Bioethics at the Box Office: Human Enhancement Edition

 

CBHD often receives requests from educators and other individuals for popular resources that engage bioethics through various media (fiction, film, and television). In this resource, we offer a recap of relevant materials that have premiered on the silver screen or television. Readers are cautioned that the films represent a wide variety of genres and may not be appropriate for all audiences. The reason for the rating classification is provided where available. Viewers are encouraged to read annotations/synopses available through such websites as www.movieweb.com or www.imdb.com. If there is a film you think we missed, email us at info@cbhd.org.

 

Human Enhancement

  • The Age of Adaline (2015, PG-13 for a suggestive comment)
  • Elysium (2013, R for strong bloody violence and language throughout)
  • Gattaca (1997, PG-13 for brief violent images, language, and some sexuality)
  • Hanna (2011, PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual material and language)
  • In Time (2011, PG-13 for violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and strong language)
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996, PG-13 for sci-fi violence, horror, and gore involving mutant creatures)
  • Limitless (2011, PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language)
  • Lucy (2014, R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality)
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011, PG-13 for intense and frightening sequences of action and violence)
  • Self/less (2015, PG-13 for sequences of violence, some sexuality, and language)
  • Transcendence (2014, PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality)
  • Tron Legacy (2010, PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language)
  • Youth Knows No Pain (2009, NR, documentary)

 

Transhumanism

  • Lucy (2014, R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality)
  • Self/less (2015, PG-13 for sequences of violence, some sexuality, and language)
  • Source Code (2011, PG-13 for some violence including disturbing images, and for language)
  • Tron Legacy (2010, PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language)
  • Transcendence (2014, PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality)

 

 

Updated December 2016