“This is the most asinine act I’ve ever seen a police officer make; totally unwarranted.” Agreed, totally! How in the world did this person ever make it onto any level of police force? After watching all of this day’s news clips, and reading the online information, I still am reeling behind what I find to be a tragedy that deserves further protest!
It was earlier this month when Mr. Samuel Dubose, 43, was driving on an afternoon, presumably around The University of Cincinnati. Dubose was NOT speeding, as clearly seen in the video, which is now visible, worldwide. Yet, for whatever reason, he was pulled over by University of Cincinnati police officers, and he was approached by Officer Ray Tensing.
Officer Tensing proceeded to question Dubose, asking him where he was heading, and for his license. When Dubose was unable to produce a license, Tensing asked additional questions, including whether or not Dubose had been drinking. Dubose responded no, yet the situation suddenly escalated, with Officer Tensing raising his voice, brandishing his weapon, and demanding that Samuel Dubose get out of the car!
It seemed that before Dubose could even exit his vehicle, he was bombarded with a barrage of bullets! Officer Tensing fired upon him multiple times for what appeared to be NO REASON, as Dubose produced NO WEAPON of his own, had not used any foul language, and had not even attempted to escape the scene! Samuel Dubose, before he knew what was happening, was gunned down, MURDERED, by OFFICER RAY TENSING, for reasons as yet to be produced!
All of this now is being taken to courts in Ohio, the Cincinnati area. C.N.N., and all of the major news networks will be covering this story to follow through with what happens to Officer Tensing, as well as with the family of Samuel Dubose. Yet, this is only another underscoring of where racial relations really rest within our “great” nation. Indeed, no one is denying that leaps and bounds have been made over the last two centuries, yet mindsets still refuse to erase some of the seemingly savory, yet altogether stagnant ways of the past!
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You gotta watch out for ’em!
July 28, 2015 at 7:49 PM (animal activism, cultural acknowledgment, curious research, current news, environmental issues, human life issues, legal issues, political atmosphere, public debate, social opinion, terrestrial studies, web gossip)
Alright, alright, alright (shout-out to Matthew…)! It has been A WHILE since I have actually sat my fuzzy behind down and blogged! Yet, after tonight’s events, I could not stay away any longer. Writing and blogging is what I love to do, after all, so I need to get back into the swing of things. Besides, with the winds blowing from this shit that has occurred just recently, I can NOT just let it ride without saying something somewhere to someone! DAMN IT!!!
I am sure that anyone with any level of cognizance has heard the news events of today. Specifically, I am referring to what went down in Africa; Zimbabwe. One of these assholes who feels that it is a fun and entertaining thing to hunt animals for sport went into The Hwange National Park of Zimbabwe, armed with a rifle, and targeting wild animals. This man (term used loosely…) named Walter James Palmer, a resident of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, entered the supposed sanctuary on the evening of July 6 with intentions to slaughter the wondrous wildcat.
Palmer was accompanied by Johnny Rodrigues, the head of The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (of all things…). It was at night, and they were using a spotlight to locate the lions. When Cecil was seen, the men tied a dead animal to their vehicle, using it’s scent to lure Cecil toward them. They drove out of the park, with Cecil in pursuit, and Palmer initially shot the lion with an arrow! This did not kill the cat, and he was able to escape.
However, Palmer and Rodrigues tracked Cecil down, locating him roughly forty hours later. That is when they murdered the lion with a shotgun! Moments later, the men saw that Cecil had been suited with a GPS tracking collar, and they attempted to destroy it, in an attempt to keep their cover!
Adding to the horror, these men (if you choose to call them such…) beheaded and skinned Cecil! The lion’s head has yet to be located. As is the way of nature, the cub’s of Cecil’s now will fall under the will of the next lead lion, which is called Jericho. This lion likely will kill Cecil’s cubs, as is the way of nature, to ensure the future of his own bloodline!
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August 20, 2014 at 9:20 PM (childcare and child protection, cultural acknowledgment, current news, historic review, human life issues, legal issues, political atmosphere, public debate, social opinion, web gossip)
America The Beautiful! The news does not stop! I suppose that is a good thing. After all, we do want to keep life going, with all things up and running. It would be our point to decide at what levels to which the particular issues at hand are running: up or down; fast or slow; left or right; back and forth; yadda-yadda…
Earlier, I half-ass watched this jack-ass, Texas Governor Rick Perry, as he got his mug shot taken after his indictment, while some woman talks about him making Texas the laughing stock of the nation! My question would be, why did not you consider that when you voted for him the first damned time? Surely you heard the rest of the nation laughing then?!?!
