Snow White and the Huntsman – Movie Review

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Snow White and the Huntsman

Once upon a time, in deep winter, a queen was admiring the falling snow when she saw a rose blooming in defiance of the cold. Reaching for it, she pricked her finger and three drops of blood fell. And because the red seemed so alive against the white she thought, “If only I had a child as white as snow, lips as red as blood, hair as black as a raven’s wings and all with the strength of that rose.”

Soon after, a daughter was born to the queen, named Snow White—beautiful and defiant.

As a young teen girl, William is her friend.

Also while young, the queen dies. During the King’s grief, an army attacks the kingdom. The dark army of non-humans is defeated.

Queen Ravenna

Queen Ravenna

During the battle, Ravenna, their leader, was captured. The king was immediately enchanted by her beauty. The next day he married her. After the ceremony, in the king’s bedroom, she kills him—a dagger to the heart.

Ravenna is now Queen of the kingdom with her own real army, not a phantom army.

Snow White is captured. William escapes with his father.

Ravenna’s kingdom slowly died because she’s so evil.

Snow in the tower

Snow White locked in the tower

Snow White remained locked in the North Tower, now a woman. She meets Greta, also caged in the high dungeon. She was captured while trying to reach Duke Hammond’s Castle.

To regain her youth, the queen sucks the life out of girls, thus killing them. She is impervious to dying by a sword.

On this day, the Queen’s magic mirror tells her the reason why her powers wane. Snow White is the fairest in the kingdom, not her. Only with Snow’s heart, the queen need not consume girl’s for youth, never to weaken or age again.

Finn in Snow's room

Finn in Snow’s room in the tower

Immortality, she needs Snow’s heart. “Finn!” she screams. “Bring me the king’s daughter!” Her brother obeys.

In the tower, Finn tries to have his way with Snow White, in her room. Snow escapes and runs into the tunnels and caverns then jumps into the sea.

Later on shore, Snow boards a white stallion as the guards pursue.  She escapes in the Dark Forest, an enchanted swamp.

Ravenna is furious with her brother Finn. They fight in her chamber. She summons and tricks a huntsman into going into the Dark Forest. “Bring back the girl and I will bring back your wife, a life for a life.”

The huntsman

Huntsman

The huntsman, Finn, and several of the queen’s soldiers go into the Dark Forest after Snow White. The huntsman soon finds Snow. She tells his he’s been double crossed by the queen, he sets Snow free. Fights the soldiers and Finn.

For a hundred gold pieces he will help Snow back to her castle. They do a spit-shake to seal the deal.

At the castle, William receives word that Snow has been locked in the queen’s high tower all these years, alive, now in the Dark Forest. He rides after her into the Dark Forest.

Troll attacks SnowA troll attacks in the Dark Forest, they fight off the attack.

Finn and the soldiers burn the village where Snow and the huntsman are staying.

The queen’s beauty is fading, thus her life is fading. She needs Snow’s heart or she will die.

White Deer

In Sanctuary, the magical white deer bows to Snow White

They meet dwarfs. They’re in a magical land, the Sanctuary, home of the fairies. A magical white deer with giant antlers enters Sanctuary. It bows to Snow.

Finn and his soldiers attack.

Huntsman kills Finn, he falls into the enchanted swamp. By the action, the queen sustains a serious injury, she later recovers.

Gus, a dwarf, takes an arrow while saving Snow, he dies. They cremate him.

William

William

Later, William gives Snow an apple. She takes a bite. The apple is poison. William is the evil queen, she turns into crows and flies away to her castle. Snow falls into a deep coma.

Through the town square, Snow is carried to the castle on a gurney. Laid in a large chamber in the castle.

The huntsman’s wife’s name was Sara. Snow reminds him of her, in heart and spirit. With streaming tears, he kisses her.

Show wakes and walks into the courtyard, dressed in the white dress of burial. She wants to ride into war against the queen. “Who will ride with me this day? Who will be my brothers?” Snow and her army rides!

The dwarfs attack the queen’s castle from the sewers.

Queen's castleThe queen’s army attacks over the castle walls as Snow’s army approaches.

The dwarfs raise the gate letting Snow’s depleted army into the castle. Hand-to-hand sword fighting ensues.

Snow goes after the queen as her men fight. During the fight between the queen and Snow, a fight that the queen is winning, Snow stabs the queen in the stomach with a dagger. “…and only by fairest blood is it undone.”

The queen died and turned very old.

Queen Snow WhiteLater Snow receives her crown, the queen.

Hail to the Queen!

The End

This was an enchanting remake. Very well done. It’s interesting how the character of Snow has changed from the original.

The dwarfs were only a minor part in this rewrite.

My rating: 4 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

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Mad Max – Fury Road – Movie Review

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Mad Max Fury Road

Mad Max

Mad Maxx

Max once was a cop, a road warrior. The world is running out of water. He’s captured by the War Boys.

 

Fucacima Kamakrazee War Boys. They’re going to Gas Town, hauling Aqua Cola, produce, and Mother’s Milk.

Immortan Joe-2

Immortan Joe

Immortan Joe is their leader. He sends the War Rig to bring back guzzoline from Gas Town and bullets from the Bullet Farm. Joe salutes Imperator Furiosa and his half-life War Boys. They will ride eternal on the highways of Valhalla.

 

Furiosa and Max

Furiosa and Max

In the desert, Imperator Furiosa changes the orders, she drives east.

 

Immortan Joe knows Furiosa is going rogue into hostile territory. Joe Angharad goes to visit Miss Giddy. She tells him the ridders begged Furiosa to flee from Joe. They don’t wish to be his soldiers. She’s taking them a long way from him.

Word is out in the camp, Furiosa has gone rogue and took a lot of stuff from Immortan Joe. Breeders, his prize breeders. Joe wants them back.

The rock guitarists

Rock guitarists

The War Boys fight over who gets to drive during the chase  along Fury Road. They grab steering wheels with skulls off the rack.

 

Joe’s War Boys are driving Fury Road in their desert war machines with Maxx chained to the front of one vehicle, a metal claw chained to his face. A rock guitarists is playing loudly, heavy metal riff. All pursuing Furiosa and the breeders.

Buzzard

Buzzard

Furiosa is notified, vehicles from the Citadel approaching. “Buzzards right! Eyes on! Eyes on!” she orders.

 

Furiosa’s clan and Immortan Joe’s team fight multiple Buzzards on Fury Road.

They drive into a giant electrical, tornado storm. One War Machine crashes in the tornado and Maxx escapes.

He finds Furiosa and the female breeders, some with child, Joe’s wives. He has damaged Joe’s wives, now he must flee with Furiosa. He drives the 2000 horsepower, nitro-boosted, war machine.

Gas Town Boys

Gas Town Boys

The Gas Town Boys are on their tails. Big Rigs. Pole Cats. Flamers. The People Eater himself is coming to count the costs.

 

Maxx tries to file the claw off his face.

Furiosa made a deal for safe passage through the canyon. She’s supposed to be alone, that’s the deal. She tells Maxx the sequence for the truck in case he has to drive during their escape. He and the girls hide in the lower compartment. She has 3000 gallons of guzzoline just like they asked.

The Gas Town Boys enter the canyon. A pregnant girl sneezes loudly. The canyon bandits attack Furiosa.

Joe's wifes, the breeders

Joe’s wives, the Breeders, some with child

During the escape, Joe’s pregnant wife is nearly killed when she fell from the guzzoline truck. Joe ran over her by accident, in his pursuit.

 

Furiosa is taking the girls to the Green Place, a long nights run heading east.

The Gas Town Boys are all pursuing the gates of Valhalla, their final resting place when they die.

As the girl dies, Joe orders the baby removed in hopes of saving its live, maybe. The baby is also dead, a boy.

Furiosa was born in the Green Place, stolen from there as a child. She’s looking for redemption. The girls are looking for hope.

