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Security Systems in Movies

Home Alone

In the movie Home Alone, a young man named Kevin must protect himself and his home from the “Wet Bandits”. Although his home didn’t have a home security system, Kevin was able to protect himself with various traps and tricks. Some of the traps included: Iced-over steps, a soapy ladder, falling bricks and swinging paint cans, broken glass ornaments and my favorite: a giant tarantula for scaring one of the bandits. Even though there were a few close calls, Kevin manages to keep his home safe protected.

Very entertaining, but Kevin’s make shift security system would do very little to deter thieves from entering the home. On the other hand, all the ruckus and noise inside the house might alert Kevin’s neighbors.

– Protection rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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Panic Room

In the 2002 thriller, Panic Room, a single mother and her daughter move into a new home for a fresh start. But they soon find out that their home holds some secrets that others really want. The main movie is focused around a panic room, which is a fortified part of a house or building that is for emergencies. The security system that was a part of the panic room included: video monitoring, a separate telephone line, a PA system, concrete and steel floors and walls, and thick steel door that is ballistics proof.

The actual room was never broken into, making it truly the safest room and area in the house.

– Protection rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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The Purge

The Purge starts off with a very interesting idea where for one night in the United States, all crime is legal. The main character James and the rest of the Sandins’ family have to survive the night from Purgers, neighbors, and the stranger that made his way into their home. In the movie, James is a salesman who deals in home security systems, including the one equipped in his home. His system includes: metal plating that surround the home, video monitoring services including a robotic doll on an RC car that has a video camera embedded in it, an impressive arsenal of weapons in a secured gun cage, and a nice control system to watch all of the activities that are occurring outside the home.

James later admits that the security system is just a deterrent when the power is cut and the system is rendered useless. No backup battery system to keep everything running until power is restored. That’s terrible in a security system.

– Protection rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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Man on a Ledge

Nick Cassidy is on a mission to clear his name of stealing a $40 Million diamond by standing on a hotel ledge in New York. Crazy premise for a movie, but it makes a lot of sense as the story plays out. Nick enlists the help of his brother and his girlfriend to steal the diamond from the man who framed him, David Englander. Unfortunately, stealing the diamond will not be an easy task because his security system that houses the diamond includes a top notch video surveillance system, thermal sensors, key pads for entry areas, security patrol, pressure-sensitive floor tiles, and biometric measures for opening certain vaults.

Honestly, Englander has the best security system out of all of the movies reviewed, with a ton of different monitoring options that would deter most thieves. Unfortunately, his ego is what eventually gets him caught. I mean seriously, who walks around with a $40 Million diamond? Keep it in the vault where it belongs.

– Protection rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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The Italian Job

A remake from the original film from 1969, this story of stolen gold, a double-cross, and Mini Coopers, this movie also contains a pretty solid security system as a plot line to the story. The main protagonist Steve double-crossed Charlie Croker and his crew and made his home in Los Angeles with the stolen gold. When Croker founds out where Steve is, they plan to steal the gold back. Steve’s home security system contains: on-premises security gate and guard, video monitoring through out the house, and 2 pit bulls. All of that to protect a safe with nearly $27 Million in Gold in it.

Steve’s home is pretty secure, although simply taking out the cable line to his home was enough to get a “technician” from the cable company to visit to fix the downed TV and internet connection. But having the guard station is a really nice touch.

– Protection rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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My Top 10 Movies of 2014

Films I wanted to see in 2014 but never did:

Foxcatcher, The Babadook, Whiplash, The Imitation Game, Gone Girl, Calvary and Fury.

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Just missed: Boyhood

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Boyhood was a very different movie experience, one that made a difference in the realm of film. It was arguably 2014’s most unique movie. However, there were too many other movies I enjoyed more to put it on the list.

Just Missed: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes…this is the movie I saw in the mountains with my fiance at a drive-in theater in the pouring rain. Quite the experience huh? I will never forget seeing this fantastic movie, as it has lots of emotion and suspense.

Just Missed: X-Men: Days of Future Past

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X-Men: Days of Future Past sits right next to X-Men First Class as best X-Men movies ever. It boasted great action, awesome characters and performances.

Just Missed: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Captain America: Winter Soldier was a huge improvement over it’s somewhat lacking predecessor. It boasts everything a Captain America movie should be. It is true to its lead character and brings to the forefront a really cool villain.

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My Official Top 10 of 2014

#10 Birdman

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Birdman is a film I bet you didn’t see in 2014. It didn’t get much publicity, but this is another very important movie that had an important message. I advise everyone see this movie as soon as possible. I love how it’s shamelessly unorthodox.

#9 Edge of Tomorrow

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Edge of Tomorrow is just plain awesome. Some call it repetitive, but I call it different and refreshing. I like when movies take risks and this one did. The storytelling and concept are spot-on and Tom Cruise is at the top of his game.

#8 The Lego Movie

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The Lego Movie surprised me, with sharp dialogue, a smart script, unforgettable characters and a big emotional punch. I had to give it a perfect score because frankly, I couldn’t find anything wrong with it. What a splendid and funny cast, too.

#7 Interstellar

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Interstellar was overhyped and people shouldn’t overreact. It’s not big for the sake of being big. It’s just that good. Matthew McConaughey gives a gut wrenching performance and the sheer ambition is nearly unfathomable. Yes, the concepts explored may reach too far, but you can’t condemn it for that. The story is intriguing, the characters are real and the adventure is unrelenting. As far as I’m concerned, Christopher Nolan delivers another gem with this one.

#6 Snowpiercer

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Snowpiercer packs some major punches, such as an intriguing story, brilliant acting, interesting characters, a desolate and beautiful arctic setting and in your face action. It is easily one of my favorite movies of 2014 and an absolute must-see.

#5 Enemy

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Enemy may be one of the weirdest movies of the year, but it’s also one of the smartest and best. With a mesmerizing performance from Jake Gyllenhaal and a mind bending plot, this one deserves to be in my top 5.

#4 How to Train Your Dragon 2

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 had me from first the first bite of popcorn. Going in, I never thought this sequel could possibly top its predecessor. Boy, was I wrong. With heartwarming moments, endearing characters, emotional depth and a beautiful world, Dragon 2 absolutely stole my heart…and some of my tears.

#3 NightCrawler

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Nightcrawler…talk about a film with style AND substance. Jake Gyllenhaal is like an evil genius in a laboratory and he’s on a roll. He just so happens to be my favorite actor. This was my most anticipated film of 2014 and it didn’t let me down. It’s clever, stylistic, beautifully grim, thrilling and chilling to the bone. This is a must-see and must-own.

#2 The Wind Rises

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The Wind Rises is supposedly Hayao Miyazaki’s last film, but it also may very well be his best. This is an animated treasure for moviegoers of all kinds to find. With a sweet romance, a sharp script, a grand story and beautiful animation, it deserves a place in your collection and is an absolute must-see.

#1 Guardians of the Galaxy

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Guardians of the Galaxy is special. I’m telling you right now. It has all the makings of a classic and that’s what it will be considered 20 years from now. Mark my words. That opening dance scene with Pratt…come on! The visuals are remarkable, the music is unrivaled, the characters are absolutely terrific and the story is very interesting and fun. Did I mention its comedic flare? This movie has it all and it’s become one of my new favorite films in recent years.

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I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 of 2014! What is your top 10? Let me know in the comments section or on Facebook!

Christian Movies and Film Criticism

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I always thought it was intriguing how Christian films were scored and viewed by movie critics. Most people are aware of the review aggregator sites Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. If you aren’t, basically the sites compile all movie review scores from major critics into one number. Higher being better, of course. The general assumption is that critics will hate these movies right? It’s safe to say most major movie critics are secular and mostly liberal in political stance. I thought it would be interesting to look at what the critics say about Christian movies and also what movie-goers say about them. Let’s take a look using Rotten Tomatoes’ scores.

