“Obviously, I miscalculated a few things,” states Eddy or Edward Morra in the opening scene of this action/thriller. Obviously, I miscalculated a few things about this film. Watching the trailer for the first time, I honestly and whole-heartedly wrote off this film as an utter ridiculous concept that I promised myself I would not subject my mind to. What could a plot line have to say that will keep me engaged for the hour and a half duration of the film? The “magic pill” plot did not enthrall me in the slightest that was until I witnessed, “Limitless” a film by Neil Burger starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. “Why is it the moment the world exceeds your wildest dreams, a knife suddenly appears at your back?” Edward asks the audience in a short yet astoundingly meaningful monologue at the beginning of the movie when he is on the verge on jumping to his death. You see that statement right there starting drawing me in. Sucking me in to this bizarre world that Eddy lives, for he was losing his livelihood and has his girlfriend break up with him until one day he runs into his ex-brother-in-law. In the time it takes you to swallow an aspirin, our main character swallows your attention and drives you on this insane rollercoaster. Brad Cooper shocks and surprises at every turn. “I once was blind, but now I see.” A cliché? Not if you are taking NZT-48 like eddy. Although someone may be singing it at your funeral soon…
Our main character is seen writing an entire novel in five days, learning languages in three, and doing things that we spend and scrutinize our life on in mere minutes. The drug he walks away obtained from the ex-brother-in-law gives him not super nature power but the ability to tap into receptors in the brain, allowing our Eddy to go from depression to dollars, millions in a matter of days. He can now use 100% of his brain instead of the 20% that we humans use. “Enhanced Eddy” is someone completely different from our protagonist, someone walking tall with big time investor Carl Van Loon, (Robert De Niro) when the old Eddy did nothing significant. “He’s Houdini. He’s a prophet of our times.” Lindy, his girlfriend, reads from the New York Times. To describe the movie in one sentence -, “If I’m not moving forward, I felt like I was going to explode.” The cinematography in this film is so brilliant it is reminiscent of Black Swan, with a memorable scene of letters floating and filling the screen. Don’t write off movies because of poorly made trailers! Watch “Limitless”, a brilliantly choreographed action film, to see if his ex-wife was correct in stating that, “NOBODY can operate at that level of brain capacity and not crash.” More importantly think about your own NZT, whether it is coffee, smoking, sex, food, or money and ask yourself, are you able to give it up? Or with it, are the possibilities really limitless?
Some things are fixed only to be broken again. It is a test no one can pass, not even with flying colors. Some things break so that we finally pay closer attention to them; draw our conclusions based on pain. Because before the pain there was silence. Silence can tell you only one thing and that is that there is something wrong. Then gain maybe it’s just our imagination run a muck. That quiet kid in class or that silent relative at the holiday table. So we search for answers. Some of us have our own pain cast upon our family unintentionally but just because we don’t mean to does not mean the pain is not there. It is, it’s stabbing everyone. Taking turns torturing and tormenting. We give up most luxuries like friends, going out. Try to do everything on our own when really our heart bleeds for human interaction. To find someone that can process it. Not understand because how could anyone? Just need comfort. Tangible hands cradling you. A true friend, a place to go for daily refuge in this unforgiving place called Earth. To sit with us for hours not saying anything, just listening to music or the wind howl, wait impatiently for change. But we lose it. Somewhere along the way we just lose it. We melt apart into nothing and run like hell to cover our tracks until we can put the pieces in relatively the same place. Because they will never be together again. Not really anyway. Some pieces are lost, other still don’t fit the same, and a replacement is needed. We try, though, to keep our hurt hidden. We smile like the fools we are, laugh go through the motions lying to not only ourselves but everyone around us. We enjoy talents and continue to expand them, we fall in love, raise families, graduate from universities, travel the world, and yet pieces are still missing. It that because they are gone and we will never find them? Or is it that we, despite ourselves, have stopped looking?
It starts out as a typical movie with teens. There are different clicks and the mean girls but Cyberbu//y shows a side of high school that few movies do. Taylor our main character is going through life enjoying it and still having her ups and downs. It is when she gets a computer that the bullying she receives at school transforms into unbearable. The acting is not outstanding, but the portrayal is chillingly similar to reality and an issue that so many people push aside until it is too late. Taylor almost takes her own life as a result of the teasing and bullying. They make videos and worse of all her best friend makes a profile as a guy who she shares deep private secrets with and then posts that not only did they have sex, but she gave him an STD.
