Re: virus: Skip ID4
Tue, 09 Jul 1996 10:10:39 -0700 (MST)

> >Aside from the transparent plot, jingoistic hooks, Gump-style emotional
> >manipulation, this film commits the most aggregious example of a common
> >cinematic crime: portraying technology as magic. Filmakers seem to think
> >that movie audiences don't know anything about computers, aircraft, or
> >other hardware and that we don't WANT to know anything. Not since Copycat
> >have I seen such techno-mysticism.

> I agree with your point on the mysticism-technology, perhaps science has
> replaced mysticism as our new mythology. And his connection to a TOTALLY
> ALIEN COMPUTER SYSTEM, I live on Earth, speak English, and Have a 56000K
> connection to the net and I can't get connected that quick. I believe it
> was extremely far fetched but I enjoyed it. I mean was Jurrasic Park that
> believable?
> My main qualm with the film is that it is perpetuating the core
> reason that a variety of humans are racist and bigoted, if it is different,
> kill it. Sure in the movie the aliens were "BAD" but why are they always
> bad? I once saw an episode of "The Outer Limits" on Showtime and We
> attacked the aliens cause they blew up one of our sattelites, when they
> were using a direct laser link to the sattelite, they transmitted a video
> of them saying something, and we freaked as a goverment. We launched and
> they wasted us and the formerUSSR, their Message "We want to be friends"...
> ...Lasher.

I HAVE to respond to this. Are you saying that the aliens in ID4 were just
trying to say "hello" with those cute little beams that vaporized a couple
cities? Before you respond I want you to know I agree with what you're saying.
However, for as poor a quality as that movie was, at least we tried to make
friendly contact... As for aliens that are friendly.... Wasn't that E.T.?