“It out incepted ‘Inception’ which makes it one of the best science fiction films of the year so far.”
That’s a claim made by Badass Digest blogger Roger Erik Tinch about the new prison drama “Stone,” a limited release starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton and Milla Jovovich that has so far only grossed $1.5 million domestically ($7 million worldwide). Tinch acknowledges that he’s crazy for making such a statement, but I always love these kind of stretched theories about movies, particularly those that aren’t high on moviegoers’ radar. And I’ll admit the post sparked my curiosity to finally check out “Stone.” Unfortunately I can’t say I agree with the writer on this, nor do I expect it to suddenly boost the film’s exposure, but I’m willing to share the idea. Here is part of Tinch’s argument, which also involves reference to characters as aliens and extraterrestrial travelers and a sound design that evokes the sci-fi genre:
Sure, taking any of the elements above on their own could define the movie as being about one man’s discovery of religion and becoming born again. However director John Curran deftly mixes all these elements into something that looks, sounds, and feels like science fiction. Take Scientology, it’s nothing other then a science fiction creation wrapped within the notion of God. Or the idea of The Force in Star Wars (with its proper noun capitalization and all) that turns the basis of religion into science fiction with Obi Wan as its Pope and Yoda as its Jesus.
Of course, religions shouldn’t be aligned with sci-fi just because of their similarities to The Force. It’s “Star Wars” that employs mysticism and incorporates it into its science fiction narrative, not necessarily New Age thought that borrows from science fiction. Certainly many of the mainstream religious texts can be viewed as similar to sci-fi and fantasy, but this doesn’t mean every story involving Christianity is classifiable as an example of those genres. I appreciate Tinch’s attempt at an unconventional reading, though, if only because I’m glad to see that someone else out there has nutty perspectives akin to my own. I hope he and other writers at the new Badass Digest continue these kinds of posts.
Here is the “Stone” trailer so you can see how un-sci-fi it looks on the surface: