I'm a Computer Science undergraduate in my final year studying at Reading University. I like music, movies, photography, reading and if I can ever get around to it, writing. Also a fan of horror, sci-fi and fantasy so there's plenty of re/blogging on those areas.
I write gig/event reviews at From The Pit
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Two brothers from Chechnya. That was the official word early morning...
Compared to us here in the UK, over in the US they’ve really got a knack for doing certain things bigger and larger scale. Halloween is one good example. Check out these amazing installations synchronised to music:
[Or watch the whole playlist here]
Come Christmas time I’ll probably look at “Awesome Christmas Light Shows” because it was actually a YouTube video of amazing Christmas lights that led me to explore Halloween lights…
“You can’t fight fate”
Gerard Butler stars as law abiding citizen Clyde Shelton. He has a wife and daughter or at least, had a wife and daughter- until they’re murdered in front of him by burglar Clarence Darby and his accomplice Ruper Ames.
The prosecutor Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) is only interested in racking up convictions which is made difficult in this case due to a bungled forensic investigation. He chooses to secure convictions by making a deal with Darby, the criminal who killed Shelton’s family. As part of the deal, Rice allows Darby to be charged with the less serious third-degree murder if Darby agrees to testify against Ames.
The result is that Ames is sent to death row while Darby merely spends a few years in jail.
What follows is the story of Shelton’s search for justice by any means necessary. He’s going to teach the prosecutor a lesson, if it means he has to kill everyone connected to the case - and he’s going to do it all from his cell while they have him locked up for his clever killings of Ames and Darby.
“Don’t you just love it when the system works?”
This film from director F. Gary Gray (Be Cool, 2005; The Italian Job, 1993) will appeal to anyone who likes an underdog or (as evident with the success of TV series Dexter) loves an antihero. Clyde Shelton, Gerard Butler’s character, is most certainly both.
Shelton is one man against a system he considers broken, armed only with his own ingenuity. Just as we cheer for Dexter Morgan when he despatches the killer-of-the-week, we come to empathise with Shelton with every “deal” he makes with Rice.
The screenplay was written by Kurt Wimmer who also wrote and directed Equilibrium - which was itself a brilliant film. The appeal of this story is not the body-count which Shelton is responsible for- impressive nevertheless, given his apparent situation. What’s thrilling is how he does it.
Definite points for clever storytelling.