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Top 5 Movies Where The Good Guy Should Have Lost

September 30, 2009 Leave a comment

We all know the good guy always wins in Hollywood movies.  But maybe there are sometimes when he shouldn’t.

Crimson Tide

Crime Tide Screen Shot

The good guy:  Denzel Washington is Lt. Commander Ron Hunter of the U.S.S. Alabama.  The U.S.S. Alabama, a ballistic missile submarine, has received orders to launch a nuclear strike against a rogue Soviet missile base that is fueling its nuclear missiles for a suspected strike on the U.S.   During an attack by a Soviet submarine, the Alabama receives a partial message countermanding the order to launch it’s missles but the message is cut off and cannot be authenticated.

How he wins:Hunter takes over the submarine from its Captain preventing him from firing the missiles until the message can be authenticated.

Why he shouldn’t:In the movie, of course, not launching was the right choice.  In real life, half the East Coast of the U.S. is destroyed before word gets back to the Alabama asking why they haven’t launched their missiles.  At which time the Captain gets all the blame for losing half the country when he had an opportunity to stop the missile attack.

Dune

Dune Screen Shot

The good guy: Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan), the prince of noble House Atreides becomes the leader of the Freman on planet Dune which contains “spice” that is necessary for long distance space travel.

How he wins:  Paul equips the Freman with a new type of weapon which converts sound and thoughts into energy pulses that are used as weapons.

Why he shouldn’t: Instead of freeing the Freman on Dune, Paul equips them with experimental weapons to overthrow the emperor.  After which he take takes over as emperor and becomes leader of the galaxy.  An impressive feat to overthrow the Empire but isn’t overthrowing a government to become the sole ruler technically a dictator?

Minority Report
Minority Report - Tom Cruise

The good guy: Tom Cruise is Chief John Anderton, a pre-crime officer who stops and arrests people who are about to commit as a crime as directed by three psychics that can see into the future.   When Anderton is acused of a pre-crime he goes on the run to prove his innocence which intern destroys the pre-crime division and forces the release of all persons arrested by pre-crime.

How he wins: Andteron discovers that there are times when not all three of the psychics agree on their vision of the future so there is a possibility that a person might not commit the crime.

Why he shouldn’t:  So we have a system that for most people can predict a murder with 100% accuracy and for others can predict the murder with a 75% accuracy and we just dismantle the system and let everyone go?  The end of the movie is a happy ending with all the previously incarcerated pre-criminals being released to there families.  In reality, murder rates soar, hundreds needlessly die and the next administration voted into office brings back the system.  How about at least leaving the psychics in place and recording all their visions that when a murder does occur there’s a good chance it was caught on tape.

Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)

Mutiny on the Bounty - Clark Gable

The good guy:  Fletcher Christian (Clark Gable) is a Master’s Mate on board the HMS bounty en route to Tahiti.

How he wins: On the way to England, in response to the Captains brutality against his crew, Christian mutinies, takes over the ship and sets the Captain and his loyal officers a float in a small craft in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.  Christian then returns to Tahiti to start a new life.

Why he shouldn’t: By setting the Captain and other officers adrift in the middle of the ocean, Christian intention must have been to kill them.  If he really objected to the Captain’s behavior he should have secured him in the ships hold to stand trial in England.  Instead he takes over the ship and dooms the crew to a life on the run.

Soylent Green

Soylent Green - Charleton Heston

The good guy:  Thorn (Charlton Heston) is police detective in a future where food and resources are scarce.  While investigating a murder he finds out the true source of the people’s favorite food, Soylent Green.

How he wins:  Thorn traces the body of a friend who committed suicide back to a factory which turns people into food that is sold as Soylent Green.

Why he shouldn’t:  By exposing the truth about Soylent Green, Thorn, has probably destroyed whats left of a government and doomed the people to an even worse future.  It’s not like people were murdered and made into food.  Instead of burying the bodies, the government repurposed them into a nutritious and tasty  treat.  Isn’t that what recycling is all about?

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Shuttle

September 29, 2009 2 comments

Shuttle Movie PosterShuttle is anything but a quick ride.  The movie stars Mel (Peyton Liston) and Jules (Cameron Goodman) as the hot girls about to be terrified and Tony Curran as the nameless Shuttle driver about to do the terrifying.  The story takes us on a  journey into the unknown intentions of a crazed, yet obviously intelligent mad man.  The film doesn’t have any actors that your likely to recognize but writer/director Edward Anderson also wrote the movie Flawless staring Michael Caine and Demi Moore.

Mel and Jules arrive from a weekend of drinking in Mexico to a deserted airport.  Instead of taking a cab home they get talked into taking the cheaper airport shuttle with two other guys that were flirting with them in the airport and a lone man in a business suit.  The passengers soon realize the driver is not taking the usual route.  After disabling the passenger that is his biggest threat the driver begins to show his malicious intentions.  At first the passengers think they are being robbed but soon realize all the effort the driver is putting into this crime is overkill for a robbery.

After failing with several escape attempts the passengers realize there are larger plans involved in this scenario.  Are some of the passengers working with the driver?  Where is the driver taking his passengers?  Why the driver seen to be going out of the way to not hurt one particular passenger?  Well you’ll have to watch to find out.

Shuttle isn’t anything to write home about, but it is a wonderful late night movie when your looking to watch something half decent before bed.  The story isn’t the most original one and the usual horror movie memes are in this movie but it does have some moments that leave you wondering what is going to happen next.

It is available on Netflix Watch Instantly as well as DVD rental.  I would recommend it, just don’t expect too much.

