Monday, June 09, 2014

12 Years A Slave.

Tough movie to watch. To witness the shear brutality humans can delivery to other humans is, to me, difficult to comprehend.  What possesses a person to commit such evil acts, and then in twisted divisive ways use God to justify their actions? Truly warped.

Brad Pitt plays an significant role by the name of Bass in the movie, although very brief, talking to Epps about the inequality of slavery.  Important words. Here is the transcript from that brief part. 

“I tell you what it is Epps,” said Bass, “it’s all wrong—all wrong, sir—there’s no justice nor righteousness in it. I wouldn’t own a slave if I was rich as Croesus, which I am not, as is perfectly well understood, more particularly among my creditors… But this question of Slavery; what right have you to your niggers when you come down to the point?”

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Wolfenstien - The New Order (I Believe)

I believe.  The ending song to the Video Game Wolfenstein The New Order.  A game set in an alternate world where Germany won the world and is run by the Nazi’s.

This game certainly pushes the boundaries of the R18+ rating in regards to graphic nature of warfare.  In many ways it reminded me of the movie Saving Private Ryan.  Some games have gore simply for the effect, this game though appears to of implemented it more in the line of the way Saving Private Ryan did.  To demonstrate the horrific nature of war.  When the protagonist slits an enemy’s throat with a dagger you experience the impact and desperation the action has, and in many ways sense the aggression behind the willingness to want to do it.  All due to the situation the setting has put the gamer inside.

Mixed amongst the story is a love story of sorts haltering on the dream of living a normal life.  Behind this tier of narration there is an underlying theme demonstrating the struggle of faith.  Belief in God. How can God allow a world in which they find themselves in.  While subtle, those that understands the concept of God and suffering will relate to the experience on a different level than the average gamer.  The writers involved in the creation of the story no doubt understand belief to some degree.  This is also demonstrated in another scene where a scientist talks about creating stuff for God as a way to recognise God’s ultimate power.  The portrayal of God, and belief, or lack their off, in the various scenes was very interesting and well done.  At the end of the game, the closing song “I believe” written by Chris Isaak and sung by Melissa Hollick tops off the story.

A line that sticks with me is “I believe the Angels listens, God hears us pray, and I believe in a beautiful day.”
And, “Yeah, I believe it is going to work out ok, but not for me, and not for you.”

The game in many ways reminded me of the struggles in my novels “Elijah Hael – The Last Judgement”, “Elijah Hael – The Genetic Code” and "The Angelic Gene".  The song I believe suits them.

I believe the stars keep shining all through the night.
I believe if we just keep trying it will be alright.
I believe that someday we're gonna find our way.
And I believe in a beautiful day.

I believe in lovers walking side by side.
I believe that someday we'll be satisfied.
I believe the angels listen god hears us pray.
And I believe in a beautiful day.

Yeah I believe it's gonna work out ok.
But not for me, and not for you.
I believe, I believe, I believe.
I believe, I believe, I believe.

I believe there's an answer waiting when the day is done.
I believe if you just keep searching you'll find someone.
I believe that you and I just lost our way.
And I believe in a beautiful day.

I still believe in a beautiful day.
But not for me, and not for you.

I know your tried, and I tried to.
Sometime all our dreams just don't come true.

I believe, I believe, I believe.
I believe, I believe, I believe.
Oh...Oh...Beautiful day