Hollywood indeed is one of its kind places that thrive on churning out movies on a regular basis where the characters tend to have mechanical properties, devoid of life, but getting emotional when coming into contact with the human beings.
TRANSFORMERS-REVENGE OF THE FALLEN is the latest addition to this category that started with STAR WARS series, or to be more specific the audience for which was created by STAR TREK series. It indeed is one of the most intriguing aspects how Hollywood keeps on churning these mechanical movies leveraging on using advancements of technology to create a spectacle for the audience and mesmerize him on a continued basis. The intrigue is more to do with the fact that no other film industry anywhere in the world has so much fascination for the mechanical world, or an alien world, as it is with the Hollywood.
In contrast the world of Hindi cinema or the Chinese cinema or any other cinema tries to grapple with what is happening in the present and provide a cinematic interpretation of the same. The inclination of Hollywood for spectacle of the unknown seems to be more influenced by entering into an arena to create a niche where nobody is interested to go, as all other countries have a rich heritage and civilization to draw inspiration from but the richness is not so pronounced in terms of the antiquity for Hollywood film makers.
So a COMMANDER or an ALIEN or JAWS all continue to delve into the realm of the unknown, creating a surreal environment and harping on the dread factor about the unknown. The threat to human civilization is the favorite theme of these mechanical films which is sought to be conquered either through the inquisitive nature of the child or through obsolete technical devices.
If one were to analyze it in the sociological context, the nuclear nature of the family could be one of the reasons for creating this surreal environment which is not so the case in the Hindi or the Mandarin films. The void of emotion is sought to be filled through the unknown mechanical marvels. No wonder, when the same is attempted in Hindi films the quotient of emotion is more so pronounced, and if it is not there the films turn a cropper as it happened with LOVE STORY 2050.
For a child it indeed is a matter of awe to see his toys assuming gigantic proportions, but for an adult it does not have the same novelty, specifically in the Asian context so the films like TRASNFORMERS more so try to address to this category.
Now that USA has also started discovering the Asian way of life as being more practical it would be interesting to observe whether the focus on the realm of unknown undergo a change. Till then one has to endure the allure of mechanical spectacle on the screen.