Monthly Archives: June 2012

Terminator 2: Judgment Day – Free Will versus Destiny

The first two Terminator films, The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) are riddled with several examples of the paradoxical nature of time travel and the philosophical theme of destiny. The first film sees the titular mechanical assassin … Continue reading

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Blade Runner – Personal Identity

Set in the dystopian future of 2019, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner stars Harrison Ford as protagonist Rick Deckard, a special police operative known as a ‘Blade Runner’, given the task of hunting down and killing, or “retiring”, a group of … Continue reading

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Alien: Resurrection [1997 Theatrical Cut] – Morality and Ethics

The Alien quadrilogy has presented the world with iconic characters and creatures, unique and influential story-telling devices, and four films that have divided the opinions of audiences and critics alike from 1979 to 1997. The fourth film in the franchise, Alien: Resurrection, was … Continue reading

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Shutter Island – How Do We Know What is ‘Real’?

Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island deals with the philosophical theme of our perceptions of reality. The film, set in 1954, stars DiCaprio as Edward ‘Teddy’ Daniels, a U.S. Marshal appointed to investigate the case of a missing person at Ashecliffe Hospital, an insane … Continue reading

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How to Train Your Dragon – Are Animals as Important as Humans?

The idea that human beings rank higher than animals in terms of worth as forms of life has been around since ancient humanoids began hunting animals for food. Killing an animal has always needed less justification than the killing of … Continue reading

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