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Thursday, December 17, 2015

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I will admit; at first this movie kind of annoyed me. The opening credit sequence was more like a video postcard series deemed better fit for a travel lodge trying to sell the city of Chicago. The easily recognizable skyline was just one shot in this dizzying array of panoramic camera shots. The ultra small credits at the bottom of the screen seemed more distracting than beneficial. 

The credits ended eventually and the movie finally got started. I will admit I was not crazy about it (the film) from the start. I went into this movie knowing the basic scenario and plotline and I was confused and agitated anyway. Once I calmed down however I started to enjoy the storyline. 

       The aforementioned scenario is a good combination of familiarity and creativity. The storyline is thus. A military soldier is put back in time and given eight minutes to save an inbound commuter train carrying hundreds of working people making their way in to the “Windy City”. It is 7:48 am so the train is packed full of working class citizens for a daily rush hour.  Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is the soldier in question. He opens his eyes and the first person he sees is his ever so adorable co-worker named Christina Warren. (Michelle Monaghan) 

He (Stevens) is confused, bewildered, and overwhelmingly distracted.  I can’t say however that I blame him though, I mean what man on this earth would not be distracted if the first face he saw when he came to was Michelle Monahan. The auburn haired cutie has blue eyes that can bewilder anybody, male or female. He quickly manages to focus and rushes off to save the day. 

      This is when the movie gets interesting.  The backdrop changes place from back and forth the bunker he is locked up in to the commuter train he must save in order to get more answers.  This fast paced film had a lot going for it. The familiarity I spoke of earlier took it form in the following ways.  The screenplay combined elements from Quantum Leap, Groundhog Day as well as Vantage Point. (I know what a unique combo.) 

The unknown element(s) in this film to this movie was the love story at the heart core of it. This gave the film a touch of humanity. It this trace of humanity thrown into story that is not given away by the trailer(s).  It adds just enough dazzle into the pot to make this action thriller worth paying for. It is this piece of humanity that makes this film worth viewing. 
         It was this unknown element I enjoyed that gives this film a potential to be re rented.  I am still not sure if it was a completely believable this story line; but I am willing too se it again with a friend to give me a second opinion. I can only hope that that friend were half as cute as Michelle Monaghan. Hell I would not argue if he looked lie Jake Gyllenhaal either.  I am always up for a new perspective. You know sort of like this movie. 

                                                                                                                                                                                           Grade B-

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

I know I am getting back to you a little later I hoped, and I’m sorry about that! But if you have time tonight, please go through my suggestions and try to rework your piece. You can send me what you have tonight/tomorrow morning. Please bring a copy of it to the meeting tomorrow and we will discuss it further from there.

Once again, thanks for your hard work and promptness! Remember this is a learning process, and we are all part of the Waltonian team!

Talk to you soon!

Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm