Paradise is the second single from Coldplay’s fifth album, Mylo Xyloto. It was released on 12 September 2011. The song is an anthem of global unity and peace, inspired by the band’s experience touring in Syria and Egypt where they were met with resistance from local people. The song combines elements of ska, reggae, rock and electronica. It features guest vocals from the singer Rihanna.
In many cultures, paradise is a garden or other natural place. In the Abrahamic religions, paradise is synonymous with the Garden of Eden or the perfect world that existed prior to humanity’s fall from grace, and that will be restored in the World to Come. It is also frequently used to describe the heavenly bliss of Christianity, as in “I’m going to my paradise” or the circle dance of freedom from shackles in Fra Angelico’s Last Judgment painting.
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The film is set in the not-too-distant future, where a biotech company paradisepaversandturf.com AEON has developed a life extension surgery that allows rich people to buy extra years of their own lives, harvested from poor DNA matches of the less affluent. When Elena, a high-level salesperson at the company, loses 40 years of her own life in an apartment fire, she must decide whether to sell her remaining lifetime to secure the money she needs to pay for her son’s medical treatment.
While the premise is certainly intriguing, Paradise fails to capitalize on it. Rather than using the science-fiction format to talk about real issues, it becomes a paint-by-numbers action thriller with little depth beyond ‘rich people are bad and poor people are being exploited’ sentiments.
In the Bible, the word paradise is variously translated as “eden”, “heaven,” and “garden.” The earliest use of the word is in Genesis 2:15 where God put Adam and Eve into the Garden of Eden. This was a place of great bounty and beauty, but they were soon tempted by the serpent and cheated out of their original state of innocence.
From this point on, the Bible hints that paradise has been lost and only through the work of Jesus Christ can it be restored. As such, this theme has been a powerful one for many Christians to embrace and to sing of in songs like Paradise (U2) and This Is My Prayer (Crowded House).