Self/Less

What is soul actually? Is it merely a function of brain wave? Then, what is body? Is it only an empty vessel in which your soul can be injected freely? Such intriguing questions will aries when you see this Self/Less.

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Edward Kittner is Damian Hale in Self/Less.

The story begins with Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley), a successful businessman, is dying. An offer by Professor Albright, that he can live eternally using other body, comes then. After a series of treatment which cost 250 billion USD, Damian finally enjoys his new life with new body previously owned by Edward Kittner. Then comes the nightmare when he misses a single drug. Damian is haunted by past experience of Edward Kittner.

The drug seems to work on erasing memories of the past user of the body. Damian then overcomes his curiosity by taking thorough investigation, only to discover that he is trapped into longing for an ideal family.

By the time he pursues assistance, Damian is gradually aware of the concept of life: that he should die and not take the life of others. At the end of the movie, he quits taking medication so that Edward Kittner back to life.

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Now You See Me 2

Friendship is not something taken for granted: It is something subject to numerous tests. Even if there is no meaningful reason to do the test, it is imperative to acquire and assess the value of friendship anytime. Only that way we will discover the degree of loyalty of the people or friends around us. This might be the ultimate moral value of the recent Jesse Eisenberg’s Now You See Me 2.

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The Four Horsemen meet Walter Mabry in Macau.

Dylan Shrike (Mark Ruffalo) still questions the death of his father, Lionel Shrike (Richard Laing). Though he manages to put Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) in jail, the tragedy haunts him every time. Trying to pursue his own mission and ambition, he runs double life: as an FBI agent and also as the master of the Four Horsemen of The Eye. One day, when he and The Four Horsemen – Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), Lula (Lizzy Caplan) and Continue reading “Now You See Me 2”

The Other Side of the Door

Past memories and present emptiness might drive anyone unrealistic and delusional. The unpredictable nature of the future whether it will bring happiness or sorrow makes those of lame character and personality uneasy and unable to move on. The fact that either past or future has the same fate, i.e. will disappear, should bring awareness  that we, human, are basically live in the middle of two-eternal nothingness. We live today. We live by now. Thus, we need to embrace our current being and be thankfulness to what we are now. Otherwise, unhappiness is the only thing left for us.

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Maria doesn’t know that Myrtu is awaiting for her son.

That’s the moral of The Other Side of the Door, a horror movie using Indian  culture as its background. The movie is started by portraying Maria (Sarah Wayne Callies), who is haunted by her failure to save his son Oliver (Logan Creran) from being drowned; an incident which killed him eventually. Being depressed, she induces her unhappiness towards the rest of her families, especially Continue reading “The Other Side of the Door”

Ghost in the Shell

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Batou and Mira seek Kuze’s whereabouts after the cerebral hacking incident.

The idea that robot can do some things more efficient and effective than human being has delivered initiatives to develop robotics engineering as a branch of science and discovery nowadays. A wild imagination says that in the near future the boundary between human and machine is disappearing due to the advancements in the field; allowing humans to enhance themselves with cybernetic parts. Ghost in the Shell, the most recent Scarlett Johansson movie, visualizes this wild fantasy which occurs in the era when technology makes it possible to transplate human brain into a fully synthetic body; a initiative that results in the strongest attributes of human and robot.

Mira (Scarlett Johansson) has no past memories other than being drowned. A terrorist attack has damaged her body and it’s only her brain can survive. Thanks to Dr. Ouelet (Juliette Binoche) who manages to put her brain into a Continue reading “Ghost in the Shell”

Hidden Figures

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Dorothy, Katherine and Mary have finally a white male police officer escorting them to office after acquiring the fact that they work for NASA.

It takes courage to be the first, especially within a society suffers from racial discrimination. Being ignored, neglected, is nothing compared to psychological torture experienced by the victim. It’s only those who have experienced similar behavioral process who can understand the importance of non-primordial issues, character and meritocracy above everything. It takes sensible human being to promote equality in order to achieve greater good. That’s the story learned from Hidden Figures which is Kevin Costner’s latest movie visualizing the role of Katherine Johnson during NASA’s first space program. Among African-American women in the institution, Katherine was the one responsible to perform calculation of flight trajectories for Continue reading “Hidden Figures”

Batman v. Superman

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Misunderstanding between Batman and Superman has left both superheroes involved in a battle.

Can superhero cause harm? Or, the worse, be considered reckless for causing collateral damages of unprecedented magnitude and, at the some points, being accused of doing violence against human rights due to performing methods of his own? That’s the central theme of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the latest Ben Afleck’s movie.

The duel between Superman (Henry Cavill) and General Zod has left thousands of casualties. Instead of happiness, Superman brings suffers to others due to the magnitude of the battle, though the general is finally deceased by the demigod. At the same time, Batman (Ben Afleck) prefers to perform crime eradication with his own methods, leaving policemen and some people angry. People are getting tired of
superhero, then, with Superman treated as Continue reading “Batman v. Superman”

London Has Fallen

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Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) tries to save Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) in London Has Fallen

How far does a corrupt man bring down a system? The answer is unthinkable, unimaginable disaster. British government might have superb and magnificent Corruption Perception Index, but it doesn’t make Russian government buy it. Russian doesn’t buy such a crap, and we can see that in the most recent Aaron Eckhart’s movie entitled London Has Fallen.

The movie is started by a scene in which Aamir Barkawi (Alon Moni Aboutboul), a notorious terrorist godfather, has his daughter’s wedding ceremony in Pakistan bombed by a collaborative action of counter-terrrorist governments. Somehow, he is survived along with his sons. Two years later, they launch revenge: First, by killing British Prime Minister James Continue reading “London Has Fallen”

Allegiant

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Social unrest in the new Chicago has risen a new society called itself Allegiant

The use of scientific method to engineer society has been a popular theme for movies. For quite a long time, people are fascinated by the desire to control and show supremation to others by means of logically-sound techniques. The campaign of the supremation of scientific methods and logic has never ceased despite the facts that the employment of its discoveries to engineer society always ends in failure. That’s the core of the latest movie of Divergent the Series entitled Allegiant.

Jeanine is dead, leaving an uncontrolled society in which a battle of interests occurs. Such condition forces Tris (Shailene Woodley) and her friends to leave Chicago for good: to find new world by jumping over the Wall. Accompanied by Four (Theo James), Caleb Continue reading “Allegiant”

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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Jack, Glen and Kris Paronto examine Rone in 13 Hours

Political and economical interests would be boring subjects unless one has the capability of transforming them into action movie with daily life drama to make it more colorful. The challenge is then to choose the right theme for the movie: which of the themes has the most profound impact towards the audience, will be the greatest interest to the director. To such extent, Michael Bay has done great job. Based on true events in Libya in 2012, his latest movie, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, can be considered as the best after Black Hawk Down made in 2001 by Ridley Scot. The difference is that Black Hawk Down has unsuccessful military operation at its core, while the Michael Bay’s is based on military attack towards US base; making it more dramatic cum heroic.

The story is started with Rone (James Badge Dale) picks up Jack Da Silva (John Krasinski) at Benghazi International Airport. Both are enlisted in the GRS, an elite military group, along with other four men with single purpose: giving military back up for illegal CIA operations in Continue reading “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”

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