Movie Monday

Here is Movie Mondays, a time where I review a movie and tell you if I liked it or not. Today we have Dredd!


What happens to the world when it ceases to exist as we know it? What are the rules? Are there any? Who upholds justice?

            In the film Dredd, starring Karl Urban, we get a glimpse into this post-apocalyptic world. The world is now confined into Mega-City 1, the eastern coast of, formerly, the United States, and over 800 million people live inside the city’s walls. Anything outside is known simply as “cursed earth”. There are still the old earth structures, houses, roads, and skyscrapers, with even larger super structures of the new earth. The people of the earth now think they are free to do what they want; however, that is not the case with the Judges. They are the police force, jury, and executioner. Judges are expected to have great decisions between justice and injustice.

            A question that is asked through the film: “What is justice?” This I feel is a great question. Many people ask themselves this question on a daily basis, although our questions range from, “Is this moral?” to “What is ethical?” still the thought and question rings true, “What is justice?”

            The one question that stuck out to me was, “Am I good enough?” This question comes to the audience when a new Judge, Judge Anderson, is introduced. Anderson is a dainty looking twenty-one year old girl. She seems to be not cut out, until the Chief Judge, reveals to us her secret. Dredd is tasked with evaluating the young girl, to see if she makes the cut to be a Judge. That begs the question, “Am I good enough?” Both Dredd and Anderson deal with this question, although more overtly seen in Anderson’s decisions and thoughts.

            As they journey through these questions they are caught up by some baddies, and although I will not share the ending or anything that leads to the end, I will say that it is action packed and these questions are clearly seen throughout the film. The judgment question will have you second guessing even your own basic assessment of what justice truly is. While Anderson figures out if she is good enough, you will find yourself- at least I did- evaluating your own life to determine the answer to the same issue.

            An underlying theme seems to be about drugs. The new drug slow-mo is a brand new drug hitting the market at an alarming rate. The drug’s effects make you perceive time at 1 percent its normal rate. Wouldn’t that be great? Experiencing life at that speed? Imagine the beauty and the sense of freedom one could feel. It seems very enticing. Which leads me to ask would you slow time down, if you could?

            This movie was not perfect, but nothing is nowadays. I found many parallels between it and the Bible. Look at the book of Judges, basically Israel had no king, no form of leadership. These judges came along and actually helped the land. They were interim leaders and upheld the law. In the same way I find Dredd to have very similar comparisons. While the images created in the film seem very intense and disturbing at some points, I will continually draw back to the parallel of the Bible. It gives it a redeeming quality, and that is something more movies need to have, especially in today’s day and age.

I give the movie 4 out of 5 stars. The questions brought up and the parallels that can be drawn are something that makes this movie so great. The acting, although not focused on, was stupendous. The visuals, again not a main focus, but were amazing, and are drawing me to see the movie again, although in 3D. Thank you for your time and I hope you enjoy the movie.


No Broken Nose, No Broken Faith

So for most of you who don’t know, which I am pretty sure a lot do, I almost broke my nose today.

I was being extremely reckless with my gymnastics. Being a seasoned gymnast veteran I did a lot of no nos. I was being careless all to showboat for the young gymnasts in my show. Honestly, I have done a back handspring to a backflip multiple times, I felt comfortable. I had no idea that I would end up in the ER by my home.

Today, I realized something in my heart. Satan is trying to get me down on every little thing. Some things have come up in my show. This fall, yes terrible, and something I would never wish upon anyone, but it did not end my faith, nor cause me to falter. The whole time people were asking do you have pain and no, I did not have physical pain. I did have emotional pain, and I did want to cry. I wanted to cry not because of the nose or the finger, which I did hyperextend, I wanted to cry, because I felt like a failure and I felt like I had let everyone down. At that moment I decided to have a better outlook on the whole situation.

My first mission was to make someone happy. I was taken in after having my sister making jokes and taking pictures. I decided if she could have fun with it, so could I. the intake nurse brought me back into Triage, and I found myself trying to make her happy. She was so thankful and I could tell she had a hard day at first, but I guess my comments and jokes lightened the mood and made her have a lot better day. I proceeded to do that multiples through my ER visits and I am happy to say, although now it [nose] is painful, my spirit and heart is alive.

Satan has been trying to get me down, and he has done that in multiple ways, but like my nose, my faith remains unbroken and ready to serve God in any way I can! Satan be gone for I praise God through my pain and my happiness.

Where is Satan trying to bring you down to his level? What can you do to help release that? Share some of your thoughts in the comments for a further discussion.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:1-3

Are Kids Growing Up too Fast, Part 1

            I have been thinking about this very recently. I am a director for a youth theater group and working with these youngsters gives me a very unique opportunity: I get to talk to these young children and influence them. In these talks I have been fortunate enough to advise these kids and help them out with their problems.  It is seriously one of the greatest things about my job.

            Probably the last thing I ever thought that I would hear out of a student’s mouth was that they were struggling with sexual issues. I had sat down to talk with a 13 year old girl, and she kept looking at her phone. After many frustrating grunts and angry eyes I asked her what was the matter. She then showed me her phone and said, with an air of proudness, “This guy keeps asking me to have sex with him.” What the heck? Seriously, and this YOUNG girl is not the only one I hear about. So I pose the question, are children growing up too fast?

To be continued…