Perry plead not guilty to the felony charges against him for public corruption. Yet, he is to turn himself into authorities in Austin, Texas for booking (ha-ha…), where he will be fingerprinted, and his hideous mug shot will be taken! Yet, he still plans to run for President! HA! Anyhow…
I look at more relevant news, seeing where these insanely murderous militants of ISIS are at their villainously wicked antics! It was earlier when a video was posted on YouTube, showing where the terrorist organization had United States citizen and journalist James Foley as their captive. During the video, Foley is shown on his knees, beside someone who is wearing all-black clothing. He is made to read a statement that says, “the real killer is America”! Soon thereafter, Foley’s head is cut off of his body! RUTHLESS!
ISIS is in NO WAY meant to be portrayed as anything more than a despicably disgusting collection of criminals and crap! As these people come out of Iraq and Syria, they group into this terrorist assemblage which acts in attempts to shut down and to destroy anything that contradicts their strict and harsh beliefs of Islam, likely as displayed through the mannerisms of their leadership. They work through ruthless actions of terror that include capturing their enemies, then torturing them, executing them, and even beheading some of them!
It seems to be something of a slippery line. I often hear several people questioning, “why are we over there anyway”, or “why do we care what is happening in Iraq”? Well, first of all, it is a greater problem than initially realized. What happens over there will affect The U.S., does affect The U.S., at various levels. There is a major oil supply under Iraq. Surely, everyone realizes the need to have practically liberal access to oil. Iraq has a major arsenal supply!
Additionally, those NUCLEAR weapons do not need to be out of place, out of hand, and wound up in a position to be targeted at us, or anyone else, for that matter! The purpose of The United States and our allies is to be able to retrieve that arsenal supply, getting it to a safe and possibly secret location! I recognize that nuclear weapons can not be just outright destroyed, yet I do believe that it is in the best interest of the planet to attempt beginning something where these weapons can be placed somewhere that they can begin to degrade securely, and without interruption from anyone attempting to get hold of them for ulterior, underhanded purposes.
Something must be done, and something must be done NOW! This kind of shit can NOT continue! To have our OWN countrymen BEHEADED before our own eyes by outright terrorists who are practically laughing and shaking their dicks in our faces?!?! ARE YOU KIDDING?!?!
President Obama is threatening to send additional troops into Iraq. He publicly labeled ISIS as “a cancer threatening the entire region”, in reference to the terrorist group’s Middle East status. Along with The President’s announcements, France, Germany, and Italy all have stated that they will assist, at some levels, in the efforts to subdue ISIS.
Furthermore, Attorney General Eric Holder has arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to investigate the shooting and cold-blooded killing of unarmed Michael Brown by area police officers allegedly responding to riot calls. The tensions remain high in this mid-U.S. city, though it is relatively calm, considering the past few days. School is preparing to start, and the area communities are highly uncertain about the security of their children!
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Certainly, She is BEAUTIFUL!
I am half-ass watching this jack-ass, Texas Governor Rick Perry, as he gets his mug shot taken after his indictment, while some woman talks about him making Texas the laughing stock of the nation! My question would be, why did not you consider that when you voted for him the first damned time? Surely you heard the rest of the nation laughing then?!?! Anyhow…
I look at more relevant news, seeing where these insanely murderous militants of I.S.I.S. are at their villainously wicked antics! It was earlier when a video was posted on YouTube, showing where the terrorist organization had United States citizen and journalist James Foley as their captive. During the video, Foley is shown on his knees, beside someone who is wearing all-black clothing. He is made to read a statement that says, “the real killer is America”! Soon thereafter, Foley’s head is cut off of his body! RUTHLESS!
I.S.I.S. is in NO WAY meant to be portrayed as anything more than a despicably disgusting collection of criminals and crap. Currently stationed in Iraq and Syria, this terrorist assemblage is working in attempts to shut down and to destroy anything that contradicts their strict and harsh beliefs of Islam, likely as displayed through the mannerisms of their leadership. They work through ruthless actions of terror that include capturing their enemies, then torturing them, executing them, and even beheading some of them!
