Let the conspiracy theories begin! I love aliens-invade-earth type of movies, and was delighted to see the “Cowboys and Aliens” preview during the Super Bowl. THAT should be fun. But wow, shouldn’t these movies start to take a number and get in line? It seems we’ve got movies about aliens invading the earth coming out of our pointy green ears. They’re everywhere! Run for your lives!
(Remember when we had two, count’em TWO, movies about giant asteroids smacking the earth? And that seemed like a lot at the time. My favorite of the two was the rather silly “Armageddon.” The other one, “Deep Impact,” concentrated so much on everyone’s feelings that by the end, I was rooting for the meteor…)
Is it because movies about aliens invading earth are just popular? An easy buck? (Admittedly, I’ll shell out a few bucks almost every time) Is it because there is a lack of better ideas? Perhaps. But those are boring reasons. What about the more sinister sounding theories? You know, some of these movies, like Skyline and Battle: Los Angeles, even look the same. Are these movies a result of the government preparing us for something? I can just picture Stephen Spielberg being rushed to an undisclosed location to review a top secret picture taken by the Voyager spacecraft…. Or are we producing these things like mad because of some larger, even spiritual reason?
A QUICK LIST OF MOVIES WITH ALIEN INVADERS THAT HAVE ARRIVED RECENTLY, OR ARE COMING SOON
Monsters (2010) -supposedly on DVD now although I haven’t seen it in stores yet
Skyline (2010) – pretty gruesome with a weird ending
Battle: Los Angeles (2011) – comes out in March
I Am Number Four (2011) – a teenage undercover alien thingie in theaters Feb 18
Cowboys and Aliens (2011) – should be awesome, hits theaters in July
Super 8 (2011) – Spielberg and Abrams team up, probably causing the fabric of time and space itself to rip in two, going to be big, hits in June
Transformers, Dark of the Moon (2011) – watch these previews and it looks like Battle: Los Angeles
Extraterrestre (2011)– a foreign film, spanish,
MOVIES WITH ALIEN INVADERS THAT ARE IN THE WORKS (some of these might not work out, and other movies will show up that aren’t on this list, but here ya go):
Independence Day 2 and 3 (took them long enough)
Cloverfield II (scheduled for 2014)
EDF – stands for Earth Defense Force (scheduled for 2013)
Pacific Rim (2013)
U.F.O. (2012) -incredibly creative name don’t you think?
Grabbers (2012) -this one will be goofy, it’s part comedy
Skyline 2 (2012) – with reviews that bad, why not make another! Can’t be worse.
Mass Effect (2012)
The Grays (2012)
Invasion (2012) – really? Couldn’t think of anything for a title?
The Days Before (2012)
Bob and the Alien (2012)
Future Fighters (2011)
The Darkest Hour (2011)
ALIEN INVADERS WE’VE ALREADY SEEN
The Fourth Kind
District 9 -didn’t so much invade as crash land
The Day the Earth Stood Still – for the record, I like Keanu Reeves’ whole robotic shtick.
Yes, Knowing. Okay, the aliens didn’t INVADE per se, but there was something going on with the movie “Knowing,” and I wonder if it might be at least one of the reasons so many of these types of movies are bombarding us. What was going on with “Knowing” was an alternate explanation to the origin of life on earth, namely, that aliens put us here in the first place.
A few years ago in the movie “Expelled,” Ben Stein managed to talk Richard Dawkins into a bit of a corner where Dawkins finally offered (perhaps only half-seriously) that it was possible aliens “seeded” life on this planet -aliens who themselves must have evolved from Darwinian means. The number of assumptions required to even consider that statement are ridiculous, but it is an idea which seems to have caught hold.
At least it caught hold with whoever made the movie “Knowing.” In that movie, a few aliens, who looked suspiciously like angels, rescued two children from the earth just before the planet was wiped out by a solar flare. (The solar flare idea wouldn’t really destroy the earth according to what I’ve read. I must admit, I was disappointed that an atheistic view of the universe didn’t at least have a scientifically plausible way to destroy the world… but I digress.)
The whole subliminal point of “Knowing” was that all of our religious beliefs don’t stem from a real God, but from aliens who put life on this planet. Thus, our ideas of angels really came from aliens. It didn’t stop there.
The angels/aliens swooped up the kids into a space ship that looked suspiciously like a religious painting of God which was shown earlier in the movie. They left the parents behind to die, and were taken to a new planet with a paradise-like scene, including a single tree in the middle. Hmmm…. referencing the tree in the book of Genesis perhaps? Afraid so.
So it’s not God, it’s aliens. Wooooooooo…oooooooooooo
It’s the sort of thing we do. We look for an alternate explanation for things, one that doesn’t include God. We have searched for that alternative in evolution, in naturalism, in uniformitarianism, in humanism, in materialism, and when the scientific evidence keeps pointing toward design and complexity that pushes the idea of random forces creating life to the limits of reason -we suggest aliens did it.
And with all of those movies, the idea of aliens doesn’t seem all that foreign anymore. A conspiracy? Perhaps a spiritual one.
Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.
-II Peter 3:3-6