowing this, the viewer can expect a few things. In pertinence to the drama part, one can expect that there will be some sort of strife between characters. Also, one should expect lot’s of slow camera movements (at least for the majority of the movie), with the characters being at the forefront of most of the camera shots et cetera. The science fiction part of the movie’s genre allows the viewer to prepare for some kind of fantastical quality in the film, in this case, aliens. Many scenes in Arrival have an almost dreamlike quality to them, and this adds to it’s science fiction label. Overall, it is important to recognize what genre this movie belongs to in order to successfully analyze it and it’s formal
Ray Bradbury shows this in his book, “The Martian Chronicles,” which accounts for how humans terrorize a foreign planet much in the same way they have damaged their own. The stories take place in the time of the cold war; Bradbury uses Mars as a “getaway” for the people of Earth, but they only go to create destruction on this red planet at well. A social critique on Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles” can show how human nature persists through the colonization of another planet, emphasizing the struggle between the majority and minority, the danger of self interest, and the innate human destruction of the world around them as well as themselves.
The Alien is a science fiction horror movie. Its setting in space and the presence of technology and artificial intelligence empathizes on its science fiction genre. Moreover, the presence of the Alien and the fact that it is a threat to human lives reflects it is also a horror film. The movie revolves around seven human beings that have the mission to return to earth from the space.
Another thing that makes Arrival a great film is that Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner do an amazing job portraying Ian and Louise in Arrival. “Amy Adams is a miracle worker of an actress – she makes us believe in whoever and whatever she's playing” (Travers). That quote can’t be truer. Amy Adams really makes the viewer believe that she is a linguistics professor who has previously worked for the military and is now acting as a liaison between the aliens and the humans. The first encounter with the aliens when Amy Adams is experiencing all of this for the first time, you can tell it is suspenseful because she is not sure what is going to happen making all these questions arise within the film. During the third encounter with the aliens Adams and Renner take off their hazmat suits. Adams touches the glass to try to almost connect with the
At the beginning of the movie Americans are protesting against the immigrants. They are protesting that it is their nation and the immigrants that cross the border are taking their jobs.
The topic of aliens is often a very controversial one to talk about. The aliens in THE FOURTH KIND represent many fears that we have has as humans such as the fear of feeling inferior. That is why many people don’t like to acknowledge that there could possibly be other intellectual species outside of earth, due to the fear of them feeling inferior to a more advanced life form. If aliens are anything like the human species then we should all be afraid, due to the fact that the human race killed most of the animal species and even kidnapped and enslaved other humans. If extraterrestrials ever came to our planet, their technology and intellect would be far more advanced than ours and that could possibly hurt humanity because they could have the power and technology to enslave us. They also represent how people would be willing to do wicked things like using science and technology for malevolent purposes. The aliens abuse of power in the film reflect how humans could possibly turn out if we obtained their technology. Humans could learn to one-day build rockets and spacecraft’s that can travel to other planets and their main goal would be to use these technologies to benefit ourselves. If we had the power to overtake another planet and inhabit it, we would not hesitate to do so and we are willing to do the unthinkable for power and advancement. Aliens also represent the fear of there being no god or religion because most religious people oppose science and credit god for
Imagine the world is invaded by aliens. Some of them eat humans, some live among humans, and others live outside of our world. You don’t know it, but many of the people who have shaped our lives and our culture aren’t even human themselves. This is the world of the 1997 film Men in Black, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Men in Black is a sci-fi comedy about a group of enforcement agents defending and regulating aliens from invading Earth. But if you take their costume off, Men In Black can be seen as far more than a comedy about space aliens. Under the lens of postcolonial criticism, the film reveals itself to be a veiled, political commentary on immigration. A lens is a way for us to look at a piece of literature in a whole new depiction that we may not have thought of the first time we had read or watched a piece of literature. Through the postcolonial lens, I can see the movie as a biased contrast between the immigrants and the immigration police. Interpreting the movie through this lens allows me to see that the Men in Black are the immigration police, and are considered to be the protagonists of the film. On the other hand, the aliens, or immigrants when looking through the lens, are the antagonists of the movie; The Men in Black protect the US from bad aliens, giving immigration police the positive reinforcement of the brutal evictions immigrants received in the 90s.
