... are the last five movies I've seen, for no particular reason or order, and suddenly I'm faced with an existential crisis that must be shared. The interconnectedness of these movies, the cause and effects, the similarities and eccentricities have now lead me to question the very meaning of life: who am I? Am I in control of my own destiny? Are we all merely puppets in this game of life? Is there such a thing as time?
It started with Lucy, with Scarlett Johansson, who also voiced the Operating System in Her, which was directed by Spike Jonze, who also directed Being John Malkovich, which foreshadowed this theme of eternal life, puppet masters and interconnectedness, which is also developed in I Heart Huckabees, i.e. we're all in this together, we're everywhere and nowhere and there is no such thing as time.
Still with me?
Now, Her and Transcendence are basically the same story: some form of artificial intelligence evolves to a point beyond human articulation or even this organic realm and thus is everywhere at once yet at the same time nowhere at all, as investigated and proven by the existential detectives of I Heart Huckabees.
Lucy is pretty much the same story, but instead of artificial intelligence evolving, a young woman consumes some sort of baby-forming-genome-DMT-like drug that blasts her brain into the ether and beyond, stretching all throughout the history of time, even though the movie is only 89 minutes long.
So basically now I'm thinking we're everywhere and nowhere; we're all the same; there is no such thing as time, or at least it's very slippery; today is tomorrow; I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together; AND, to top it all off, we can all live forever; BUT, unfortunately some of us will have to be sacrificed, like Depp in Transcendence, Malkovich and Cusack in Being John Malkovich, and Phoenix in Her.
This is kind of deep, but also kind of simple.
~~ Sigh ~~
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is coming on cable.
Maybe I should watch it?