Passengers – the worst experience could mean the greatest adventure

Imagine you are on a mission to colonize a planet called Homestead II. The journey is supposed to last 120 years, all passengers are placed in This triggers the tooltiphibernation pods. Suddenly you wake up, you are  groggy but the main computer tells you this is normal. You get scanned and checked and then the computer shows you the way to your room.

On the next day, you get out of your room and realize it’s too quiet. There are 5.000 people inside the ship. But there is no one to be seen.  Who never had a dream or a nightmare similar to this? This is how the movie Passengers begins. What would you do in a situation like this? You still have 90 years before arriving at the new planet and before the others wake up. You have 90 years of solitude before you.

Passengers – a summary

Starship Avalon is taking 5 thousand colonists plus crew to another planet. This journey will take 120 years and the passengers are supposed to wake up 4 months before arrival.  During the journey, though, the ship encounters an asteroid belt and gets hit. This causes a malfunction and one passenger is now awake: mechanical engineer Jim Preston.

After a whole year of isolation, having only an android bartender  as company, Jim is desperate. He is thinking about suicide. Meanwhile he tried everything possible to go back to hibernation or to access the bridge of the spaceship without success. One day, as he is checking the pods he sees Aurora Lane’s pod and starts falling in love with her. He sees her video profile, reads her books (she is an author). It is almost as if he knew her.

There comes the big question and struggle. Should he wake her up and sentence her to die on the ship with him? If yes, how could he ever tell her the truth? She would certainly hate him, wouldn’t she? In the beginning he lets her think an anomaly woke her up too. But he knows, he will have to tell her the truth someday.

 

Thoughts and opinions

No surprise here, it is a sci fi movie again. Even though the story had some big problems, the special effects  and the pace of the story pleased me a lot, in general. Jennifer Lawrence is amazing and she works quite well with Chris Pratt. But the way Jim started stalking Aurora’s life and woke her up is a bit creepy, if you ask me.

 

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Yes, in the end everything is oK and they live happily ever after on the spaceship. On their own private world, quite literally. But he did sentence her for a premature death when he decided to wake her. Did he have a right to do that? I don’t think so. After she wakes up we find out all the plans she had for the future, all the things she wanted to do and accomplish.  She wanted to see the future. To be the only person alive to have had the experience of going to a colony and going back home 200 years later. Without aging much. And he took that away from her.

Is a love story really worth it? What’s worse, when he woke her up and got obsessed about her he did not know if it was going to work. If they would have chemistry, get along. He was very selfish in my opinion. Or am I being too rational here? Maybe he thought it was love at first sight. And love conquers it all, right? But isn’t trust a big part of it too?

What do you think? What would have done in such an impossible situation?

 

 

 

#2: The boy who lived

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Harry Potter was born in July 1980. He is an only child. That means he does not have any brothers and sisters. His parents are called James and Lilly Potter.  Lilly was a muggle, so Harry is a half-blood.

James and Lilly, they were killed by Voldemort when Harry was only one year old. ‘You know who’ wanted actually to kill Harry, but his parents protected him.  His mother Lilly, she gave her life to save him and this act of love protected Harry from Voldemort’s attack. As a result, Harry was unharmed. That means he did not get hurt. While ‘You know who’ ceased to exist in physical form. What does that mean? It means that it seemed he had died… but is almost like his body died but his spirit didn’t. Or something like this. And the only thing that reminded Harry of what happened that day was a scar on his forehead with the shape of a lightening.

After that, after his parents’ death, Harry went to live with his aunt Petunia and her family. Petunia’s husband, uncle Vernon and Harry’s cousin, Dudley. Because the Dursleys, they did not like anything magic related at all, Harry grew up without knowing anything about his parents or the wizarding world. He had no idea he was famous. He had no idea he was a wizard and even less that people called him “the boy who lived”.

Harry’s life with the Dursleys wasn’t very easy. As you might remember, right? His relatives didn’t like him very much and they loved to remind him of that. And as you may remember, his bedroom, if we can call it that, was a very small room with no windows under the stairs of the house. It’s really not comfortable at all.

