I’m coming late, but not too late, to the Divergent series having only seen the first film in preparation for the press screening earlier in the week. The plot of the first film basically tells us that a post-something future which has ruined the world sees its surviving humans divided into factions which are supposed to help society rebuild with everyone in their proper place.
Heist movies are sometimes difficult things to pull off. Some are successful (like Ocean’s Eleven) and some are not (like Ocean’s Twelve). Some are very dramatic, some have humorous undertones. The new heist movie Focus falls in the latter category, and adds a bit of romance into the mix.
Spy movies have been around almost as long as the cinema. Great Britain produced the first spy movies during the silent era and the Great War (or World War I). Master German director Fritz Lang contributed to the genre (and pretty much set the standard) with his movie Spies in 1928. Lang’s Dr. Mabuse films also contained a host of spy-film elements. Alfred Hitchcock, in his pre-U.S. films of the 1930s, helped popularize the genre with a variety of films including The Man Who Knew Too Much, Secret Agent, and Sabotage.
It seems that movies taking place on submarines were a dime a dozen back in the 1940s and 1950s, many set during World War II. There are also classic submarine movies that don’t specifically take place in wartime, like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and On the Beach, and there are a few popular modern-day sub movies like The Hunt for Red October, but the last major film to be set on a submarine is 2002’s K-19: The Widowmaker. So are audiences ready for another trip in the confines of a steel tube deep under the sea?
We are living in a strange time. One would think that in the 21st century, the humans that populate this planet would have learned something over the ages about tolerance. Instead we just see more and more instances of intolerance in our own country and around the world. The recent attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo shed a light once again on the lengths some people will go to in order to further their own agenda on the rest of us.
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