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The Autopsy of Jane Doe

The term “Jane Doe” refers to unidentified corpses. When a female “Jane Doe” arrived at the morgue, coroner Tom and his son Austin started working to find the cause of death by the following morning as requested by the sheriff. The corpse had no visible external injuries, as the autopsy proceeded, secrets were revealed from the body. As a storm was approaching, strange things started happening. Tom and Austin then realized that they were actually dealing with evil.

“The Autopsy of Jane Doe” is the type of movie that has only a few characters who got trapped in an enclosed space, it must have a good script and a good director to make the movie works. Director André Øvredal didn’t disappoint the audience. Especially the first 45 minutes, a professional autopsy was demonstrated and the suspense was well built up by evidences found in different body parts. Be prepared yourself if you don’t get used to close up scenes of body organs, they will be disgusting and gross.

The second half of the film turns to a horror movie. There was a tradition in the past to tie a bell to the ankle of a body to avoid any wrong declaration of death. So a scary moment in the film is that the tinkling bell was heard at the far end in the dark morgue – the dead bodies were raised and walking around. At several moments I thought the “Jane Doe” would suddenly come alive, but eventually it didn’t happen – a bit underused of Olwen Kelly (Jane Doe).

Both Brian Cox (Tom) and Emile Hirsc (Austin) gave a convincing performance and made the movie truly effective. However the movie rushed to a normal ghost story ending without much surprise and logic. “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” is a good mix of mystery and horror. Its first half is so well made that we can forgive its disappointing finale.

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How Much Can You Love?

After married for more than 50 years, my parents keep arguing every day. It seems like just the voice from one of them can simply lead to a heated argument. I wonder they may divorce one day in their seventies. Looking at them, marriage is like a process that turns a person that you once loved most to the one you eventually hate most. People would think marriage can last for a life time before, now people wonder how long their marriages can last. New definition about relationship such as one-night stand and speed dating are surfaced. How much can you love another person? How long can you share your life with your other half without feeling bored?

True love may only be found in movies and dramas nowadays. For example, even Jack knew that there was no arrangement for him to get off the Titanic, he still persuaded Rose to board the lifeboat. They looked at each other when Rose’s lifeboat was lowered down to the sea. Rose then realized that she could not leave Jack and jumped back onto the lower deck and reunited with him.

In the “Twilight” movies, Bella did not want to grow old while her vampire boyfriend Edward stopped aging at 17. Oddly enough, she asked Edward to transform her to a vampire. However, Edward did not want her to sacrifice her life for him and suppressed the temptation to suck her blood. Realizing the danger that he and his family posed to Bella, Edward ended their relationship and left with his family.

And in the Japanese drama “Proposal Daisakusen”, Ken was stuck in the situation to provide a speech in the wedding as the best friend of the bride Rei, who he loved for a long time. However, Rei was going to marry someone else. After a formal start, Ken could not control his emotion and confessed his love to Rei. Below is part of his touching speech.

“For 14 years, during happy times, difficult times, times of suffering, the one who always spent time with Rei, the one who would be able to make her happy, I seriously thought that I am the only one who could do that. The one who knows her best is me.

But in the end, these are just thoughts inside my heart, because not once have I been able to become honest about it in front of her. Though I always have been near her, the words I thought I would say someday, I haven’t been able to say it after all.

That one thing … never did I say it. I … I was in love with Rei. Honestly, if I say so, even now, I am still in love with Rei … But, she is getting married to someone today. Though it’s excruciating for me, she will get married. Because her place in my heart is so vast, the struggle for me to arrive at these words has taken an extreme amount of time.

Rei. Congratulations on your wedding. Please be happy. If you don’t … I really won’t forgive you.”

Even if it hurts and the ending is not perfect, you have to let the one you love be happy.

Adoption Surprise

In most of the TV crime dramas, police normally checks CCTV to catch criminals. But CCTV can also capture heartwarming moments. An 11-year-old Utah girl’s joy after learning her adoption was finalized was caught on the school CCTV. This video will make your day.

Evan

It’s almost 4 years since the shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that killed 26 people. Now a video, Evan, has been released by Sandy Hook Promise, a group made up of loved ones of those killed in the 2012 shooting.

The video shares the story of Evan, who communicated with another student by writing on the library desk. As the friendship blossomed, Evan kept guessing who the other person is. Finally they met in an end of school term event. When everyone thinks this is the happy ending of a love story, there comes the chilling twist.

The 2-minute video delivered a powerful message that gun violence can be prevented if we pay more attention to our surroundings and notice the warning signs.

Train to Busan

 

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I like zombie movies. A zombie is a human corpse that is revived through a virus or other methods. Zombies are fear of light, speechlessness, aggressive and like to bite people. The rule is simple: if you are bitten by a zombie, you will become a zombie. “Train to Busan” is the first Korean zombie movie. Although the special effects are not as good as Hollywood, their levels are closed. And … it is more than just a zombie movie.

