Battleship

 
I remember a speech by President Ronald Reagan who tells the world that maybe if there was a threat from space featuring aliens, maybe this is the only way we as a world would come together as one........
 
I do believe we work better if we all come together as one, but I ask you this question. Do we need the same forms of democracy/leadership that have constantly lead us to numerous wars, famines and as we speak, a potential catastrophic confrontation with those who "they" class as "axis of evil", spoken from behind a human Shield consisting of our children?
 
Fast forward Battleship and its plot.
 
In the Hawaiian Islands, an international naval fleet at Pearl Harbour engages in a dynamic and intense battle against an alien species known as "The Regents". The aliens come to planet Earth on a mission to build a power source in the ocean. Upon their visit, they come in contact with the naval fleet. 
 
In 2005, NASA discovers an extra solar planet with conditions similar to Earth. On the chance that it contains intelligent life, NASA transmits a powerful signal from a communications array based in Hawaii.
Alex Hopper is a talented but undisciplined slacker, his brother, a naval Lieutenant-Commander, forces Hopper to join the Navy. 
 
Hopper becomes a lieutenant on the USS John Paul Jones, sister-ship to his brother's command, the USS Sampson. Hopper also falls in love with Admiral Shane's daughter, Samantha and wants to marry her, but is afraid of asking her father's permission, as he doesn't like Hopper. During the RIMPAC opening ceremony, Hopper gets into a brawl with Captain Nagata of the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force. Hopper soon learns that he is to be kicked out of the Navy at the end of RIMPAC. Meanwhile, Samantha accompanies a veteran amputee on a hike on Oahu.
 
A small fleet of alien ships arrives in response to the NASA signal. One ship collides with an orbital satellite and crashes in Hong Kong, while five others land in the waters near Hawaii. The aliens erect a massive force field around the islands, trapping a number of American and Japanese warships, including Hopper's ship. The aliens attack and destroy a few ships leaving Hopper in charge. Nagata is rescued from the waters and assists the Americans in setting up a discreet way to track the aliens using wave-detection buoys. 
 
During a night-time battle, the aliens and the Americans exchange pot shots, but Hopper manages to sink two alien ships. They rescue an alien from the water and discover that aliens are very sensitive to light and have to wear filters during the day. Using this knowledge, Hopper attacks another alien ship at dawn, using a sniper rifle to breach their cockpit window and blind them with sunlight; both ships are destroyed in the battle.
 
On Oahu, the aliens hijack the NASA communications array, since their communications ship crashed in Hong Kong; the aliens plan to use the NASA array to signal their home planet to invade Earth. Realizing that a larger invasion might be imminent, Samantha radios Hopper and tells him to destroy the array.
 
Now you can imagine what happens next. Remember what I stated Robert Redford said about how information is filtered to the masses in my other review? 
 
My aim in writing this review isn't to publicise this film because it's brilliant, rather I wanted you the reader to realise that "They that rule us" have a plan that will involve "we the people" asking them to protect us by "any means necessary".
 
Yes, let's go forward together but without "them" leading us. Let the leaders come from "us" the people and not from "them" the elite who constantly give us feet of clay heroes and sheroes ...
 
Be vigilant, be alert be knowing because "knowledge is power.......
 

The Cabin in the Woods

 
I don't know about you but I just love watching movies. My favourite type isn't about genre rather it's about what the film is saying. The great Producer/Director/Actor Robert Redford recently stated that films today are where the news is communicated as opposed to newspapers (well that was my interpretation of what he said, but, I digress).
 
So here I be queuing up to see this film whose actors aren't worth mentioning but the plot does.
 
Also be aware that I will be spoiling your viewing pleasure if you read my review and wanna see the movie but I make no apology because I really think it isn't worth all the hype (cold I know so sue me!).
 
The film features 5 friends (2 girls & 3 guys) who decide to spend a weekend in a creepy looking and off the beaten track log cabin that you'd think only Scooby and his gang would stay at, however, I guess the script states they must stay in this (literally) GODFORSAKEN hell hole, so stay they do...
 
Just to also keep you in the know, the 5 characters are like the phenomenon of the 90s that was the Spice Girls in that as each member of that afore mentioned group represented a female aspect, these (non) famous 5 represented Athleticism, Academia, The Fool, the whore and finally the most rarest of rare fruits to be seen on the earth, the virgin (but as the games master put it having seen her, "the virgin" via the spy cameras dotted around the house, "we work with what we have").
 
What our "not" so famous 5 don’t realise is that during their stay, they are being watched (think Big Brother style) and beneath the ground/under the cabin there are an assortment of various "things that go bump in the night" trying to bump them all in the night in any order except for the "woman of virtue" who is the only one who's allowed to potentially survive the game, but will she?
 
The person who seems to be in ultimate charge of the programme is Mrs Alien herself, Sigourney Weaver who says in justifying their Reality TV game of death states, "it's our task to placate the ancients".
 
Talking about Sacrificing, a good filmmaker friend of mine Mark Duggan also saw the film and stated via twitter "I thought it was a good spin on the genre....yes, liked the links to sacrifice and how they relate to the archetypal characters of the genre". (Memo to self; do not contact Mark again cause he sounds far too intelligent which will only speed up the process of the reader to conclude that "I’m thick and should be in a zoo!")
 
Final word about this film taken from the Tweet of @markdugganfilms- Interesting spin on the slasher film, but it ain't as clever as Scream (what's that apart from the noise I make when they ask me at the counter "do I want fries with that?")
 
Do they achieve their sacrificial plans? Go if you can be bothered. 

Article by @gmanzen / 16th April 2012

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