The Second Original Sin: Art In the Atomic Age and The Decade Of Turmoil: Film In the 1950s for more details on this genre).
Cowboys and Aliens: the US-British Alliance) and there is a reason why a film like that could be made today. To begin with, aliens are not always outlaws, but outlaws are always bad guys who have to make the choice to either reform or face the dictates of justice. If we examine Cowboys and Aliens, we actually see two types of aliens: the aliens who have come from outer-space and the aliens who have come from Mexico, because anyone living in a land not where they were born or that is not their "homeland" can--since Biblical times--be considered an "alien in an alien land."
I don't think things have changed much.
First, probably, that it's quite like the trailer for Gravity with Clooney and Bullock we saw last week (the link will take you to YouTube). It might also remind you of Prometheus in two ways: first, because something that we set ourselves to go after, ended up being a bad idea (this is exactly what happens in Battleship, if you recall, NASA set up a beacon which attracted the aliens to earth). Secondly, there was a lot of "noise" in the Prometheus trailer, and there is plenty of noise and static in Europa Report as well; why? Noise and static lets us know that we aren't "hearing everything" or "seeing everything," we are, like Happy Hogan in Iron Man 3, in a coma, asleep, like Dr. Banner listening to Tony Stark. In other words, something is going on but we are not "picking up" the signal being sent to us by the film. There is another message, one I think will prove more problematic,....
We know, in Oblivion, that the remainder of humanity settled on Jupiter's moon Titan after the Tet wiped out humanity on earth to drain the planet of its resources. In Star Trek Into Darkness, Khan sends Kirk (who sends Scottie) to Jupiter, where the Hex is being worked on secretly for a war. Generally speaking, Jupiter--like the Romans' equivalent father of the gods of Greek mythology Zeus--is the ruler, because Jupiter is the biggest planet and the god Jupiter was the most powerful of the (Roman) gods (and there is quite a number of films based on mythology and ancient Greco-Roman culture being released, so we can't forget that link); Jupiter the planet usually symbolizes rulers/kings, which is why Dante, in Paridiso, places the Just Rulers in the realm of Jupiter. We could say, that Jupiter might be symbolic of America because we are (or, were, rather) a super-power and the most powerful country in the world the way Jupiter is the biggest planet. My point is, we are seeing a pattern established with Jupiter, so we should take note and keep track.
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