Furiosa

Furiosa shouts her heritage

They find a naked girl abandoned high on a metal power pole. Furiosa yells to her, “I am a Vuvalini! Of the Many Mothers! My Initiate Mother was K.T. Concannon! Daughter of Marry Jabassa. My Clan, Swaddle Dog.” 7000 days plus the ones she doesn’t remember since she was taken from her people. Now she’s home.

 

They tell her the Green Place is gone. This small band is all that’s left of her people, in the desert.

Furiosa wants to ride across the salt. Load the motorcycles with gear and ride for 160 days, she thinks. She invites Max along on the journey.

Max

Max

Maxx has a different plan, go back through the canyon to the Citadel. Take the Citadel from Joe. It’s green and there’s water, clear water and crops. Joe calls it Aqua Cola from wells, deep in the earth.

 

They have Nux, a War Boy, for help and advice, as part of their team.

All Joe has left are War Pups, they think. War Boys are too sick and injured from battle on Fury Road.

On their way back to the Citadel, the War Boys attack.

War Boys attack

War Boys attack

Furiosa killed Joe. “Remember me!”  She’s badly injured in the battle, lost a lot of blood, and dying.  Maxx tries to save her by infusing her with his own blood. She has a collapsed lung.

 

Nux dies in the battle.

At Citadel, Max delivers Immortan Joe’s dead corpse, bloody crushed face.

Water Gates opened

Water valves at Citadel are opened

Everyone celebrates the death of the tyrant! The water valves are opened. Everyone has ample water.

 

Furiosa is recovering.

Where must we go…we who wander this Wasteland in search of our better selves?

The First History Man

Immortan Joe

Immortan Joe, the tyrant of Citadel

The End

This was an unusual but entertaining movie based on futuristic events. The plot was real and simple, tyranny and the need for water in the desert.

The costumes and filming was outstanding.

My rating: 5 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

The Martian – Movie Review

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The Martian-3

On Mars, Acidalia Planitia – Commander Lewis, Mark Watney, Martinez, and three others are collecting dirt samples.

NASA- Ares III- Landing site- Mission days- Sol-18. A storm is fast approaching. Massive dust-storm. Commander Lewis stops the project. Orders the team aboard the ship. As the six crew members try to reach the Ares 3, Mark Watney is hit by flying debris. Presumed dead.

Five are aboard. One chair empty, Mark’s chair. Commander Lewis orders liftoff, thinking Mark is dead. Ares 3 rockets off Mars’ surface.

Teddy SandersTeddy Sanders, Director of NASA, holds a press conference. “Astronauts Beck, Johanssen, Martinez, Vogel, and Commander Lewis reached the Mars Ascent vehicle. Intercepted with Hermes and are on their way home safely. Astronaut Mark Watney was struck by debris and killed.”

On Mars, Mark Watney wakes still wearing his space suit. An antenna is protruding from his midsection. Once inside the compound, he performs surgery on himself to remove the thin, metal shaft, finally stapling his skin closed.

He makes a recording that will take four years to reach Earth. He will be dead in a few months, maybe sooner.

Sol 21- His mission, grow three years-worth of food for himself  on a planet where nothing grows. Luckly he’s a botanists. He can stretch the available food for nearly a year.

Mark builds a garden

Mark builds a hot house and garden

Using his own feces and urine, he makes fertilizer and begins the seeding process. Builds a hot house and plants potatoes.”

Sol 36- “Hello there.” Success! Mark’s first potato plants are growing.

On Earth, Teddy Sanders, Director of Nasa. Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas. Vincent Kapoor- Director of Mars Missions, Nasa. Vincent wants to send Ares 6 to Mars to recover Mark’s body and other things. He talks to Teddy about the new mission.

Mission Control, Nasa. Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas. Mindy Park, satellite communications, Nasa. She receives a message from Vincent Kapoor. By photos, they see the solar panels have been cleaned. Rover 2 has been moved on Mars. They know Mark is alive.

Schiaparelli Crater

Schiaparelli Crater

On Mars, Mark makes a plan. The next Nasa mission will be Ares 4 landing at Schiaparelli Crater, 3200 kilometers away, in 4 years.

On Earth, the media are now aware that Mark is alive.

With one working Rover, Rover 2, it goes 35 kilometers before needing to recharge at the Hab. Problem A.

Problem B, the journey will take 50 days to complete. He needs to live inside the Rover 2 with marginal life support, the size of a small van.

Mark figures a solution to his heating problem inside the Rover. To run the heater uses too much battery power. He digs up the Radioisotope of Plutonium. And puts the decaying radioactive isotobe behind himself in the Rover. It generates heat.

Teddy Sanders wants a pre-supply ship built in 3 months, impossible, and sent to Mars, nine more months. He will find the money for the overtime.

Mark grew 400 healthy potato plants. The smaller, he will reseed, the larger, he will eat. All natural, organic, Martian-grown potatoes.

Pathfinder on Mars

Mark finds the Pathfinder

Vincent Kapoor knows where Mark is going in the Rover 2.  He flies to, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Pasadera, California.

The crashed Pathfinder on Mars. Mark found it.

At the lab, everyone looks at the replica of the Pathfinder. Both Pathfinders go online. Mark communicates with Nasa, with “Yes” or “No” signs. Nasa points the camera to the signs.

NASA communicates with signs

NASA communicates by pointing to signs

Mark eats the first potatoes, steamy hot, fully cooked, with ketchup. He will communicate in hexadecimals. Their communication quickly improves, thanks to the smart people of Nasa.

Mark wants his crew informed that he’s alive.

The Hermes – 4 months since Mars departure.

Mitch Henderson sends a video to the Hermes crew. Mark Watney is still alive. They’ve known for two months, kept it from them.

Mitch HendersonTechnically Mark has colonized Mars according to The University of Chicago, his alma mater. He has grown food, that’s why. He learns through emails.

There’s an explosion on Mars. His potato plants are destroyed. Space suit is damaged. He has more suits. Greenhouse is destroyed.

Mark chats, via Email, with his crew aboard the Hermes.

Using duct tape and plastic, Mark repairs the greenhouse, sort of.

Nasa skips safety to rush the probe. The inspections are cancelled, Teddy’s orders.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Iris Probe. 4 weeks later- Loading the probe.

Cape Canaveral- Iris Probe is launched. Iris blew apart in the sky shortly after takeoff.

The Chinese Space Agency agrees to help. They are building another Iris probe in 28 days.

Rich Purnell

Rich Purnell

Pleiades NASA Advanced Supercomputer. Rich Purnell works Astrodynamics, knows how to save Mark Watney. Project Elrond?

Rich tells Nasa his plan. To re-deploy the Hermes around the Earth and back to Mars. Pick up a care package when rounding earth. Dump it on Mars. They will need to use the Taiyang Shen.

The plan is sent to the crew aboard the Hermes. Total of over 900 days in space. They agree to go back for their shipmate, then never fly again.

NASA is in the dark so far, doesn’t know the mission. Teddy Sanders, Director of NASA, wants Mitch Henderson’s resignation when this is over. “Now, let’s go get our astronaut.”

The plan, Mark will use the MAV from Ares 4 at Schiaparelli Crater, placed there by NASA 3 years ago, just waiting. Use that to go into orbit just as the Hermes is passing and they will catch him in space.

On Earth, the second Iris probe launches aboard a rocket ship from China.

The Hermes

The Hermes

The Hermes crew picks up the Iris probe, supply capsule, as it circles Earth. Next stop for Hermes and crew, Mars.

7 months later, Mark has lost a lot of body mass due to the reduced calorie rations, grown a beard. Goes by the name, Captain Blondbeard. Mars is technically under maritime law.

His daily schedule, journey until the batteries are low in the Rover 2, sleep as the solar panels recharge the batteries. On his way to Schiaparelli Crater.

NASA’s plan is to reduce the weight of the MAV, Mars Ascent Vehicle, at the crater. Once there, Mark begins removing the parts as instructed. Then covers the spacecraft with a tarp, also as NASA brains requested.

