Naqoyqatsi ("Life as War"), the final chapter of the Qatsi trilogy, is perhaps the most forceful and provocative. Through a variety of cinematic techniques, including slow motion, time-lapse, computer-generated imagery and found footage, the film tells of a world that has completed the transition from the natural to the artificial, depicting a decline in human language and rise of impersonal communication, virtual reality and "civilized violence." While the film is already twelve years old, viewing it today makes its message all the more profound, since a few of the technological aspects of the film appear charmingly outdated, revealing just how rapidly innovation takes place and shapes our perceptions.
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