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‘Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could; they didn't stop to think if they should.’ - Prof. Ian Malcolm - Chaotician
The Titan is a 2018 Netflix science fiction movie about the fight to save mankind from the complete destruction of the planet by using controversial forced evolution gene therapy. The movie was directed by German director Lennart Ruff, who has also directed ‘Nocebo’. The Titan features action movie star Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans, Terminator Salvation) as LT. Rick Janssen, Tom Wilkinson (The Full Monty, The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Prof. Martin Collingwood, and Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones, Fast & Furious 7) as Tally Rutherford. The Titan is the third movie to be filmed in the Canary Islands starring Sam Worthington. The previous two movies were Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans.
The planet Earth is steadily disintegrating, having been caused by nuclear devastation and a myriad of environmental disasters. Realizing that saving the planet is no longer viable, the world's top scientists decide, for the good of mankind, it would be better to colonize another planet instead. The largest moon of the planet Saturn, Titan, is chosen, the only problem - it's completely unsuitable for human life. A radical decision is taken, to genetically modify a select few human beings to allow them to live in Titan’s harsh conditions. Those that survive the process to become super humans will become Titan’s first colonists. Rick Janssen is one of the candidates selected to be a part of the program and is moved to a top secret base in order to start the procedure. At first things go well, all of the candidates are in high spirits, but as the various treatments are administered, a range of strange and alarming side effects occur. A big question starts to arise, are they really creating super humans, or are they creating something else, something primal and uncontrollable, that could put the entire human race in mortal danger?
The Titan is another movie that is a Netflix Original. They are starting to draw a lot of high-profile actors into their movies now, for example, Will Smith in Bright and Natalie Portman in Annihilation. How does The Titan fare when compared to other Netflix original movies? The storyline for the movie is not completely original; recently there has been a crop of these kinds of armageddon movies with the world in danger and needing to be saved. The one thing that I really don't get about these movies is that we seem to want to spend trillions of dollars sending people to other planets or star systems to colonize and probably pollute and destroy another place, when we could simply spend this money fixing the damage that we have done to Mother Earth. That aside, let's talk about the movie itself. Sam Worthington put in a good performance as the lead character, playing the role of the doting father who will do anything to make sure that his son has a world to inhabit in the future. Although his wife and child move with him to the military base where he undergoes the procedure, we don't really see much of the relationship between him and his wife, apart from a bit of drunken dancing. What part of the family life we see, he seems to spend more with his son. Tom Wilkinson plays the part of the bad guy doctor / scientist very well, portraying how Collingwood will do everything and anything in his power to make sure that his mission succeeds. Also, it's great to see Nathalie Emmanuel in another movie besides the Fast & Furious franchise. We don't see a lot of her in the movie until pretty near the end but she puts in a very good performance. The movie is a little short at just over 90 minutes, I think it could have been a little longer and they could have spent more time on the latter part of the film. The special effects were nice and the story moved along quite quickly, apart from at the beginning where I thought they could have spent a little less time on the character building. Although I saw a lot of bad reviews from critics, I actually enjoyed the Titan. It had some faults, to be sure, but overall I really enjoyed it. I am curious to see if they are going to make a follow-up movie, I think it would be interesting to see what happens. Should you watch The Titan? Yes - it's a great little movie and for sure it's going to keep you entertained until the dramatic conclusion at the end.
Sophie’s World is the 1991 best-selling book about a young 14-year-old girl, and her wild, incredible, and sometimes bizarre introduction into the world of philosophy. It was originally written in Norwegian by Jostein Gaarder and has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, having been translated into over 59 languages. The main characters in the story are Sophie Amundsen - a bright, young schoolgirl whose father travels a lot, and Albert Knox - a strange, middle-aged man who mysteriously enters Sophie’s life to introduce her to philosophy and how to see her teen life through the eyes of philosophical thinkers, both old and new. Sophie’s World has been adapted into both a video game and a BBC TV series starring Jessica Marshall-Gardiner as Sophie, and Jim Carter as Albert Knox.
Sophie Amundsen Is a happy-go-lucky 14 year old girl who lives with her mother, while her father travels the seas. She has a regular life, a house full of pets, and her best friend is Joanna, with whom she spends most of her time. Sophie is just a few months shy of her 15th birthday, and she and Joanna are devoting a fair of their time to planning her thematic birthday party. Upon arriving home from school, Sophie discovers that there are two anonymous letters in the mailbox addressed to her. Intrigued, she opens the envelopes, and finds inside each one a single sheet of paper containing a typed question - ‘Who are you?’ and ‘Where does the world come from?’ This simple act starts Sophie on a helter-skelter ride through the history of philosophy, from the mythologies surrounding creation until the present day thinkers. At first, she only receives written texts, but quickly meets their author and soon to be personal philosophy teacher - Albert Knox. The appearance of Albert brings with it a host of strange happenings, postcards being sent to Sophie’s home with the name of another young teenager from a UN soldier (who seems to have deity-like powers), a mirror that seems to have somewhat magical properties, the appearance Red Riding Hood, to name but a few. Albert seems unwilling to explain these comings and goings and so it is left to Sophie to try get to the end of her philosophy course and at the same time figure out just what is going on, will she manage to get to the bottom of things? And more importantly, will the preparations for her birthday party be ready in time?
I really enjoyed reading Sophie's World; it’s an interesting story about a young girl’s introduction to philosophy and critical thinking. That's not to say that it doesn't have a few downsides to it. Firstly, some of the chapters where Albert explains about the different philosophers to Sophie tend to drag on quite a bit; it can get a little tedious sometimes. The author does try to simplify the methods of thinking of the early philosophers, but it is still possible to find yourself getting more than a little lost and having to repeat the chapter again to get back on track. In the end, I had to read the book twice to understand some of the concepts in the story. But this is not a complaint, both of the times that I read Sophie's World I managed to understand more and more. Also the twist at the end of the book is very ingenious, still I only really understood it fully after reading the book the second time. In my opinion, the book does a fairly good job of introducing young people to philosophy; it does seem to get a little bogged down in the middle but the second half of the book is definitely a lot better. Sophie’s World introduces a lot of interesting ideas to chew the cud over. In the early chapters of the book, the author tries to show that as a child we are amazed by the wonder of things, but that as we grow older we lose this and become more interested in the everyday mundane things instead. I think that people will get a lot from this book; it just takes a little time to read through everything and understand some of the early philosophers and their eccentric ideas. So, make a space for Sophie's World on the shelf reserved for books that you definitely need to read in the very near future.
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