My name is Spencer (formerly known as Dr. Paleo Ph.D.).
I am many things. I'm a 22-year-old, Bible-believing Christian. I trust my savior Jesus Christ above all else, and strive to follow Him unceasingly. My soul is that of the warrior's, and I seek to fulfill my duties as such. I am science-minded, and am pursuing a career in dinosaur paleontology.
I am for my God, and His Word, the Holy Bible. I am for the literal six-day interpretation of the Creation account as found in the book of Genesis. I am for my country and its military, and I will give my support to those who defend this nation and its people, even if it means that we are forced to wage war. I am for homeschooling, the rights of parents and the unborn, the Biblical family, and courtship. I am for the rights of gun owners, and believe in carrying. I am for martial arts, and advocate the study of those means necessary to protect the family, the faithful, and the defenseless. I am for the dying ways of chivalry; "Women and Children First!" is a creed well worth dying for. I am for conservatism, and did I mention that I'm also a states' rights Confederate flag-waving Rebel?
This is me.
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"Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. Captain, that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave." --Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
"God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and all would be equally brave." --Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
"Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less." --Robert E. Lee
"Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.” --Martin Luther
"Never give in—-never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." --Winston S. Churchill
"Look! There is Jackson standing like a stone wall! Let us determine to die here today and we will conquer! Rally behind the Virginians!" --Gen. Bernard E. Bee
Less than an hour ago I got out of the theater after seeing Taken with Liam Neeson (playing Bryan Mills). Here are my thoughts.
The overall plot of the film deals with the kidnapping of Mill's daughter while she's on a trip in France. As a retired government agent, he is intent on getting her back. His task immediately becomes more grim and ominous when he learns he is dealing with sex traffickers.
The movie was well-made, convincing, and the plot, of course, draws you in. How could any feeling person not root for Neeson? Clearly such a film will contain fight scenes, and the martial arts are reality-based and thus gritty. Very, very well done. Engagements with guns, knives, and plenty of hand-to-hand combat is given screen time (including plenty of kill blows, might I add). On top of that we have the always-pleasing spy feel: Mills uses contacts, gadgets, and some experience-gained know-how to track down his foes and, hopefully, save his 17 year old daughter. And of course such a plot will be somewhat predictable, but nonetheless I thought this film had a fresh feel to it. (I also noticed that he is always wearing black)
I will give a warning, however. Due to the nature of the plot dealing with sex trafficking, this might not be an easy film for some, perhaps even many, to watch. I commend the filmmakers on their restraint and tasteful treatment of such a gruesome subject--no clear nude or sex scenes are to be seen, however, we still do have plenty of inferences and such. We see women in very revealing clothing, we see scores of girls in rooms waiting for the next buyer to come in (most of them incoherent with drugs), there is even a scene where the "best" girls are being sold at auction for large sums of cash, and more. This may disturb some viewers, and I caution especially any ladies who may be inclined to see this film.
But...on the other hand, I actually liked that they dealt with this subject. Check that, I loved that they dealt with this subject. As a old-fashioned guy who still takes chivalry very seriously (That's right, lefties, we ain't all dead yet!), I believe that the laid-back, laxadaisacal life of so many people today is very, very dangerous, especially for women. Thus, I seriously feel that this subject should have been dealt with and applaud the fact that it finally was shown with such straightforward frankness. We didn't need to see nudity or two people in sex positions, either. This film may be worth a viewing for just that reason. It shows the dangers that women everywhere are in, and the folly of ignoring the warning signs and living life unawares. Mills is security-minded--quite like me, I must say--and is very uncomfortable with his daughter's trip to Paris, and numerous warning signs pop up, but he finally consents to let her go (this makes more sense if you see the movie, one thing being that he clearly loves her more than anything, the whole first part of the film showing this time and time again). It is her companion that is the more naive of the two young girls, and after being unwittingly selected by a friendly, "cute" French guy at the airport who is really a spotter for the traffickers, their fate is sealed (they show him where they're staying---aaaaghh!!). This film shows the folly of the average teenage live-it-up life somewhat, and again, is a stark reminder that our women are not safe in this world. If you want an effective way to help show people the dangers that really lurk in our own world, then show them this film.
With all this, I was ready to love the film. In fact, I would have likely bought it. But...a few reservations. In my opinion, Mills was entirely justified in doing what he did. He uses old contacts to get information, flies to Paris, and begins his work. (Let's not even hear the stuff about "He should have called the police!" Human trafficiking is the second most profitable crime in this world, only drugs exceeding it. Now you think about that for a moment. What makes you think the police would be any more able to find her than they are able to find all the rest of them? And also, the film gives a timeframe of 96 hours for Mills to find her--red tape and police who would clearly be even less adept than he would be nothing but a hindrance, at best.) He fights and kills his way through the underworld, and you know what? In his place, I'd do the same thing, without a moment's hesitation. In fact, his word's to her captors sound like something I would say:
"I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."
That's gonna be the best movie quote of the year!
But on with my reservations. He electrocutes one man to get information out of him. Okay, not too bad. But then after getting that information he leaves him to be electrocuted to death. Another man, again after getting information out of him, gets shot in the head by Mills. Not very heroic, is it? You could possibly get away with that by excusing him with the idea of him killing them so they won't rat on him, warn anyone, or make his job harder, but if you watch the movie, these are clearly revenge killings.
The one worst scene of the film, hands-down, is when Mills shoots a man's wife, again to acquire intel. It is only a flesh wound and he doesn't kill her, but still, this was waaay out of line and nothing like what a true warrior would do. True, he's enraged and sees nothing but his daughter, but still, I mean, come on! He seriously needed a touch of The Dark Knight's restraint in there.
If it hadn't been for these three things, this would have been one awesome movie.
So, if you want some good entertainment, with a great subject and good fight scenes, go ahead and see it if you like. Just remember that Neeson does not always play the hero in this film.