Fireproof (2008)

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RT Critics: 40%

RT Viewers: 83%

How to Save a Life (2010)

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RT Critics: 33%

RT Viewers: 82%

Courageous (2011)

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RT Critics: 30%

RT Viewers: 86%

God’s Not Dead (2014)

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RT Critics: 12%

RT Viewers: 85%

Son of God

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RT Critics: 22%

RT Viewers: 76%

Heaven is for Real (2014)

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RT Critics: 49%

RT Viewers: 76%

There you have it. Obviously, movie-goers around the world show an overwhelming amount of love for Christian-based movies. Does this show a personal bias from critics because of the “content” or subject matter of these films or do they genuinely critique them without bias as if they would a typical summer blockbuster? Do these movies really need to have Oscar-worthy film fundamentals? Do they really have to be compared to Hollywood’s best? Then again, their aim is to better society, display moral values and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Not much bad can be said about these movies as far as morality and message. It could be the cold hearts of critics who simply want to bash and destroy. It could be they think the movies are terrible as far as quality goes. Personally, I’ve seen all these movies except Son of God and Heaven is for Real. I thought To Save a Life was a great film fundamentally, as far as acting and storytelling go, yet critics hated it. At the same time, I thought Fireproof had awful acting and was below average in almost every category. However, the message is what matters most, so I’m not going to put a number on it. So, a Christian such as myself can openly critique a Christian movie without bias. I will call out a movie, no matter the genre or subject, when it’s simply “bad”, fundamentally. Film criticism is fun and great, but when religion or politics come into play, personal feelings and opinions rear their ugly heads. The moral of the story is that we shouldn’t always trust movie critics when it comes to Christian films. I firmly believe that as Christians, we should support these low budget productions for the message and gospel. As for unbelievers, you should give them a chance and go in unbiased and open-minded. In the end, these movies exist to reach those who don’t believe, in the name of the gospel and LOVE. It’s refreshing and encouraging to see movie-goers speak loudly through these RT scores, drowning out the critics. With these scores, critics are essentially saying “Don’t bother going to see these movies, they suck.” Don’t listen. I want to encourage everyone to check out each and every one of these films. Don’t even criticize them, just listen to what they have to say.

What do you think? Do film critics show bias? Are they unfair when it comes to Christian films? Should these movies even be critiqued? What are your thoughts on the obvious numbers gap between the RT critics’ scores and viewers’ scores? Share your thoughts in the comments section below or on Facebook.

 

The Worst of Wade’s Thoughts

In celebration of 100+ Fans on Facebook, we will take a look back at the worst films ever reviewed on Wade’s Thoughts, and get a good laugh, just don’t watch any of these, or you’ll probably end up punching yourself in the face.

The feeling is mutual, Adam

*Click on the title of each movie to read the full review (If you dare)

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Jack & Jill

A new low for Adam Sandler and a new low for film making. You’ll have more fun playing a game of Old Maid with your own sister, who likely isn’t as obnoxious and annoying as “Jill”. I would say that watching Jack & Jill is the equivalent of eating a Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich covered in mold, that’s sat out for three weeks. Jack and Jill is bottom of the barrel, worst of the worst, and God have mercy on your soul if you’ve watched it.

I Don’t Know How She Does It

No, Sarah Jessica Parker, we will never know how you do it, how you continue to make god-awful movies with such consistency. Maybe Sarah should re-think her career choice, because this is the last straw. Not only is Sarah bad, everything about this movie is bad. You also get to see Pierce Brosnan’s career disintegrate before your eyes. Is it just me or does every other man on the face of the Earth want to see Sarah Jessica Parker fall on her face in a pair of heels in the street? Maybe then we wouldn’t have to endure her hideous movies every year.

Dream House

Daniel Craig has disowned Dream House, you should too. I would rather be forced to vomit for 12 straight hours than watch this horrendous piece of garbage.

