George Lucas and Movies: No Future?


When looking into the future people see many different things. Whether
it be flying cars, buildings floating in the air, or people walking around in
space suits, everyone has their own idea. Most of the time when people look
into the future they look far into it, not in the next several years. The
future is usually defined as twenty or more years beyond the present. Many
movies and stories written about the future world seem to have the common theme
that technology will play a big part in the development of the future. The
development of technology will lead to the advances that will take the world
into the next century and beyond. George Lucas\' film THX 1138 and Robert
Zemeckis\' Back to the Future are both examples of movies that portray technology
and the advances of the future. THX 1138 and Back to the Future both portray
technology as a danger to society that could ultimately lead to its downfall.
George Lucas made THX 1138 long before he became famous in his later
movies. He based the film on his movie that he used as his graduate project and
thesis. It was his first attempt at directing and producing a Hollywood film.
His goal was to create a film that would show the future state of the world if
it was to continue on its path of the search for perfection of everything. He
shows the future as a place that many people would probably not want to live or
to be associated with.
Lucas shows that everyone will be the same. People will wear the same
clothes and have the same haircut. Names are no longer a part of society. In
the movie each person is given a prefix of letters followed by a number. They
are basically drones who follow orders. Technology has advanced so far that
every motion or action of the person is monitored. Anytime that one of them
does something wrong it immediately appears on the computer screen as to what
they are doing and what their number is. It is possible for the computer to
monitor all of their vital signs and mental activity. Each person is carefully
monitored and watched. The people are told what to do and act based on how they
were trained. They work in shifts of labor and are almost extensions of the
computer that tells them what to do. There is no more guessing about disease or
how a person is feeling. Everything is fed to a computer which processes the
information and figures out what to do. Computers have begun to control the
lives of the people and it is almost to the point that they are running society
as a whole. Computers are no longer devices that simplify life for humans;
humans are now devices that help computers.
Science has developed a drug that keeps the people submissive and almost
with no thought of their own. The drugs take away the humans ability to think
and to be creative. Ironically it was those attributes that led to the
development of all of that technology in the first place. Humans are no longer
allowed to think for themselves. Instead of people controlling the development
of technology; technology is now controlling the development of the people.
One of the best scenes that tells about the technology of this movie
takes place in the prison. The people who have broken the laws are sent to an
area that is totally white. No other color can be scene. They are put into
machines and forced to take the drugs and the computer monitors them. Just
through several test the entire body of the person can be checked for what is
wrong. The person is checked up on like a machine. The computer then decides
what to do with the person. When people are treated like machines and not
allowed any freedom of thought it is very dangerous to society as we know it.
This could easily end society through the emission of people\'s rights.
There are very few positive sides to this society. There is no problem
of human error in society. Computers make most of the decisions. There is
almost no problem with crime or violence because all of the people are so
controlled and watched. While those two positive aspects may seem good to some
people, the society that was created is not. All of the things inside of
people that made it possible for technology to be developed have been taken away.
There is no more creativity or