The crew aboard the Hermes prepares for the pickup as they approach Mars.

At NASA, Vincent Kapoor explains, they are 12 light-minutes away from Earth. It takes 24 minutes for a signal to reach earth and back if they have a question. The crew is effectively on their own with this mission.

On Mars, Mark decides it’s time for a shave and a haircut.

MAV

MAV, Mars Ascent Vehicle

As the Hermes crew prepares to launch the Mars MAV, inside the spacecraft, Mark becomes emotional to the point of tears. Commander Lewis and her crew will fly Mark to their ship. Mark needs only to buckle-up and hold on.

Lewis gives the order. The MAV lifts off from Mars in a blaze of fire, straight up!

Mark passes out from pulling 12 gees.

Commander Lewis advises Houston, they are going to deliberately breach the VAL to produce a reverse thrust. They need the push to catch the MAV, it’s off course.

After the explosion, they’re still 312 meters away from the MAV. In a space chair, strapped to the Hermes, Lewis goes after Mark.

Commander Lewis in space chair-2

Commander Lewis in the space chair

Her strap isn’t long enough. She can’t reach the MAV.

Mark rips a hole in the palm of his space suit. Acting like Iron Man, using escaping oxygen for propulsion, he haphazardly flies toward Lewis.

His aim is off, but he grabs her strap.

“Hold on Mark!” she yells pulling the strap, pulling him closer. She grabs him.

The crew of the Hermes reels Lewis and Mark toward their ship.

Lewis reports, “Houston, this is Hermes actual. We got him. Watney is secure.”

Earth is in celebration!

Lewis, “Houston, six crew safely aboard.”

Ares 5 Rocket

Ares 5

Months later on Earth, Mark is an instructor at NASA. He’s teaching his first class, talking about his experiences on Mars, to a full class of in awe cadets.

NASA prepares for the Ares 5 mission using the Hermes, 414 days in space.

Ares 5 lifts off, not Lewis, on its way to Mars from Cape Canaveral, with the help of the Chinese Space Program.

The End.

The Martian-2Due to my fascination with astronomy and space, I found this movie to be very entertaining and interesting. For me, the filming was very believable. It looked like Mars.

The plot line was excellent. I’m so glad Lewis and her crew brought Mark back to Earth safely after leaving him on Mars in the beginning.

My rating: 5 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

Captain America – The Winter Soldier – Movie Review

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Captain America - The Winter Soldier

Rogers is on his usual morning run at full speed, in Washington D.C. He ran 13 miles in 30 minutes. After the sprint he meets Sam Wilson of the 58th Pararescue. Sam works at the VA now.

India Ocean- A mobile Satellite launch platform is discovered, the Lemurian Star. Pirates overtook the ship, 93 minutes ago, demanding a billion and a half dollars. It’s SHIELD’s ship, trespassing. 25 pirates, top mercenaries led by Georges Batroc. Ex-DGSE, Action Division at the top of Interpol’s Red Notice. 36 kill missions before demobilized by the French. Likes maximum causalities.

Lemurian Star-2

Lemurian Star

Aboard the ship, mostly techs, one officer, Jasper Sitwell.

Steve Rogers and his team form a plan. They’re airborne to the Indian Ocean in minutes.

Steve, Captain America, jumps out of the plane without a parachute and plunges into the sea. He climbs aboard the Lemurian Star. Rogers begins his assault.

Natasha

Natasha

After taking out numerous mercenaries, his team lands on the deck in parachutes. The full-scale assault on the ship begins.

“The engine room is secure,” Natasha reports. She took out several men to do so.

Romanoff missed the rendezvous point.

Shields’ computers are blown up because of Natasha. She was backing up Shields’ hard drive  when a mercs tossed an explosive into the room. She was following Fury’s orders.

Rogers and Nick Fury

Rogers and Nickolas J. Fury in Insite Bay

The Triskelion- Shield Headquarters. Rogers and Nickolas J. Fury argue about the blown mission.

Insite Bay, Rogers does not have clearance to see Project Insite. Fury introduces him to the top secret project. Three next-generation helicarriers. Synced to a network of targeting satellites. Launched from the Lemurian Star. Once in the air, they never need to come down, continuous sub-orbital flight, courtesy of new repulsor engines.

Stark helped in the designs. Guns that can eliminate 1,000 hostiles a minute. Satellites can read a terrorist’s DNA in his spider home.

The World Security Council approved Project Insite.

In the Smithsonian, a display honoring Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage. Rogers is enjoying his own exhibit, while dressed in civilians clothing.

Later, he visits Agent Peggy Carter, at the nursing home. She helped found SHIELD. An elderly woman now.

Secretary Pierce

Secretary Pierce

Nick Fury looks at the drive Natasha copied for him. “Open Lemurian Star’s satellite launch file.”

Rockwell and the council are not happy with Nick Fury. Failure, the Lemurian Star attack. Secretary Pierce disagrees.

Fury wants Project Insite delayed. He wants a favor from Pierce, his friend. That requires a long sub-committee hearing. He wants Iron Man to stop by his niece’s birthday party.

Sam Wilson lost his wingman, Riley. He has regrets. He talks to other vets. Standard PJ rescue op. An RPG knocked Riley out of the sky.

The masked man

The masked man

Fury calls Agent Hill to Washington D.C. Deep Shadow conditions. Be here in three hours.  Soon, Fury is under attack! His escape plan, use the 17th ave bridge in heavy traffic. His SUV is shot badly. He doesn’t get that far. A masked man tosses a bomb under his SUV and overturns it.

Rogers arrives home to his apartment. His stereo is on. 1940’s music is playing. Fury is there. Wife kicked him out.

Roger’s apartment is bugged by SHIELD. Fury is shot. He gives the drive to Rogers. “Don’t trust anyone.”

Kate, Agent 13 of Shield, Special Service-2

Kate, Agent 13 of Shield, Special Service

Kate, Agent 13 of Shield, Special Service, rushes in. “Foxtrot is down, unresponsive. Need EMT’s.”

Rogers goes after the shooter. It was the masked man with the bomb. He has powers like Rogers. He escapes. Also, a metal arm. He shot Fury with Soviet made slugs, 3 of them, in the chest.

At the hospital, time of death, 1:03 a.m. Natasha and Rogers are there.

Secretary Pierce’s theory, Fury bugged Roger’s apartment. Fury hired the pirates who hijacked the Lemurian Star. A cover for the acquisition and sale of classified intelligence. The sale went sour and led to Nick’s death.

Rogers in the elevator

Men from SHIELD attach Roger’s arm to the wall of elevator with electronic device, which he breaks, then the fight is over in seconds

As Rogers rides the elevator at Shield down, more and more men enter. He becomes suspicious. Suspects an impending attack. “Before we start, does anyone want to get out?” Rogers asks.

The fight begins.  “Mobilize strike units, 25th Floor.”

The fight is over quickly. All the attackers beaten. Rogers jumps out of the elevator and falls to the concrete below, landing on his shield, momentarily dazed but fine.

Cap escaping on a cycle

A pilot attacks on a helicarrier as Cap flees

A pilot flying a helicarrier attacks Rogers as he flees on a motorcycle. He makes quick work of the flying machine. It crashes and explodes.

Captain America is now a fugitive of Shield.

Project Insite is reactivated by the council.

Rogers and Natasha read the disc. Now Shield knows where they are, due to a Level Six homing program within the drive. Shield agents will be there in nine minutes. Wheaton, New Jersey. They’re on their way. They slip past Shield people and hit the road in a borrowed truck.

In New Jersey, Camp Lehigh. The camp where Rogers was trained. He remembers his training, before the body enhancement.

Rogers and Natasha on the run

Rogers and Natasha at Camp Lehigh

He discovers a secret Shield lab in the camp. They enter and find a giant computer. Natasha inserts the disc. The computer starts. It knows Steve Rogers, Born 1918. And Romanoff, Natasha Alianovna, Born 1984.

