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Maybe it's a trend--

The antithesis of cyberpunk's noire style, a well-manicured slap in the face of the post-apocalypse genre. Who says a dystopia has to look like one?

Ultraviolet, Aeon Flux, to a lesser degree Equilibrium--elements of the style woven into horrorfluff like Underworld or the strangely idealized cybergoths of Matrix--let's call it haute future.

What purpose does it serve? Beyond accentuating the common boob, of course. Does this unearthly, unhealthy level of chrome, vinyl and color-effect lighting serve to dehumanize the world? Render it more alien because it's so unlike the world we live in? Are we to be jealous of the inhabitants of these worlds, or is there no way to relate to them at all?

Is the only way to overthrow the tyranny of a futuristic overlord to have really, really good hair and an outfit that lovingly conforms to the inside of one's butt cleft?


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Mar. 17th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)
Ah, THAT'S why my evil plan to take over the world has failed.

I shall now depart to buy pants that conform to the inside of my buttcleft. Then my powers shall be COMPLETE!
Mar. 17th, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC)
Soooo tempted to metaquote.
Mar. 17th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
Mar. 17th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
Mar. 17th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
Only when one's butt cleft is pleasing to look upon in such an outfit.
Mar. 17th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
Well, personally, I think that one of the hallmarks of these styles is efficiency. If you look at all the latest cyberpunk films, particularly The Matrix and Equilibrium, there's always a sense of the protagonist being superpowerful because he's able to more efficiently use what he's given. Even the idea behind "The One" from the Matrix is simply explained as a person who isn't constrained by the artificial rules of the world around them.

Being able to cooly handle any situation is something that I'm sure most people envy in these characters.

As modern society expects us to keep up with more and more, it gets harder and harder to feel like you're accomplishing anything. In a sense, this critical level of efficiency has become the holy grail of the modern age. Everyone wishes they were able to quickly and calmly solve a problem or achieve a goal.

And, in all of these films, the enemy of efficiency is emotion. Or, more specifically, certain emotions. Things like doubt, caution, fear and the like all go against this force of efficiency. In these worlds everything is strong and deliberate, utilitarian and, above all, working towards one final purpose. Things like anger and passion are emphasized to give depth to these otherwise stoic charachters, just as the visual elements of contrast and sharpness of angles work to give depth to the utilitarian world around them.

In a way, these worlds are the antithesis of modern life. In them, things are simple. Difficult sometimes, and perhaps even impossible, but they are always simple. There is light and dark, good and bad. People might change sides, and deeper elements to the sides might appear, but the goal at any given point is always clear.
Mar. 18th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
Mmmm Sign me up for a pair of THEM pants *wiggle wiggle*
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