Passage #163: 29 August 2012
Romancing the Stone
The adventure movie has become a difficult genre to pull off in a contemporary setting. There is so little territory that remains unexplored, so few places that remain outside the reach of modern communications. Think of all those convenient plot devices made obsolete by the internet cafe, the cell phone and the GPS! The physical isolation that was previously necessary for our heroes to encounter adversity in far-away lands must now be supplemented by some mitigating factors - an informational isolation that enables them to proceed on their journeys with all the peril and excitement that we have come to expect. But all those mitigating factors themselves start to become a little strained, and our willingness to suspend disbelief along with them.
This week, we take things back to a simpler time.