December 3, 2005

"The Island": Religious Themes

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 6:21 pm

I watched the movie The Island on a cross-country plane ride this week, and was pleasantly surprised: I really enjoyed it. It has creepy near-future science fiction, high-speed car and helicopter chases with lots of explosions, plenty of gunfire, violence, and a touch of sex. Everything an American male could want in a movie!

(Caution, potential, although subtle, spoilers ahead.) In between all of the rather non-spiritual content, I was struck by two moral/religious themes touched on by the movie. The first was abortion, and not in a good way. I will always think of a particular scene in the movie when I think of abortion. (If you’ve already seen it, you know what I mean.) Later the villain responsible for it all, after being accused of playing God, cries “I gave you life and I can take it away!” All very evocative.

The second theme is far more uplifting: Exodus. “Moses” (and his girlfriend) lead the “Israelites” to freedom, and as they experience true freedom for the first time in their lives I wanted to exclaim “free at last, free at last, Lord Almighty, free at last!” But really, this scene is so evocative of the joy and wonder of the Israelites at their deliverance that this image will be part of my imagining of the Exodus from now on.

Plus, did I mention the car crashes?

1 Comment

  1. I saw that movie too, and loved it. (for many of the same reasons you mentioned! I love that you pointed out to me the amazing Spiritual depths to it, I thank you. †

    Comment by Monk-in-Training — December 7, 2005 @ 9:45 am

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