On January 15, 2009 US Airways flight 1549 departed from LaGuardia Airport in New York City for service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington state via Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. At 3:27pm local time, just over 2 minutes since takeoff, during it’s initial climb to 15,ooo feet, the Airbus A320-214 jet crossed paths with a flock of Canadian Geese at 2,800 feet. The multiple bird strikes killed both of the plane’s engines. Flight 1549 was losing speed though still gaining altitude and at its highest altitude of 3,060 feet, the plane began to fall. Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) took control of the plane and with only a few moments to decide on where (or how) to land. Sully and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) made the call to land in the Hudson River and the rest is history.
The Flight Crash Investigators of the National transportation Safety Board is tasked with recreating that history to determine to cause and best solutions to any accident. On the surface it seems like a witch hunt, but the NTSB has a job to do and while Sully is a national hero in the press, the fate of his 40 year career in the cockpit, is in the hands of a team of government investigators.
With a title like Olympus Has Fallen, the premise should be as clear as the scope on a sniper’s rifle. I’ll do my best to cover the basics of the movie but, I promise you that Olympus Has Fallen isn’t one of those ‘thinking’ movies. Continue reading “Movie Review – Olympus Has Fallen”
In my opinion, criticizing a movie just for being clichéd has become something of a copout, even though it’s increasingly difficult to resist doing so, kind of like condemning the plot of an action flick for being implausible. Still, I swore I’d stop, or at least cut back, on using the ‘c’ word. Usually there’s a subtext of some sort that deserves a little more examination when writing a review, otherwise we’re just being lazy, right? And we’re pretentious if we harp too much on realism, aren’t we? Not in this case. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Olympus Has Fallen”
Origin stories are not a new concept but as of late usually they are about some guy getting into some crazy outfit and fighting crime in a sprawling urban metropolis fighting for the common man. So it is at times nice to see a film that tries that with a less outrageous type of character. The Rum Diary is a film adapted from the novel of the same name. In some ways it feels like it’s an origin of the writer of the novel Hunter S. Thompson and in a way a prequel to the last film Johnny Depp play him in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Let’s see if we have the ingredients of The Rum Diary correct:
1) writer ventures to exotic locale and trashes a hotel room
2) an overweight, alcoholic, occasionally drug-addled sidekick
3) lots of authority-dodging and public humiliation
4) a very bad drug trip due to ingestion of a strange substance from an eyedropper
5) one of the two stays behind while the other leaves at the end of the film
Yep. The Rum Diary is just another retelling of Terry Gilliam’s adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but with a calmer, saner approach to its storytelling. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: The Rum Diary”
It seems as though the summer movie season starts earlier and earlier each year. I remember when I was younger when you had to wait until May for the studios to put out their big budget action films. In recent years it seemed that the first week of April was when it started. And now this year Columbia Pictures has given us Battle: Los Angeles the second week of March. And clearly you can see that this film definitely has a big budget, and most of it definitely appears on screen.