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Memories are inseparable

  The dream turned into a nightmare. That’s the tone of Life Cut.
  Anyone in the workplace has at one point or another the idea of ​​how nice it would be to have a clean separation of work and life. Work when you work, live when you live, like two selves, never disturbing each other. The Lumon Company in “The Art of Cutting Life” made this dream come true. This mysterious and huge company uses separation technology, the human brain is equipped with “switches”, enters the company building, and when the elevator slowly sinks, you become a worker – innie (insider); Get off work, walk out of that building, and you become a living person—outie. Workers know that they have a life “elsewhere” outside, and outsiders also know that they work in Lumont and have undergone separation surgery, but that’s all there is to it. There is an insurmountable boundary between the two. Until one day, a newcomer came to Lumeng Company, and everything that was originally stable began to shake.
  Regardless of the subject matter, setting, or the internal structure and advancement of the story, “Life Cutting” is a standard dystopian story. It is grim and sinister, with the darkness and chill of “1984”, the carnival and confusion of “Brave New World”, and the technology of emerging dystopias such as “Black Mirror” and “Westworld” It has a sense of cult-style mischief in the last century.
  The advancement method of “Life Cutting” is the standard trend of dystopian stories: imprisoned-awakened-blocked-break free, people from isolated atoms to real teams working together, from division to cohesion and mutual trust—— This trend forms an ingenious resonance, contrast and contrast with the “cutting technique” in the story. They are all separation and bridging, confrontation and reconstruction. This is the case with the mechanism in the brain, as well as in human actions and relationships. Dystopian narrative paradigms are built from the inside out.
  And that factor that cracks superstable structures starts with the appearance of Helly R. The young woman woke up in a conference room to find that she had nowhere to go. A voice came from a small speaker, asking her to answer a few inexplicable and unrelated questions. Then she was told that she was about to be in this Lumont Work at the company and watched a video of himself voluntarily undergoing separation surgery. She was introduced to three colleagues: Irving, the oldest, and Dylan, who was a little sleazy and enthusiastic, and Mark, who had just replaced his former supervisor. Their job – if that counts as work – is to pick out “scare numbers” on the screen and eliminate them. The round old computer, the numbers dancing on the screen are like video games in the era of red and white machines. From then on, some subtle pictures gradually emerged. In fact, everything in this company is like a stage set, and the behavior of employees is like a performance that they do not know why. It’s full of quirky, minimalist, extremely clean, empty huge offices, four people’s workstations next to each other, and the company is full of proverbs and portraits of founders… It’s all solemn and twisted, sublime and sublime. Insane, these perverse visions are accompanied by the exploration of the four protagonists, gradually revealing the whole picture of the whole company: punishment and reward, psychotherapy and behavioral intervention, the always smiling but deep conspiracy middle executive, who regards the company as a belief. High-level Ms. Cobel, the company’s board of directors who only appear through voice, and other mysterious departments that hide in every corner of the company and can’t communicate with each other…
  The story conveys a unique kind of creepy and eerie, a lonely city-like company, A small town covered by snow all day long, a few lonely people scattered everywhere. The Lumon Company seems to be all right, ironed and secure, but something seems to be missing? What is missing? Freedom, autonomy, and an account of the ins and outs of everything and everyone. In other words, it’s like an isolated cabin. Everyone has no reason, no place to go, no cause or consequence for what they do. It’s like a set of codes has been suddenly implanted in their minds, like a marionette. Completing the task at hand, in exchange for a piece of chocolate, a few pastries, and a photo of honor, seems to be the most worthwhile thing to fight for. They were like monkeys and guinea pigs, running around in mazes and wheels, always being watched by invisible eyes.

  The inner and outer worlds of work and life had been stable until the new arrival Helly R decided to rush out of the company and end this suffocating life. So, a dilemma arose. This is a very typical dark humor dilemma – if you want to leave Lumont, you need the outside you to grasp the idea and make this decision, otherwise, this cannot be established, and the outside you will only keep it The endless loop of going to work and going home every day. And Lu Meng has a strict security inspection system. When leaving, it is impossible to hide any text on his body. That is to say, no one who has undergone separation surgery can “come together” with himself. It’s the classic Catch-22 spell, and it’s like that desperate assumption: how do you prove you’re not mentally ill if you’re sent to a mental hospital. From this point of view, Lumont is almost a hybrid and upgraded version of Bentham’s Panopticon and “1984”‘s Big Brother, just replaced with a modern and warm environment, but at any time leaking more primitive viciousness. Those ancient methods of surveillance came from the outside, and today’s surveillance is embedded directly inside the brain.
  Ultimately, what evokes the determination and courage to resist in this type of dystopian setting is love. In this story, there is Irving’s same-sex love, Dylan’s father-son love for his child, and Mark’s reminiscence of his deceased wife… All of these condense into one end that represents the temperature of human nature, and the opposite is those in the company. The executive’s belief in the Lumont system, fiery and cold, tenderness and rigidity, constitutes an inevitable confrontation.
  The reason why “Life Cutting” is regarded as a masterpiece that has not been seen for a long time by fans is that on the one hand, it adheres to the classic dystopian formula while extracting new flavors; on the other hand, it is because of the hidden With countless small “stalks”, I never noticed anything at first glance, but when I reached the last episode, I suddenly discovered that every detail in front of it has hidden meanings. The top view of the company is like a slice of the human brain; Irving’s illusion of black viscous liquid at work is the paint of the “external self” painting; Lu Meng’s emphasis on nine core values ​​and four temperaments correspond to the different aspects of the company. The setting…the puzzles, one after the other, seem to be endless, becoming a puzzle-solving feast for fans of the show, full of obvious symbols and hidden allusions, which make people horribly recall a long-term detail or Feeling a chill down my spine.
  This story is produced by AppleTV, and the director is Ben Stiller, who is famous for comedy, but he has directed a solid reality American drama “Escape from Dannemora”, while another director Effie McArdle Having participated in the drama version of “Brave New World”, this time they skillfully combined reality and soaring.

  George Orwell wrote in Let Yelan Wander, “Moses’ Ten Commandments were shortened to two, ‘Thou shalt earn money’ and the other ‘Thou shalt not be unemployed’. “To a certain extent, this has become a prophecy to explain “Life Cutting”, of course, the company in this show has become a metaphor from money and profit. This story does not target politics, but uses the concept of corporations to target all systems, institutions and institutional power mechanisms, and completes a grim trial.
  The Cut of Life presents us with a question. What defines our identity and humanity? It is memory, and defending memory is defending freedom, defending oneself, defending human nature itself. We should not allow memory to be tampered with, intercepted, added to and appropriated by external forces. At the end of the now-concluded first season, the story left an even bigger suspense, with the actor Mark’s wife still alive and living in the Lumont Company. This will become a bigger driving force, and the countless little mysteries that are buried may gradually be solved.

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