Bill Marks (Neeson) is an air marshal who, on a non stop flight from the US to London, receives a message asking for $150 million or a passenger will be killed every 20 minutes. By the time he receives the actual message, we have a list of suspects a mile long. Lots of shady people…..new people…..suspicious people….. I may never fly again.
Then we find out that Bill is being framed. The account the ransom money is to be deposited into is in Bills name. This changes everything. The pilots have their orders and these do not include the air marshal having a gun or any kind of control on the plane.
Way back in 2006, the world was treated to a modern re-telling of the ancient Greek tale of the Battle of Thermopylae. It is a story of such heroism that their names echo down through time. We had CGI enhanced men…..lots and lots of men….abs crunched to eye watering perfection …. little leather outfits hanging from swaggering hips….lots of blood and swords and yelling and………..oh my! And at the helm, their Scottish Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler).
Having defeated the Spartans, the Persian forces head towards the city of Athens. Aussie Greek general Themistocles (Stapleton), after trying in vain to unite the Greek states, leads the Greek forces in a naval battle against the King/God Xerxes (Santoro) and the fantastically evil and ruthless Artemisia (Green).
Based on a true story and the book of the same name, Robyn Davidson (Wasikowska) is just 27 years old when she travels to Alice Springs with just a few belongings and a dog. She intends to make the 2000 or so kilometre trek from Alice Springs to the ocean solo.
To do this, she knows she needs a few extra things. Some camels and some serious experience training and tending to the camels. For this part, she works and barters her way to being the proud owner of 3 camels (there is a sweet surprise in store for her regarding her fourth camel 😉 ) Now she needs some money to fund her great adventure.
Do you remember the first Disney Princess you wanted to be? I do….
It is a tale that had me spellbound. I guess it still does. It has the rest of the world spellbound too because it is one repeated in movie after movie after movie. Of course, these days Cinderella is likely to be a struggling Uni student and Prince Charming is the local butcher who searches the world…. or at least Facebook ….. until he finds her. But the story is the same…true love and a kind, pure heart can conquer all.