April 26, 2013 2 Comments
Oblivion is the summer’s first big sci fi blockbuster that opened to mixed reivews. Many movigoers and critics are expressing confusion and bewilderment, not understanding the plot. Others are calling it dull and uneventful, yet my conclusion is that they missed the film’s point. While there are some legitimate questions as to plot points here and there, the narrative itself is not flawed overall in my estimation. The key to understanding Oblivion is twofold: conspiracy theory and esoterism. To be more precise, gnosticism and Platonism.
While ”gnosis” arises often in JaysAnalysis reviews, there’s a reason why: it is a theme really and truly prevalent in so many Hollywood productions. The reasons for this are manifold, but in the big picture, “Hollywood is an extension of gnosticism,” as one director put it. Considering the Oblivion director’s previous work (Joseph Kosinski) with Tron Legacy, we can be assured that the themes are intentional, since they are the same in that work. I have done an analysis of Tron Legacy here.
As a refresher, since JaysAnalysis has gained a larger audience over the last few months, gnosticism refers to the numerous heterodox, extra-eclessial Christian groups of the first three to four centuries. Gnosticism encompasses a wide variety of sects with varying influences, ranging from Greek pantheism, polytheism, Platonism, far Eastern mysticism and various Christian texts. One common thread in gnosticism, however, is the rejection of the God of Moses and the Jewish prophets as the “demiurge.” In this view, the creator God is actually the devil because, it is believed, He has made man flawed and imposed death. In this view, theology is reversed and man’s goal is salvation through gnosis or knowledge, leading to escape from this plane of existence. Plato comes to mind here, with the famous dictum that the body is a prison. Read more of this post