One of the main themes the author conveys is fear. In the teleplay, neighbors are afraid of each other because they don’t know who the aliens are and what they will do next. An example of fear is when Charlie shoots Pete Van Horn. Pete was walking back to Maple Street, and Charlie shot him, thinking Pete was the alien. “But.. I didn’t know he was… He comes walkin’ out of the darkness. How am I supposed to know he wasn’t a monster
Reducing the issue of xenophobia, the fear of foreigners or strangers, is not a simple task. Two ways today’s society is attempting to reduce xenophobia is through satirical representations, such as the animated show Futurama, and through non-satirical ways like serious articles in magazines like The New York Times. Both representations attempt to bring awareness to serious issues faced by Americans today, but both use completely different methods to get their point across. Dowell Myers’ article in the New York Times, “The Next Immigration Challenge,” observes the assimilation of Mexican immigrants into the U.S. and the problems faced by these immigrants in the way of skeptical Americans and uncooperative government policies. He examines the different ways that immigrants have and continue to contribute to society, and how current government policies hinder more successful strides in the future.
“Aliens” was directed by James Cameron. James Cameron is 62 years old and he is a Canadian filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, inventor, engineer, philanthropist and deep sea explore. “Aliens” is a horror, science fiction and blood-thirsty film. This movie was released in 1986. The main character was a woman called Ellen Ripley. She was the only survivor on the spaceship and was saved by a crew from a company called Weyland-Yutani Corporation. She has been asleep and drifting for fifty-seven years. On an interview with all the executives from the company, they wanted to know testimony about the Aliens. However, everything that Ripley told them was all true, but the executives think the things that Ripley told them regarding to Aliens are made up by her. Therefore, the executives still decided to go on an expedition to that spaceship, also they want Ripley to go with them. They went on to spaceship and they found a girl called Newt. They went through a few fierce battles and this story end up with only a few survivors. In this movie there are many examples of gender stereotypes.
Through history, colonization along with cultures differences has caused major controversy throughout the world. This source of controversy is often examined in movies, both fictional and historical. Two examples of this are the movies Rabbit Proof Fence which recalls the real-life colonization experiences of three Native Aborigine girls, as well as the movie Avatar which tells the story of colonization to a foreign planet with alien natives. While both Rabbit Proof Fence and Avatar examine the culture and relationship between natives and those who want to colonize their land, each movie differently portrays this theme and have different outcomes. While both of these movies deal with colonization, the settings for them are much different.
Alien abduction stories have always held a strong interest among people all over the world, captivating our attention and curiosity as they propose yet another unsolved mystery of gigantic proportions and unthinkable consequences for humanity to contemplate. More so in modern times, and especially in the western world, where the media is a more significant part of culture, many science fiction novelists and screen writers brought out the issue to the public in the form of entertainment. This, due its widespread appeal, gave these stories a certain level of credulity among the masses, and sparked curiosity for closer investigation.
Recently some students of an English class watched a short film called Arrival, directed by Denise Villeneuve. One of the main stars of the film was Dr. Louise Banks, the hetapods that are actually called aliens. Arrival is about how these aliens called hetapods come down and land one of the 12 spacecraft’s on Earth. In the film they create world chaos to the point where the military is involved and the military needs Dr. Louise to help answer the citizens questions? “ Why are the hetapods here?” Due to them being aliens Dr. Louise job assigned by the military is to use her career skills as a language expert to understand these hetapods language and to communicate with them. Eventually she can communicate with the hetapods, considering reality how likely do you believe it is to have aliens or other intelligent beings would be on Earth? Thinking about their language, habitat lifestyle and how would the world react to them being here. How would we contact them? Could the world afford to use money for scientific tools and resources attempting to find and listen for space aliens?
What would happen if alien life forms landed on earth? How would we communicate and cooperate with them? If there was a conflict, how would we fix it? The movie Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve attempts to answer these questions.