This weekend my main computer decided to rebel. It didn’t exactly crash. It just decided there were a few important things it didn’t want to do anymore. I tried all the fix-it tools in my toolbox and still it refused to move from its choices. So, I am drafting this post on a shiny new PC.
Anyway, this got me thinking about technology run amuck in SciFi. Here are three SciFi treasures worth digging up from the past.
“Want to play a game?” That is the question asked by the defence super computer in this great 80s flick. When a young hacker accidentally logs onto a military computer with the ability to play games with the country’s nuclear arsenal ,what starts out as a simulation becomes too real for comfort. He has to find a way to convince the computer to halt the game without launching the weapons. As many good SciFi stories do, this one reflects the era’s worry and concerns, in this case it’s nuclear escalation in the cold war, but done in a fun and hopeful way.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
In this classic another computer goes a little psychotic. I can’t really explain what this movie is about and I can’t even claim it’s one of my favorites, but it is definitely a must see for the genre.
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
This one gets lots of criticism and the tech reeeeaaallly doesn’t hold up well, but the idea at the core is really pretty cool. If the brian is nature’s best computer, why not find a way to use it for data storage? A courier carrying too much data runs into trouble and risks loosing his mind. If you don’t get too picky and just go with it, this movie is a fun cyberpunk adventure. Transhumanism for the big screen.
What are your favorites?
These are just a few of the many SciFi movies that highlight technology gone wrong. Even blockbusters like Jurassic Park, Eagle Eye, and IRobot fall into this category. So, what are your favorites?
4 thoughts on “Technology gone amuck.”
Oh, I love War Games! Nobody remembers the movie! I like Die Hard III – the Fire Sale. Great concept and great action.
I love that movie, too! Like War Games, it highlights the fears of its era. But like most Die Hard movies it is also about one thing masquerading as another. In the plot it is a heist that looks like terrorism, in as far as technology goes, it is bad people using technology to create a muck rather than any actual technology break down. Either way, a great action flick!
War Games was one of my favorite all time SF movies until Independence Day knocked it off the top spot. The tension to the black moment was amazing.
I’m drawing a blank on other tech disaster movies.
I love Indep day, too. Very different movie from War Games.
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