It seems to be something of a slippery line. I often hear several people questioning, “why are we over there anyway”, or “why do we care what is happening in Iraq”. Well, first of all, it is a greater problem than initially realized. What happens over there will affect The U.S., does affect The U.S., at various levels. There is a major oil supply under Iraq. Surely, everyone realizes the need to have practically liberal access to oil. Iraq has a major arsenal supply. Those weapons do not need to be out of place, out of hand, and wound up in a position to be targeted at us, or anyone else, for that matter! With the combination of their mass amounts of oil, and their excess military stock, Iraq is NOT someplace to be taken lightly!
I do not know. This conversation can go on, will go on for a long time. Pointing fingers at President Obama is not really useful, I do not think, as he did not put our troops into this position. I would blast W, yet I do recognize that something needed to be done with Saddam Hussein. However, I do not think that we needed to be engaged in a decades-long battle royal in The Middle East! I did think, always have thought that it has been about our desire to have a greater access/control of the mass oil supply at that area of the world. Having allies over enemies makes it easier to get to this much needed substance. I DO think that Mr. Obama should be making greater efforts to bring our troops HOME FROM THE MIDDLE EAST before his term ends in 2016!
Alright. That was my evening brain fart. Iraq and related issues will be on the news for weeks, months to come. This crap with Rick Perry is highlighting local Texas televisions now, with possible clips catching national attention. If there is comedy enough in it to last for him to actually lead into some level of trial time, that would be certainly great, at least for the comedy of it! I would like to find out which other states have had such blatant buffoons as their elected leaders? Now, what does that say about the state?
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August 10, 2013 at 3:28 AM (climate studies, comic book characters, current news, historic review, human life issues, legal issues, medical concerns, movie reviews, political atmosphere, public debate, science and technology, social opinion, web gossip)
I had been anticipating this evening’s features for a few weeks! I was glad to have gotten to the local theater, so that I could enjoy each film thoroughly! Whereas one was a continuation of an adventure story that is capturing the attention of action-seeking audiences, the second film forecast a future Earth where all is not set on equal terms for every person.
The excitement began with Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters! The film is prefaced by letting the audience know that sometimes, the gods would have children with mortals, called half-bloods. One of them is Percy (Logan Lerman), son of Poseidon, who found himself in competition to become the next champion of the demigod children. Percy’s best friends are Clarisse (Leven Rambin) and Luke (Jake Abel). They attend the Camp Half-Blood For Demi-God Children together.
At this camp, Camp Half-Blood, Percy meets his half-brother Tyson (Douglas Smith), who is a Cyclops. Also, the camp is eyed, then raided by Luke (Jake Abel), who is the son of Hermes. Luke has a vendetta against the gods, and he means to annihilate Mount Olympus! He has gone out of the way to poison a magic tree that protects the camp, now leaving it free to attack.
However, Percy’s friend Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) has learned that The Golden Fleece can heal the tree. The god Dionysus (Stanley Tucci) acquires this knowledge, and he sends two students, Tyson and Grover, to get hold of the fleece. Annabeth and Percy accompany them.
The Oracle gives a prophecy that one of the three major gods will battle Luke. Percy, with one of his friends, will either have to save Mount Olympus, or will have to eliminate it altogether. Percy and his allies go to seek Luke, yet they are trapped by The Manticore. The friends escape, yet they are caught and swallowed by The Charybdis, where they reunite with Clarisse.
The group escapes, managing to reach an amusement park. There, they set Grover free, and they get hold of The Golden Fleece. However, Luke arrives, stating that he means to use The Golden Fleece to awaken the god Kronos! Luke then tries to murder Percy with an arrow, yet Tyson positions himself between the shot, taking the arrow instead. Tyson winds up being brought back to life with water, as Kronos swallows Grover and Luke!
Percy is able to use his sword to attack and to reduce Kronos. Then, The Manticore ends up being killed by Clarisse and Grover. It nearly killed Annabeth, but Percy used The Golden Fleece to bring her back to life! Afterward, the friends return to Camp Half-Blood to use The Golden Fleece to bring the dying camp tree back to life!
Our second film was the anticipated Elysium! By reaching the year 2154, there is a definite and deadly distinction between the haves and the have-nots! All of those who have the luxuries of wealth, security, and personal satisfactions live within the Earth-orbiting space station called Elysium. All else whom are impoverished, uneducated, and diseased live on Earth!
Jodie Foster stars as Delacourt, a ruthless leader of an Earth-orbiting luxury station called Elysium. There, humans live in safety and security, with no fears or burdens. All others remain on the planetary surface, dealing with the hardships of poverty, illness, warfare, and the darker sides od humanity.
