I enjoy science fiction movies – science fiction gives us a chance to explore ideas we’d never get to in any other setting. We know it’s pretend, so whatever happens is “safe” to explore because we know it can’t really happen. Sadly, in a lot of post-apocalyptic stories the idea of our competitive drive is taken to extremes. I really like The Book of Eli because (aside from the truly awesome Denzel) it shows that the higher, kinder human expressions can triumph and help a desperate world survive.
Here’s a great clip from the movie I Am:
After a young lady gives her own views on compassion as a survival trait, the Dalai Lama responds:
Finally, the incomparable Richard Harris: