Movie Title: The Bridge
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 34 min.
Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo
Where did I watch it?: Home
The Bridge is a documentary about The Golden Gate Bridge. In 2004 documentary filmmaker Eric Steel set up from two locations and filmed the bridge during all daylight hours. The Golden Gate Bridge is beautiful, iconic, and a destination for people planning to commit suicide. In 2004, twenty four people jumped from the bridge to their deaths. Eric Steel captured twenty three of them on film and prevented suicide attempts from six others.
The footage of the jumpers is disturbing to watch. They all approach it in a different way. Some stepped up to the railing and leaped off immediately. One man crosses himself before jumping. Some climbed over the edge and stood there while people walked by them until they jumped. Some climbed back over the railing and didn’t go through with it. Some were talked down by the police. Watching the crowd was even more disturbing. The people about to jump are in clear distress, but the crowd crossing the bridge ignores them the majority of the time. It was truly sad in every way.
The rest of the documentary consists of interviews with family members and one man who jumped off the bridge and survived. These interviews investigate the mental health of the individuals that jumped. Some of the interviews are bizarre. In some cases the interviewees actively ignored threats of suicide from those who jumped. But, after hearing the stories at length it becomes clear that the friends, family, and caretakers of these individuals had no idea what to do to help. Several indicated that the death of the individual was actually somewhat of a relief. It genuinely strikes a tone that seems to indicate that these deaths were not preventable and a grim picture of mental health in America.
It is a very sad documentary, but worth watching. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: A Quiet Place (2018)
Movie Title: A Quiet Place
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 30 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie
Where did I watch it?: Picture Show – Fall River, MA
A Quiet Place is set in a unique dystopia. A new species has arrived on the planet and decimated the population. They are blind, but indestructible. Their primary sense organ is auditory. They can hear the most minute sounds. People can not talk or make any loud noises or these creatures will find them and kill them. Footsteps need to be tiptoes, voices need to be the barest of whispers. The design of the creature is very cool and they are not shy about making appearances.
The silence is an important component of the movie. When you finally hear a sound it gives a genuine jump. The layout of the entire world is set up to avoid making noise and it really is fascinating to look at it. There is one thing that is about to move beyond Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee’s (John Krasinski) control. Evelyn is pregnant and babies make a ton of noise. They are trying to restructure their lives to accommodate this massive problem.
The children are the massive problem with the movie. You would think that the apocalypse and the presence of creatures that will rip your guts out if you make a peep would nullify some teenage angst. But, it doesn’t. They make horrible decisions. They put the family in danger. The basic lesson I took away from the movie is that if you have kids and the apocalypse strikes it would be a good idea to abandon them. Everyone plays their role well though and the climax is great.
Emily Blunt plays a boss and John Krasinski rocks it in the leading role and the director’s chair. See it.
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