Rise, Ape Prometheus
Two movies this year speak to our human fear of our own intelligence – Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Contagion ( coming soon). Are we too clever by half? As we bump up against the borders of our knowledge of the universe, we simultaneously realize that we may be reaching the limits of the knowable. At the same time, we’re scared of what we might find. The race to invent, improve and transform our lives is matched by a corresponding dark matter anxiety that holds us back from the edge of an imagined precipice, fearing we may have taken a step too far. The Prometheus myth finds another interpretation.