February 27, 2006

Filed under: Miscellaneous, Movie Reviews — Mahen @ 5:40 am

The story of a guy (Chris Evans as Ryan) who broke up with his girl friend allegedly accused of failing to act his age and on charges of being so self centered, childish, immature behavior, careless, blah blah blah and who suddenly turns out to be the man of the moment in a whole new ballgame of saving the life of an unknown person and her family from the hands of a few dirty cops. This shows how a man can convert his true self into actions with just-in-time bravery with an empathetic mind committed to risk even his own life to save the lives of unknown faces.

Jason Statham, a horse of a different color, performed the starring role of a dirty cop. Jason Statham abducts Jessica Martin, her kid, and her husband. She had no clues why they are being abducted. This covert abduction of Martin’s family is to snatch a video tape containing Jason’s heinous activities as a dirty cop.

She was then locked up inside an unknown house. She has nothing more than a shattered telephone and somehow manages to build a working phone from the scrap. This is how she seeks the help of Chris Evans (Ryan) through a random wrong number and the rest of the story is all about the do-or-die battle of Chris Evans with Jason Statham to secure the lives of the Martins. Chris Morgan, the screenplay writer should be the man behind the success of this one line story.

With all this thrill and suspense, one thing I like with this movie is the way the story’s foundation was laid by introducing Chris Evans as a guy who’s alleged of being self-centered by his girl friend and who later turned out to be the other way around :). Good movie. A suspense thriller worth enjoying.


February 13, 2006

I had

Filed under: Miscellaneous, Movie Reviews — Mahen @ 6:35 am

Yet another classic comedy by Jim Carrey. Fun with Dick and Jane—fun time. It’s a story of a couple (Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni) struggling to come out of their blues after Jim Carrey was ditched by his employer Jack in an Enron-like calamity.

Jim Carrey gets promoted as the VP of his company and then comes the bolt from the blue when he learns that he’s going to have his tough time ahead without a job, bank balance, pension fund, and so on. The story gains momentum with a few glib-commedy acts of robbery by the Harpers (Dick and Jane) and the comedy was well woven and interspersed in between while at the same time clinging to the bottom line of the story which portrays the hard times of a jobless couple striving hard to live up to their dreams.

Going forward in their steal-to-live life, Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni manage to get Jack, the CEO of Globodyne, transfer 400 million dollars to Globodyne’s employees’ pension fund thereby putting an end to the suffering of Globodyne’s employees. In a nutshell, Fun with Dick and Jane—yet another laughter therapy by Jim Carrey.

February 8, 2006

Of Hutus and Tutsis

Filed under: Miscellaneous, Movie Reviews — Mahen @ 7:17 am

One word can tell you what Hotel Rwanda is all about, Genocide. One line can tell you what Hotel Rwanda is all about, When the whole world closed its eyes, one man opened his arms!!!

A perfect portrayal of the audaciousness and benevolent-cunningness of a Hutu moderate to save the lives of his kiths and kins, neighbours, and refugees from a brutal massacre by an organized Hutu militia. Aw shucks! It again reminds humanity that man is good; but, men are bad!

Terry George is for sure a master of his craft for a splendid reproduction of a real incident—genocide; not to mention the acting of Don Cheadle—a masterpiece. If Don plays the Hero, the story plays the heroine. Yep! This film would have been a flop if George had let the story fizzle out in an attempt to over emphasize the commercial aspects like adding special effects or high-tech fight sequences. It’s a job well done by Terry George and his team and he was successful in creating a lasting impression on the audience about the cruelty and bitterness of racist-hatredness and genocides.

A few questions belch out from my mind when I see the indifference of the so called super powers at a time when a hostile faction ransacks, rapes, and kills tens and thousands of innocent people of a particular ethnic group. When the whole world slanted towards the Indian minorities for what happened at Gujarat, why did they hand over their shit to the Rwandan Tutsis—a minority ethnic group? It’s not a perfect world…If it is, it’s not a world!!!

Is it possible to live in an idealistic and perfect world? Is it possible to live in an all-equal mutually-respecting world? Are all humans equal? Of course, the ideal answer should be yes. But, is that answer enforceable and is that equality prevalent in practical world? Why then did communism fail? Are people not willing to be equals? Or are people not equals at all? Why such genocides and holocaust? Why such hatred? It again boils out to the same list of answers; social imbalance; the gap between the haves and have-nots; suppression; oppression; discrimination; sadist-racism; blah blah blah… All said and done, one word I can wish for such genocides—never again!!!

“Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.”—Nelson Mandela

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