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Using a series of lies to create an elaborate story to find the "truth".
So I was rewatching some older paranormal mystery flicks and I decided to pick out "Passengers". It has Anne Hathaway (Princess Diaries, Brokeback Mountain, Dark Knight Rises, Alice in Wonderland) Patrick Wilson (A Gifted Man, Prometheus) David Morse (Down in the Valley, Disturbia) Andre Braugher (Law & Order SVU, Salt) Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary, True Justice) Clea DuVall (Heroes, Conviction) and Dianne Wiest (I Am Sam, Rabbit Hole) in this little mind turning, mind twisting and captivating puzzle of a film!
Obviously Dr. Claire Summers (played by Anne) works with patients who suffer from PTSD of all kinds of experiences and even ones regarding being stuck in a crashing airplane. Well Claire is trying to help her patients out as best as she can. She gets hard-nosed looks from one blonde, a pretty jittery little fellow, among a few "followers" and isn't aware that she's falling in love with one of her patients, Eric Clark. However Eric says that he's "not her patient". I wonder what could be up with this repetitive line? How about the rest of the "survivors" of the plane crash? They all seem to be disappearing on Claire. Eric is followed by a huge, almost wolf sized dog and the creepy man Mr. Arkin keeps "testing her" also. Something has to be up. Claire starts to discuss about how she became a grief counselour to Eric while he's trying to help her see something. But hear this! Eric asked Claire if she had a sister at the beginning of their first meeting in the hospital bedroom. Claire says that she does but is a little curious as to how Eric actually thought this question up. So now we flashforward back to the present and among "sleeping with each other" Claire reveals the "head-butting" relationship she had with her little sister Emma Summers. Emma is an activist actually. But this is basically past tense speaking. So among "following her around" the airport assistant Mr. Arkin reminds her of her dedication to her job. But Mr. Perry whom seems to be a great friend of Claire's tells her about what the PTSD patients are capable of -- using a series of lies to create an elaborate story to find the "truth" in them. The blonde Shannon tells her about "forgiving" her aunt and uncle for abandoning her but they end up being killed in a serious accident later on down the road. She's "moving on" in life. But that's the big part of life and understanding it -- moving on. The clues and puzzle pieces start to joint together and Claire suspects that Mr. Arkin had done something to cause the "airplane crash" and keeps being a little too "down-to-earth" or maybe she "wants to be" down-to-earth and appears to be very skeptical and her "patients" start to disappear on her. But where are they? Where did they go? What's left for Claire to do? She needs to look at the "passengers" list to see if her theories about the plane crash are précised. And then that's where the movie's biggest twist plays it part. It turns out that Claire was one of those passengers onboard and she had ran into Eric on the flight "back home" and they talk, flirt, set up a date to go out for coffee one time, all in which happened before the actual crash began. That was a brilliant reason why he kept saying that he's "not her patient". She's one of them, she was with ALL of these passengers. Afterwards Claire finally "moves on" and everyone is pretty much 'dead'. Yes even Claire is actually 'dead' as well. She was denying that she was and needed to "move on". Her baby sister Emma turns up at her old apartment and finds a note for her from Claire saying, "Dear Emma, you are my sister. My life would be incomplete without you." Such a heartwarming and yet heartbreaking moment. Emma is there to clean up Claire's apartment because really, her older sister is 'dead' but as long as Emma received that note, Claire can "move on" once more.
I think this was an extremely powerful mind-sweep of an excellent movie, very well thought of and very captivating. It was quite a paranormal mystery where the power to "move on" can keep one who's not with the world anymore try desperately to "stay" with the rest of the world. It does have a fog of sadness throughout the whole movie, but Annie's character was very complex and had another memorable performance in the drama movie genre and it definitely moves you, it brings out a lot of heartache and the understanding of life and how it works even for those living in their own afterlives. It isn't a typical horror but the horror part would more than likely be the "ghosts" of the plane crash victims, so I gave 9/10 stars for this captivating mind-thriller!
Trust your boss to make the right decisions, don't trust the guys though.
This two-part moviesode (combo name for movie and episode, yup it should have been invented LONG AGO...) dealt with three big cases. A threatening segregation, a serial rapist, and an ex-soldier from the past... Wasn't bad at all, we actually got to delve deep into one of the characters' past. Now that's typical for many cop shows involving drama and action. Wouldn't we all want to know everyone else's past, other than revolve around Kane's so much? I think that's an understatement... This is how things went left, right, and center in this moviesode!
Lethal Justice Part 1
Kane and his team are dealing with three different cases, one involving a young sniper, still haunted by the memories of his past as one of the survivors, a new segregation called "New Hope", where they enlist Brett Radner to take in being a recruit, to find out more of this segregation, and a serial rapist who hasn't been convicted, unnerving the volatile Juliet Saunders to a high degree. After two of the segregation's members are put in jail after roughing up to an African-American female, Juliet and Sarah Montgomery go confront them after they're released, unexpectedly.
New Hope apparently is a segregation of Nazis, who only allow the white people inside, and are racists, dealing with Crystal Meth, a very illegal drug. Radner takes up a disguise known as Clevis Johnson, and find out all of this information, but has to take some hits of the meth in order to fit in, or quoted "Cut from the same cloth.", and is gently bending the major rule for drug intake.