The computer is Swiss, calls her Fräulein. Captain Rogers took him prisoner in 1945. Arnim Zola, German scientist worked for the Red Skull.  In 1972 diagnosed with a terminal illness. Operation Paper Clip after WWII Shield recruited German scientists with strategic value.

Operation Hydra has operated within Shield for 70 years. Goal, a new world order. People must comply willingly. Sacrifice freedom for security. A purification process is needed.

Natasha at the computer discovers a bogy

At the computer, Natasha discovers a bogy

Natasha discovers a bogy flying straight for them. Short range ballistic. 30 seconds until impact. Shield fired the missile. They hide in a lower room as the building is leveled!

Shield arrives and looks for bodies.

Secretary Pierce talks to the masked man in his home, without his mask. His housekeeper, Renata, sees the visitor. Pierce shoots her, killing her. He orders another assassination, two targets, Level Six. In 10 hours.

Rogers and Natasha hide in Sam Wilson’s apartment. With Sam’s help, they steal a EXO-7 Falcon.

Sam Wilson, the Falcon

Sam Wilson, the Falcon

By using interesting interrogation techniques, Sam has wings and can fly, they learn Zola’s algorithm is a program for choosing Insite’s targets. People. Any threat to Hydra.

Pierce runs Hydra. The Insite helicarriers kill people on the list, a few million at a time.

The masked man attacks them in a car, on a downtown freeway. In the battle between Rogers and the masked man, his mask comes off. “Bucky?” Rogers asks surprised.

Bucky

“Bucky?”

Rogers, Natasha, and Sam are captured, more like they surrendered. Rogers is in shock. “What happened to Bucky?” It was 70 years ago. Bucky’s unit was captured in 1943. Zola experimented on him.

Agent Hill takes them inside a cave compound, medical facility for treatment. Natasha was shot by Bucky. Lost a lot of blood. Shot in the shoulder.

Nick Fury is there, lacerated spinal column, cracked sternum, shattered collarbone, perforated liver, bad headache. Collapsed lung. Tetrodotoxin B slowed the pulse to one beat per minute. Banner developed it for stress.

Sergeant Barnes, remembers his training by Arnim Zola, of Hydra

Sergeant Barnes being trained by Arnim Zola of Hydra

Bucky, Sergeant Barnes, remembers his training by Arnim Zola, of Hydra, and the surgeries. Pierce wants a mission report from Barnes. He remembers Rogers from his past. Difficult to see through the brainwashing.

Pierce orders his memory wiped, then reprogramed.

Once the helicarriers reach 3,000 feet, they will triangulate with Insite satellites, becoming fully weaponized.

Hilocarriers at 3000 feet

Helicarriers at 3,000 feet

“Replace their targeting blades with our own,” Fury says. “All three carriers must be linked for this to work. If one remains operational, a lot of people will die.” They must go aboard the helicarriers.

Shield, Hydra, it all has to go, they agree. Cap America gives the orders, now.

Rogers borrows the Captain America uniform from the Smithsonian display.

Cap America, Natasha, and Sam in his flying suit, Falcon approach Insite Bay. Once inside, Rogers makes the announcement over the loudspeakers exposing Pierce as the head of Hydra and his plan. He hopes people will fight for their freedom. And not launch the hilocarriers.

The tech refuses to launch the carriers, Cap’s orders. Guns are drawn in the control room.

The hilocarriers are launched!

The battle at Insite Bay is underway.

Falcon delivered his disc

Sam Wilson, Falcon, delivered the disc onboard the hilocarrier

Natasha, disguised as Shield Agent Peggy Carter, infiltrates the boardroom where Pierce is. She over-powers the guards and takes charge. Tries to disable security protocals and dump Hydra’s and Shield’s secrets onto the internet. The world will know who Pierce is, really.

Falcon and Cap deliver their discs. “Bravo lock.” Two down, one to go.

Bucky arrives.

“Disabling the encryption is an executive order. Takes two Alpha Level members?” Pierce questions.

Nick Fury's retinal scan

Nick Fury allowing a retinal scan

Much to Pierce’s surprise, Nick Fury arrives by chopper. His retinal scan is accepted. He’s Alpha Level.

Buck stands in Cap’s way of installing the third disc. “Please don’t make me do this?” Cap asks.

30 seconds before the satellite is online. 3,000 feet. Algorithm is deployed.

Bucky shot Cap twice as he tries to install the disc.

The target is Washington D.C.

One second left. “Charley lock.” Cap puts his disc in place. He orders the hilocarriers destroyed with him still aboard one, and Bucky.

The hilocarriers are distroyed

The hilocarriers are distroyed

Nick Fury shot and killed Pierce.

The hilocarriers are destroyed and crash land.

Bucky and Cap fight again. Cap refuses to fight. Bucky is his friend. Knocked unconscious, Cap falls from the hilocarrier into the Potomac River.

As Cap sinks unconscious, Bucky rescues him, dragging him to shore. Leaves Cap on the shore, and walks away.

Col. Nick Fury fakes his death

Col. Nicholas J. Fury fakes his death

Col. Nick Fury fakes his death. He’s going to Europe to track down Hydra rats. Wishes to remain dead.

Kate, former Agent 13 of Shield, Special Service now works for the CIA.

Cap and Sam are going after Bucky.

The End

Captain America - The Winter Soldier-2Wow! This has been another awesome movie with Captain America.

It’s no wonder the Marvel Comic series is doing so well, the movie is outstanding.

My rating: 5 stars

May good fortune guide your path?

J.A. Ireland

The Lord of the Rings -The Return of the King – Movie Review

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The Lord of the Rings- The Return of the King

Sméagol and Déagol are fishing. Déagol hooks a very big fish. It drags him into the river. On the river bed, he finds a ring. Taking it ashore, it begins to possess both young men. It’s Sméagol’s birthday and he wants the ring. They fight over it. Sméagol, the stronger of the two, strangles Déagol until he dies. Taking the ring. “My precious.” He puts the ring on. Cursed. Driven away.

Smeagol mutating

Smeagol slowly mutating in the cave

Overtime, he mutates into a loathsome creature while living in a cave and feeding on live catfish. All while clinging to the ring.

Samwise Gamgee and Frodo Baggins are asleep in a cave. Sméagol wakes them. Frodo has the ring. They are on a journey to Mordor.

At Isengard, Saruman is locked in his tower. His powers are gone. Treebeard stands guard.

Pereprin Took finds a sphere in the water. Gandalf covers it quickly in his tunic, a palantir.

Sméagol has a plan to lead Frodo and Sam to the Winding Stair. Up the stairs to the tunnel. Once in, no coming out. Purpose; to kill them and take the ring.

Frodo doesn’t believe Sam. Sam knows about the plan.

Sauron the wizard

Sauron the wizard, locked in his tower

While Gandalf is sleeping, Pippin takes the palantir. He saw a glimpse of Sauron’s plan. To strike the city of Minas Tirith. His defeat at Helm’s Deep taught him men are not as weak as he thought. Also, the heir of Elendil came forth.

If people of Middle-Earth unite under one banner Sauron will be defeated again.

Gandalf, Pippin, and Merry begin the walk to the stables. Sauron thinks Pip has the ring. For the safety of the villager’s,  he must go. Three days ride to Minas Tirith, as the Nazgṻl flies. At the stable, Pip and Gandalf climb aboard Shadowfax, his white stallion. “Show us the meaning of haste.” They ride swiftly toward Minas Tirith, as Merry remains behind.

Arwen

Lady Arwen

Lady Arwen pleads with Lord Elrond to re-forge the sword.

Gandalf and Pippin pass into the realm of Gondor. Minas Tirith is over the bluff. City of kings.

They speak to Lord Denethor, not a king. A caretaker of the throne. Lord Denethor was Boromir’s father. Pippin is told not to speak.

