The Sleeper: An Evaluation College: Pop Culture Essay

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    A lot of people wish they could go into the future and see how the world would change. In “Sleeper”, a movie that came out in 1973, the main character got to do so. Despite it being out of his control, Miles Monroe wakes up in year 2173 and finds out he’d been illegally unfrozen. From then on he was sent out to be used as an advantage for the “underground”, a group of rebels working to overthrow the government which was only described as the “leader”. His interactions with the futuristic characters showcases how people in 1973 would believe people in the future were going to act, and how this futuristic life will affect them.

    One of the ways this new way of life changed this population is visible through the emotional instability showcased throughout the movie. An account of that is when Luna, a poet whose home he sneaks into, makes a mistake in her poem, and when it’s pointed out she breaks down. This shows how the people of the time the movie believed that due to the people in the future being more dependant on machines for just about anything, it is hard to do much outside of it without a malfunction. This is also proven by a comment she makes later on about how she hasn’t taken a bath in seven hours, as baths are known to be generally calming and have become not only a daily but hourly routine. This dependence on futuristic technology is what the people of 1973 believe would be our downfall in this setting, making it easier for us to stay distracted and to be controlled as well. In this depiction of the future, the people are incapable of functioning “normally” in our standards without their machinery, and the more time you’re spending with said machinery, the less you are spending with others.

    An obvious oddity they made quite clear in the film is the lack of legitimate social interaction. There were many scenes where things that were usually to be enjoyed with multiple people have been eliminated entirely by replacing it with a machine. An example of that would be the robot that the main character had dressed up as in the first place. As shown to us through Luna Schlosser’s “parties”, those are one of the rare times she does end up spending with people. Even then, the time that people did spend together was usually influenced by this new technology. The orb was one of those distractions, as well as how the second the group of people were done with their “fix”, off to the pool they went because just being around one another wasn’t entertaining anymore. Their social interaction considered of getting high, splashing around, eating and then leaving. Small talk about irrelevant things could be heard as Miles, dressed as the robot, did his best in an attempt to cater to these unusual guests. While the friends were in the pool, Luna came out along with a man and they did what was their futuristic version of “sex”.

    The sexual interaction between the man and Luna was as simple as an invitation, a walk...

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