An odd realisation occurs at The Warehouse about their lighting or lack of it, and movies of The Phantom and Snitch are enjoyed.

The Warehouse Lighting

While killing some time in The Warehouse at lunch today, I noticed that on and off cloud cover affected the lighting inside, and realised that their power savings go as far as using natural outdoor light instead of indoor ones during the day. It’s quite an effective power-saving system and helps to show the lengths they go to to in order to achieve cost-cutting measures.

DVD movie night

The Phantom

The Phantom (2013) is a cold-war era movie about a submarine that went missing, and is heavily based on a real story of the Soviet submarine K-129 that went missing in 1968. The movie is about an old diesel submarine captained by Demi (Ed Harris) who is haunted by his past, and Bruni (David Duchovny) who leads a KGB group that has technology to record other vessels so that the sub can pretend to be them instead.

Other favourites include Lance Henrikson as Markov and Jason Gray-Stanford as Sasha, but I’m afraid that Jason will always be Lt. Randall Disher from Monk for me, for a long time to come.

Primarily the story is about an attempted false-flag attack by the rogue KGB group, and attempts by Demi and others of the crew to sabotage such attempts. It’s a tense film, and is well told in a sympathetic manner towards the Russians.

Snitch

Snitch (2013) is tale of father John Matthews (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) who attempts to free his son from prison who was set up in a drug deal. John convinces the DEA and US Attorney Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon) to let him go undercover for the DEA, to use his construction company trucks to help take down some drug dealers.

Jason gets convinced by a small time drug dealer to pick up a package for easy money. When he is caught he goes to prison for ten years, his only hope of reducing his sentence to 1 year is normally by giving information to the DEA about other drug dealers, which is something he has no knowledge about at all.

Enter his father John, who tries to convince US Attorney to let him find out information instead, but to no avail as the law is air tight. John uses a contact from work to find a drug dealer and sets up his construction company to help transport goods. Going back to the DEA and the US Attorney they realise that he’s been stupid, but Joanne realises that she can use him to help her political career instead, so the go-ahead is on for John to help the DEA, and John gets steadily deeper in over his head.

Suspension of disbelief is rocked at times when Dwayne is scared by some of the drug dealers, because we’re more used to him beating such people to a pulp, and I got the feeling with this is a movie converted from a TV mini-series. In reality though this movie is based on a real-life situation with James Settembrino which accounts for the strange story structuring.

It was the lack of the standard three-act structure that was being noticed instead, which is what most movies follow. The reason for such a structure is that this is that this typically ends up resulting in a highly enjoyable experience for the audience.

The three-act movie structure

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