“Boromir died to save us,” Pip said, then pledges his loyalties as payment.

Gangalf tells Denethor of the impending war with Sauron. “Send word to King Théoden of Rohan. Light the beacons.”

Gandalf and Pippin stand before Lord Denethor

Lord Denethor eats as Gandalf warns him of impending war

Denethor knows of Aragorn, son of Arathorn, Ranger from the north, the king. He refuses Gandalf’s request. He’s not sending for help. He’s the only king.

Sauron’s deadliest servant who led Mordor’s army, a soldier no living man can kill. The Witch-king of Angmar.

Orcs, men, legions of Haradrim from the south, meŕceraries from the coast. All answer Mordor’s call. The Witch-king of Angmar will lead Mordor’s army.

He stabbed Frodo on Weathertop.

The lord of the Nazgṻl, Minas Morgul is his lair.

Frodo, Sam, and Sméagol at the Sectet Stairs

Frodo, Smeagol, and Sam at the Secret Stairs to Mordor

The Dead City, Sam, Frodo, and Sméagol are there. They find the secret stairs to Mordor. Climb!

The attack on Minas Tirith begins, Orcs attack.

Pip lights the beacon. The beacons of Amon Din are lit. The message is sent across the mountain range by burning beacons.

“The beacons of Minas Tirith are lit! Gondor calls for aid. Rohan will answer. Muster the Rohirrim,” King Théoden orders.

Faramir saw Frodo and Sam in Ithilien, two days ago, taking the road to Morgul vale. And then the pass of Cirith Ungol.

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The Witch-king

The Witch-king of Angmar commands, “Send forth all legions.” He wants everyone in Minas Tirith killed. He will kill the white wizard, Gandalf, break him…

Frodo and Sam bicker over Elven bread and the ring. Frodo sends Sam back home.

Lord Denethor is Boromir and Faramir’s father, Boromir is dead. Faramir leaves for war with his soldiers. His father wishes it was he that was dead.

King Théoden

King Theoden

King Théoden of Rohan is gathering troops. 500 men from Westfold. 300 men from Fenmarch. No riders from Snowbourn? 6000 spears. He hoped for twice that many. Not enough to break the lines of Mordor.  They ride at dawn.

They see the road to the Dimholt, door under the mountain, no one ever returns. The mountain is evil. Aragorn is drawn to the road.

Lord Elrond is there. Arwen is dying due to the evil spreading from Mordor. The light of the Evenstar is failing. As Sauron’s power grows, her power wanes. Arwen’s life is now tied to the fate of the ring, he tells Aragorn.

Elrond

Lord Elrond

Elrond suggests Aragorn call upon the mountain dwellers, murderers, and traitors. They will answer to the King of Gondor.

Elrond has the re-forged sword. Andǘril, the Flame of the West, forged from the Shards of Narsil.

The Sword of Elendil. Sauron will remember the sword. Aragorn has the weapon.

“Take the Dimholt road,” Elrond says to Aragorn.

Lord Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas take Dimholt road.

King Théoden leaves Ẽowynin in charge in his stead

King Theoden places Eowynin in charge

Théoden leaves Ẽowynin in charge in his stead. Take his seat in the Golden Hall. Defend Edoras.

Lady Ẽdwyn Arnen takes Merry into battle with her, aboard her stallion.

Aragorn confronts a Dead Soul, in their dwelling place, made by those who are dead. Only the King of Gondor may command them. Aragorn wields the Sword of Elendil. “Fight for us…and regain your honor. What say you?” He is Isildur’s heir. “Fight for me…and I will hold your oath’s fulfilled…What say you?”

Faramir is drug to Minas Tirith by his horse. He is dead. Shot by two arrows. His entire army is dead.

Orcs

Orc army

The Orcs attack Minas Tirith. Lord Denethor orders, “Retreat!” He’s a coward.

Gandalf assumes command. Everyone fights! Except Lord Denethor.

Sméagol led Frodo into a giant spider’s nest and web. He uses the light of Eärendil, their most beloved star. A light in dark places, when all other lights go out. The giant spider tries to drink his blood. He defends himself with the light and escapes.

He and Sméagol fight over the ring. Sméagol falls over the cliff.

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Galadriel, Lady of Lothlorien

Galadriel, Lady of Lothlórien, appears to Frodo in a vision. “This task was appointed to you, Frodo of the Shire. If you do not find a way, No one will…”

Lord Denethor sees to Faramir’s burial, cremation.

The Orcs invade the city.

The great spider finds and stings Frodo. Sam is back and fights the spider. Frodo is under the venom.  He will wake in a few hours. Orcs capture and take him to the tower. Sam follows.

King Théoden and his army arrive at Minas Tirith. Their army is small. The king shouts his orders.  “Death! Forth Eorlingas!” They charge the Orc army.

The Orc army is huge!

Faramir is alive. Lord Denethor burns himself to death by mistake as Gandalf and Merry intercede. “So passes Denethor, son of Ecthelion.”

The Giant Elephants Attack

Giant Elephants carrying troops attack

Giant elephants arrive carrying fighters and attack.

The Witch-king arrives flying on his Nazgǘl. He attacks King Théoden. As the king lies on the ground wounded, Lady Ẽdwyn stands between the king and the Nazgǘl. She chopped off the flying beast’s head. The Witch-king of Angmar, leader of Sauron’s army is mad. He attacks her, Ẽdwyn.

Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas arrive with the Dead people and join the battle.

The Witch-king of Angmar

The Witch-king of Angmar

The Witch-king has a secret. No man can kill him. Ẽdwyn takes off her helmet. “I’m not a man!” She shoves her sword through his face killing him. He dies and withers.

As always, Gimli and Legolas have their contest as to who can kill the most enemy.

King Théoden dies as Ẽowyn comforts him.

The battle is over. The orcs are dead.

Aragorn releases the Dead people. Their oath’s are fulfilled. They are at peace. They all fade away.

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Sauron’s tower with his EYE and Mount Doom, the volcano, in the background

Pippin is back. He finds Merry.

In the tower, Frodo awakes. The structure is teaming with Orcs. Sam fights his way into the tower. He rescues Mr. Frodo.

They’re in Mordor.  Sauron’s Eye is at the top of the tower, high above Mordor.  Frodo must get to Mount Doom.

Gandalf, Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas make a plan

Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli make a plan

Gandalf and Aragorn have a plan. 10,000 Orcs stand in Frodo’s way. He needs safe passage across the plains of Gorgoroth. Aragorn’s plan, draw out Sauron’s armies. Empty his lands. They march on the Black Gate. Keep Sauron’s Eye fixed on them.

“Certainty of death, small chance of success,” Gimli says. “I’m in.”  They ride with a small army.

Sauron moves his Orc army toward the Gate as Frodo and Sam move toward Mount doom. Sam tells Frodo this is a one-way journey.

At the Black gate, Aragorn calls, “Let the Lord of the Black Land come forth! Let justice be done upon him!”

Aragorn and his men attack the Orc army

Aragorn and his army attack the army of Orcs

The enormous gate opens. A vast Orc army is there and marches toward them.

The Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, brothers, Men of the West, they are grossly out numbered and quickly surrounded.  The battle begins. They fight the Orc army.

Gandalf sends for the giant eagles to battle the Nazgǘls.

Frodo and Sam climb Mount Doom as it slowly erupts. Emaciated nearly to the point of death. Frodo too weak to walk, Sam carries him up the mountain.

Sméagol waits for them. He attacks.

Frodo and Smegil fight inside Mount Doom

Frodo and Smeagol fight over the ring inside Mount Doom

Everyone makes their way inside the volcano. Frodo cannot throw the ring into the lava below, the ring won’t let him. Instead, he puts it on. Sméagol attacks again. They fight. Sméagol bites off his finger and takes the ring. As they fight, both fall over the edge. Sméagol falls into the lava, dropping the ring into the molten rock.

The RingFrodo clings to the cliff.

The ring melts.

