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You should watch “after earth”

I went to the cinema last night with my brother and his girlfriend to watch “After earth.” The movie is directed by M. Night Shyamalan and the main actors are Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith. I am not going to be a spoiler and tell you everything about the movie but there is one thing that I want to say about it, and its that the movie has an important ecological message and I wanted to share it here. The movies starts talking about how we ended up destroying the planet because we ended with it’s natural resources, with the consequence of big floods, massive storms, dramatic change of temperatures, earthquakes…etc. So humans had to find other planets to live in, and they did, but they were not alone. Aliens almost ended with the existence of humans but they figured out how to kill the aliens. Aliens were blind, but fear from other species could allow them to see. When the commandant Cypher Raige (Will Smith) and the apprentice Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) are about to arrive to another planet, a meteor shower gets on their way and they cause a fatal accident and only Cypher and his son are the rest of the survivors on the ship, which crashes in a planet where during the day the temperatures are very warm and during the night everything gets frozen (extreme temperatures). Cypher found out that the planet that they were in was Earth, and it was categorized as level 1 of danger, because every specie evolved to kill humans. However, in the middle of the movie, a bird saves and dies for Kitai because he was about to get frozen at night time during his journey to go to the tale of the ship to send a rescue message. After the movie I was thinking, what if we in reality have a similar ending? what if we have to abandon Earth because we get really close to destroy it? And even if most of the species hate us there are still some that show that we can cohabit with them if we show care for them. It has an important meaning of how we were not born to create destruction and madness. I hope you guys end up watching the movie if you have not yet and share your thoughts. Thank you.

-Luis

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Gods, animals and human beings in Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke is a movie full of creativeness, with a little bit of lack of humor, but very original. The soundtrack is amazing and very solid. The landscapes accompanied with the music in the movie creates a perfect experience. The movie might seem a little bit slow but the music and plot made it interesting.

The movie starts with a world of Gods and human beings living in the same place. One of the interesting characters that can be mentioned, like the fearsome Lady Eboshi, represents one of the good humans, who knows how to take care of her own kind. She gives work to prostitutes and the forgotten lepers, who are rejected in society. Animals are wrong too when they think that all humans are the same and that they all deserve death. Not all humans think that nature does not need to be taken care of. The director, Hayao Miyazaki, presents powerful characters with curious personalities. The film also focuses on the personalities of the characters. For example, we can mention Ashitaka, a young warrior who is trying to cure his threatening disease, but at the same time he wants peace and health for anyone who is around him.

Many have discussed that this film has an ecologist message but I think that the main theme is the coexistence of all the species in the universe.  One of the good things about this movie is that is not like other movies where there is the “good guy” and the “bad guy.” Instead, in this film everyone plays a role in nature and small actions cause the perturbing of peace of other species. Nature does not have unlimited resources and that is why these actions can break the relationships among the species. Humans do not respect nature, but they do not do it because they do not know how to appreciate the beauty of it, but because they do not realize what nature can offer them.