Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Horsemen

This is from revelation, 6 verse.

1I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, "Come!" 2I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
3When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!"
4Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.

5When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart[a] of wheat for a day's wages,[b] and three quarts of barley for a day's wages,[c] and do not damage the oil and the wine!"

7When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" 8I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth."

Why do people enter dark rooms alone? Pretty stupid.

I have always liked Dennis Quaid. Detective Aidan Breslin who is an expert in teeth in this movie. His son is the caper in the end. Aidan is an excellent detective but a terrible father. Apparently, he does not know his son's room is painted freakishly white. Actually, his trauma at the end does not make be feel sorry for him since he was not there with his son when his wife and son's mother died. Ofcourse this is no excuse for his son to behave the way he does and act like life in unfair. Another spoiled American teenager acting stupid. Not unlike the two idiots who shot up Columbine over ten years ago.

Ziyi Zhang is Kristen from Rush Hour II who stars in this movie. She just tosses her life away. She came from rags in China and lived in paradise in an American home and she chose to take a disgusting route. She is psycho. I would like to meet her character after she has spent about 20 years in prison. She is not that big, I doubt her confidence would be that bright after she is slapped around a few times.

Clifton Collins Jr. from Star Trek plays Stingray in this serial killer saga. This movie borrows a page from Seven in that the evil returns home. Stingray is caught off guard as he is unaware that Aidan's son is part of this twisted group which has twisted parts of the bible and turned them into a sick reality. The horsemen make Nero from Star Trek appear sane. But Nero has the fire power to create planetary damage which he proves. I am sure the horsemen would the same thing without any reason at all. Clifton was also in the stellar movie Traffic.

Barry Shabaka Henley plays Tuck from the solid movie Miami Vice. Miami Vice was rejected by more than one but I thought it was excellent. It started and ended with real life intensity. Some slow scenes about 30 minutes into the movie but I thought it was well made. Tuck is Aidan's Lt. in this film and seems to the forensics Doctor as well. Ofcourse, like many average movies, everyone but the main star just disappears at the end and is no where to be found. The Jackal with Bruce Willis is most memorable in this aspect. Where does everyone go?

The crazy but hilarious Russian from the massive hit Armageddon-Peter Stormare is in this film as well. David Spitz is his name and his character just disappears. It is not really explained but it appears that was suckered into a sexual relationship with Kristen. She got him but I am not sure what he will be charged with. It depends on her age. He will atleast be charged with breaking and entering and assaulting a police officer. Why Aidan is searching a home without any lights on with his partner no where to be found is beyond me?

The father who found the right path in the superb basketball movie Hoosiers, played by Chelcie Ross is Police Chief Krupa in this film. His impact is limited. No press was shown in the movie. Odd. The movie took place in Detroit since they spoke of a Red Wings game. Aidan can not make the game because of work but then never wants to make it up to his sons. It is not as if he works 100 hour weeks. This was a supreme case but he can not make time for a night out with his kids? No excuse, poor parenting.

The villians in this movie are just random people who are extremely ignorant and easily persuaded. I am still not sure who the ring leader is but these horrendous contraptions to kill folks. The funny thing is, these loony tune nutcases destroy themselves with their own devices and Kristen even turns herself in. Ofcourse she has a dead fetus in a plastic bag which she gives to Aidan. I wonder if she turned psycho in China or America?

Why the horsemen put the teeth in the middle of a frozen pond in the beginning is beyond me? Why the police are not covering the fire escape or back door is troubling as well? This movie does not really end since Kristen says there are many idiots out there that want to drug people and suspend them with hooks. These idiots take the cynical message American Beauty tried to present us with and took it a lot further. Here, spoiled teenage American, your life is miserable even though it is not, just ruin it and possibly someone elses. Ignorance beyond comprehension. Your life is tough? Take a trip to Nigeria, Russia, parts of China, Honduras, Mexico, etc. Then complain. Ofcourse if someone wants to kill themself in a gruesome way, that is their perogative.

This movie had some suspense. The storyline was pretty good. The characters were not developed and I did not care for any of them. Perhaps Stingray's, that is about it. I did learn some things though and it did inspire me to reread parts of revelations.

I give this movie two stars.**

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