Monday, March 9, 2009

Sensory Overload

The latest Star Trek trailer:

Seriously, 2009 is going to be the year of ridiculous, visually over-the-top movies that give people seizures from how much is happening on-screen at any given time. You've got Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Terminator Salvation, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and finally Avatar. More and more films are being made in 3-D and IMAX that it's becoming sensory overload.

What ever happened to subtlety, silence, stillness? What ever happened to the power of being quiet? Yes, I love films that stimulate the senses with explosions and CGI. But I'm convinced that an elapsed quiet stare between two people can communicate just as much as an exploding star ship or a robot firing missiles. I believe that Terrence Malick is a better filmmaker than Michael Bay. I think that silence can be more beautiful than noise.

I'm not called to "be loud and boisterous and know that I am God." I think that Jesus was quietly praying more often than he was launching photon torpedoes or fighting robots. Not that photon torpedoes don't need launching every so often. It's just that there's often more power in the quiet.


  1. I'm looking more forward to 500 Days of Summer and Gigantic than I am to any of the movies you listed... except Star Trek. That's going to rock.

  2. Cam, my point exactly! I'm looking forward to The Road and The Tree of Life more than any of these films.