This is basically a French movie and I watched the dubbed version. Its probably one of the very few movies that show the incredible art of parkour, the French extreme sport/martial art devoted to the casual hurdling of physical obstacles, in action. Parkour is certainly awe-inspiring and lets people test the limits of the human body when it comes to jumping. We’ve all most likely seen Jackie Chan employ it when he needs to get out of tight spots but David Belle (who plays a convict and is also the founder of this art) really knows his parkour. There’s some amazing footage where they display this art and that alone makes it worth watching this movie.
The plot itself isn’t all that complex and basically concerns the good guys fighting the bad guys to prevent a bomb going off in Paris’s neglected and run-down District 13 that can potentially kill all the people who are within an 8 mile radius.
Thank You For Smoking
This was a smart movie. Basically its about a lobbyist for tobacco companies. Its quite evident how this is probably not the easiest job in the world with so much research and information going against smoking (which is just as it should be in my opinion). What makes this flick interesting is how the main lead employs different argument tactics to win what seem like non-winnable situations. One of those is that to win an argument, you don’t have to prove that you are right; you just have to prove that the other guy is wrong.
I do recommend watching this even if only for watching the aforementioned tactics in action.
Children of Men
Somehow I had bigger expectations when I was watching this movie. The plight of mankind depicted is extremely interesting in that people seem to have lost the ability to have children. This directly implies the impending doom of mankind and the ensuing hopelessness that is followed by complete chaos. In the movie we are in the year 2070 and it seems that UK is the only place in the world with some hope left. Due to all the chaos, all non-nationals have been declared illegal and are being executed or shipped out as refugees.
One woman is found who is pregnant and the movie shows how different elements wish to use that to their advantage.
Personally, I didn’t find the movie to be very conclusive or satisfying and thought that a lot more could have been achieved with the premise.
Six Feet Under (TV show)
I just wrapped up Season 2 of this show and it is amazing. It is a somewhat dark and comical outlook on the life of a family who runs a funeral home and each episode starts off with the death of someone (not necessarily from the family – the show would be too short then!) and revolves around a particular aspect of death and how people deal with it.
I’ve got another 4 seasons to watch and with each season having around 12 hour-long episodes; its quite a lot to go through.