Representation

This movie clearly is a reference to Des Cartes, and the epistemological turn in philosophy. Specifically, his theory of Dualism, which separates experiences of the mind from those of the body. It also seems to be a commentary on our representative, “skin deep,” sense of reality, showing as movies often do best, the ultimate extension of the salient qualities of contemporary life. It is particularly striking during the sequence of the trailer where Bruce Willis’ character is out in public among the other representations of humanity, putting himself in particular danger, by experiencing the “real” world. It would appear to be a combination of The Matrix, and i Robot, two similar inquisitions into the bridge between man and machine, and the implications of virtual reality. The movie provides a striking look at the age old debate, and I can’t wait to see it.

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