Science Fiction Cinema and the Road Movie: Case Studies in the Estranged Mobile Gaze

  • Neil Archer
Part of the Studies in Mobilities, Literature, and Culture book series (SMLC)


While science fiction film is often discussed in terms of special effects and other-worldly spectacle, insufficient attention has been given to its capacity to register or critically engage with questions of mobility. This chapter thus focuses on the possibilities for science fiction cinema’s ‘estranging’ gaze to represent alternative viewing positions, and to challenge or subvert the politics of the mobile cinematic gaze. Looking in particular at a number of recent science fiction films, including War of the Worlds (2005), Children of Men (2006) and Monsters (2010), the chapter draws attention to the way such films subject their mobile protagonists, and in turn ourselves as viewers, to a reconfigured framework of vision, via the careful manipulations of point of view, mise-en-scène and generic tropes.


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  • Neil Archer
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  1. 1.Keele UniversityKeeleUK

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