Does the achievement of masterful special effects foreclose our ability to interpret the worlds that we are being presented with? Is the foreclosure of interpretation the reason that we can so often reach consensus about the critiques of future societies in these films?
Neale argues that so many of the components of these fictional worlds are so beyond our imagination and our common sense that they require explanation. The film is faced with the duty of explaining all of the innovations that have taken place between now and the time in which they occur, of outlining the relations between people, places, and things in their fictional worlds (13).
Special effects play a key role in this because they allow filmmakers to avoid the common trend in science fiction literature to engage in ‘info dump,’ where the author has to find an excuse to have a character explain some element of the story (usually a piece of technology or a scientific advance or a new social custom) at great length.
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