A multi-strand narrative set in early 1980's Los Angeles, centered on an array of characters who represent both the top of the heap (a Hollywood dream merchant, a dissolute rock star, an aging newscaster) and the bottom (a voyeuristic doorman, an amoral ex-con).
This plodding, short on reasonable dialogue, remake of the Wes Craven film, released in 1972, is watchable if you love gore, rape scenes, long strung out vengeance battles between good and evil foes, with an eventual outcome that may leave you satisfied, and then again, it may not.
The haunting takes place in a home that was once a mortuary, whose malevolent mortician's purposeful degradation of dead human bodies; supposedly to seal their spirits to his will from beyond the paranormal dimension between the spirit's life and their eternal hereafter.
These special people have the potential to do great harm to others with these special powers and to humanity as a whole. While the potential to do great harm to our civilization is always a potential reality, the picture concentrates on those folks with special powers doing great harm to each other, and the violence is copious.
She is pursued by a dybbuk (Hebrew for a possessive spirit), who wishes not only to possess a special part of Casey, but to fulfill a blood oath to destroy all of Casey's maternal ancestors since her grandmother was interned in Auschwitz as a young girl.
The sadness associated with a terrible loss can be the undoing of some and the rebirth of others. In "Incendiary," the young mother may experience a bit of both in this morality play that endeavors to investigate the twin brothers of terrible human loss and the random, insane acts of Muslim terrorists under the command of Osama bin Laden.
Keep the fires stoked Satan until these two murderous, sorry souls can be sent to your nonhuman resources department. That's the message of this tale of a half-breed Native American hitman, who killed for profit and convenient efficiency, and his admiring sidekick, who mimicked his hero at every opportunity.
Valerie Plame is married to the former Ambassador to Iraq, Jo Wilson, who was very critical of the Bush administration's incursion into Iraq Theater in the World Wide War on Terror. Valerie Plame was an analyst at the CIA, who had been an operative earlier in her career.
Reminiscent of the ravaging revenge engendered in the first "Death Wish," "Taken" is an action picture with a purpose and a bit of a message. The purpose is to alert children that our world, at its worse, is not a safe or happy place to live, and is best that one keeps their adventures somewha
In the War on Terror, it is a certainty that all combatants will be real people, who line up on one side or the other for real reasons. For those of us who work to understand this war from the comfort of our career and family driven lives, we cannot know the machinations necessary for a positive outcome.