Movie Monday – Captain Phillips, Kick-Ass 2, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Captain Phillips was GOOD. The best of all 3 movies that we watched last week. I wish at the end they would tell you (along with the other end notes that tell you Captain Phillips didn’t go back to sea for over a year and that one pirate, Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse, is serving 33 years in an American prison) that since this incident happened, container ships and similar transport vessels now employ armed security forces, often retired military, for protection when traveling. Seems like a pretty relevant bit of information in my opinion. Considering the movie portrays an industry that employes a vessel full of unarmed civilians traveling through dangerous waters with little idea how to protect themselves. But all that aside, the movie was gripping and well done. It strays from the truth as to be expected. If you’re interested in how the movie compared to true events, read more here.

Kick-Ass 2 was much like the first movie. A little odd. A bit dark in humor. Slow at times. But not a total flop either. It’s interesting enough that I think it’s worth watching once if you like superhero movies or the first Kick-Ass.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is fun and has lots of special effects but like the first movie, there are things that just don’t seem to make sense to me. Like, if Percy can control the sea to the extent that he can ride a wave like he’s surfing without a board, why do the 3 main characters have to call a sea creature to ride out to a boat, and why do they have to use a bottle of I don’t know what to propel their little lifeboat across the sea in a later scene? Why can’t Percy just control the movement of the water to push them where they want to go? I had a feeling with the first movie that has been reaffirmed by this second installment, that perhaps this is a story better told in a book than on-screen. I know the series is popular and it’s my guess that perhaps things that don’t seem to translate well on-screen are much more explained and sensible in the book version. It’s on my list to read and see if my theory is correct, one of these days.

Life’s like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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