by Mark Thoma
- No real plot. Just a series of monologues from 22 survivors talking to the camera. Narrated segues from one character’s “scene” to the next, but no interaction between the filmmaker and the survivors.
- Too many characters. No chance for emotional involvement with any one character before being thrown into the story of the next character.
- Actors that for the most part didn’t look the part. While they delivered their lines convincingly, some of the actors looked much too healthy and well fed. In that respect the movie lacked a certain authenticity.
- An absolutely toxic topic. Although I didn’t, and still don’t, consider this to be a deal-breaker, a couple of friends told me the film was just too disturbing to watch all the way through.
A Gift from the Muses, and J. Z. Colby
The Muses, or whatever you would like to call those mysterious sources of inspiration, don’t always just inspire. Sometimes they issue orders.
NEBADOR Book Nine: A Cry for Help is the conclusion of the epic NEBADOR young-adult science fiction saga, and brings the story to the most critical decision point for a civilization: live in balance with their one-and-only planet, or watch it die. The Muses have declared that I must GIVE Book Nine to anyone who is led to discover it by the mysterious workings of the universe. Although it is the ninth book of the series, it is sufficiently stand-alone to allow me to comply with the Muses’ wishes without too much shame.
But alas, the ultimate fate of the planet in the story was not revealed to me, and I chose not to just “make something up.” Some of the things they tried may not be possible on Earth, if for no other reason than because the hour, for us, is much later. In any case, I hope it is enjoyable, perhaps even thought-provoking, for those who can see far enough ahead to be a little worried about the future.
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