Sauron’s Eye is destroyed. Mount Doom erupts.

Frodo and Sam are trapped in the lava flow, on a high rock. They believe they are going to perish, they talk about the Shire. Sam remembers Rosie Cotton, the girl he wishes he had married. They pass out from the exhaustion, heat, and starvation.

Gandalf arrives riding on the back of a giant eagle, with two eagles at his side. Sam and Frodo are rescued in the eagle’s huge talons.

Later, Frodo wakes. Gandalf is there. His friends are there. All laughing.

Aragorn receives his crown. Gandalf is the presenter. Under King Aragorn, a time of peace.

King Aragorn and Arwen at the corination

King Aragorn and Arwen

Elrond and Arwen are there. Arwen is healed now that Sauron has been destroyed. They kiss.

King Aragorn and his kingdom bows to the hobbits, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin.

A Fourth Age of Middle-earth began. And the Fellowship of the Ring…though eternally bound by friendship and love… was ended. Thirteen months to the day since Gandalf sent us on our long journey…We found ourselves looking upon a familiar sight.

They are back at the Shire.

Rosie and Sam are married

Rosie and Sam are married

Sam wasted no time in marrying Rosie Cotton.

there and Back again…

a hobbit’s tale, By

Bilbo Baggins

Frodo’s wound has never really healed since Weathertop. Four years to the day.

the Lord of the Rings, By Frodo Baggins

The ship the sail on at the end

The ship they sail on

The Power of the Three Rings is ended. The time has come for the dominion of Men. Bilbo Baggins is escorted aboard the ship by Elrond and Galadriel.

Gandalf and Frodo join them aboard the vessel. They sail away.

It will be Sam’s job to add to the story. He and Rosie have children, and are happy in the Shire.

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Goodbye Lord of the Rings. I  miss you. 🙂

The End.

This has been an amazing story. An end to an epic adventure.

It saddens me to say goodbye to such a great saga.

Maybe, if we are lucky, Sam will add to the timeless tale. I hope so.

My rating: 5 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Movie Review

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Transformers-Dark of the MoonWe were once a peaceful race of intelligent, mechanical beings. But then came the war between the Autobots, who fought for freedom and the Decepticons, who dreamt of tyranny. Overmatched and outnumbered, our defeat was all but certain. But in the war’s final days, one Autobot ship escaped the battle. It was carrying a secret cargo which would have changed our planet’s fate. A desperate mission. Our final hope. A hope that vanished.

VLA Radio Observatory- New Mexico, 1961 – Impact Detected

NASA Director at Langley Virginia is notified. Impact confirmed at 22:50 GMT

Secretary of Defense is notified. Lunar impact detected. Deep space track at 22:50 GMT

President Nixon From the Oval Office

President Kennedy in the Oval Office

The Pentagon – National Security Command is notified. Mr. Mc Namara talks to President Kennedy. “Get Bobby in here.” In the Oval office. “We believe a UFO has crashed into the Moon. We think the Russians are onto it as well,” Kennedy’s advisors tell him and Bobby.

JFK orders, “Well, then you tell NASA to move heaven and earth. We need to get to the moon.”

“NASA says it will take five years.”

“You get there before the Russians,” Kennedy orders. His goal, “Landing a Man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth before the decade is over.”

Eight years later, July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 lifts off. Neil Armstrong is aboard from the Saturn V 250,000 miles away.

They land on the moon. First live pictures from the moon.  Tranquility Base reports live. “The Eagle has landed.” 400 million persons watch the live broadcast.

Neil Armstrong steps on the moon. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Neil and Buzz find the alien space ship

Neil and Buzz find the alien space craft

The signal is lost for 21 minutes. The mission is, “Go!”  Neil and Buzz find the crashed machine. A ship, massive, with a metal face. They go inside and collect samples to bring back to NASA.

President Nixon calls Neil and Buzz from the Oval office. Extends his, and the nations, congratulations. A call straight to the moon.

The astronauts arrive back on Earth safely. They bring the samples of the alien ship.

Sam and Carly

Sam and Carly

Carly and Sam are in Washington D.C., In their apartment. They have small Autobots. Sam is unemployed. His parents arrive in their motorhome. They’re not pleased that he’s without a job.

Narration; In the years since the Autobots arrived on Earth, much has changed. Energon detectors guard the cities now. Long-range defense systems watch the skies.

Middle East- Illegal Nuclear Site. The Autobots fight off an attack. The Autobots search for their true enemy’s return, while keeping the Earth safe.

Chernobyl. Something alien in nature was discovered. Mr. Voshkod and his team inspect the abandoned power plant. Uninhabited since 1986. Won’t be livable for another 20,000 years. Ukraine was very fertile land, before the radiation. The men wear radiation suits as they enter the empty facility.

They are attacked! By Shockwave! Wormlike, Decepticon.

Optimus Prime arrives. He fought Shockwave. The Decepticon quickly flees. “Shockwave wanted an engine part from a long lost Autobot ship,” Prime says. He sees the part Shockwave was after.

Mr. Brazos and Sam

Mr. Brazos and Sam

After numerous interviews, Sam Witwicky lands a job at Accuretta Systems. Mr. Brazos hires him for the mailroom. A global leader in telecom and aerospace. He applied for administration aide.

Classified Nest Headquarters – Washington, D.C.  Health & Human Resources Building. The Autobots arrive to the secret location.  The Director of National Intelligence, Charlotte Mearing, is talking with  Colonel Lennox, he’s in charge. The engine part from the lost Autobot ship is there. It has been Director Only clearance at Sector 7 until now.

Optimus Prime is angry the part is in human hands.

Dr. Buzz Aldrin, the astronaut, is there. Only 35 people knew the real plan at NASA for the moon mission. To investigate the alien ship on the dark side of the moon.

Soviets picked up the fuel rod on the moon. A fissionable fuel assembly. Believed they had it mastered at Chernobyl. Tried to harness it at the power plant.

NASA landed six moon missions. Gathered hundreds of photos and samples. Locked them away forever. Top secret. The moon program was shutdown.

The alien ship on the moon

The crashed Ark on the moon

Optimus asked, “Well, did you search the crash vault?” The ship’s name was the Ark. It escaped Cybertron. Captained by, “The great Sentinel Prime, the technology’s inventor.”  Technology that would have won the war. Sentinel Prime commanded the Autobots before Optimus. He must find it before the Decepticons find it.

Dylan Gould

Dylan Gould

Sam visits Carly Spencer at her job to tell her the good news—he got the job. Dylan Gould is her boss. Carly helps run the collection of antique cars. He restores them. Dylan called Accuretta Systems and got Sam his job.

Xanthium approaching Tranquility Base. Ratchet and Optimus are on the moon. They enter the Ark. Locate Sentinel. Bring him home to Earth.

Megatron

Megatron in Africa

In Africa, Megatron has a camp. There are other Decepticons. Soundwave, the bird, reports, “Autobots took the bait. Discovered the Ark. Returned with its cargo.” Soundwave tracked the ship to the moon.

Megatron orders, “Laserbeak, kill them all.” “With pleasure.” Laserbeak begins killing the   NASA and CCCP employees that knew about the top-secret mission on the moon, to find and investigate the alien space ship.

Dylan Gould gave Carly a Mercedes SLS AMG, a $200,000 car.

Laserbeak is at Accuretta Systems reeking havoc. A Decepticon, they’re back. He’s trying to kill Sam.

Later, Sam and Carly enter Health and Human Resources Building in Washington. Director Mearing took possession of the five devices that were hidden in the ship with Sentinel Prime. They’re prototype Autobot technology. Sentinel was the Einstein of his civilization. The five devices are locked up. No one gets to them. No one gets access.

Director Mearing sees Colonel Lennox, Carly, and Sam.

