Pilot – Sons of Anarchy

Today I watched Sons of Anarchy episode pilot and yes I found it rather enjoyable.

The show focuses on the towns biker gang which goes by the shows namesake. The group have their fingers in many pies but gun running is one of their main gold mines and a subject the episode focuses on.

The episode starts with the destruction of a storage depot by their Mexican rivals, the mayans, to the dismay of the sons of anarchy, they see the guns have been stolen as well and set about making things right.

The show is very alpha male. It’s got violence, bikes, sex, lots of rock music and a group of males who have little or no concern for anything other than themselves. This is summed up when they find the bodies of two women burned to death in the fire yet can only find concern for their missing guns.

It has Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal putting in excellent perfomances. Charlie plays Jax Teller, the vice chairman of the sons and Katey plays his manipulative mother who is the matriarch of the sons of anarchy.

I cautiously look forward to watching the rest of this.

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Coach Carter

Today I watched Coach Carter starring Samuel Jackson, Channing Tatum, Rob Brown, Rick Gonzalez and Ashanti. I really enjoyed it as I found it very uplifting and interesting, all the more so as it’s based on a true story which for me always adds a little something extra.

The story focuses on basketball coach Ken Carter who takes on the vacant coaching position at his old high school Richmond. When he arrives it is clear the team is lacking in teamwork and discipline not too mention their poor fitness levels and poor academic performance

He issues his players with contracts they must abide by if they want any chance of making the team.

These rules include things like wearing suits on matchdays, being on time, no use of profanity and the requirement of each attending and thriving in school classes.

As one would expect this leads to a number of confrontations between the coach and some of the players, however slowly but surely Carter turns the team into winners in both everyday life and on the court as the team manage to win the championship and go on to appear in the regional play-offs.

I always enjoy watching any actor put in a great performance and I feel this is one of Jacksons really good ones so that is always a winner. It’s also interesting seeing Channing Tatum in one of his earlier roles and to hear what happened to the characters real life counterparts.

The Devils Own

Today I watched The Devils Own and I have to say it was very average indeed. The cast is actually really good and all put in pretty good performances but for me the story is lacking and seems to have poor characters.

The story focuses on the confict between Rory (Brad Pitt) and Tom (Harrison Ford), one a notorious terrorist from Ireland and the other a veteran cop from New York. They grow close but eventually come to blows as they each realize neither will back down from the situation.

The situation is a bag of money being used to purchase missiles for the IRA and after men break into his family home; Tom is, at worst slightly aggieved to find out Rory is involved.

Rory at times also seems so out of character, maybe that was the intention seeing as he is on the run but at no point are you thinking, ‘oh dear, this guy is responsible for twenty plus deaths’ nor does it seem that he has the troubles of things he has done in the past on his mind. It just wasn’t very believable.

That being said I don’t think it had enough character building scenes, Rory seemed like an almost care-free lad and Tom, who by the end was holding Rorys hand when he was dying. Too far for me i’m afraid, hours earlier he had just killed his best friend and was also responsible for seriously endangering his family.

I don’t think so… some good action scenes at the start and the most ridiculous ending known to man.