Max (Matt Damon) works for Armadyne Corporation, which built Elysium. It is during this work where he is exposed to lethal substances. These toxic chemicals create a deadly condition within him, giving him only five days to live! If Max wants to find a cure, he must leave Earth’s surface to reach Elysium!
His quest for assistance takes him to seek a man called Spider (Wagner Moura). This man has helped Max before, so Max trusts him. Spider assisted Max with sneaking into Elysium, and getting the medical supplies necessary to treat his chemical exposure. Once inside the station, Max was able to get biogenetic technology to enhance himself, becoming stronger, as he got wiser to what was happening with Delacourt’s actions. Yet, Delacourt learned of Max’s actions, and she sends scouts through L.A. to find him.
Spider got all of the details that he could use to give all of the Elysium residents on Earth. Max does not help with singling out only Elysium citizens. He deals with Kruger to get him to change Spider’s methods of operation.
While returning to Elysium, a fight occurs. Kruger is shot. All passengers are returned to Delacourt. She reprimands Kruger for encouraging the shot, and he stabs her! Delacourt dies! Kruger proceeds to raid Elysium, seeking Max, while chasing Spider as well!
Kruger encounters Max, and a fight ensues! The fight seems brief, and Max kills Kruger! Max then gets into the main computer room, logging onto Elysium’s main drive. Max starts the main systems, accessing all of the major population links, where he is able make all people legal citizens of Elysium. As the computer does this, Max dies.
As always, several great movies are coming! I am looking forward to films that include Baggage Claim, Closed Circuit, The Counselor, Ender’s Game, Getaway, Jobs, Last Vegas, Prisoners, Rush, and Thor: The Dark World! Movies, movies, movies!
…..and wha’s your motivation????
July 21, 2013 at 8:49 PM (animal activism, climate studies, curious research, current news, environmental issues, historic review, human life issues, political atmosphere, public debate, social opinion, terrestrial studies, web gossip)
It is like we just are not getting the general message. Planet Earth is NOT ours to do with in any manner that we please! It may seem that way, to the buffoons that do not know any better, yet the consequences will rebound! It might not be right now, yet our grandchildren, or perhaps their grandchildren, will have to suffer through what we are creating.
One of the latest incidences of human insanity is what occurred off of the Australian coast last week. The United States Marines and Navy were having joint military training exercises in conjunction with military forces from Australia. It was a training event held every two years, called Talisman Saber. This exercise combines a total of 28,000 troops from Australia and The U.S. for a three-week combat training program.
At some point during the training last week, two U.S. AV-8B Harrier fighter jets were launched from The U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard to participate in fighter exercises. Both jets fired nullified bombs, including one laser-guided explosive, into the waters off of Australia’s northwestern coast. The bombs did not explode, and they were said to have been dropped into the ocean waters over 164 feet away from The Great Barrier Reef, as so “to minimalize possible damage”.
Well, there is outrage to this action! Any damage, minimal, or otherwise, is outrageous! Albeit we are the self-proclaimed dominant species of Earth (no one else has yet to challenge us…), we must recognize that designation comes with the responsibility of maintaining and protecting this planet. Something so precious and pristine as The Great Barrier Reef needs to be nurtured regularly, I stumble to say even fortified. We can NOT continue to disregard it blithely, as if it will be there forever, littering within it, destroying it’s plant and animal life, ruining it’s surrounding waters, and just generally shitting upon it with broad smiles! NO, damn it!
Senator Larissa Waters of Australia’s Green Party, has spoken on the recent dumping at The Great Barrier Reef. Senator Waters has called the dumping outrageous, as she asked The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, “have we gone completely mad”? The Australian politician stands firmly against forces of other nations dropping bombs into the waters off of her nation’s coasts, especially in the face of destroying wildlife.
It almost seems as if the message is not getting out. Every other day, there is a new message about something new that is happening harmful to some portion of our planet. Not enough people care because nothing is happening to cut us in our faces actually and directly for us to take notice, then to take meaningful action! When it is too late, it will be too late, yet we can do more to save things before it reaches that fateful point!
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Not guilty! What is there to say? Certainly, the radios, papers, and talk shows will be filled with conversation for weeks after this recent revelation of outcome. Certainly, the nation will be filled with enlivened opinions about the results of this jury’s verdict.
