Science-y stuff: Premium Rush and Taken 2

Ok, so I know I haven’t posted anything in a while, but it was my granddad’s funeral on Friday, and now that’s finally dealt with, I can resume semi-normal life again.

Ok, Premium Rush is the new Joseph Gordan Levitt movie (he’s pretty badass btw) where he plays an extreme bike messenger in New York delivering packages and doing generally extreme stuff. He rides a bike with a fixed gear (one single gear ratio, and you can’t coast, if the wheels are moving the pedals must be going) and no breaks, which make for some crazy stunts! Now, I may sound like a broken record here (maybe movie producers are being guilted by my blog), but there were no glaring scientific inaccuracies: I’m assuming that all the bike stunts were done in real life (they’re all plausible if rather insane!), and apart from the guy surviving a horrendous accident, breaking multiple ribs and then getting up a bit later and doing Xtreme things again, it was rather entertaining 🙂

Taken 2….I’ll let that sink in for a bit. The most underrated action movie of the past 10 years has a sequel! For those of you who don’t know, Taken came out a few years ago with almost no hype, and proceeded to blow people away. All it’s action scenes were very well done and realistic, with one of the most badass “speeches” in any movie ever. It’s the story of an ex-wet works operative (wet work is the nasty killing/torturing business that needs to be done so we can sleep at night) whose daughter gets kidnapped by sex-slave Albanian mafia types, and he then proceeds to destroy most of Paris’ underworld in the process of getting her back. Really worth watching.

Well anyway, the sequel is slightly more reserved, with slightly more emphasis on the story bits, but no less action packed. It has all the bells and whistles to keep action fans happy. Ladies, I’m sorry but the romance in the movie is secondary. Alas, like the above movie, it’s pretty physically accurate apart from a rather dubious navigation method of using grenades. Also, two inhabitants of an unarmoured car survive a 10 second burst of 50. cal machine gun fire, along with multiple US marines and their assault rifles just by ducking. And since the US Marine corp likes to consider themselves hardcore (and in their defence, they are quite), one would have thought they’d be able to kill the car’s passengers. Heck, I’ve never fired a gun and I reckon I could have done it.

Alright, I’ll admit I’ve been slacking lately with my reviews, so I’ll have to start watching older movies, they’re always good for a lack of science 😛



A personal post

Ok, I know I said I’d write about Dredd, but things have gotten quite hectic in my personal life in between then and now. But I must say the movie didn’t have any glaring scientific inaccuracies, and it had some pretty cool scenes, def worth checking out if you like a more grim tale.

My grandfather passed away on Sunday, hence the slight delay. He passed away in his sleep; he sat down for an afternoon nap and didn’t wake up. I really feel as if it was God calling him home, so I’m at peace with it.

Now, you don’t have to read further than here, because all I’m going to do is sing his praises. He didn’t have many friends left, so I thought that if even one of you reads further and mourns for him, then I’ll have accomplished something.

My grandfather was a hero. Literally. He served during WWII in a bomber squadron as a radar/radio operator. He flew many sorties, and didn’t once complain. He nutted up, and served his country in a time of war. Unfortunately his plane was shot down on a night raid against V2 rocket stations (the things that were hitting London like there was no tomorrow). Some of the crew went down with the plane; only my granddad and one other serviceman made it out. They landed in a field where they were picked up by the French resistance, and hidden in a school house. The school mistress was a seriously badass lady, always traveled around on her bicycle with a pistol in the basket, ready to shoot herself or the Germans, which had to be done. Eventually my granddad and his friend were betrayed by a member of the resistance (who was later shot for it), and taken to a concentration camp. Yeah, concentration camp, not POW camp. Even though they tried to tell the SS they were airmen, the SS wouldn’t listen. I won’t horrify you with the details, but my granddad survived the camp and it’s beatings and hardships until near the end of war. The Germans knew they were going to lose, so the Luftwaffe freed my granddad and his friend and put them in a POW camp to get brownie points with the Allies. My granddad and his friend were so unused to the amount of food that they were the only two in the whole POW camp to put on weight during their stay. Oh, and the POW camp? It was the one from the Great Escape, although my granddad was there after that went down. He was eventually freed, survived the war, married my grandmother, and raised my dad. He stayed in the airforce until retirement, becoming a super badass training officer and stuff. He also left me with the saying “Do not panic flight mechanic!”, which is from the fact that the flight mechanic was responsible for keeping the plane going, so if he panicked then everyone did.

My granddad may have become a bit grumpy and forgetful near the end, but when I was younger he would always be willing to wrestle with me, he always had time for me, and was generally awesome. He was, and still is, one of my heroes.


Science-y stuff (actual science is present this time): Total Recall and the Bourne Legacy

total recall and bourne legacy posters

Two movies with such potential: one lived up to it

Ok, it’s been a while since my last post for which I apologise. But that’s what happens when you attempt to study and pursue women at the same time. Heck, I’m writing this on my holiday! Anyhoo, I recently watched these two movies back to back one Sunday, which tired me out like crazy! Once in high school I watched 5 movies in one day at the local cheap-ticket cinema! I must be getting old 😛 I was really, REALLY looking forward to the Bourne film, afterall the previous trilogy was amaze-balls…but alas, this one disappointed me. It had all the action and intrigue, but the producers were so keen for yet another sequel and money that the ending was horrendous. It did not conclude anything story-wise except the final fight scene!…Total Recall was much better. The Arnie movie is a cult classic, and this managed to break fresh ground and be entertaining at the same time! And Colin Farrel is pretty badass in it. And it’s science fiction, giving me an automatic bias.

I must give credit to both movies: both were scientifically accurate. One would expect this from the Bourne film, based on its predecessors’ gritty, inglorious action sequences, but Total Recall did very well. If you accept that mag-cars are possible, and all that sci-fi jazz, then obeys Newton’s three laws well. The scene that comes to mind is a fight scene in zero-gravity. The protagonist fires his gun to move him around the room and dodge incoming fire and such, and I was thoroughly impressed at how it was done. And in the end, it concluded the story in a satisfying way!

While this post may not actually have mentioned scientific inaccuracies, it’s because both movies are pretty good about that kinda stuff. I’m watching the new Dredd film tonight, so we’ll see how that goes 🙂 and I’ll be sure to write about it this week!