Hope for something bigger than our selves.

    "Sometimes, when I wake up, I feel like I'm still sleeping. I feel like all the colours and shapes in the world have collided and all I can do is just sit there and watch. I think a person's heart has a way of turning off when it can't find reason. I guess that's why nature has always had an inspiring presence. Everything follows a purpose. I guess we're missing something. Why do we struggle to breathe a more righteous breath? When we all end up in the same place? I'd like to hope our history is worth remembering, and in print of careful design. A feeling of heartfelt purpose, and a sense of hope for something bigger than our selves. Then, maybe I'll wake up."  -- General Lee Briggs
     Over the past 4 years a movie had been in production. Thought about it was first spoken in 2006 and since then me and thousands of other fans had been waiting for it. The movie is titled love. An epic idea from the band Angels & Airwaves. Scored by the band, produced by Tom Delonge and Directed by Will Eubank.

    Since Tom first spoke of the movie, there had be speculation of when it would be coming out. Dates were constantly being pushed back. There would be months without any word about the movie. Finally, in 2007 a trailer was released. A movie called I-Empire, which would be share the title with the bands second album. But time went on with no word, and it became kind of a joke that the movie would never be released. Lastly in 2009 a trailer was posted on the apple store for a movie titled Love. After all these years it seemed like it was really going to happen.

    I finally got to see the movie a couple weeks ago with Xes. I couldn't have been more happy with how it turned out. It's defiantly an artistic film and is not for everyone. For only having a budget of 500 000$ it is extremely impressive. If you like the movies, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Solaris or Moon then you'd probably enjoy this movie.

    The plot of the movie is an astronaut named Lee Miller has been sent to the International Space Station alone, because it has been 20 years since humans have occupied it. While he is there running test, making sure that it is still safe for use he loses contact with Earth. There had been some sort of apocalyptic event killing off the human race. The main focus of the movie is the time he spends on the ISS alone. As he tries to stay sane, it depicts what it would be like living a lonely life on the claustrophobic space station. Slowly going crazy, he imagines seeing previous members of the ISS on board and communicates with them. Though still keeping the sense that they're his imagination and he knows they're not real. After finding a journal that was brought on board of a captain from the Civil war he makes a incredible discovery. Love has climatic end, that is very 2001 like. In the sense of it using a very quiet, artistic, almost confusing close. The movie as a whole explores the important need for connection with other people and the limitless power of hope. It shows that everyone has a story to tell and they have something even greater to leave behind.

Love comes on as a special edition double album Love Part One & Two and Love the movie on 11-08-11 and I encourage you all to at least go out in watch it. Don't go in thinking it will be some high action blockbuster, rather go in with an open mind and try to listen to the message that it's trying to share with you.

And a little input from Xesetarip:

For such a low budget film, it was extraordinarily well done. I had only watched the trailer going into it, I'm not familiar with the band, and I certainly was unaware of all the previous hype of it's slow development. So as a 'stranger' to the film, I was very impressed with it. It had a really slow pace all throughout, and I know it initially made me restless, but as the movie progressed you could sense the intentionality of the pace. It uses a lot of elements to emulate the imprisonment of Lee Miller and make the audience feel his confinement. Trippy as hell too ;). Sean said it was similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey, which I (regrettably) have never seen, so to me this was kind of a new concept. So emotional and has a nipple-hardeningly good message. I'd highly recommend checking out this movie, even if you're unfamiliar with it.


Here's the trailer.

Enjoy, Izan.


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