But it all changed when Harry was almost 11 years old. This is the age when children (who are special), they get the letter to go to Hogwarts that is the most famous wizarding school. And so an owl and later many owls, they tried to deliver this letter to Harry, but the Dursley’s they didn’t let him read it. So in the end, Hagrid delivered the letter himself to Harry. He went in person. I mean, the Dursleys they tried to hide Harry. ‘Cause they thought if they were not at home, if they went somewhere else, maybe they would not find Harry. But Hagrid found him. So Hagrid gave the letter to Harry and told him who he was and that he was supposed to go to Hogwarts.

So Harry did not have a lot of time to learn about all of that. This magical world and his parents, and anything, actually before taking the Hogwarts Express and going to his new school. On the train Harry meets Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. And they soon became his best friends. All 3 of them were then sorted into Gryffindor.

Because of the way Harry grew up, or maybe also because this was part of his character, Harry did not like the attention he got from people when they found out he was THE Harry Potter. He really didn’t like it. He felt bad and he wanted to hide. So yeah, he does not like the spotlight very much. And some teachers like Professor Snape for example. They were harder on him, and they expected him to be better than the others in class. Because he was so famous. They had no idea he had never heard of a wizarding world, for example. So they just expected him to be the best in class.

So, what else do we know about Harry? We know the he is very shy and that he has a good heart. He also has a natural talent as a flyer and he became the youngest Quidditch Seeker in over a century. Both his parents were also quidditch players and his father was a seeker as well.  We soon find out that Harry is also very brave and that he always seeks the truth. And something interesting is also that Harry arrives at Hogwarts around the same time ‘You know who’ starts getting stronger again and he is preparing a come back.

Who knew breaking out of prison could be so much fun: a Prison Break marathon

When I heard Prison Break was having a revival I decided to have a Prison Break marathon and to watch all the old episodes before it started. I must admit I was positively surprised by how much I liked it. The producers found (in most episodes) a way to keep us hooked to the story. Always wanting more. Always wanting to watch the next episode as soon as possible.

Here goes a trailer in case you don’t know what I’m talking about or if you aren’t so sure if you watched it or not.

Prison Break – the plot

Basically, the series starts as Michael Scofild tries to break his brother out of prison. His brother Lincoln was accused of killing the vice-president’s brother.Lincoln swears he didn’t do it. And his brother believes him. So we spend all of the first season inside the prison, preparing for the escape. As the plan develops some other inmates get involved in the project. Some of them are not such good people. Or maybe they are.

Season two focuses on  what happens to them right after they escape the prison. The life on the run. Being hunted by the police, FBI and the Company. Some stick together longer, while others go their own ways right after the escape.

Season 3 was a shorter one, as Michael is sent to prison in Panama. Michael and Sara were already on the boat, with the money, readyto go when everything changed. Michael ends up in Sona, which is a prison that is run by its own inmates. There, Michael has to deal with the rescue from a man wanted by the Company. This time he only has a week to do it.

The fourth and final season shows their lives after the escape from Sona. The Company is still after them. But this time they decide to change the game and to attack the Company first. Everyone is after something called Scylla, so Michael decides they are going after it too. They find some strange and unexpected allies along the way. Enemies become friends and friends become enemies.

My thoughts

I loved the way season one started. It had the right amount of adrenaline, drama, love, funny moments. They also managed to find a way to inspire those, who like myself like to ponder about life, to think about some key issues. What are we ready or capable of doing for the people we love? When is time to give up? Is there ever time to give up? Does the end always justify the means? Throughout the series Michael is conflicted with decisions like that. He has to hurt people he cares about to be able to help others, for example. Is that worth it?

For me, seasons 1 and 2 were amazing. Of course, sometimes they pushed it a little too hard. Making Michael face a few too many problems. But disappointing was season 3. Maybe I was not the only one, as the season only had 13 episodes. Not sure if they cut it short because the ratings were bad or if that was the plan all along. In season 4 they picked it up again. They changed things a little, but as with so many series before and after, at some point we get fed up with seeing the same scenario over and over again.  The ending itself was quite surprising, though as one of the main characters died.

One of the things I liked the most about it were the complex and complicated relationships. As friends, like the one between Sucre and Michael or even the one that forms between Michael and Mahone (the FBI agent hunting them in season 2). But also to see how some people like T-Bag try to change.Is it possible to change who we are? How much is the environment responsible for who we become?

