But I did find it a big odd that the fact that these engineers are designing war planes is never brought up as problematic. I guess it could be a way of putting you in their mindsets, that they themselves just don't think about it (but is that likely?). I'm certainly glad there's no finger-wagging moral, and war is certainly present, but I was just surprised that the fact that there's a heavy dark side to this techinological progress, was never brought up.
I felt like it was, though relatively subtly. There was the dialogue in the dream: "Would you rather live in a world with or without pyramids?" referring to the beauty and ugly history of the pyramids and why/how they were built.
There were one or two other conversations that acknowledged that it was problematic, and that, yes, to keep on doing it, they would have to tune out what this was being used for. I feel like it's woven into the fabric of the movie, not ignored or made light of, but also not the focus, for there is no clear moral message that the movie could give.
But there's enough there for us to go off and do our own thinking about it. And it's likely true that the reality of the time was that people didn't talk or think about it too much, because it would have made it impossible to go on with their own lives.
We're all aware that our technology (smartphones, Apple products, most stuff) is directly attached to human suffering, made in factories with horrible conditions. We eat food that was made under horrible conditions for animals and people. I'm not saying that to make any moral point, but rather to point out: isn't it true that we are aware of these things, but we keep them in the back of our minds rather than in the front? Do we have conversations about factories in China when we use our smartphones, or think about where the computers we edit our movies on come from? We kind of can't. I mean, we can try to eat humanely and research where our things come from, but if your dream is to make beautiful things (that can also be used to kill people), then you kind of have to tell yourself that all you're doing is making that beautiful thing.
So I felt a degree of honesty about how that was dealt with in this movie. I didn't feel like it was dodged or smoothed over, but that any more about it would have brought our contemporary view of WWII and morality into a story that takes place during its own place and time.