George Zimmerman has been declared not guilty on the charges of murdering Trayvon Benjamin Martin! A jury of six females deliberated for sixteen and one-half hours, spanning over two days, to reach a final verdict of not guilty of second-degree murder. Five of the jurors were White, and one was of a minority ethnicity.
The statement is that the jurors reached this verdict because they truly did not believe that George Zimmerman did not murder Trayvon Martin with intent. It is being said that his shot was not meant to kill Trayvon Martin. According to Florida laws, George Zimmerman did abide by The Stand Your Ground Law. This is the conclusion that the jurors reached, and due to this, George Zimmerman is a free man, who will soon be allowed to have free access to his gun.
Interviews were given to the family of George Zimmerman. His brother, Robert, stated that he was relieved that the entire ordeal has ended. He stated that the Zimmerman family feels the same way. Robert Zimmerman has received feeds through Twitter about people wanting to kill George! Due to this, and likely because of other issues surrounding this trial, Robert Zimmerman fears for his brother George’s life.
Understandably, Trayvon Martin’s parents are devastated by this entire affair. His father, Tracy Martin, and his mother, Sabrina Martin, both remain saddened. Both parents stood through the trial at The Seminole County Courthouse to show solidarity and support for their child in the face of incredible pain, and one of the most horrific levels of loss. Even after all had been completed with the trial, Mr. Tracy Martin was able to tweet, “even though I am brokenhearted, my faith is un-shattered. I will ALWAYS love my baby Tray”.
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Movie day returned, with only one selection this week. We chose to view White House Down, as the action trailers made the film seem appealing! Plus, having Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum in the film was not bad, either!
The movie starts with John Cale (Channing Tatum) getting to The White House to interview for the position of Secret Service Agent. Cale has his toddler daughter with him, as he encounters Secret Service Agent Carol Finnerty (Maggie Gyllenhaal). She is a former classmate of Cale’s, who believes him to be immature, and incapable of handling a job as demanding as that of one that protects The President of The United States!
Cale does interview for the position, yet he is denied the job. As he is exiting with his daughter, Cale notices that people are starting to run wildly within the building, then gunfire is heard! No one notices a man dressed as a janitor walking to the center of The U.S. Capitol, as he drops a bomb, and it explodes!
Speaker of The House Eli Ralpherson (Richard Jenkins) was taken to an underground location, and Vice-President Alvin Hammond (Michael Murphy) was put aboard Air Force One. As The White House itself was supposed to be secured, terrorists have invaded the most secured grounds on the planet. The White House has fallen!
As the main building is filled with terrorists, Cale’s daughter, Emily (Joey King) gets away to hide. She has a cell phone with her, and she wisely begins to video-record what she is seeing. Yet, the terrorists learn of Emily’s presence, as they make motions to get hold of the young girl. They then tell Cale to surrender, or they will kill Emily!
Now hyped to save his daughter, Cale makes actions to combat the terrorists. He plans on how to get into the secured areas of The White House to rescue President Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Once with The President, both Cale and Sawyer plan to figure out what is happening, and how to rectify the situation in order to save the nation!
There are a few twists toward the end, with some unexpected moments! Yet, this actually was a decent film. Some of the of the lines were a bit cheesy, yet I suppose that was to come with the particular turf. The film was good, for what it could give the audience!
I am jumping really ahead with potential postings for things I saw like Independence Day 2 and Transformers 4! WOW!!! Yet, on a more immediate note, trailers for fabulous films on the way include Blue Jasmine, The Conjuring, Despicable Me 2, Girl Most Likely, Fruitvale Station, Grown Ups 2, Let Me Explain, The Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim, R.I.P.D., Red 2, Turbo, The Wolverine, and 2 Guns! Movies, movies, movies!!!
Can U Keep Up???
This is a totally terrible fact, yet it is one that needs to be recognized, immediately! I am afraid that the message is not getting out fast enough, is not being dispersed with enough vitality, and that ultimately, enough of the people with the power actually might not give a damn! It is frustrating, and it is saddening.
It would be hard to contest the statement that elephants are among the most magnificent of species on this Earth. Native to Africa and Asia, there are roughly 264,000 elephants living within the wild areas of both continents. These are estimate numbers, and these numbers are expected to decline.
Of course, and as with all things upon this planet, the major threat to the existence of the elephant is humanity. A major issue with the horrific hunting of this awesome animal is the senseless killing of it for it’s tusks. Gangs of hunters and illegal traders are in the practice of poaching elephants, specifically to barter the animals’ tusks on black market trade circuits around the globe for the high profit of the ivory. Meanwhile, entire herds of beautiful, precious, and priceless animals have been murdered, so that someone, somewhere can enjoy that ivory.
