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The Quiet (2006)

Dot (Camille Belle) is a deaf and mute teenager. When her father dies she is orphaned and sent to live with her godparents and their daughter, Nina (Elisha Cuthbert) who seemingly looks like the perfect family. But of course all families have their secrets right? Although, Dot’s presence was not immediately welcome, people around her soon found out that her deafness and silence was great way for them to rant bout their lives and secrets…well in secret. And soon Dot finds out what happens behind close doors.

**May Contain Spoilers**

If you have not watch the trailer…maybe you want to check it out here. I thought the trailer was pretty good…it made me want to see the film.

One of the main characters is Dot and she is one extremely sympathetic character. Losing your parents is one thing. Moving in with a family you don’t really know that well is another. But being deaf and mute and not be able to communicate with the new family is a whole new different level of isolation. At first she was seen as a freak by Nina and the kids at school, but soon people around her starts telling their private thoughts believing that their secrets are safe with her since she can’t hear or mutter a word.

One night, unable sleep, Dot stumbles upon Nina’s secret…her father has been sleeping with her. And when Nina herself suspects that Dot has found out the truth, she starts telling her off her plans to kill her father. Will Dot say a word to anyone? After all she’s deaf and mute right? What about Dot? Surely she has a secret too?

This movie is dark…has that eerie look and pretty twisted too. What we have here is the dysfunctional family. The father…not being very father like…pretty much crossed every line. A mother who chooses to drown herself in drugs just so she can’t see and hear what’s happening. And the daughter, the victim, who is very confused. She loves her father, in a way that daughters do and in the sick way that lovers do…but also hates him for everything that he has done to her. And Dot the outsider…also the traumatised child after losing both parents and living in isolation.

If you like movies about dark family secrets…check this one out…if you don’t…well check out the trailer…and you might still want to check out this movie. Personally I thought it is pretty good movie. It is dark, with a disturbing subject matter and it is probably one of the better thrillers aimed at teenagers that actually has an interesting, intriguing storyline and characters. I give it 3/5.

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X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

The X-Men are back. Jean is alive but has been consumed by her extreme powers and has turn into Dark Phoenix. Unable to control her powers, she is a danger to everyone including herself. At the same time the government releases news that they have found a cure for mutation. Mutants can now choose to loose their powers and become humans…which pretty much angers Magneto…who leads an army to rebel.

I love the X-Men. I’ve actually never read the comics but I’ve always loved the X-men cartoons…and I’m not talking about X-Men Evolution, where they’re all teenagers—I didn’t like that one. So anyway…I like the fact that they’ve added a few more X-Men like Beast, Angel, Colossus and Shadowcat. I mean especially Beast…isn’t he like one of the main X-Men…they should have added him sooner. And I still can’t believe they didn’t have Gambit…I would have love to see him.

**May Contain Spoilers**

Going into to the movie…I pretty much knew what was going to happen. I have only just watch it now…so my friends have already told me the main storylines after they watch it when it came out in the theatres. I was disappointed that they killed Cyclops soo early on…and like that. He is the 2nd in command. Surely he has to have a grander exit. Actually I’m also disappointed that Cyclops had not much a role in all the movies. Everything is focused on Wolverine.

Ok so here we get to see Jean become evil and all. I have to admit…I never really liked it when Jean becomes the Phoenix…and to write that into the movie…that’s a mammoth task…cause you need to explain a whole lot of stuff…like what brought about this change…and then showcase her great power…and that’s incredibly difficult. So the movie tried… I don’t know…everything seems awkward, unfinished …and can something that powerful die with a stab?? How does she die in the comics??…that’s what I’d want to know.

I’ll say it again…I’m glad they added more characters. We get to see Angel…even though he does nothing but fly around. Colossus…yes we do get to see him in action…fight and stuff. And then there’s Shadowcat…I think she’s pretty much the newbie with the most spotlight…and I like her…I’ve always found her a tad annoying in X-Men evolution…but I like her here. The thing is though… she should be with Colossus…cause I thought in the comics they were together…ok so maybe they wanted her to kinda come between Bobby and Rogue so that Rogue would get the cure an everything….than why did they cut the kiss part…cause the kiss would be more of a motive to get a cure rather than seeing them skate around right??? Because…Rogue can’t have any intimate contact or any human contact in fact. And Rogue….oh well we see very little of her…pity.

On the whole…yes the movie is good…its fun its entertaining…just the type you’d want to sit back…eat popcorn and enjoy…Even I enjoyed it even though I don’t really like the whole Phoenix thing. There’s more characters to see…of course you’ll also see some of them die. There’s more action… We get to see Storm twirling around bringing a storm. Shadowcat running through walls. There’s Wolverine and his claws. Bobby…actually turning into Iceman. Magneto moving bridges and Dark Phoenix in all her rage. Also there’s the ending…which kinda suggest that this may not be the end and that the cure is only temporary. I do hope this is not the last one. Please make a new one…with better character development please…because X-Men are all about the interesting characters…Oh and have Gambit.

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