Posts Tagged ‘Oblivion’

Oblivious to the truth

Posted: April 19, 2013 by Emilio Garofalo Neto in Uncategorized
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Yesterday we discussed a bit about how we can be led to doubt what we know about the world. Today we continue on similar waters, but spoilers will come. You have been warned!


Jack (Tom Cruise) is doing the cleanup service after humanity left Earth. He is nowhere as cool as Wall-E, but at least he is not alone. What he knows (or thinks he knows ) is that Eath fought a brave war against aliens and eventually had to relocate to Titan, while a ship called Tet was left orbiting the planet and commanding the cleanup crew (not their official name) that makes sure the resource harvest gigantic machines work properly. They are concerned because some mean aliens are still in the area and they want to blow up everything, ye of mean spirit.

But something is going on that rattles Jack. He has some weird memories, some remembrances of a lady on top of the Empire State Building. Eventually he learns that his life is a lie, that the aliens he is supposedly hunting are in fact the only humans left on Earth. Nobody is living in Titan. And that big ship on orbit? THOSE ARE THE ALIENS!!!

Wait, who is he then? Throught some events he comes to learn that he is not even who he thinks he is – the hard reality is that he is a clone, what he thinks to be true is false and he has to re-evaluate all that he thinks he knows. His co-worker/lover refuses to believe and is eventually desintegrated by the flying evil chubby eye.

Now, what about the Gospel? When it comes to this kind of experience (see Matrix), we can easily compare this coming to the knowledge of truth to the comprehension of the Gospel. Let’s see – you live in a lie, you think you know who you are, who those weirdoes are, who is good, who is evil and your life is somewhat settled in such knowledge. And yet you somehow know things are not wuite what they should be, like a splinter on your mind (whoops).

Yet when you come to the knowledge of truth is because this happens:

“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6

The same God who said “Let there be light”speaks into our hearts and there is light made inside of us to trust in Jesus Christ. When we come to this knowledge of truth, we also re-evaluate everything: our own place in the world, the claims of tuth we have been fed by this evil world and even the weirdoes who keep sayig they are the real humanity. It hurts! This process hearts. But there is life in it.


Posted: April 18, 2013 by Emilio Garofalo Neto in Sci-Fi, Uncategorized
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For one of those weird reasons, Oblivion was released in Brazil two weeks before the USA. So, I have seen it already.I thought it was old news. Until I saw that only now it is being released up north. Well, let us discuss it then!

Here is the trailer. I warn you however that having seen the movie without a single trailer in my mind, and now coming back to the trailer, I found that many of the reveals are pretty good, except for those who have already seen them in the trailers. So there. Make your choice.

Tomorrow we will have a mores spoilerish discussion. Today let’s focus briefly on the issue of whom to trust and what happens when we are faced with world shatterig news. We will discuss some plot details, but nothing you can’t see in the trailer above.

In the movie Tom Cruise’s character is faces with the tough issue of having everything he ever knew being brought in check. His life, his mission his knowledge is challenged. How should he look for the truth? What is the answer?

First notice that there is a truth, there is an asnwer. It is not simply a matter of perspective. It is not simply a matter of cultural preference. One side is right and the other side is wrong. Either what he knows is true or what he jsut learned is true. That is rather refreshing.

Second, notice that there comes a time in which he has to question not only the facts, but the worldview that he uses to interpret and see reality. When new information comes to light, at times it does not fit our paradigms, does not fit the plausibility structure of our minds (fancy words huh?).  Our past, our memories, our experiences all shape what we consider to be normal and possible. That is the world as Cruise’s character sees it. We learn the world through his eyes. This is what is happening, or so we think. Then together with the character our worldview is put into questioning. How do you know that? Who told you this and this? What proof do you have? When we are presented with the Gospel, we are called to accept objective, external facts that do not depend on opinion. And yet, we are also called to reevaluate the whole way in which we aprehend the world. For the Gospel involves Earth-shattering and Earth-rebuilding news that require us to completely see the world with new eyes, in fact, new eyes that God’s Spirit gives us. After conversion the whole world seems different to us; things that were primary become secundary. Things there were worthless acquire value. What seemed to be the world to us, becomes a different place. That is good news.

This weekend Oblivion releases, which kicks off the trend of big-budget summer blockbusters.  Iron Man 3 will follow in a couple of weeks, as well as, many others in the month of May.  All of that to say, which April and May releases are you most excited about?


Posted: April 15, 2013 by jperritt in Snapshots
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snap·shot – a brief appraisal, summary, or profile.

Every Monday we hope to provide our readers with snapshots of films being released for the upcoming weekend. This will be a brief summary of films that will assist our readers in the area of discernment. Instead of searching other sites and reading lengthy articles, it’s our hope to provide a concise list of all the films of the weekend in one consolidated post. If you wonder why we don’t list the MPAA ratings, please click here.

Oblivion – On a mission to extract the earth’s remaining resources, a man beings to question what he knows to be true of his mission and himself.  Genre – action, sci-fi; content – language, violence and nudity.

Lords of Salem – A radio DJ questions her sanity as she begins to think the lords are back to get revenge on Salem.  Genre – horror, thriller; content – graphic nudity, language, drug use, disturbing violent and sexual content. [Keep in mind that Rob Zombie directed this.  He’s the same director of House of 1,000 Corpses and other disturbing films].