Sentinel

Sentinel Prime

Sentinel Prime is there. He’s in sleep mode. Optimus awakens him with his Matrix. Only Optimus can do it. He asks about Cybertron? Now a barren wasteland. “Where are the pillars?” Sentinel askes. He saved Five out of hundreds. Including the control pillar. “The ability to reshape the universe, together the pillars form a space bridge.” Sentinel designed and alone can control them. Teleportation devices that defy the laws of physics.

The Decepticons would use the space bridge to destroy earth.

The O’Reilly Factor; The author of, Code-Name Hero, Seymour Simmons. Special Agent Simmons goes after Megatron, after a call from Sam.

Carly wants out. No more fighting Decepticons. She breaks up with Sam and leaves.

Agent Simmons and Sam look for two Russian cosmonauts in a CCCP pub. One explains, “In 1959, Russian’s Luna 3 took pictures of the dark side, the shadow side. Nothing.

In 1963, Luna 4  sees hundreds of strange rocks around a ship. With drag marks.”

Sam says, “It’s the pillars. Alien pillars for a space bridge. The Decepticons raided the ship before Apollo 11 got there. Hid the pillars. The Decepticons still need Sentinel. They have the pillars. They are coming for Sentinel Prime! Optimus was the only one who could revive Sentinel.”

In Washington,  “For the sake of their planet’s survival, a deal had to be made with Megatron,” Sentinel said. The Autobot began wrecking the building, OPS control. “Return what belongs to me!” He wants the five pillars. Sentinel hit the vault! Took the pillars!

The 101st Airborne is called. Hunt down Sentinel.

Megatron sits on Lincoln's Memorial

Megatron sits on Lincon’s Memorial

Megatron shoots Lincoln’s statue. Sits in Lincoln’s chair, in the memorial in Washington.

Sentinel uses one pillar to open a space bridge. “For Cybertron! For our home!” The Autobot wishes to join with the Decepticons. He and Optimus Battle. Briefly. Optimus loses. Sentinel wishes to be a God again, like on his planet before the war. Sentinel stops fighting, flees. Didn’t kill Optimus.

In 1972, two Decepticons came to Dylan Gould’s father. He did some creative accounting and made the space program too expensive for America and Russia. The Decepticons have been Gould’s clients ever since.

Sam is to be a spy, close to the Autobots. He is to track down Optimus. “What’s his strategy? Tactics?” He’s to ask the questions. A Decepticon wrapped around his wrist, as a watch, is a spy. Communicates with Megatron. Soundwave is there, also.

200 Decepticons are hiding on Earth. Energon detectors locate them all over the planet.

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Sentinel sends a Global message

United Nations receives an encrypted audio file from Sentinel. “Defenders of Earth. We have come for your natural resources to rebuild our damaged planet. When we have transported all we need, we will leave your world in peace. For such peace to exist, you must immediately exile the Autobot rebels you have harbored. Nonnegotiable. Renounce the rebels. We await your reply.”

At the Capitol, legislation is passed to exile the Autobots from American shores. The U.S. military alliance with them is officially over.

Xanthiun, brought the second wave of Autobots. It’s been under NASA’s care and study ever since. Deport nine Autobots in this ship.

The Autobots drive to the Xanthium. Some are transported. Sam asks Optimus for his plan. “There is No plan. Your leaders have spoken. From here, the fight will be your own.”

BeeBee

Bumblebee

Bumblebee says goodbye to Sam. The Autobots are aboard the Xanthium. NASA launches the spacecraft.

Megatron blows the ship up, high in the sky. It falls to earth in a fireball. The Decepticon on Sam’s wrist, crawls away, he’s free. Everyone works for the Decepticons now.

Chicago, Illinois- A call comes in from Trump Tower, lower penthouse. Dylan Gould has Carly there. The Decepticons are shipping their planet to earth. People will be slave, labor force. Six billion workers.

Bring Cybertron into Earth’s atmosphere. Sentinel has hundreds of pillars. Spreading them around the globe. Launch into orbit. The red one controls the rest. Trigger that one, the reaction begins.

Downtown Chicago under Attack

Decepticons attack downtown Chicago

Decepticons attack Downtown Chicago. A war zone.

At the Packard Motel, in Chicago, Sam and his friends, including Epps, drive into the city. See the devastation.

The Autobots are back. They take the battle to the Decepticons, in the name of Freedom! They hid in the first booster rocket to separate. Splashed down back in the Atlantic, just as planned. They’re strategy; the element of surprise.

Sam goes after Carly at Trump Tower. He’s attacked by Soundwave, the bird. He rescues Carly. The couple gets a message to Director Mearing of National Intelligence, telling her team about the pillars on top of the building on the Chicago River owned by Hotchkiss Gould Investments. Chicago is ground zero. Sentinel Prime is there. The pillars are to his space bridge. Now, the pillar that controls everything is in the southeast cupola. Destroy the pillar. Shoot down the pillar or they’re going to transport Cybertron here, do you understand?

As Director Mearing sits in a daze, her team goes to work.

Optimus battles Shockwave

Optimum battles Shockwave

The battle rages in Downtown Chicago! People and Autobots vs Decepticons, Shockwave is there.

Optimus battles Shockwave.

“Decepticons around the world, launch the pillars,” Sentinel orders.

The pillars are launched!

“Activating the bridge,” Sentinel says.

The battle continues. Humans go after the Decepticon’s eyes.

128K binary encryption code. Bridge down. Seymour hacked the code and brought the bridge down, Dutch Seymour. He thought.

Megatron prepares to kill Bumblebee. Autobots come to the rescue.

Sentinel on the Hotchkiss Gould Investments Building

Sentinel atop the Hotchkiss Gould Investments building

“It’s our world now! Commence transport!” Sentinel shouts.

The beam connects Earth to Cybertron.

The battle rages in Chicago, downtown.

Optimus shoots the Hotchkiss Gould Investments Building. The beam is shut down. “Get down here, Sentinel!” Optimus shouts.

Optimus and Sentinel battle.

Sam goes to the pillar. Also the men charge the pillar.

“Decepticons fire at Optimus!” Sentinel orders.

Epps yells, “I need those Tomahawks Now!”

Dylan and Sam fight at the pillar. Dylan restarts the pillar.

Carly talks to Megatron

Carly tells Megatron, “You will be Sentinel’s Bitch!

Carly talks to Megatron. Tells the badly injured Decepticon he will be Sentinel’s Bitch!

As Sentinel is about to kill Optimus Prime, Megatron attacks Sentinel. “This will be my planet!”

The pillar is still connected.

Bumbleebee rips down the pillar, breaking the space bridge. A black hole consumes Cybertron.

Optimus fights Megatron. A quick battle. Optimus ripped off his head. Megatron is dead!

Optimus kills Sentinel, shoots him in the head—twice.

Sam and Carly reunite, hug, and kiss after the battle, in the ashes.

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime

In any war there are calms between storms. There will be days when we lose faith. Days when our allies turn against us. But the day will never come that we forsake this planet and its people.

The End.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is an incredible movie. It defines scifi.

Who doesn’t love Optimus Prime?

My rating: 5 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens – Movie Review

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Star Wars, The Force AwakensA long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister First Order has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed.

With the support of the Republic, General Leia Organa leads a brave Resistance. She is desperate to find her brother Luke and gain his help in restoring peace and justice to the galaxy.

Leia has sent her most daring pilot on a secret mission to Jakku, where an old ally has discovered a clue to Luke’s whereabouts….

BB-8, the droid

BB-8, the droid

BB-8, the droid sees Stormtroopers coming in ships. The villagers on Jakku prepare for battle. Poe and BB-8 rush toward his fighter craft. The craft is damaged. Poe gives BB-8 a map to Skywalker’s location, a chip. Tells the droid to flee to safety.

The battle rages. FN-2187, a Stormtrooper, gasps as his friend is injured and dies.

Kylo Ren and StormTroopers

Kylo Ren and the Stormtroopers

Kylo Ren arrives on a large ship. He wants the map to Skywalker. Poe is captured. Ren orders the villagers killed.

