The Role of Technology in Survival Movies

Ioan BUTEANU


Abstract:

This article describes the relationship that people have with technology in movies belonging to survival genre. The first part is theoretical, and it presents some religious, cultural and philosophical approaches to this topic (as stated by Dumitru St─âniloae, Martin Heidegger, Herbert Marcuse, Kim J. Vicente, Jacques Ellul, Lloyd J. Dumas, Jean Paul Russo, Ollivier Dyens and other authors). The second part presents technology as it appears in some movies in general, from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis to the contemporary movies as Fahrenheit 451, 1984, Equilibrium and many others. All these movies can be “read” as survival movies. The paper tries to show in what movies and when technology appears as a source of safety, comfort and of new abilities for man and in which and when it is a source of discomfort and even of terror, a threat. There are cases in which technology stays outside of man as a reality clearly delimitated from him and cases when it can be seen as an intrusion in people’s body and soul.

Keywords: technology, survival movie, human-tech, dystopia

DOI: 10.24193/ekphrasis.17.8

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