Forbidden Planet (1956) Movie Review

courtesy of MGM

A starship crew ventured in a planet in another planetary system in hopes to gather survivors from a previous failed intergalactic mission. There they met an over-the-top technology of a robot which can cook, produce fruits and even supply gallons of authentic alcohol drink  from its mechanical stomach created by Morbius, a Philologist who is the lone survivor of the previous crew. There, Commander Adams must solve the mystery of an invisible monster that attacks his crew while teaching the Philologist's beautiful daughter how to stimulate her body.



The terms being used in this film pertaining to technology and the theoretical sciences seem really legit. And despite the lack of knowledge and developed technology in the time it was made (1956), one could say that it is way ahead of its time. What it lacks for special effects as compared to what we can project today with our advanced CGIs, it makes up with its well-grounded and substantial story. Perhaps, this film is one of those that tackle well on ELSIs (Ethical Legal and Social Issues) when it comes to advancement in technology. It has dealt on the human's nature of being subject to errors.

This film talked of highly advanced creatures, with IQ that surpassed maybe 1000. The planet boasts of metals that can't be destroyed with 'simple' radioactive fission. Even with the height of its civilization, the population of Krell was never satisfied with what it attained. They wanted something more.

The Krell had been applying their entire racial energies to a new project. One which they actually seemed to hope might somehow free them once and for all from any dependence on physical instrumentalities.

The Krell had made this huge machine that is self-serving and self-preserving. It could withstand time until the planet dies. They made it so that they could just create things with their minds, send them anywhere on the planet. And thus, freeing them from materiality. This actually sounds good. What with manifesting things just by pure thought. But as I had noticed in my dreams, it's not perfectly satisfying. While I can just manifest things in my dreams, most of the time I couldn't feel them-- feel them with a sense of touch. And tactile quality can only be experienced with the realness of a thing, that in it being material. Although there are times when the touch feels so real, it is still quite so different when you experience reality. Maybe it's because of this that ghosts wander in earth and try to possess the living.

I really want to feel your warmth.

Yes, while most metaphysical books would encourage people from forgoing one's material self to attain enlightenment and to be one with the spirit, I think that it is also important to be material. The adept monks in Tibet can sometimes go on for days without food by enhancing their chi cycle through meditation. IMO, while it sounds highly tempting to cut on cost, one wouldn't know the satisfaction and the lush in eating delectable foods.

The Krell forgot one thing, their own subconscious hate and lust for destruction.

I found this really true. Again, in my dreams when I have some roles to play and I have to kill, there's this certain kind of high when destroying someone or something. And pulling back oneself from doing what we know is evil is very much a hard thing to do. While dreaming sometimes, I forgot who I really am, I would only remember the character I portray.

We're all part monsters in our subconscious so we have laws and religion.

This line really strikes so well. A philosopher has once said of men as naturally evil. Our mind is part good and evil. Hence, the monks train themselves so that they will be able to see their "true self" (that part with the affinity to the negative side- of envy, hatred and lust) and overcome them to achieve inner peace. But because not all of us can and have the interest to what these monks do, a bigger party should govern us, to ward us off from destroying each other. And that's where our laws and religion come in and do their role.


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