Friday, December 9, 2011

Jesus Prime

He's alive!! What? Uh, no. He's not here. See, he's been taken up! Why? Well, I'll get back to you.

I watched Transformers 2 last night. In the end there were two "death, resurrection, save-the-world" instances - one each for Sam Witwicky and Optimus Prime. It's a common pattern in sci-fi-ish action/adventure movies. I can name a few others right off the bat: Iron Giant, Harry Potter, E.T., and (of course) the Lion in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

(Darth Vader and The Lion King's Mustafa are close, but they don't physically resurrect and they just go on to kind of root for their team. Also, The Matrix has a lot of the same elements.)

Jesus Prime
"It's been an honor serving with you all."

It's interesting to compare the death/resurrection/save-the-world pattern to the resurrection of Jesus. According to legend, he physically resurrects...kinda. His dead body is brought back to life (by himself, presumably). He can eat and drink and he even has holes in his hands and side. But, he can also walk through walls, change his appearance, and even fly.

What's more, Jesus only appears to believers (and yes, I include Paul). Instead of kicking ass, Jesus ascends into the heavens for some reason. No kingdom of God on Earth. Nothing. Just a bunch of stubborn hangers on. Fishy, I know.

The Jesus story wouldn't make for a very exciting action/adventure movie. You can't just throw in a bunch of blood. Still, I wonder what Michael Bay could do with it.