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I have been watching a television show called Person of Interest.  The premise of this show is there is a Machine that tracks everyone and everything they do.  It then protects the potential victim, or punishes a potential perpetrator.  Yes, this is Orwellian.  And the executive producer is J.J. Abrams of Bad Robot Productions (Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

Brilliant software engineer Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) originally crated the Machine to track foreign and domestic threats, however, because of a personal tragedy he tracks every day, or the non-relevant people of New York.  Finch  gets Social Security numbers from the Machine for the present Person(s) of Interest.  A former Marine, now “man in the suit”, John Reese (Jim Caviezel) helps him with his martial arts, ability to blow things up, and shoot people in the knees. Later in the series a psychopath Root, who can talk directly to the Machine, helps Reese and Finch.  There are also New Yorks’ finest helping to put away the bad guys, Detective Carter (Taraji P. Henson) 0n the straight and narrow, and Detective Fusco (Kevin Chapman), a formerly corrupt cop.

Root and Finch

Reese

There are many layers to this show, as well as twists and turns, however, sometimes, like the older episode I watched today, it was totally predictable (I was rather disappointed).  The main plot was boring.  I imagine though, this was a information giving episode.  We have to mesh together what has happened, with what may happen.

Fusco

Carter

It is at once a spy vs. spy show, as well as an action adventure, martial arts (kick that bad guys back side to a pulp – James Bond), science fiction, and a drama with dry humour.  It is about personal development in the face of danger.  I know I would develop really fast if I was in some of those situations they present.

Just a side note, I am not sure how many times the hero Reese has been shot, but it seems like he has taken many a bullet.

I have to add, silly me, the specially trained Marine dog is adorable.  I would gladly take him, only I understand he only knows Swedish.  I can only speak the Sesame Street, Swedish Chef, Swedish, but I am fluent in that.

Episodes

Take a look (no cheating, from the beginning episode) and let me know what you think.  If you’ve been watching it, I’d also like to know what you think, only I am about two episodes behind, so no spoil alerts!

 

 

 

 

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In a word, The Relevant is about survival and the forces that impede your ability to do that. At first I thought that this seemed like a Bourne Identity film set in the past.  Why? Because, the stakes were high, staying alive is paramount, and there is one nemesis after another trying to cut you down in the most aggress way.  Tell me you don’t agree with this assessment.  The Revenant literally means return, and Hugh Glass/Leonardo DiCaprio returns from near death to find his son’s killer.  Glass/DiCaprio is seeking utter vengeance, so he has to survive despite the elements, a group of Native Americans, the French, and a totally evil person, who is in his own expedition.

Glass/DeCaprio

I thought the storyline was somewhat predictable, what made it fascinating was the acting by Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Domhnall Gleeson.  Grunting and heavy breathing aside on Leonardo’s part, he was believable and engaging.  I think, because I love Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road; The Drop (one of my all time favorites)), I focused a lot on his character, John Fitzgerald.  Tom Hardy has a unique way of acting.  He is engaging, and different, without being over the top.  He either has a quiet strength, an inner demon, or a heart of gold.  Talk about being able to do totally believable accents!

Fitzgerald/Hardy

I have just become familiar with Domhall Gleeson.  He first came to my attention on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  He had a small part in that film, but he made me notice him.  In The Revenant, he stood out, not just because of his red hair, but because he depicted a man who had to do a very hard job in the most adverse conditions, with hard core heathens.  

Gleeson/Captain Henry

Why is The Revenant relevant today?  It reminded me of the warring factions around the world.  One little spark, and humanity ignites into religious wars, land grabs, and resource wars.  This film has all the best of humanity, and the worst.  It shows tolerance of other cultures, but it also shows hatred and violence.  It shows respect for nature, and the destruction of it (beaver pelts).

I HAVE to mention the cinematography!  I felt like I was in the woods in the snow, a blizzard, and frigid water.  It even felt like I was wanting to stay warm and dry.  And no, it wasn’t in 3D or IMAX.  The scenes of the trees, the river, and the sky were breathtaking.  I urge you to see this film just for that feature alone.

Scenery

One last note, the CGI bear was indeed remarkable, it almost felt as though Glass was being malled by a real bear … almost.

The bear in The Revenant

 Oh and by the way, SPOIL ALERT!

P.S. See famed screenwriter Robert McKee’s review.

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