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Patriots Day, Independence Day and its All Star Cast …

17 Jan

patriots_day_filmBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Mild Spoiler Alert

Patriots Day is one of those dramatic tales about human resilience and when it’s based on the days leading up to and following The Boston Marathon Bombing from April 15, 2013, the action is certainly no Independence Day, ala Will Smith. The tension is high and like a rubber band waiting to be released, we are waiting for that unsettling moment to take place and are in for a ride as viewers follow the aftermath. I’m sure this movie was tough to watch for those who were there to experience the events firsthand. To see a metropolis in lock down, turned into a ghost town because martial law was declared, is a look into how America responds to terrorism.

To watch CSI on the big screen is far more interesting than the television show mostly because not a lot of crime dramas grab me. This movie caught my attention because of the ensemble cast to whom I know more about their work in the comic book/summer blockbuster front. The story by Peter Berg (who also directed), Matt Cook, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson did a great job at pulling me into the tale and never letting go. The story delved into multiple perspectives and it came together into one nicely threaded story with a resounding theme.

While some lives were more directly affected than others and as for how much was overdramatized, only the folks who were there can tell you.

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Zootopia Shows a Lot of ♥ for a Great Detective Story!

7 Mar

Zootopia

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Buried in Disney’s Zootopia is plenty of charm. This world is built on trust and Charles Darwin‘s On the Origin of Species. A long, long time ago, the fauna evolved to stand on two legs and develop civilization. Through some means that we are not meant to know, they have become human. Unlike LEGO Legends of Chima, evolution came magically and the legend beasts are those who chose to remain in their primal form. This movie nicely looks at a growing problem in the metropolis: a handful of people are going missing and the reasons why are not clear. This movie is surprising by not putting in an Olivia Flaversham (The Great Mouse Detective) cameo.

Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is an idealistic bunny who dreams of making a difference. From an early age, she wanted to be a cop. Despite a few difficulties in size and standing out in Police Academy, she manages to be top of her class. By the time she gets her first duty at Zootopia Police Department, she gets assigned meter-maid duty. Police Chief Bogo (Idris Elba), a cape buffalo, does not think she is capable for other work. When a pleading Otter comes knocking at Bogo’s door and Officer Hopps is present to represent the sympathetic arm of the force, he reluctantly allows this rookie to turn detective, or face being fired.

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