Juliet is enraged when district attorney Lisa Clayton fails to convict a serial rapist, and leaves Juliet in a desperate rage to put him where he belongs. She has been held back by both Andre Mason and Kane, being pulled off the case. A concerned Sarah Montgomery also watches over Juliet. Juliet is being clouded by flashbacks of a former sexual assault, committed on her. The deputy sergeant seems to be the leader of the New Hope segregation, and Radner continues to bend the law gently, resulting in suspicion from the S.I.U. cops.
Juliet and Radner meet back at the S.I.U. from their own cases, Juliet suspecting Radner is being influenced with some drug, he keeps on telling her he's not high, just tired. Noticing her anger, and discovering that she has been pulled off the case of the sequence rapist, Radner breaks into Juliet, discovering that she had been sexually assaulted in the past, and it explains her tough-minded attitude, and her actions. He does however, suspect a little something of her.
Sarah and Radner start to develop a little attraction for each other, and Juliet is interrogating her about this, or at least asking her questions if she's seeing anyone. Sarah admits that she isn't, or at least not yet, and asks if Juliet is seeing anyone. She says "no", and also advised Sarah to watch her back. Saying that guys cannot be trusted. Sarah gets concerned, and talks to her about the case she's been pulled from, and finds out that Juliet had been in a relationship with a guy who had forced himself on her. Sarah is the fourth cop to discover her riled up teammate's darker past of her sexual assault from a vicious ex- boyfriend. She let him get away, and Sarah consoles her, saying it wasn't her fault.
Meanwhile, Kane confronts the leader of the segregation, and beats him around a bit, in order to arrest him. Afterwards, Kane talks to both Radner and Juliet for 'crossing the line', saying you can bend the law, but never break it.
It was a tough part moviesode, dealing with racism, Nazi's, and national betrayal, but to sour-coat it, it was much darker, discovering the haunting dark past of one of Kane's teammates. I'm not a big fan when it comes to women characters becoming rape victims, (or in this case, for this episode, a former victim of that particular assault), but Meghan Ory did a fairly good job, playing the former victim of this vicious assault, who managed to portray Juliet's recovery from her vicious ex-boyfriend's crime very impressively. She hardly shown any signs of this from the previous moviesodes, but "Dark Vengeance" was hinting this in a way or two. Steven's acting was just amazing to see yet again, taking care of that segregation leader on his own terms. Definitely improved since the previous moviesodes, so a straight-out 8/10 stars is what I rated this as!
"7:30 AM! Time to get up!"
I believe that was the rehab warden's usual frequent line at the beginning of the same day, over and over again. This movie's trailer really interested me, and I was curious about how it was going to turn out like. In a way, even though the day is on constant repeat, hence the title of this movie, something 'new' goes on the next repeated day. It was a gritty thriller, but with suspense, and early-twenty-something year old's dramas, rehab angst, drug addictions, alcohol abuse, conflicts, and with very fascinating characters. But the repeats are still extraordinarily done.
Dustin Milligan plays Kyle Halsted, a drug addict who's seeking for redemption from his little sister Charlotte Halsted (Alexia Fast) who had been physically abused without any defending made by her older brother. Kyle can see clearly for himself that his tough-minded little sister is going down the same road he went down to. Drugs.
Amanda Crew plays Sonia Logan, a victim of child-abuse, who's sadistically abusive father is gravely ill, and can't find in her heart to go and say goodbye to him, before he dies of his illness.
Richard de Klerk plays Michael Weeks, a kid who put his father in prison, and is hoping for reconciliation with him, but is turned down when he swears his head off, and spits at the window, dividing the father and son.
These three have been put into rehab to stop their addictions, and make amends in their lives. Kyle confronting his tough little sister, Sonia stepping up to say her goodbyes to her dying father, and Michael who wants forgiveness from his incarcerated father. But when they make the mistake to go back to correct their injustices, a spark and flash of light brings them back to the same morning, these events happen beforehand.
There's a whole lot of violence, drama, betrayal, and dastardly deeds in the repeats of this same day, when the two guys Kyle and Michael go from being friends, right down to being enemies. Michael takes on a violent side, robbing stores, killing officers, breaking into stores, alcohol theft. and abusing young women. Kyle and Sonia develop a relationship with each other, and Kyle encourages Sonia to go see her father, and say her farewells to him. Meanwhile, Kyle's tough kid sister still rejects his atonement, and he knows that he'll have to make it up to her, or else she'll become too much like him, which fears him a tremendous amount. Sonia and Kyle are then catapulted into a game of hostility when Michael's violent behaviours proceeds on too well. Threatening them, forcing them to do things they don't want to do, and insults them, and their 'little relationship'.
In the end, these three young twenty-something adults know they have to redeem themselves, but the same day just keeps on repeating itself, but leading to another thrill-ride of suspense and adventure. It's like them rushing to their main goals keeps on being interrupted.
I have to say, the cast was absolutely breath-taking, and well acted out, and that BC, Canada was a perfect spot to film such an "edge of the seat" thriller. It contained surprising moments, and a surprise ending also. It's like the one mistake you don't want to repeat, keeps on getting interrupted by the repetitive days. The movie was marvelously well structured, and the next same day just kept on getting better and better.
Overall, an awesome dramatic thriller, where you do not want to repeat something, and face consequences afterwards. I'd definitely check this movie out if you haven't rented it from a local video store, or catch it on television even. You'd be surprise of how well this movie was done like, no doubts!