The Human Condition

Advantageous although a sci-fi futuristic movie, lacks much of the typical characteristics that follow this movie genre. Explosions, flying cars, and weird outfits, but rather it shows a eerily similar world to that which we live it. It could be argued that although this is a futuristic movie it is more about the human condition in the state of a futuristic world.

Jules, just thirteen, is fully aware of the world around her, more than some thirteen-year-olds. The is crying heard in a close distance and Jules stands on her bed and then bends down to the floor. She is checking for the source of crying. This scene alone sets the tone of the world and the human condition that exists within it. Jules is so used to the sound of crying that guessing the source of the tears is a regular occurrence in her life.

Additionally, Jules is intensely concerned with her reason for life. This is an interesting self-reflection in comparison to the many other “end of the world” films that we have watched thus far. In other films such as Children of Men or 28 Days Later, the goal in life is to purely survive. To keep living. This is an odd contrast to that of Advantageous. Where the world is seemingly perfect but filled with such massive gaps. It is in this seemingly perfect world that Jules reflects intensely on her purpose and stresses greatly. This question, “what is my purpose in life” is one that is so real in the present world that understanding Jules’ lost feeling is not hard to do. This is not something that changes when more technology is imagined and the world progresses to body transferring.

Gwen also is purely what she is. A mother needing to provide safety and security for her daughter and a business woman needing to prove herself. These two functions in her life are two major things that define her purpose and guide her every decision. This close investigation of Gwen as a woman and mother provides the whole grounding of the movie. Advantageous is move about the sacrifices mad of a mother than that of the highly futuristic processes around Gwen and Jules. Just in the formatting of the film, the time spent with Jules and Gwen before the transfer is so much greater than that after. It is because the relationship between Gwen and Jules is so much more important than the technology itself. Also, it is about the relationship Gwen, and all women, have in the work force. It is the relationship that is so close to fleeting you can feel it in your every move. Gwen, seemingly in power is quickly torn down from that position and backed into a corner. In such a progressive world it seems as though the power woman does not exist. She is merely a fleeting thing that will be quickly replaced in time of trouble.

Although the film was one of the slower films such far, the time it takes developing the human condition is vital to the understanding that the movie is more than just the sci-fi future of technology that we can imagine but rather it is about the human reaction and survival in that state. What exactly is our purpose? What are we striving for each and everyday. Not just the somewhat future, but the bigger future. And do we all develop a never ending deep love for our children that we will sacrifice our our being to guarantee their happiness? And what are women doing now to secure their place in power in the future? Sometimes we forget that everything that has been accomplished in the past has been because someone saw the need for change. But is change enough? Or must we totally encompass this power in every being of ourselves so that our position will never be called into question?


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