Perhaps you remember Rutger Hauer’s soliloquy near the end of Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece, Blade Runner, in which the rogue replicant, railing against the limits of his artificially premature mortality, decries the loss of the extraordinary experience, the unimaginable wonders he has seen, out there, in space.

I’ve… seen things you people wouldn’t believe… Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those… moments…will be lost in time, like tears… in… rain. Time… to die.

Despite over thirty years having passed, with incredible advances in CGI technology, there still hasn’t been a film that quite captures the extraordinary vision promised in that speech. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you get the Blu-Ray, turn everything off, and watch it now.

And after that see the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending. While the story is a pastiche of some classic sci-fi comic book tropes, the visually amazing film recalls SF heritage from Metropolis to Logan’s Run, Barbarella to Dune, Flash Gordon to 2001, and fulfills the dream at the heart of every SF fan; to experience that wonder.

To celebrate the arrival of this visually amazing 3D spectacular in Australian cinemas on February 19, in conjunction with Roadshow Films, we’re giving away 5 In-Season Double Passes.

To win all you have to do is tell us if you’d take the red pill or the blue pill and why. That is of course a reference to the Wachowskis’ first piece of sci-fi genius, The Matrix. Best answer wins. Open to our Australian readers only, and the winners will be announced at midnight on the 25th February, 2015.

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About The Author

C S Hughes

C S Hughes is a proud member of the TV generation, studied film and communications, collects the paperback books of Philip K Dick, loves science fiction and fantasy books, B grade movies and cult TV, American thrillers and British noir, restoring vintage watches, reading poetry, creating innovative illustrated poetry books which are available in Apple’s iBooks format, and cake. Especially cake. He has also written short stories, and has a collection of horror stories coming out in 2015.

25 Responses

  1. Gillian Huleux

    I would choose the red pill because I prefer enlightenment to ignorance and also because it looks tastier.

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  2. Izabella

    Blue. Because steak. And chocolate. Wow, did anyone else get a wave of deja-vu at this question?

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  3. Leah Hopkins

    The red pill. Reality is better. There is no false pretenses, no over-looking lies and you’ll live life knowing whats best for you.

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  4. Kate

    The Red Pill, I have already fallen down the rabbit hole, why not enhance that and reach the true painful enlightenment that is reality. I dont want to be farmed anymore by the big corporations in this world just to be a consumer who is fed nothing but Delusions of indulgence. It is just ignorance.

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  5. Kristy winters

    I would take the blue pill, the story ends. I wake up in my bed and believe whatever I want to believe…… I’m pretty lazy and I really, really like food.

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  6. Mr Ed Olszewski

    It doesn’t matter which pill. Taking it causes change, then action, consequence, then results. Do it now!

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  7. monica s.

    Red pill…my tactless comments would have an excuse!..but can i take the ‘blue pill’ home for hubby! Opps..tactless!

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  8. Phillip Cunningham

    The red pill as in the red pill there is the sometimes painful truth of reality

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  9. C S Hughes
    C S Hughes

    Winners have been chosen! Hooray! We’ve emailed everyone who is the One. Just like Neo! Thanks all who dropped a line. Sorry we didn’t have enough for everyone. I blame Mr Smith.

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