Reply To: The Hemispheres in Cinema

  • Samuel Ford

    November 9, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    Tenet (2020)

    The only one of these films that I quite disliked. A machine is invented that can reverse the flow of time for everything that enters it, resulting in impossible-to-understand scenes as normal people and objects interact with ‘reversed’ people and objects. This makes no intuitive right-hemisphere sense, it is another one of the paradoxes that emerge from the left hemisphere viewing time as a ‘timeline’ that can be reversed and jumped around in.

    Westworld (TV Show 2016-present)

    Directed and written by Jonathan Nolan, a western theme park opens where the actors who play the roles of cowboys and indians are all in fact robots. These robots (or ‘hosts’) become more conscious throughout the series. In later series robot copies of real humans are made by producing their memories (another one of the doppelganger tropes) and they often break down in unsettling ways because they cannot process reality.

    Further on in the Westworld series, two brothers invent an artificial intelligence that predicts the future perfectly (reminiscent of Laplace’s Demon), and one of the brothers develops psychosis as a result of their endeavors. In the latest (poorly written) installment of Westworld, human beings are now controlled by the robots using an infectious virus. The whole seires, especially the latest series, seem very much like paranoid delusions.