Science fiction is a genre which you'd expect to hold science in high regard. After all, how would we get robots and jetpacks without a generous slathering of scientific knowledge? But as it turns out, there are several wildly successful (and some less successful) science fiction films which convey the message that, in the end, science is total whale shit. For example ...
5 Jurassic Park Thinks Science Is An Affront To God
Jurassic Park is a movie about science, starring scientists, written by a scientist. And man, does it ever think that science is a big piece of shit.
It also thinks Jeff Goldblum is pure sex, which ... OK, point, Spielberg.
Quite obviously, the moral of the film is that hubris (specifically, the kind that makes you clone dinosaurs and fill an amusement park with them before you even know how to take care of them) is bad. The antihero is John Hammond, a leisure-suited billionaire with childlike enthusiasm for the possibilities of genetic science. Of course, all of the main protagonists are reasonably sure that this whole "resurrecting dinosaurs" thing is a bad idea, which the movie and its three sequels all illustrate using the helpful visual aid of dinosaur-related fatalities.
But the most consistently correct character in the film is Jeff Goldblum, playing Jeff Goldblum, a mathematician who has nothing but disdain for the scientific method. In one monologue, he describes scientific discovery as "a violent, penetrative act that scars what it explores. What you call discovery, I call the rape of the natural world." That's right -- Jurassic Park is a science fiction film that refers to science as a form of rape.
Hammond goes on to joke about how the only person on his side around a table of scientists is the "blood-sucking lawyer" -- who represents the careless pursuit of wealth, and incidentally is the first person to be eaten by a dinosaur. Later in the film, Goldblum's character continues to proselytize on the folly of science's inclination toward playing God -- at one point musing, "God creates dinosaurs, God destroys dinosaurs, God creates man, man destroys God, man creates dinosaurs."
None of these are scripted lines; they just let the camera roll.
Thing is, the folly of Jurassic Park was never the dinosaurs -- it's crooked and/or incompetent staff members who fucked up Zookeeping 101 and let the animals loose on the island to freely devour its inhabitants. The main characters' disdain shouldn't be directed at the momentous scientific achievement of cloning an extinct species, but at staffing your park with a bunch of jackasses who'd get fired from a carnival.
4 Interstellar Thinks Love Is The Key To Telepathy And Time Travel
Christopher Nolan's huge space travel epic Interstellar was praised for how scientifically literate it was. Hell, the people working on it had to make new scientific discoveries in order to even make it, and very few filmmakers can put that on their resume. Given this, it's kind of surprising to notice that, if you pay attention, this movie kind of hates science.
When Matthew McConaughey and his crew are low on fuel and have to figure out which planet they should pick to colonize, Anne Hathaway's character thinks it should be the one currently inhabited by the guy she has a crush on -- simply for that reason. To defend her decision, she goes on a monologue about how the love transcends science and they should trust it above reason, because she really feels that it's the right move to go to Planet Boyfriend.
"Love is the one thing we perceive that transcends time and space. Well, that and radiation."
To McConaughey's credit, he overrules her and chooses the planet that the evidence suggests is the best bet. And sure enough, this decision leads to disaster, space murder, and the likely extinction of the human species.
Of course, it's fine for a character in a story to ignore reason and blindly pursue their own goals for selfish personal reasons, but it turns out Hathaway was right all along. Love truly does turn out to be more powerful than our silly notions of science. They double down on this theme when McConaughey plunges into a black hole and is somehow able to use his daughter's love to travel through time.
Granted, as soon as he wakes up in the future/present, he immediately abandons his daughter to go track down Anne Hathaway, but that's love, man.
"Everyone keeps getting older, I stay the same age."