Thursday, June 23, 2011

Falling Skies, Transformers, Are Films Impacting How We Think About UFOs and Aliens

'Falling Skies' reviews and 'Transformers' TV spots

The question really becomes how much are movies and TV  influencing what and how we think about UFOs and the existence of aliens, I am afraid the answer is quite a lot.  At the current pace of new films that have come out over the past few years it is no wonder that many people (including Steven Hawking) have a fear of aliens. 

It is natural to fear the unknown and for some people to take such a quantum leap in their thinking to actually believe in extraterrestrial life is next to impossible, especially since it goes against everything they have been taught in school, church and home. 

You be the judge of how television and the movies are having an impact on how we think about this issue but we should be thinking and preparing the inevitable encounter which is not that far away! 

Steven Spielberg's alien-invasion series Falling Skies premiered this past weekend on U.S. television and has received generally favourable reviews from critics. Among the show's fans is Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times, who writes:

Executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, who has always understood the importance of pretend, "Falling Skies" sets in motion a classic summer premise: "Let's play that aliens have taken over the world."

Serious without being grim, uplifting without being saccharine, "Falling Skies" dares to image what feature films will not — a world in which Will Smith or Aaron Eckhart did not bring down the mother ship in time. This time, aliens are setting up shop around the world, building huge metal structures over "all the major cities" (which, for purposes of the plot, includes Boston).

In the end, if children are going to strap on guns, set traps, jerry-rig explosions and dive for cover during gunfights, it had better be fun. And "Falling Skies" is very much that, the serious fun of those long summer days that you and your kid brother spent blowing up the bad guys and saving the world.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the critical spectrum, 'The New York Times' Mike Hale opines that the highly-anticipated show falls considerably short of Spielberg's own directorial projects in terms of emotional impact:

"As a director, of course, Mr. Spielberg can work magic with this kind of material. But "Falling Skies" lacks his personal touch — there’s no wonder, nor is there the blunt terror and grim plausibility of his own alien-invasion film, War of the Worlds Despite the high stakes of the story and the frequent violence, the tone is placid and slightly monotonous, as if we were watching the Walton family at the end of the world."

In other Spielberg/alien-related news,six new TV Spots for Transformers: Dark of the Moon are now online and feature new footage from the movie. This third instalment of the Transformers franchise opens at 9pm on June 28 in 3D and IMAX theatres before moving to 2D theaters the following day.

"Serious without being grim, uplifting without being saccharine, Falling Skies dares to image what feature films will not - a world in which Will Smith or Aaron Eckhart did not bring down the mother ship in time."
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