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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-10-21 09:51
Subject: [movies] One line movie review
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Signs imdb ]: Aliens with the will and capability to cross the vasty deeps of interstellar space are defeated by advanced human doorknob technology and the miracle of potable water — I'm guessing they can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, though!
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User: caryn71
Date: 2007-10-21 18:01 (UTC)
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Keyword:South Park
Interesting, considering life does not exist (or is at least not known to exist) on other planets without water.
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la sirena dolce: South Park
User: lasirenadolce
Date: 2007-10-21 18:10 (UTC)
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Keyword:South Park
Just checking in with my South Park icon, too. As you were.
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Jay Lake: jay-southpark
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-21 18:11 (UTC)
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Southpark r we!
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Tony Pi
User: wistling
Date: 2007-10-21 18:13 (UTC)
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Why would they want to take over a planet with so much water, anyway?
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User: ex_paulskem
Date: 2007-10-21 19:10 (UTC)
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I've always interpreted the notion of them as aliens as a red herring. I think they're supposed to be demons, the water in Mel's house is 'blessed' by his unusual daughter (read: saintly, making it holy water), and the demons are ultimately defeated by some "ancient technique from the middle east," the birthplace of three of humankind's greatest religions.

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User: ex_paulskem
Date: 2007-10-21 19:11 (UTC)
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This also resonates with one of the big theme of the story, which is that of defeating personal demons.
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User: renatus
Date: 2007-10-21 20:05 (UTC)
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That's an interesting take I'll have to chew on; I've been considering Signs a modern day faery tale, with the role of the faeries (the scary mysterious baddies from the deep dark unknowable woods) taken by the aliens (the scary mysterious baddies from our last real deep dark unknowable place, outer space). Like faeries, their motivations are baffling, and like faeries, they can only be destroyed in bizarre ways that are nonetheless meaningful.

Thinking about the aliens as demons instead/in addition to that interpretation gives it a whole new layer...
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-21 22:45 (UTC)
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Actually, that's the interpretation I finally settled on. The movie, however, doesn't try to tip you to this thinking insofar as I can tell.
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Paul Weimer
User: princejvstin
Date: 2007-10-22 01:03 (UTC)
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I think it might be pointed at though. I've never seen the movie all the way through, and I probably should before commenting on it.

However, a former girlfriend, strongly Christian, took that sort of interpretation--that the aliens are really symbolically demons.
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