In Blindness — as well as in other films I have recently analysed like The Road 12 — these networks of relations generate affective communities capable of resisting the effects of the threat, creating solidarity and overcoming social differences.
But this only lasts until the return to normalcy restores differentiation among people Blindness. Transclass but not transracial emotional communities of survivors like in The Impossible , as they might be termed, thus appear as mere means of survival and are inherently temporary, lasting only until the reunited upper-middle-class white, family flies home to take back its rightful place in the Western world.
Nature revolts against humans, be it in the form of plant spores that cause people to commit suicide or a virus that causes blindness. Rather, it is a scenario for experiencing the end of the world as we know it driven by and organised according to the time and space of capitalism.
Unlike The Happening but similarly to Annihilation , in Blindness there is no trust in the state, its institutions or its military forces: the blind are forcefully removed from their homes and confined to an abandoned mental hospital where neither medical or psychological assistance nor basic necessities such as linens and soap are provided.
The facility is patrolled by the army, who have received orders to kill anyone attempting to leave the grounds. When the soldiers also become infected, everyone is free to flee the facility. This is a new beginning in their lives, marked by awareness of the wrongs of the world we knew. The two survivors have the opportunity to start anew on the basis of social codes and organisations suspended by the catastrophe, but with the added awareness of the extreme vulnerability of human condition.
Not only can aliens come back, but genetic vulnerability in humans undermines the capacity to endure the Anthropocene. Ventress Jennifer Jason Leigh , predicts just before dying. DNA recombination does not have to be only monstrous: as Lena observes, it creates forms of life of extraordinary beauty. The physicist Josie Radek Tessa Thompson — the only one who decides to stay in the Shimmer — argues that rather than knowing or fighting it, one should submit to it and let it bring about change.
Ventress, a psychologist serving in the army, put together is composed of five women, four of whom are scientists. Except for Lena, who initially volunteers out of love for her husband Kane Oscar Isaac , the affective community that Ventress has created is bound together by a self-destructive drive. While Shepperd and Thorensen are torn to pieces by a mutated bear, Radek, who is herself undergoing a visible mutation, decides to stay in the Shimmer.
Ventress is the first to arrive to the lighthouse — that is where it all started, with an alien meteor crashing into the lighthouse in the opening scene. There, Lena discovers that the real Kane, unable to accept his mutation and duplication, has set himself on fire with a phosphorus grenade after asking his double to go find her. After setting the lighthouse on fire and destroying the Shimmer, Lena returns to that same base, the only survivor from her expedition team.
After being interrogated, she is put in isolation. It was changing everything. The Impossible is based on the true story of a Spanish family that lived through the disaster while on holiday at a Thai resort, although the film changes the family from Spanish to British. Three young and very white actors are cast as their children. Arrival does not deal with natural disasters.
It tells of the arrival of alien spaceships on Earth — an event that is unrelated to the people involved in the story. The egg-shaped, aerial totem-like ships called shells are metres tall: every 18 hours a hatch opens to let the scientists in.
Communication here is the way out of a Weltanshaaung based on homo homini lupus , an option that is completely neglected by the protagonists of The Impossible. She does not ask if that community had losses. The local community is not seen as suffering in the same way, nor is it entitled to the same attention. The fictional tragedy, on the other hand, brings the end of the world within the boundaries of the West northern Europe and therefore, I would argue, conceives of it as a final eugenic catharsis that absolves the West of its sins.
Just as in Annihilation , the alien presence cannot be erased: as in a reverse colonial invasion, the physical or epistemic presence of the colonisers will gradually mutate and then put an end to Annihilation or improve Arrival the status quo.
Although disappointed at the U. Quotes from classic alien iconography — specifically from H. Yet, rather than being vertically kidnapped by alien spacecrafts Spielberg , scientists and soldiers have to voluntarily climb up a vertical tunnel where gravity is reduced.
As Louise studies the language, she starts to have visions of a child who seems to be her own, a daughter named Hannah who died of a terminal illness in her adolescence.
China, as Louise discovers, uses mah-jong tiles to interact with the aliens, transforming every conversation in a matter of winning or losing.
Unaware, Louise and Ian re-enter the alien vessel, and the aliens give them an extremely complex message. Just before the bomb explodes, one of the aliens ejects Ian and Louise, who are left unconscious.
When they reawaken, the military are preparing to evacuate, and the spaceship has moved out of reach. Ian discovers that the symbol for time is present throughout the message, and that the writing occupies exactly one-twelfth of the space in which it is projected. Louise suggests that the full message is split among the twelve vessels, and the aliens want all the nations to share what they learned.
Russia, Pakistan, and Sudan follow suit. Louise goes alone to the spaceship, and a shuttle is sent down to transport her inside. The very fact that Louise is learning the alien language explains her capacity to see her future with Hannah.
In the present, Louise steals a satellite phone, calls Shang and recites the words. Immediately after, the news announces that the Chinese will stand down. The other countries follow suit, and the twelve spaceships vanish. During the evacuation of the camp, Ian expresses his feelings for Louise. She will agree to have a child with him despite knowing their fate: that Hannah will die and Ian will leave them, unable to cope with the revelation that she knew all along.
Despite knowing the journey and where it leads, I embrace it. In all of them, surviving the events that could erase the world as we knew it is linked to the Anthropocene and its reverse conception of the future no longer a promise but a threat.
Annihilation and Arrival deal with fear of the future, speculating about the inevitability and desirability of biological and cultural communication with the agent of change for humanity.
Disaster always occurs where available technology and knowledge cannot master nature, and its trespassing Western borders is viewed as a catastrophe.
If that were the case, the lesson to be drawn would be that what the future holds is a sort of neocolonial and utopian tragedy, in which the happy ending is reserved for the West and those among its citizens who are considered worthy of survival. Untouched, unmutated, identical, they would go back to a traditional patriarchal way of life that is just as utopian — void of suffering, violence and death. Watching these films, we have imagined a world that is under the threat of annihilation; we have imagined a catastrophe.
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