Film Review

Bomb City – Review

Bomb city is based on the true story of the death of Brian Deneck in 1997. The film shows the conflict and isolation between the more wealthier jocks and the punks of the town and the violence that occurs between the two groups that leads to the murder of Brian Deneck and how no one was sentenced for it.

In todays society we would call these kids punks , goths , underclass because of the music they listen to , clothes they where , wither their on drugs. In the film we see the group violently attacked and violated by the police and the more wealthier part of the town.

 The film reveals the prejudice and injustice in the legal system at the time.

There are many clashes between the Jocks and the punks but one night the violence comes to a peak when the two groups are fighting in a local car park leading to the death of Brian Deneck. When taken to court the verdict was not guilty.

The main theme in the film is conflict , put love and friendship play a big part to. Brian is determined to keep his girlfriend safe at one point telling her she shouldn’t go out unarmed , because he doesn’t trust or feel safe in the community where he lives.

At one point the gang are chased by the police for spray-painting. The police storm their flat without a warrant forcing them to the ground and spraying pepper spray in one of their eyes.

Overall this film relates a lot to what we still see today the injustice in the police and just in general the relationship between rich and poor.   

Les Miserables Film Reveiw – Part 1

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Les miserables is by far one of my favourite films. Revolution is something I will always believe in as I live in quite a deprived area and believe in people revolting and standing up for themselves. I also love the fact that this film is a musical as it makes the whole story come together and makes it more entertaining.

The main themes in this film are love and redemetion as you have the love between cosette and Marious , you also have the love between John Van John and cosette , and epionees denied love for Marious. Another theme in the film is Justice as you have the scene where the people of France revolt and stand up. A last theme is conflict as you have the conflict between John Van John and Javert , also the conflict between the people of France and The police and army.

The film is set in 19th centuary France and centres around the 1832 revolt. To this day their is still a higher proportion of riots and discontent in France than any other European country. The film starts with John Van John getting freed from Prison on Parol and seeking shelter at a Priests church. There he attempts to steel the priests silver only to be cought. However the Priest tells the police he gifted the Silver to John Van John. This is where the theme of redemption comes in as the priest frees John Van John from sin.

Another theme in the film is Poverty. A lot of the film is set in the slums of Paris. For example near the start of the film fantine looses her job and sinks to the gutters.There she becomes a prostitute out of desperation to earn money to support her daughter. This part of the film is particularly moving as we see a different darker side of society. She ends up dying from catching a fever and exuastion at her situation and leaves her daughter in the care of John Van John.

Knots And Crosses – Inspector Rebus Series (Review)

Knots and Crosses Is the first book in the Inspector Rebus Series by Ian Rankin. The book is mainly used as an introduction to the main character Inspector Rebus whom we follow throughout the series. The Series are popular for Ian’s masterful depiction of reality. He manages to successfully dig beneath the surface of Scotland’s facades and create a gritty picture of Scotland’s underclass and reveal its flaws.

The stories are told through Rebuses eyes. As a detective, he has access to some of the most chilling crimes and settings and we see some of the harsh truths of Scotland from his perspective. The personality of his character is important. He is not a character that a reader can easily fall in love with he can be grumpy, callous and perhaps even stoic at some points. He suffers from person flaws such as being a divorcee maintaining a weak relationship with his daughter and suffering from alcohol abuse. Despite this we trust as the characters flaws make him appear more human.

The plot of the book centres around young girls going missing and getting murdered in Edinburgh. The reader is given an insight into Inspector Rebuses past before his life in the police force when he is put under hypnosis by his brother Michael. We discover that Inspector Rebus used to be in the SAS and was captured as a prisoner of war and tortured by being placed in solitary confident. After escaping he suffered a breakdown and left to join the police force. We discover that this has a relation to the kidnappings and the main antagonist in the book was also in solitary confinement with Rebus in the SAS. The book climaxes at the end when Inspector Rebuses own daughter Sammy is kidnapped. The kidnapper is framing as an innocent role of librarian and this is how he is gaining access to the young girl’s identity’s.

Overall the book is an exciting short introduction to the series and the adventures of Inspector Rebus which are yet to come……