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.
Welcome to my blog.
"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
When I picked this film out for a night's entertainment, I had no idea what it was about, and moreover, had no idea that it would be so good.
A gritty tale of civil war and ethnic cleansing, this movie was by no means a popcorn flick. Very serious and also somewhat dark, I suggest that viewers use discretion, particularly with children. (And no, I must quiet your thoughts--this was not another PC statement movie. This was worth my time.)
The production value was just fine, and the film had good action sequences. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (who had his start with one of my personal favorites, The Replacement Killers) and accompanied by a fitting score of the ever-amazing Hans Zimmer, there was little to complain about.
Language was common, sex and nudity limited (counting some quick flashes of rapings*). In reply to a priest's "Go with God!", Bruce Willis's character, Lt. Waters, quips, "God already left Africa."
What I liked about the film was not so much the story as the men making their way through it. While there are women in the story of course, I felt that this was predominately a story about men--the choices they make, and the consequences that they must abide. [SPOILER WARNING] Without revealing too much of the plot, American Spec Ops sent in to rescue a few residing non-nationals who have claims to American citizenship find their mission much less palatable than it might have been. Under Lt. Waters, the beginning actions of the soldiers are according to orders, but also at the same time somewhat reprehensible. Waters tricks one of the mission subjects, Dr, Kendricks (Persephone from the first and second Matrix films) into leaving the people she refused to leave behind. The Lieutenant then orders his men to holds the refugees at gunpoint as they prepare to board evac helicopters, abandoning them at the LZ. Long story short, Waters can't follow through, returns to take them to safety, and soon has his unit stranded along with them. All the while, hostile guerrillas are intent upon massacre. A string of moral choices follows.
Lt. Waters and his men deal with issues such as, to obey or disobey orders, to defend and protect refugees or not, etc. A great deal of the film is spent showing Waters and his men progress more and more towards the proper direction and make the correct, albeit difficult, choices. (One particular scene comes to mind, when the Lieutenant leads an attack on guerrillas in the midst of massacring a village. They justly kill all of them--though one of them, more than just a rapist, is knifed to death by an angry American soldier after being captured--but in doing so he breaks his Captain's rules of engagement.) The soldiers protect, fight, and sometimes die for the refugees.
Thus, Tears of the Sun was an unexpected vehicle that encourages the tough issues to be considered. For the Christian warrior, such considerations are not only worthwhile, they are a necessity. It was an added pleasure that this movie gave the proper answers.
* ADULTS ONLY - The few quick shots of rapings are difficult to see and obscured, but nonetheless show women in compromising positions. It is difficult to say for certain if true nudity was present, but if it was I surely missed it. Squeamish filmgoers will want to be aware that we do see a little bit of a woman's bloody chest, and it is explained that the guerrillas cut off the breasts of nursing mothers with clear intentions. Be forewarned.