Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Movie Time + Update #2

by Maggie Sefton

Wedding Prep Update:  I've scheduled the Bridal Shower luncheon for Saturday, February 28th in Vienna, Va at a favorite cafe where my friends and I have been dining for years.  Never a bad meal.  :)  The wonderful chef and I are deciding on menus now.  

Since I've seen a lot of movies lately, I decided to do some Movie Time catch-up with some of these listed below.  These three are vastly different yet they share one thing in common:  the stories are based on a real person's life and experiences.

UNBROKEN---This is the true story of an American U.S. Navy sailor who was captured with his fellow sailors by the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.   The story goes into detail about the brave young man's early life as a troubled youth who was saved from jail by learning how to be a world class runner----eventually going on to win in the Olympics.  This is a story of unusual and unbelievable bravery under terrible and cruel conditions during years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.

IMITATION GAME---Another true story that takes place during World War II and the struggle by British code breakers desperately trying to break the Nazi code which was used in every message----indicating troop movements, battle plans, and weapons.  The code used regular letters of the alphabet but it appeared simply gibberish.  Wonderful performances by the actors, especially "Sherlock" star, Benedict Cumberbatch.

AMERICAN SNIPER---This is a truly compelling film, and I urge all of you to see it.  There's a really good reason why the film is breaking ALL box office records for every movie.  It's that moving.  Seriously.  It is an uncompromising up-close look at an American soldier who is tasked to carry out the job of protecting his fellow soldiers.  He does this by using his unbelievably accurate skills as a marksman.   Believe it or not, but this movie really isn't about killing people.  It's about watching how his "job" as a sniper affects him, his wife, and his family.  And how Chris Kyle manages to survive what he is tasked to do.  Actor Bradley Cooper does a marvelous job of conveying this man's journey.