 

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Revival – what to expect

I am not sure what to expect from this Prison Break revival. From what we already know, we will be sent back to prison with the main character. Is this going to leave a sour taste of déjà vu? Maybe. I must admit that I am at the same excited and worried. It feels a lot like we are going to see it all over again, just in a new country. I hope they got creative and changed it up a bit.

Here you can see a video explaining a bit of what to expect from it. It also shows a lot of the actors working on i giving their points of view. Enjoy! 😉


Episode 13: time, love, death and the collateral beauty

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What to expect from a movie that starts with the question, what is your why?? Add to that Will Smith, Hellen Mirren, Keira Knightly and you will have a movie that will make you cry, smile and think, a lot.

Critics and sites like Rotten tomatoes hated the movie and gave it very bad reviews. Yes, the movie hast its flaws but I just think they did not get the message this film is trying to share.

Let’s talk about the plot and by the end you can decide if this film is for you or if you agree with the critics and this movie should not have been produced in the first place.

Will Smith plays the main character. His name is Howard Inlet and he is an advertisement executive, one of the company’s owners. His young daughter died 2 years ago and he never recovered from it. His marriage ended, the company is going down and he is a mess. As part of the healing process Howard writes letters to Love, Time and Death, as he believes those are the 3 things that connects us. We long for love; we wish we had more time ; and we fear death

His friends and business partners decide to do something for fear of losing the company and also for him. As they hear he wrote to Death, Time and Love, they decide to hire actors to play this role and pretend to be those 3 thigs and confront Howard. If this was real life this would be the sickest joke anyone could ever play on someone. Playing with soemone’s sanity and pain like that is not nice, to say the least. But in the movie we are not quite sure if those 3 are real actors or the things itself that not only came to confront and help him heal but also to help his partners deal with their own problems.

It is interesting to see how each one of them partners up up the one thing they are struggling with in life. Whit, who is having trouble connecting with his daughter helps love prepare. Claire is worried that it may be too late for her to have children and she prepares time and finally Simon, who is fighting a terminal cancer no one knows about must prepare death to confront Howard.

For me, those dialogs were the best part of the movie. How when they were talking about Howard they were many times referring to their own issues and concerns. Also the second confrontation between Howard and Death, time but especially love still make me sigh. It is amazing to think how much is at the base of so many other things.

Howard also starts participating a grief support group where we meet madeleine, who lost her daughter, Olivia. I will not give you the spoiler, but the way they unfold this was somewhere between amazing and strange. Sorry! You will have to watch it to see what I mean. Or find a blogpost that gives you that spoiler.

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Another independence day – 20 years later

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Do you remember the original Independence Day movie? It wasn’t that great but it had the advantage of being the first of its kind. After that, science fiction movies became big again and also the way Hollywood presented us alien invasion movies had changed. I still remember the scene when the spaceships appeared and were so big, they blocked the sun casting a huge shadow. That, for me, was impressive.

 

In the second semester of last year a sequel was released. I only watched it last weekend, though. The ratings were not so good, so I was not that excited about it and waited a bit. Although it has many elements from the first movie, this time it did not impress me. Maybe because this kind of production got so much better after the original started this movement. I almost feel like for a sci fi, it was a good comedy. If you know what I mean.

 

Don’t get me wrong, the special effects were spot on! They also managed to bring back many of the original actors. It was nice to see that it was not just a sequel in the name. But I found myself laughing more than worrying about the invasion! There is something seriously wrong with this film. I only wanted to bite my nails towards the end when some of the good guys were being attacked from all sides and the maneuvers they did were pretty cool and you stopped breathing for a second there.

Other than that, even  the romantic couple was not that impressive. A shame really. The movie had so many great elements but something was missing to glue it all together with just the right amount of adrenaline. The fact that some other species heard our distress call and decided to come and help was pretty cool, though. Of course, we took our allies down 🙁 Another interesting point is that, in the movie, humanity united after the attack. They also managed to save and use some of the alien technology to improve life on earth. That was a nice touch!

Towards the end we see them talking about intergalactic relations and travelling. Is there maybe a third movie coming? I know Star Trek already deals with intergalactic relations gracefully but I would like to see a new perspective to that. Especially because the friendly alien says there is a planet full of refugees from other planets destroyed by our common enemy. I guess we will have to wait and see!

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