Hmm, it seems I'm leaving people in a bit of disarray.
Let me reel it in to the topic I'm trying to get at...
So this movie seemed to me to be an expression of something imagined or experienced by someone which has significant elements to that experience to what I have seen and felt on psychedelics. It's not always there, but it's there often enough that it's familiar.
It's the presence of an entity that is truly alien to our existence as human beings. It is not a mammal. It might not even be an organism. It does not have a "body." It is immaterial, though very real and a condensation of evolved intelligence whose path stretches so immensely through time as to be incomprehensible. Although it is more advanced than us, it nonetheless possesses "personality characteristics" that we are able to perceive.
I would list those personality characteristics like this:
This "thing" - whatever you might call it - might be a singular entity or an example of some race, although that distinction might not ultimately be appropriate as it seems connected to all things within some in-folded dimensional level. Whether it actually exists in another dimension is speculative; within what kind of universal substrate it resides is guesswork to our minds. I think that it is, I think that it's real, and I think it knows who and what we are. It toys around and plays with us when we do things worthy of its attention, but otherwise it's just twisting away in the unspeakable nether doing things we can't understand.
In this movie I got a strong feeling of being confronted with something similar during the "alien" scene near the end. I'm sure that whoever created this series of fictional events was drawing upon inspiration gathered from direct experience with this facet of the multitude of realms which can be seen when the mind is sufficiently perturbed.
SPOILERS BELOW - DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE !!!
So when Dr. Ventress is found underground by Lena, she remarks that the entity near and around them has an "unfathomable mind." When she spoke this, I felt chills throughout my body. I have been face to face with unfathomable minds; if you are drawn into this movie at this point you are hovering right on the line between awe and terror.
She continues to say that this entity is going to essentially devour life as they know it... perhaps it's way of "studying" or taking samples as we might do when trying to gather information on an unfamiliar ecosystem. This being, however, possesses nothing of the moral restraint we would hope for, not seemingly out of malevolence but out of a complete indifference to our physical and mental suffering. Since it is so radically more advanced, complex, and superior of a being it sees our misery and fear during the process as transitory, or comparatively small and unimportant. It will not cease the most expedient and effective means of investigation at its disposal, which the audience sees as the creeping infestation of mutations and the metamorphosis of all living things inside the shimmer. This "investigation" of us is both destructive and transformative. What we were will cease to be, but there will also be a new thing we will become a part of that is beyond our imagination... and one might wonder if in this case we have metaphorically become food to supply the needs of a much greater being. Is this how the chicken feels with its neck on the chopping block? Rats in a lab?
And so this being presents itself physically before Lena after consuming Dr. Ventress in a moving sculpture of liquid and light. It then becomes a 3-dimensional fractal which is evolving right in front of her, the whole event accompanied by the sound track of the movie which is entirely appropriate for the scene we are observing. The alien's motions are hypnotic and bizarre, juxtaposing the beautiful with the eldritch, always seeming to be busy doing something without telling you a word of what its intentions are. The alien then samples a drop of blood, seems to analyze, process and learn from it how to take a human form to fool the simple perceptions and cognitions of other human beings so well as to be indiscernible from the real thing. The doppelganger crosses creepily through the uncanny valley to emerge on the other side, looking at Lena's face with her own eyes. And to watch this makes you wonder if you are indeed so simple a creature that greater life forms can view your inner workings and predict your behavior as easily as peering into a petri dish and supplying glucose to a single-celled organism. Lena watches this alien being transform in front of her, then begin mirroring her movements as if to practice effectively taking her place, leading Lena toward the terror of becoming some combination of dead, dissolved, consumed, powerless, or obsolete.
This, of course, would be the actions of a superior intelligence, if we assume it is built of the same moral constitution of meat-eating humans when we're not describing ourselves hypocritically. Beings whose learning of us would have us predictably mesmerized, confused, and ultimately helpless.
Even typing this gives me chills.
This is a movie that is so good at scaring you that you might not want to see it.
At least, that's how I feel about it. Of course, not everyone lives with the same fears.
Anyway, those are my thoughts. I'm going to get a dose of some blue sky and cute furry animals now. And I'm going to be so, so nice to them. :-)
Edited by darci, 18 June 2018 - 07:49 AM.