It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Monday, June 25, 2012

In-Flight Movie Reviews - Part 2

In Darkness - It's another foreign one, folks.  This time we've got a mix of Polish and German with English subtitles.  "In Darkness" is the story of a Polish sewer workers rescue and concealment of a group of Jewish refugees in the sewers underneath the Lvov ghetto during WW2.  It's a true story, based around "The Girl in the Green Sweater" by Krystyna Chiger - one of the actual survivors.  These poor people were kept alive in the darkness of the sewers for 14 months by Leopold Socha.  This happened in living history - you should see it, think about it, and marvel at the strength of the human spirit.

Safe House - I watched this one on the advice of the woman sitting next to me, and it was a good way to kill time.  It's more of a boys movie though - action and shooting and blood and stuff.  A young CIA agent, looking to prove himself, is suddenly put in charge of a fugitive in a safe house in South Africa.  Then all the shooting, blood, car chases and mounds of bodies starts.  Starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds - you know who they are, I'm not going to link to them.  Apparently Denzel did all his own stunts, which is saying something considering he's now 57.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - I keep forgetting that I'm much more emotional when I'm on a long haul flight - I don't know why this is, but I have previously burst into tears whilst watching "Marley and Me" on the screen of the guy in the row in front of me.  Issues, people, issues.  Anyway, this is based on the day of 9/11 and the days afterwards.  A 9 year old boy searches NYC for the lock which will fit a key he found in the closet of his father, who died in the WTC on 9/11.  It's fairly improbable (the key/lock/search thing), but that didn't stop me crying.  Take the tissues along if you want to see it.

1 comment:

  1. We just watched 'Safe House' the other night and thought it was pretty well done. 'In Darkness' sounds good and I'll have to hunt around and see what the Germans called it, lol.

    'Extremely Loud...' ... wow, sort of surprised they put that on the in-flight entertainment list! I've been wanting to see that. My book club is actually slated to read another book by the author who wrote the book version of this film. Interesting.


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