Onboard the First Order ship, FN-2187 panics.

FN-2187

FN-2187 panics

REY is selling scrap to Unkar on Jakku. He offers one-quarter portion for her collection. Later, at Rey’s camp, the alien, Teedo has BB-8 as captive.  She frees the droid and sends it to Niima Out Post. Warns about Kelvin Ridge and Sinking Fields in the north. The droid joins her instead.

Aboard the ship, Kylo Ren tries to extract the information about the map from Poe. He’s successful. The First Order knows where the map to Skywalk is. A droid has it on Jakku.

Rey sells more scrap to Unkar. One-half portion. He offers sixty portions for BB-8. She refuses. The troops are after the droid.

Poe

Poe

FN-2187 helps Poe escape in a TIE fighter. They lift off and destroy the cannons on the ship’s exterior. They introduce. “I’m FN-2187.”  Poe Dameron names him Finn. “I like that,” Finn says. Together, they destroy the ship’s turboblasters.

Aboard the ship, General Hux orders, “Fire the ventral cannons!”

Poe flies back to Jakku. He’s gotta get BB-8 before the First Order gets the droid. They’re hit. They crash land in the Goazon badlands. The ship sinks in a sand pit. Finn survives.

Rey and Finn run to the antique freighter

Rey and Finn run to the antique freighter

He walks into town. Finn meets Rey and BB-8 in the village. Claims to be a Resistance fighter. Stormtroopers arrive and attack! Rey and Finn steal an antique freighter, Corellian YT model, from Unkar. They left off and fight the Stormtroopers and TIE fighters.

Rey learns from BB-8 the location of the Resistance Base. The IIeenium System. They’re on their way.

Chewie and Han Solo

Chewbacca and Han Solo

The ship is captured by Han Solo and Chewbacca. It’s the Millennium Falcon. The ship that made the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs.

Two gangs show up to kill Han because he owes them money. Monsters that he’s hauling on board eat many of the men. Others are killed. Everyone escapes aboard the Falcon, at light speed.

Snoke, the Supreme Leader, is addressed by the master of the knights of Ren, Kylo Ren. They must stop Skywalker from returning to prevent a new Jedi from rising.

Han Solo is Kylo Ren’s father.

BB-8’s map is incomplete. It’s missing a piece. Luke was training a new generation of Jedi. An apprentice turned against him. Luke felt responsible. He walked away from everything. He is looking for the first Jedi temple, Han Solo tells Rey and Finn. The Force, Jedi, The Dark Side, it’s all true.

Maz Kanata

Maz Kanata

They arrive on Maz Kanata’s planet. Lush, green mountains and valleys with water and vegetation. Maz is a thousand years old. She likes the Wookiee, Chewbacca. Calls him her boyfriend.

An alien alerts it’s boss, the missing droid is here! The First Order is informed!

Kylo Ren calls Darth Vader Grandfather.

Finn is going to run to the Outer Rim and disappear. He tells Rey he’s really a Stormtrooper, not a Resistance fighter. He leaves even after Rey pleads with him to stay and fight!

Rey found and touched Luke’s light saber, and his father’s before him. She sees visions. “It  calls to you, Rey,” Maz tells her. Maz tries to get her to take the saber. Rey refuses. She has to get back to Jakku.

The First Order blows up the Hosnian System. A small group of planets with moons.

Chewie and Han Solo are captured

Chewbacca, Han Solo, and Finn are captured

Maz gives Luke’s saber to Finn. The First Order attacks. Stormtroopers on the ground. Kylo Ren is there. He looks for Rey and BB-8. Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Finn are captured.

The Resistance arrives in fighter jets. Poe is the leader. The fighters are Good! The group is freed and fight.

Kylo Ren takes Rey prisoner aboard the First Order ship because she’s seen the map. He doesn’t need the droid. Let’s BB-8 go.

Poe

Poe is Alive!

Resistance Commander arrives along with C-3P0. General Leia Organa. Nan saw their son, Kylo Ren. He was here.

Finn sees Poe Dameran when he lands. “You’re alive!” He needs Poe’s help. They talk to General Leia Organa. R2-D2 is there. In low power mode since Master Luke went away.

Han Solo consoles Liea

Han consoles Leia about losing their son to the Dark Side

Leia sent their son away to be trained by Vader. He should have been trained by Luke. They lost their son and separated, she and Han. Snoke seduced their son to the Dark Side.

Aboard the ship, Rey is strapped to a chair, by Kylo Ren. He removes his mask. Tries to extract the map to Luke from her mind. She senses fear in him. He is afraid he will never be as strong as Darth Vader. Rey resists.

This is reported to Snoke. The droid is gone. The Resistance must be destroyed before they get to Skywalker. In the IIeenium System, the Resistance is based. Snoke wants Rey brought to him.

Rey uses the Force. She gets free from the chair and room.

General Hux orders, “Begin charging the weapon.” A hyper-light speed weapon. A laser cannon. A Starkiller Base. A hundred times bigger than the Death Star. It uses the power of the sun. It drains the sun to charge.

Looking for the thermal oscillator

The team reads the panels looking for the thermal oscillator

The team looks for a thermal oscillator, to blow it up. Finn says there’s one in Precinct 47. To disable the shields, Finn needs to be on the planet. Pilots will take out the oscillator. Blow up their big gun. They have a plan, thanks to Finn.

Kylo Ren is worried about Rey and her powers. How strong is she?

The Resistance makes their approach at light speed, due to a fractional refresh rate. Nothing slower than light speed can get through the shields.

Ren knows Han Solo landed. He felt it.

Finn worked in sanitation on the base. They’re inside. Rey is loose inside the base, also. At gunpoint, Finn makes his old boss lower the shields. “The shields are down!”

“Black Leader, Attack!” Poe is Black Leader. “Roger, base,” Poe replies. “Red squad, Blue squad, take my lead.” The fighters drop out of light speed and attack.

The Aerial Battle Rages

The aerial battle rages

General Hux orders, “Dispatch all squadrons.” The aerial battle rages.

Inside the base, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Finn find Rey. They begin their escape. Once outside, they see the fighters are losing the battle. They go back inside to blow the oscillator themselves.

Han and Chewbacca set charges to explode.

Han sees his son. “Ben!” he yells. Goes to talk to him. Ben Solo takes off the mask. They talk. Han tells his son to come home. Ben kills his father with his saber.

Leia knows Han is dead. She feels it.

Chewbacca blows the charges.

The weapon will Fire in two minutes.

Kylo Ren in the woods

Ben Solo finds Rey and Finn in the woods

Rey and Finn run to the Falcon through the woods. Ben Solo finds them. Ben and Finn fight with light sabers. Finn fights with Luke’s saber. Finn is injured.

Rey has Luke’s saber. She fights Ben. The planet begins to break up, ending the fight.

The charges Han Solo and Chewbacca set made a big hole in the base. Poe flies through and blows up the oscillator. The base is exploding along with the planet. They are evacuating the base.

Snoke wants to complete Kylo Ren’s training.

The planet explodes

In the distance, the planet explodes as they escape in the Falcon

Chewbacca gets Finn and Rey aboard the Falcon.

The planet explodes! In a fireball!

Rey and General Leia hug at the base. R2-D2 has the rest of the map to where Luke is hiding. They add BB-8’s piece. The map is complete. They know where Luke is.

“May the Force be with you,” General Leia says. Rey, Chewbacca, and R2-D2 fly the Falcon to Luke’s home.

On a planet, Luke is on a mountain, in the sea. There is a cave. Rey offers him his saber.

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“May the Force be with you!”

The End

This was an awesome movie. I can’t wait for the next one. Star Wars VIII is being filmed in Ireland.

As for me, I’m glad Disney owns Star Wars. That means, the movies will be excellent and quick in production, with the Disney’s cast and budget.

Hope you enjoyed my review and preview trailer.

My rating: 5 stars

May the Force be with you.

J.A. Ireland