Lauren: Maybe it’s just me, but Safe House is possibly the worst title for this film. We’re talking Alanis Morissette levels of irony; at least upon first glance, anyway. After all, before long it is easy to lose track of the meaning of “safe as houses” as Denzel Washington brings down a heap of pain on Ryan Reynolds and the US government. [Read more...]
Lauren: Though it isn’t as open to interpretation as Sucker Punch was last week, I felt myself needing a little bit of an explanation when leaving the viewing of Source Code. That’s right! It’s time for another dissection of a film. Since I am coming more so from the mindset of “huh?” this time around I will most likely be playing the part of the sounding board while Zac says something intellectually profound, to which I will again respond “huh?” Try not to judge me too harshly.
Oh, and SPOILERS TO FOLLOW! [Read more...]
The film is a sci-fi picture that presupposes that the government has created a program, called source code, which will allow them to send someone into the last 8 minutes of the recently deceased life. I am sure you could imagine a lot of scenarios they could use this for but the government is using it to attempt to stop terrorism. A train has blown up on its way to Chicago and is a warning for a planned attack on the city as a whole. The government uses source code to send in Captain Colter Stevens to attempt to find any clues that will allow them to find out who is behind the train and future terrorist attacks. The catch is that Stevens is sent into the body of the person they are using the source code on and he must deal with anything going on surrounding him on the train. In this instance it is a girl, Christina, who becomes both an obstacle and a distraction for Stevens as he tries to find the bomber.
For the second week in a row I find myself at a loss for words upon seeing the week’s big film. The difference between this and Sucker Punch is that I had much more initial pleasantries to say about Source Code, albeit I was just as dumbfounded. Looks like it’s another job for my thinking cap.
The film continues the wave of interesting concept films of Inception and The Adjustment Bureau, choosing to play with time and memories. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Captain Colter Stevens, a soldier who wakes up in the body of another man seated on a doomed train. As the train explodes his mind moves back to his body safely contained in a different location, where he is reminded of his mission. Long story short it is his job to relive the last 8 minutes on the train prior to the explosion, hoping to find some clue that will prevent a second attack on the nearby city of Chicago. [Read more...]
Up in the Air is a painfully honest film that not only looks into the lives of our three main leads but will cause a number of viewers to reflect back on their own in these troubling times.
Jason Reitman adapts the novel by Walter Kim into a funny and sad tale that takes us all across the country and into the life, or lack there of, of Ryan Bingham; played wonderfully by George Clooney. Bingham’s home is the airport, or should we say, airports. Living his life almost literally in the skies as he flies from company to company around the country as he is hired to come in and make employees redundant. This job has made him numb to the world and unable to make any real connections to just about anyone. Bingham even gives seminars about how to detach yourself from the things that hold you back and possess you instead of possessing them. We see him doing his job, which he does well, and the company he works for sells their business as helping these employees look toward their future and helping them cope with this traumatic moment in their life. [Read more...]