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Lone Survivor movie review

Lone Survivor is one of those movies that exhibit just how tough our men in service are, and just how tough the human spirit can be. It always underlines my great respect for our service men and women. I love that. This film is based on a true story. It starts out somewhat slow, but hey, that’s life. A recon mission can be slow as hiking through nature can be. The fight scenes seemed incredibly realistic with flesh spraying from bullet hits. The sound was also very engulfing. The sound of the bullets hitting and where they where placed in the surround panorama really added a depth of engagement. It amazes me just how many bullets a human can take and keep going. Those guys must have been hit well into the two digits.

For the most part of the movie, I thought the leader of the team made a bad call letting those locals go without creating some sort of delay, but I turned out to be wrong. The film also showed how when senior leaders over-estimate the toughness of their troops that there can be serious consequences. That stuck with me, but I wish it stuck with me even more for my own career.

Another thing that got to me was that I didn’t realize under how much stress the peaceful Afghans live. Some villages just want to live their peaceful life with their goats and simple homes with no running water, and then these stupid Taliban hooligans from the next village over come and raid these villages. That’s terrible! These remote places with no police have to stand their ground with whatever weapons they have, and many die trying. I can’t believe a person with a goat and without running water has to deal with this Taliban crap on top of their already underprivileged life!

Not only do I recommend watching this film to anyone, but I would own this film.

The King’s Speech movie review

I just watched The King’s Speech for which Colin Firth won an Academy Aware for Best Actor. The was nominated for dozens of other awards, and I can see why. It was a very intriguing story about King George IV who overcame his stammer through the help of an unorthodox speech therapist Lionel Logue who is played by Geoffrey Rush.

The film depicts many obstructions through which Albert, the Duke of York before he became king, lives through before and during he becomes king. Never being expected to be king, he becomes a king when his older brother, King Edward VIII, chooses to marry his lover Wallis Simpson. So, not only was Albert made fun of growing up for his stammer, but he then becomes a king who main purpose is to speak for a nation. The personal difficulties through which Albert lived are heart-warming and relatable, and just watching him overcome his obstacles as much as he could, stand up to his responsibilities with his best intentions, and grow through all of that and gain confidence is inspiring.

The special features are definitely worth watching the producers and director wanted to make this film as accurate as possible, and listening to how the actors prepared for the roll really shines a new appreciation from me for these actors. What really stuck to my mind was how methodical and passionate the director Tom Hooper was in making the film, and even though the film won so many awards, the director did not speak with much confidence recalling just how lucky he felt that he managed to get the cast that he got. I guess things sort of aligned for him, but it also sounds like he was very tenacious. I also should mention that this film was important to make for Hopper because he is half Australian and half English, so the Anglo-Australian relationship between the king and therapist was very important for Hopper to display.

It is also important to state that the writer of this film, David Seidler grew up with a stammer, and managed to overcome it. This inspired him to write this story because Seidler regarded King George VI as his hero because …

if the he could overcome his stated stammer with the entire world listening to every syllable that he utters, then [he] could overcome his stammer too.

The special features contain a public service announcement from The Stuttering Foundation.

I think that I could own this movie because I have a feeling that watching it many times over will reveal a new depth or nuance that was not previously uncovered.

The Fighter review

We watched The Fighter on March 19th, 2011. It was a good movie. I’d recommend watching it, at least once, especially because it’s based on a true story. After watching the special features on the DVD, I learned just how much work was put in keep the story authentic, and I respect that quite a bit. Christian Bale did a great performance. It’s a movie that makes one compare one’s family situation to the one on TV (hopefully short of the drugs).

Conviction movie review

On March 4th, 2011, we watched the film Conviction, which was quite an astonishing story. It’s a movie about a wrongfully convicted brother whose sister puts herself through law school to find new evidence and overturn the ruling that put her brother in prison. What amazed me the most was how much the siblings aged by the time she completed her task. Her ambitious plan consumed much of her life. She even lost her spouse over it. It’s quite an amazing story about perseverance. It is almost unbelievable, and if it were not based on a true story, then I would not have believed that any human was capable of such determination.