Love, Wedding, Marriage

Famous for receiving a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, Love Wedding Marriage is abysmal on ever possible level, and should be avoided at all costs. Instead of watching it, you should go break your face on the bathroom mirror, because I would rather do that then sit through this awful mess again.

The Bounty Hunter

Jennifer Aniston is at it again, ruining everything she touches. In her defense, it’s not just her, everything about The Bounty Hunter is terrible. Words will never be able to describe just how bad this movie is.

Did You Hear About The Morgans?

Trust me, you don’t want to hear about the Morgans, as a matter of fact, no one does, because this movie is an absolute and utter failure in every aspect. It is the mere definition of “bore fest”. It has no substance or purpose whatsoever.

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Letters To Juliet

Sitting through Letters To Juliet is like a miniature prison sentence. I wanted to turn it off at least 30 times because it was so awful. I had a party afterwards in celebration for being free from the torture this movie provided.

The Ugly Truth

The truth isn’t the only thing that’s ugly here. First, you have Katherine Heigl, who pretty much curses any movie she’s in. Second, you have Gerard Butler, who’s famous for being the obnoxious jerk in these types of films. Third, you have an utterly absurd premise which translates into a tiring story. Lastly, throw in every rom-com cliche possible, then you get The Ugly Truth, which I assume is the fact that no one should watch this movie, ever.

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Abduction

With the most absurd story you will ever see in a movie, a thousand action movie cliches, uneven pacing and horrible acting, not even Taylor Lautner’s six pack can save this sorry excuse for a film.

The Lucky One

Nicholas Sparks dishes out yet another horrid, laughable, cliched mess of a movie that will have the teenage girls sobbing of how “sad” the story is, while everyone else will be crying because they have to endure the torture. Zac Efron is an absolute joke here as well, acting as eye candy for the ladies than actually trying to put on a good acting performance. His facial expression is nearly the same in every scene, which looks like a model trying to pose for a photo shoot. Not to mention, the chemistry between the leads is hardly existent.

The Change-Up

Ryan Reynold’s pompous attitude mixed with constant foul language and awful story telling make The Change Up unenjoyable from start to finish. Avoid it at all costs.

How Do You Know

Despite a talented cast, How Do You Know is like a lost puppy trying to find it’s way. It’s more confused than anything else. It doesn’t even remotely come close to answering it’s title name’s question, and doesn’t offer anything else either, making it void in every way.

Little Fockers

Let’s just hope The Little Fockers don’t have more little Fockers to continue the family tradition, because this series just went down the toilet. Instead of trying to make a funny, enjoyable third entry, the film makers decided to make it a quick cash in for all involved. It’s tiring, boring and never should have been made. This is a disgrace to Meet The Parents and a slap in the face to fans of the series.

The Back-Up Plan

Okay, here’s the plan, don’t watch this movie. Here’s the back up plan: If you are somehow forced to watch this movie, immediately jump out of the nearest window when the opening credit start to roll. The film has no purpose, no redeeming qualities, and no depth. It’s eye candy for both sexes wrapped up into a nice little package full of things like a bad story, boring plot, absurd premise and horrible acting, served to you by a “shoot yourself” annoying, Jennifer Lopez.

Dear John

Dear John, thank you for being the most cliche, boring, and horrible chick flick of all time. Your legacy will live on in the hearts of teenage girls everywhere, who will most likely realize how stupid they were for liking such an epic failure of a film in their early days. Thank you for showing us what true love is, and making them believe that this is actually what it’s like, so when they actually get in relationships, their expectations will be so high that nothing will ever live up to their standards,  which were ingrained into their heads by you.  Thank you for absolutely nothing, but a terrible excuse of a love story, candy coated with two attractive leads. Thank you John, for absolutely nothing. Sincerely, the human race.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a perfect example of a ton of talented actor’s talents being thrown in a garbage can, with no remorse or shame whatsoever. You’re better off spending Valentine’s Day alone with your dog, sobbing while reading love letters from your ex girlfriends. You would be a whole lot happier doing that than enduring such a painful movie like this.