procrastination, heresy, and navel-gazing.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007


a question i've raised once before (here) has asked itself again, courtesy of a new film, sunshine.

without giving too much away, this film is set in the not too distant future, in a world where they've discovered that the sun is cooling down a little, and they need to "zap" a little more life into it!

so my question is to what extent will we (humanity, God's image bearers) be witnesses to the destruction, collapse of the physical universe?

this idea of the dying sun is not a new idea (arthur c. clarke thought of it yonks ago, and my recollection is that j.g. ballard also mooted the idea half a century ago), it is simply a device for bringing cosmic catastrophy into the present (much like that asteroid film with that guy and the girl and the father and stuff).

the waning sun postulated in the film is one thing, but:
what of the bomb-race that looks like it's getting a second-wind?
what of the disastrous state of the evironment?
what of the increased ability for those who would do great harm to many, to accomplish their desires?

at what stage is enough going to be enough? will ther ever be any of us around to see that day when evil will be completely vanquished?
OR, might there be a similar pattern to the death and resurrection of Christ?

ie, all that is evil - conquered. all that is good - gone.
then, bursting forth, the Lord, with (to quote Jude quoting Enoch) ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

that would include, i guess, doing their very best to destroy this good world that we have been given stewardship over, perverting this good creation for their own wicked ends.

but then again, i wonder, might it ever get that far?

*no points for guessing what i've just been preaching on!

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Blogger Mark said...

Yeah - but is the film any good?

I heard it described as "Ridley-lite". True?

9:42 pm  
Blogger psychodougie said...

i've seen worse.

i guess it sets itself up to be oh-so-grandiose, almost epic - which it isn't.

if you missed the line about their bomb including every last gram of fissilible (is that a real word) material on and within the earth, you'd have completely missed the immensity of their task.

maybe that part ended up on whatever's left of the cutting-room-floor in this post-cutting age!

12:28 pm  
Blogger Mark said...

Yeah - it wasn't as good as I thought. But then again it wasn't that bad either ...

1:55 pm  
Blogger travelsizedmay said...

crap movie.
most unnecessary 'alien' well not really alien, but you get what i mean, thing to come so close to the END of the movie.


i'm just bitter cause trent made me see three movies within the span of 9 days and i'm overtired and was a little bit terrified by that particular movie.

suspense doesn't deal well with me.
or i with it.

7:21 pm  
Blogger psychodougie said...

i liked the fact that the ending wasn't "and then aliens came along and didn't want it to happen", or the "event horizon" supernatural effort.

the fact that it was internally coherent is always a nice thing.

at least they made a go of it!

11:41 am  

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