Posts Tagged ‘survival’

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In propagandastan. Survival is treason. “Mass evacuation can never be permitted…”

“You know Fred, actually staying in a city to help after an atomic attack is not nearly so dangerous as a lotta people think. The danger of lingering radiation is not really very serious.”

 

 

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I read Kim Nicolini’s review, and I was intrigued by the metaphor of the film.  A shipping container takes out a lone sailor’s yacht.  The seas are now littered with them and small fish like Robert Redford can no longer sail along as they used to.  The balance of nature has been disrupted, but nature always wins in the end.

The global market has fouled every corner of the world.  Will it be Redford’s savior, as he drifts helplessly across the ocean and through the shipping lanes, seeking rescue?

Some metaphors tie the story together, as it is an extremely sparse and minimal project.  One actor, one struggle.  The idea that the system may be suicidal and self-destructive enters later on.  By the ending we have a stunning ambiguity.  Was what just happened real?

The film received high praise and nominations during award season.  The production was far more intricate and filled with effects than it appeared.  It’s a pretty desolate, engaging tale, but a shame that Life of Pi  just did the lone survivor story so much bigger and better.  With Pi we were dazzled and seduced into a kind of dream world.  Here, things are “naturalistic” and logical.  It left me longing for some of the anagogic mystery of Pi.

3.5/5

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How To Turn A Beer Can Into The Only Camping Stove You’ll Ever Need

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This dismal, snow globe version of Ghosts of Mars lacks a solid foundation.  The villains are one-dimensional feral, screaming savages, and their entire contingent manages to utter one word of dialogue over the entire film.  At least in Ghosts they were terrifying freaks with some sense of style.

This film seems to lack a third act, ending abruptly after two.  It also fails to develop strong characters apart from some obligatory checklist stuff.  The lead starts off on a decent enough path, only to end up jumping instantly into mindless brutality.

Add to that CGI effects from 90s video games.  I was sort of stunned they had created such a cheesy 3D colony above the snow.  Many of the sequences lack the visceral quality of being somewhere real, and it is quite obvious they shot in green screen studios.

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The Colony’s end message, however, irked me.  We’re all monsters.  All cannibal savages under a thin veneer.  Yeah, yeah.  Couldn’t have done any more soul searching than that?  All in all a waste of time, nothing to see here.

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FREE

This free online show on Spike TV is very educational for a number of catastrophic scenarios including earthquakes, high rise fires, home invasions, lost boats and this mall shooting scenario.  The Kenyan incident makes this pretty much must-see viewing.  It teaches how to stage an ambush and to improvise weapons and try and fight back.

The sheer amount of life-saving information contained in the series could help you survive an extreme circumstance.

Go to Surviving Disaster – Mall Shooting