Categories: Horror, Movie Review

The Park Is Mine

September 19, 2009 Leave a comment

The Park is Mine PosterIn 1986 there was a made for television movie named The Park Is Mine.  The movie starred Tommy Lee Jones as a Mitch, Vietnam veteran living in New York City.  In an attempt to bring attention to the plight of veterans living with the after effects of war and to honor those who served in Vietnam, he takes over Central Park during Memorial day weekend.

For 72 hours, using road blocks and unbeknown to the NYPD, blank ammunition, he takes control of Central Park.  After forcing the evacuation of the park by staging explosions at various points within the park, he lays concertina wire across all the entrances of the park and broadcasts his intention to hold the park for 72 hours and to walk out on midnight Memorial day.

An intrepid reporter sees this as the perfect opportunity to advance her career by gaining an inside interview with the man that is holding Central Park hostage.  She sneaks into the park only to be captured by Mitch.  He decides to let her stay to document the event from the inside.

Mitch uses a military radio transmitter he brought with him to inform those listening on why he is taking this drastic action.  One such story is about a veteran who had frozen to death in his apartment because his gas was shut off for non-payment.  His body was not discovered for several days.

With public sentiment starting to turn in favor of Mitch, the city sees its control of the city slipping away.  They decide to send it two mercenaries into the park to kill Mitch before he can complete his mission of holding the park for 72 hours.  When Mitch realizes that he is being stalked by mercenaries he switches from his blank ammunition to his real military hardware and goes after them.

It is interesting to think about this movie given the context of our times.  Would the public be so quick to sympathize with Mitch in our post 9/11 world.

Unfortunately this review has had to come from memory because The Park is Mine has never been released on DVD.  The Wikipedia page for this movie is barren and even the tailor on YouTube only has a few hundred views.

Hopefully this movie will be released on DVD at some point.

Categories: Movie Review, Soldier

5 Movies You’ve Never Seen But Should

September 14, 2009 1 comment

There are movies out there which have missed the collective conscience of the movie watching public but are still worth the time to watch.  Some of these movies went straight to video while others may have been lost in weekly theater movie shuffle.  These are 5 movies that you probably never heard of but are definitely worth watching.

1.  Alien Raiders – 2008

Alien Raiders Poster

Alien Raiders is an alien invasion story in the tradition of  John Carpenter’s The Thing.  There are aliens among us and the only way to find them is through some sort of human/alien test.  A group of alien raiders have tracked an alien queen to a small town supermarket.  The group methods are crude if not effective.  They raid the store to save humanity, but have to damage some humanity to do it.

2.  Repo! The Genetic Opera – 2008

Repo The Genetic Opera Poster

Repo! The Genetic Opera is nothing if not an original film.  In the future every part of your body can be replaced with superior parts and all those new parts can be financed like a new car.  When people can’t pay for their new body parts the repo man comes to repossess your new heart, liver or vocal cords.  It really is an opera so there is singing.

3.  Population 436 – Release 2006

Population 436 Poster

Population 436 is a story about a small town isolated from the outside world.  The town is hiding a terrible secret.  For the last 100 years the population of the town has always remained exactly 436 inhabitants.  When a baby is born, that means someone has to die.

4.  Felon – 2008

Felon Poster

In Felony, a man is sent to prison for killing an intruder that broke into his home.  This family man must now learn to survive in prison so that he can one day return to his family.

5.  Hannibal Rising – 2007

Hannibal Rising Poster

Hannibal Rising is the prequel to all the Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs fame.  The movie starts a young Hannibal and his sister.  It shows up what happened to Hannibal growing up that made him the way he is.

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Facing the Habit

September 14, 2009 1 comment

Facing the Habit is a documentary about one man’s quest to beat his heroin habit. Dave, a former stock broker, wasted away both his life and $500,000 a year paycheck to his heroin addiction. The story picks up as Dave is about to travel to Mexico to try an experimental rapid detox procedure that he hopes will rid him of his living nightmare.

Through his interactions with his mother and girlfriend you get to both hate and feel sorry for Dave at the same time. Dave’s heroin addiction has left him with a $500 a day habit but no job to pay for it. This horrible catch-22 has Dave alienating his friends and family, who are the only people who can help him.

In rare moments of lucidity, Dave clearly understands that if he does not stop he will die but at the same time he know the likely hood of him beating his addiction are low. I find it hard to imagine the mindset one must go through in a situation where you know you will die but you have no way of stopping.  It’s like he’s driving towards and cliff and he knows all he has to do to stop is to step on the break, but he is forcing himself to step harder on the gas.

The documentary is interspersed with the stories of others that have gone on the experimental “Ibogaine” treatment. The drug is a psychotropic that appears to work well in helping people go through the detox process easier than if they had quit cold turkey. The previously insurmountable task of getting clean then seems insignificant to the task of staying clean.

According to the film, 9 out of 10 heroin addicts will most likely die from their addiction. That is a sobering statistic. When a person sticks that first syringe of heroine into their blood stream there is a 90% that is will kill them.

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Easy Money Is Hard

September 6, 2009 Leave a comment

National Geographic Channel runs a series which tells the stories of individuals incarerated in prisons or taken hostage while outdesi of there home country.  The show is called “Locked Up Abroad” and the episodes generally break down into people being caught smuggling drugs or people being taken hostage for ransom.  These are my top 5 tips from the smuggling episodes.

  1. Dreary English weather causes is a main cause of drug smuggling to tropical countries.
  2. Swallowing balloons full of heroine is not an original or effective idea.
  3. Feigning insanity to moved from prison to an insane asylum is rarely a good idea.
  4. Calling friends or family to borrow money for a return ticket home is much less humiliating than calling them with news that you’ve been arrested for drug smuggling.
  5. Hearing yourself say the words “I have no choice, I have to go through with it.” is precisely when you should see tip 4.
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