TL;DR – An example of a great concept and acting, not quite working due to the format.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
As a fan of Science Fiction, I really enjoy seeing new ideas brought to the
screen, even if they don’t always work out as well as they hoped. Today we get
to look and just such a film that is filled with heart and some really
interesting ideas, but maybe a film was not the right format to properly
express it. With that in mind let’s delve into a story about a boy and his gun.
So to set the scene, we open in on Elijah “Eli” Solinski (Myles
Truitt) who lives in Detroit with his adopted father Hal (Dennis Quaid). Eli
has been struggling at school, he is a good kid but he has anger management
issues (well if kids were making fun of your dead mother, I would not be shocked
if you threw a punch or two). One day as Eli was stripping out some wiring from
an abandoned factory we stumble across the site of a battle between two alien
forces. On the ground are a number of corpses and on box shape gun that Eli
drops when one of the bodies move. Back home Hal lets him know to set another
plate for dinner because Eli’s older brother Jimmy (Jack Reynor) just got out
of prison, but Eli needs to be careful around Jimmy. Which is not an
unreasonable statement because what they don’t know is that Jimmy is in debt to
Balik (James Franco) a local gangster to the tune of $60,000 for protection
while he was in jail and soon Jimmy brings that damage into the house.
TL;DR – Brutal, heartbreaking, and unfortunately as relevant today as it was in the 1960s
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Oh wow, I had no idea what to expect going into Detroit, only that it was taking a snapshot of the past event in the city. This was good in some respects because I came into the film with no preconceptions, but also I came into the film with zero preparation for what was about to come. I walked out of Detroit being completely emotionally drained, and I don’t mean that as a criticism, where so many other films like mother! (see review) have mishandled the use of tension, Detroit had me on the edge of my seat waiting for the moment when everything falls apart.
TL;DR – Today we chart out just where Kim Jong-Il was going to blow up in Team America: World Police
Ever since I was a young child I have always been fascinated with maps, how they show and hide the world around us, how we determine all our lives based on where a line was drawn, sometimes by someone long dead, indeed it was this love of maps that lead me to studying International Relations. So it’s one of those things for me that when someone puts up a map of the world with markers on in movies/TV or Video Games almost all the time it is cartography gibberish. So today we start a new series called Map-It where we plot out those maps from Movies/TV and video games to see exactly where they were pointing at. So let’s dive in and look at our first example Team America World Police, and I should mention there are obviously spoilers for the move ahead.
Why Team America: World Police, well besides being a good example, it was also released around the time I was studying International Relations and it has a very interesting take on world politics that led to numerous discussions with my peers, so it has a special place in my heart, even if it does make me feel old. Now, of course, you are going to say this is a film where all the actors are puppets, Kim Jong-Il is a secret alien cockroach, they slice Helen Hunt in half with a katana, please can you really take this movie seriously? No of course not, but just because it is a silly movie does not mean it gets a pass when it comes to maps.