Monday, September 15, 2008

Code 46

Film: Code 46
Length: ?
Starring: Samantha Morton, Tim Robbins
Part of a series? No
My rating: *****

Set in the near future, when global warming has driven most of us indoors, when the land has become virtually deserts, and when genetic engineering and cloning is the norm.
Cities are heavily controlled by checkpoints, you cannot travel unless you have an appropriate 'papelle' to allow you to enter or exit. Anyone living outside these cities are 'non-citizens' living outside the government, scraping a life together somehow.
William (Robbins) works for the government 'The Sphinx' and is sent to Shanghai to investigate the forgery of papelle. Their he meets and falls in love with Maria who he discovers is forging the documents, but who he can't help being obsessed by. A wild one night affair ensues.
Returning to New York, he's haunted by her memory. When people die as a result of the forged papelle he is sent back to deal with the problem.
When he gets there he finds out Maria has disappeared, accused of a Code 46 violation....

'Code 46:
Article 1
Any human being who shares the same nuclear gene set as another human being is deemed to be genetically identical. The relations of one are the relations of all.
Due to
IVF, ID embryo splitting and cloning techniques it is necessary to prevent any accidental or deliberate genetically incestuous reproduction.
I. All prospective parents should be genetically screened before conception. If they have 100%, 50% or 25% genetic identity they are not permitted to conceive
II. If the pregnancy is unplanned, the foetus must be screened. Any pregnancy resulting from 100%, 50% or 25% genetically related parents must be terminated immediately
III. If the parents were ignorant of their genetic relationship then medical intervention is authorized to prevent any further breach of Code 46
IV. If the parents knew they were genetically related prior to conception it is a criminal breach of Code 46. '

Why I would recommend it:
Well acted..unusual storyline..not too unrealistic.
Excellent cast, including notable British actors.
Watch it for Mick Jones of The Clash singing 'Should I Stay of Should I go' in the Karaoke bar - pure genius!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Mary E. Pearson

The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Mary E. Pearson
265 pages; published 2008

On the eighth day Father had to return to work in Boston. He and Mother whispered, but I still heard. Risky … have to get back … you’ll be fine. Before he left he cupped my face in both of his hands. “Little by little, Angel,” he said. “Be patient. Everything will come back. Over time all the connections will be made.” I think my gait is normal now. My memory is not. I don’t remember my mother, my father, or Lily. I don’t remember that I once lived in Boston. I don’t remember Jenna Fox.

Father says it will come in time. “Time heals,” he says.
I don’t tell him that I don’t know what time is. (7)
Her mother gave her a box of discs, all labeled. Jenna Fox/Year One ... Year Two ... Year Sixteen. "Watch them," she suggests. "Maybe they'll help you remember."

That's the problem. Jenna doesn't remember. She doesn't remember her mother, her father, even herself. She doesn't remember why her grandmother seems to hate her and she doesn't remember the accident that left her in a coma for over a year. She doesn't remember anything at all. What's more, the little bits that are coming back to her piece by piece are leaving her with the awkward suspicion that something is not quite right.
There is something curious about where we live. Something curious about Father and his nightly phone calls with Mother. And certainly something curious about me. Why can I remember the details of the French Revolution but I can’t remember if I ever had a best friend? (12)
Why is she not allowed to leave the house? Why did they move from Boston to California? How did they time their move to her waking up so perfectly? And, if California is their new home, why does her father spend all his time in Boston, keeping his job at the large bio-engineering research hospital?
What aren't they telling her? What doesn't she remember?
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Life As We Knew It - Susan Pfeffer

Life As We Knew It
Susan Pfeffer
339 pages; published 2006

Sometimes I think about how things used to be. I’d never been anyplace, not really. Florida once and Boston and New York City and Washington and Montreal and that was it. I’d dream of Paris, of London, of Tokyo. I wanted to go to South America, to Africa. I always assumed I could someday.

But my world keeps getting smaller and smaller. No school. No pond. No town. No bedroom. Now I don’t even have the view out the windows.

I feel myself shrivelling along with my world, getting smaller and harder. I’m turning into a rock, and in some ways that’s good, because rocks last for ever.
But if this is how I’m going to last for ever, then I don’t want to. (237)
When astromers start talking excitedly about an asteroid hitting the moon, sixteen-year-old Miranda sees it as little more than an opportunity for her teachers to pile on extra homework. Sure, it's not everyday you can the moon being hit with the naked eye, but at the end of the day she'd much rather be watching TV or reading posts on her favourite online message board.
What the astronomers don't anticipate, however, is that the asteroid is much denser than originally thought, dense enough to actually knock the moon slightly out of orbit. Suddenly the moon is playing havoc with Earth's tides, resulting in wipe-out level tidal waves, and the increase of it's gravitional pull is creating volcanoes where there never was before. Life as everyone knew it is over, and the Earth's population is in serious trouble.
I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonalds would still be open. (47)
Chronicling her family's struggles to survive in her diary, Miranda finds her life completely changed. Suddenly no access to internet or television isn't the problem. There is now no heat, no hot water, no phone. There is limited ways of cooking food - and that's if you have food in the first place, and then there's water to consider. Volcanic ash is covering the sky, making it near impossible for any amount of the sun's heat to get through.
Somehow it's harder to focus (though she gives it her all) on the regular teen things like keeping up your grades, dating, and arguing with your mother when you're wondering if you're going to be able to eat tomorrow, or, out of you and your two brothers, which is more likely to survive.
Life As We Knew It was an incredibly moving book; I found myself openly crying in several places, especially towards the end. Miranda's voice was just so real, so completely honest and the things she and the rest of her family have to deal with are just astounding. An excellent read. 4.5/5
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Rebecca's 42 List

  1. The X-Files. Seasons 1-5. (1993-1997)
  2. Firefly. Complete Series. (2002)
  3. Serenity. Written and directed by Josh Whedon. (2005)
  4. The Mist - Stephen King. (1980)
  5. Titan A.E. Directed by Don Bluth. (2000)
  6. Stargate: Atlantis. Seasons 1-3. (2006)
  7. Life As We Knew It - Susan Pfeffer (2006)
  8. The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Mary E. Pearson (2008)
  9. Star Trek: Generations. Directed by David Carson. (1994)
  10. Star Trek: First Contact. Directed by Jonathan Frakes. (1996)
  11. Star Trek: Insurrection. Directed by Jonathan Frakes. (1998)
  12. Star Trek: Nemesis. Directed by Stuart Baird. (2002)
  13. Stargate: the Movie. Directed by Roland Emmerich. (1994)
  14. Stargate: SG:1. Seasons 1-10. (1997-2007)
  15. Changing Planes - Ursula Le Guin (2004)
  16. Wall-E. Directed by Andrew Stanton. (2008)
  17. Stargate: The Ark of Truth. Directed by Robert C. Cooper. (2008)
  18. Stargate: Continuum. Directed by Martin Wood. (2008)
  19. Star Trek: The Next Generation. Seasons 1-4. (1987-1990)
  20. Star Trek in Myth and Legend - Thomas Richards (1997)
  21. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card (1977)
  22. The Declaration - Gemma Malley (2007)