A fund manager took his 9-year-old daughter to his separated wife in Busan. They boarded the train in Seoul and an injured woman got in the train in the last minute. The train departed and the zombie inflection spread. Among the passengers on the train, there are a tough husband with his pregnant wife, a selfish CEO, two elderly sisters, and a high school baseball team.

The train stopped at Daejeon which was supposed to be under the control of army. When the survived passengers got off the train, they were attacked by the infected soldiers. They retreated back to the train but were separated by compartments with zombies in between. So the father, the husband and a teenager from the baseball team fight their way for the reunion with others. People died along the way – some sacrificed themselves to save others, some betrayed others to save themselves, and some simply gave up. This makes “Train to Busan” special, when watching the movie, I wonder how I will behave under those circumstances – will I like the selfish CEO or the selfless devoted husband? It’s difficult to say as we are never in such a situation. But I think one needs to survive first before he/she can help others.

Another interesting character in the movie is the fund manager. He got the latest status update from the army through his relationship so that he could plan and formulate strategies to keep him and his daughter alive. As his daughter said, “You only think of yourself, so mom left us.” But because of his job nature – managing risk, analyzing situation, gathering information for decision making, determining the best timing for action; these made him to overcome obstacles one after another.

Instead of waiting 45 minutes for the first dinosaur to appear, the roller-coaster ride of “Train to Busan” started just 20 minutes after the movie started when the infected woman boarded the train. Several zombies attacking and chasing scenes are thrilling and breathtaking. Audiences feel like running together with the characters. The movie also illustrates the human nature under a horrified event and the drama of relationships – father and daughter, husband and wife, sister and sister. I also like the attention of details in the script – an uncompleted song sung by the fund manager’s daughter at the beginning played an important role at the end. “Train to Busan” can be the best zombie movie this year. If you are a zombie movie fan like me, it’s a must see.

Back in Time

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The “Back to the Future” series are the classic in time travel movies. In part 1, Marty (Michael J. Fox) traveled from 1985 back to 1955 in the time machine built by his scientist friend Doc (Christopher Lloyd). In 1955, his mom accidentally fell in love with him and he had to encourage his dad to pursue his mom so that he wouldn’t be erased in the future. In part 2, he traveled to 2015 to save his future kid, but in the process Biff (boss of Marty’s dad in 1985) stole the time machine, went back to 1955 and gave a 2015 almanac to his younger self so that he could become wealthy by gambling. Marty and Doc then traveled back to 1955 to destroy the almanac and rewind the change. In part 3, Marty traveled further back to 1885 to save and bring Doc back from the wild west. Whenever they interrupted an event in the past, they changed the future.

If we can really go back in time, I close my eyes and visualize … I was 10 and mom was chasing me at home with a feather duster (a tool to beat naughty kids as punishment in Asia), I jumped from sofa onto table, rushed out through the door after a wall bounce (this skill is called parkour later), I heard my mom’s voice behind, Don’t study and work as a stuntman in movies, next time she would lock the door first … I learned swimming and was nearly drowned, when I was throwing up all the sea water I drank, my dad who was supposed to look after me was still chatting with the girl at the beach … I can’t hear you, grandma said, so I cupped my hands over my mouth and pretended to shout loudly, but without any voice, grandma was startled, Oh I’m seriously deaf … After the PE class I relaxed with drinking soda in a hot summer afternoon in the school playground, a football flied from nowhere hit my soda, the bottle shattered into pieces … I taught my friend how to play squash, he hit a backhand swing but I was hit in eye by the squash ball, I was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, I couldn’t see for 2 weeks with a panda eye … At work, we celebrated the project delivery in the pub after months of hard work, a year later, we drank in the same pub on the day we were all being retrenched … Another year later I drank by myself in a different pub, we finally broke up, all I had given is not enough to maintain the relationship, I understood how people treat you has nothing to do with how you treat others, Fair enough, I eventually belong to myself, at the end my vision got blurry …

But the fact is that we won’t get any younger. One day when you look into the mirror, you’ll see the evidence that time passes. The world is different from what we first imagined. Throughout the years, you started to hide the rebel and start compromise. How many times did you pull yourself together after a sacrifice? What makes you to hold on and never give up? Think of your stubborn younger self in the past, the passion to the dreams that you believe. Let’s propose a toast with the bittersweet brewed by the memories, to everyone who had a brisk walk through life together with us.

Laws of Robotics

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Did you watch the movie “I, Robot”? In the movie, humans are protected from robots by the Three Laws of Robotics:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

These Three Laws of Robotics are actually a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov in his 1942 short story – “Runaround”, although they had been foreshadowed in a few earlier stories. Nowadays, Hollywood seems to twist these laws and come up with new Laws of Robotics:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being unless it would make for an exciting story.
  2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings, except when those orders might prevent cool explosions.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not prevent the hero from killing it and saving the beautiful-but-spunky heroine.
  4. Female robots must be sexually attractive to humans.
  5. Robots must always speak in easily understood English.
  6. Robots that look like humans must be programmed to never blink or understand humor.
  7. Robots must be smart enough to gain sentience, but dumb enough to fall for quickly constructed traps.