Inspiration For You
by Randy Mitchell
I love movies, and being the red-blooded guy that I am, two recent releases advertising some adrenaline-filled action caught my eye causing me to walk inside the darkened rooms of the silver screen. I've seen both of these movies within the past few days and thought I'd share some of my insights on both before you pluck down some of your had-earned dollar bills.
Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol: This is the fourth installment of the mega-successful thriller which actor, Tom Cruise, has made famous again by resurrecting the theme of the TV series from decades past. Cruise, of course, plays IMF super-agent Ethan Hunt whose mission (if he chooses to accept it) is to save the world from nuclear annihilation after the launch codes from the Kremlin in Moscow are stolen and placed into the hands of some of the worlds nastiest terrorists. Along with his team (a new one compared to the first three MI's) and some super-secret orders from the President, Cruise chases the codes down using every gadget, car, weapon, and super-computer known to man. The action is nonstop after the first three minutes and never stops, taking place in such cities as Moscow, Budapest, Mumbai, and Dubai. Of course, in the end, Ethan Hunt gets his man, the world is safe once again, and the codes safely tucked back inside responsible hands.
Now, I love action, speed, and a certain amount of violence when it truly enhances the storyline and its characters, as well as some exciting IMAX camera angles making the super-stunts (i.e. Cruise climbing along the outside of the worlds tallest building with nothing but a pair of high-techno gloves) impossible to imagine. It was a good movie, not great, but good. It checked all the boxes of what one would expect of the MI series. But, it's all action and virtually little story. Cruise is robot-like with only one gear, fast. Neither him, or any member of his team ever sleeps, eats, or shows emotion other than to kill or be killed. It makes for a great action flick. However, if you're like me, and enjoy a little interpersonal human drama woven inside the world of secret agents and star trek technology, you might wind up a bit disappointed.
I miss the Tom Cruise of old when he poured out his acting heart in such films as: The Firm, The Last Samurai, and A Few Good Men. He makes a terrific Ethan Hunt, but I preferred him much more as Mitch Mcdeere.
Red Tails: Being a lover of all things aviation, military history, and a combination of both I couldn't resist giving this one a try.
George Lucas is Executive Producer, and Anthony Hemingway is Director of this wartime drama surrounding the famous, Tuskegee Airmen who were the first group of African American aviators in the U.S. Military. Two of the lead actors in this movie are Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard.
The movie begins showing U.S. Bombers being blasted out of the sky at the hands of some of Hitler's finest. All the while, members of the 332nd Fighter Group are utilized performing mundane duties like aerial surveying and intelligence gathering, only being allowed to squeeze the trigger when spotting such items as a lone German supply truck, train, or isolated enemy warship that just happened to be sailing along allied waters.
The storyline, unlike Mission Impossible is much more emotional and in depth--delving into the racial bigotry and isolationist feelings of this close-nit group of determined warriors. Fighting for their rights in Washington, their commanding officer, a full bird Colonel played by Terrence Howard finally gets a green light to employ their skills as bomber escorts and also to provide aerial coverage during ground force landings. It's during these operations that the Tuskegee Airmen secure their place in history shooting down scores of German fighters while flying their famous P-51Mustangs painted with red paint on their tails therefore earning the nickname, Red Tails. Or as the bomber pilots came to call them, The Red Tail Angels.
This movie is very good, but lacks the punch I'd hoped for. The characters are pretty one-dimensional, and the dialogue is rather corny with heaps of cliches making me wish for those rare qualities found in other war stories like Patton, Saving Private Ryan, or even Platoon. I kept waiting to see a true heroin arrive on the scene, an impossible feat to suddenly materialize, or some other seat-of-your-pants action making me glue my eyes to the screen, but it never came. And the last scenes caused you to sit and wonder, is that really the end?--leaving you feeling the story stopped in the middle and there was much more needing to be said.
Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this movie. It sheds some much needed light on many of our nations finest, but, I think the story of these brave souls could've been better served using George Lucas' brilliant creative abilities.
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Inspirational Writer and Author of
"Sons In The Clouds"
As a writer and avid movie fan, I love the powerful energy behind words. Words capture and cling to people in a dramatic, poignant way - and live deep inside us all. It doesn't matter if those words are written or spoken; all of us have tales yearning to be shared with each other.
A few years ago, I drove past my childhood home in Texas: a nostalgic place where tender childhood memories still reside deep inside me. I remember those hot Texas summer nights hanging out with my sister, friends, spirited pets and my girlfriend who lived across the street. This happy snapshot transported me back in time to endless, steamy nights as we watched July 4th fireworks, ate homemade ice cream on the front porch, and cooled off at the local lake.
My childhood feels like it happened just yesterday -- innocent moments taken from my carefree youth. These memories comforted me and carried me to a place where I longed to stay – a peaceful haven where I could escape my hectic ‘adult’ life. These idyllic, cherished memories were the inspiration for my first novel, "Sons In The Clouds". My long-time career as a pilot and love of aviation are seen through my main characters, Andy and Wade, who serve as Navy pilots in the Vietnam War.
"Sons In The Clouds" exposes emotional drama that showcases the vulnerable fragility of human nature. The belief in God serves as the problem-solver -- a pathway to the truth -- a light to be used when the problems of man cannot be solved, and becomes a way to expose weaknesses in those appearing to be strong. I breathe life into my characters in believable, exceptionally REAL ways. A strong theme interwoven throughout the pages is that “love conquers all” – as seen through the unfaltering, devoted commitment between my male characters and the women they leave behind.
My female characters show courage and strength in the face of adversity. Despite the fact that she doesn’t know whether her husband is alive or dead behind enemy lines, Rebecca (Andy’s wife) remains strong and never falters in her devotion to Andy.
Rebecca’s character represents war-time brides (both past and present). I wanted to show the strength, love and courage of these brave women whose loved ones were sent off to the Vietnam War. They faced harrowing fear on a daily basis, and relied on their faith and love to get them through their darkest days–- hoping and praying that their husbands returned home safely.
Most inspirational fiction readers today aren’t interested in G-rated books. "Sons In The Clouds" is a modern inspirational story that encompass spiritual themes where faith and love triumph over the brutal ugliness of war. My characters instill a hope-filled message to my readers long after the last page is read.
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