The powerful part in this movie is someone who gets teased nonstop because he is gay. He tries to confide in her that he is being bullied too but she brushes it off. It is only when she joins a support group that her eyes are open fully to his pain and what he goes through. This character is truly brave because he goes to school being bullied and somehow handles all the awful things being thrown at him. All the people that do nothing or her friend that stops hanging out with her because she is bullied, I mean, this movie has it spot on. So many people even people that care about you are afraid to speak up. Even when the mom confronts the bully’s father he denies everything. That part is a display of how ignorant parents and adults can be to what a serious problem it is whether they are being bullied or bullying someone else.
At the end, everyone stands up for the bully and everyone applauds in a cheesy and unrealistic fashion. This part would be nice but it is not realistic that you would give three friends that betrayed you in different capacities another chance. Taylor must be really forgiving, but it wouldn’t happen. The pain that she went through would still be there and serve as a warning. Maybe you can forgive. I just don’t know. The movie dragged a bit, attempting to build suspense and had a lot going on at the end. If it was less complicated it would have been much better. However, everyone can relate to this movie.
I have been bullied so watching this brought back pain and anger. it was difficult to watch her unravel because there were moments in high school I unraveled from the pain. Every parent should see this to understand not just cyber bullying, but bullying in general. Sometimes they only understand when it is too late. Despite, lacking a good film quality, the silver lining and the idea of a support group to know you’re not alone are excellent ideas. Cyberbu//y opens a disturbing world for us, one we as human beings need to not turn a blind eye to.
For everyone who wrote this movie off as another predicable sob story, you are sadly mistaken, no pun intended. The director and author are both able to craft a sad story in such a way where you learn so much about yourself in the process of watching this remarkable film.
Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters are the two most refreshing characters I have had the pleasure to see transform the screen in a long time. The Fault in Our Stars holds nothing back, but is poignant, funny, heart warming and heartbreaking all at the same time. This film has the ability to make you believe in your dreams not because the two main characters have cancer, but how they go about handling it is inspiring, brave, and therefore miraculous. The story takes us into the life of Hazel someone who’s life is changed by Augustus not simply because he is a boy who charms her and won’t stay away despite her requests. It is changed because of the kind of human being Gus is. The diction in this movie is impeccable. Funny and witty, the monologues cause us to pause and consider things such as “That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.”
Many scenes make us laugh, some made me cry. The thing is I don’t ever allow myself to cry in the theater. This film did not give me that choice. It caused tears to flow freely down my cheeks and have me openly weeping. The movie does follow the book more closely than some others have in the past so readers won’t be disappointed. When drinking champagne together, the waiter told a story of the creation of the champagne saying “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars.” This movie shows the perseverance of the human spirit and the power of love. Through verbal and non verbal dialogue Gus, Hazel, and Isaac take us with them on their coming of age journey. (I promise this is not the boring obnoxious coming of age filled with symbols, it is a brilliant coming of age story littered with symbols.) It was truly a pleasure to witness the pure joy in the darkness of moments and understand what it means to be human.
Watching the previews for the film, I was filled with such excitement and eager anticipation as soon as I saw this trailer. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson together again after such good films as Wedding Crashers, a blockbuster smash, and that is exactly what I was expecting when these two met up again. The Internship, however, was extremely disappointing and left me underwhelmed in the first 20 minutes and it’s a two hour movie folks. Owen Wilson’s character Nicky says at the beginning, “Imagine the greatest amusement park you remember as a kid. Now, picture something nothing like it, but way better.” That was my vision for this film and it frankly fell flat on so many levels. There was such an utter disconnect between scenes and key plot events.
Once the two get to Google to become interns they cannot get into a group for the summer because they stick out like sore thumbs. It only gets worse when the “team” of left overs bonds because they use a strip club and excessive drinking as a vehicle to bond and grow as a group. It is in poor taste and not even remotely amusing. The plot just isn’t believable, in fact it appears that there are many plot lines fighting each other and the immense number of pep talks given by our lead characters borders on the ridiculous and then crosses that line. Even the characters are annoyed by that.
By the end of the movie, you cannot stand the characters you are fed up with the plot line, and any glimmer of hope that this movie is going in a positive directions fades quickly. It is hopelessly vulgar at times and becomes predictable. The amount of pomp and circumstance at the end is not amusing but made me pause and try to remember why I even wanted to watch this in the first place. The entire movie is over the top, disconnected, and strange. I suppose it was supposed to be about two older men achieving their dreams. It wasn’t inspirational despite the pep talks that made me want to scream. There are well made inspirational movies. This is not one of them. Skip The internship and do something else with those precious two hours of your life.