Current studies are showing that there will be NO elephants living within the wild within twelve years, if the current rate of tusk hunting continues. Some estimates are stating that the elephant will be extinct by the year 2020, a mere seven years away, if nothing is done to handle the madness that is elephant hunting and ivory trade. Nations that include Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Gabon, India, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, as well as several other African and Asian nations are involved in the illegal, underground ivory trade activities which continue to threaten the existence of the elephant species.
The United Nations is observing that the demand for ivory is increasing among poaching factions within Asian nations. Yet, it does not seem that any actually strengthened actions are being put into effect to counter the activities being made by these criminals against some of nature’s most magnificent of mammals. The U.N. Security Council – Group of Experts has been monitoring Libya, specifically. This African nation is where a major weapons trade could be occurring at the hands of rebel factions. The source of income for these weapons could be African ivory!
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Film number one was The Purge! It begins in March of 2022, with James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) and his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), preparing for the evening. The nation has reached a point where crime has overtaken civility, so drastic steps have been enacted to solve the situation. The national government has allowed for an annual event to occur, when crime and violence are allowed for twelve hours without legal repercussion, or medical assistance!
It is March 21, 2022 when this annual Purge takes place. The Sandins lock down their home like everyone else within their neighborhood. However, shortly into the start of the night, a strange man comes banging at their door, pleading for help. They suspect it to be a rouse, as crime is so rampant at this point. However, this man seems to be genuinely hurt. Then, The Sandin’s naïve (stupid?), teenaged son, Charlie (Max Burkholder) opens the door to a man who claims to be injured and desperately in need of help!
The man did have a deep wound to his abdominal region, and he needed medical attention. However, The Sandins’ home was not the location to find it, as young Charlie merely made his family subject to the wrath of the wantonly attacking neighbors. They announced to The Sandins that they were to surrender this man within one hour, or their house would be burned down, with everyone inside killed!
We saw Now You See Me for our second feature! This was an alluring feature that kept the audience interested in the plot, while likely trying to be sure that everyone was keeping up with what was really happening! It starts with the introductions of Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), and Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher). Each is a part-time magician / street performer.
The group gets invited to an apartment that turns out to be empty, yet the find schematics for a magic show machine that could benefit their act financially. They regroup, adopt the name of The Four Horsemen, and perform in Las Vegas. It is there where one show is used for them as a set-up for a bank robbery. Wilder calls out to one of the audience members, asking for the name of a bank. The person gives the name of a bank that is in France. Wilder has this person to come to the stage, to sign a card, then the man is magically transported to Paris!
Once in Paris, this audience member is inside of a bank. He is instructed to place the signed card inside of the bank safe, then to turn on a vacuum that sucks money out of the bank safe in Paris, and distributes it into the Las Vegas audience! The Parisian bank opens the following day with no money, and no realization as to what happened to their funds!
Interpol and The F.B.I. get involved with what is happening. F.B.I. Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) teams with Interpol Agent Alma Vargas (Melanie Laurent) to pursue this case. They start with interviewing the audience member who was transported from Las Vegas to France, learning that he had been hypnotized. They proceed to interrogate The Four Horsemen, having no real luck because the magicians are sly with their answers, and they use magic to taunt the investigators! The questionings lead to no answers for The F.B.I., so they have to release the magicians. However, a sudden clue from an F.B.I. agent lets Agent Rhodes know that long-time criminal suspect Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) is involved with this act!
The Four Horsemen have a sold-out show planned for New Orleans. They recognize that Bradley is in the audience, as is their financial sponsor Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine), so they try to show their best acts. The group perform well-practiced acts, then they move to a grand finale. At this point, the group lures Tressler to the stage, where they perform an act that obtains the information from his bank account, emptying it, then spreading all of the money throughout the audience! Police are called; they try chasing the magicians and they do not catch them!
Dylan and Alma brood over this embarrassment, yet they plan to catch The Four Horsemen before they can make another such act. Alma has knowledge of a secret magicians’ group known as “The Eye”, which was known for stealing from the wealthy, then giving to the poor. Dylan was uncertain about any connections, yet Alma believed that there could be. They opted to interrogate Thaddeus Bradley for additional clues, then having Thaddeus positioned to be hired by Arthur Tressler to get a one-up on The Four Horsemen!
The Horsemen are in New York City. They are unknowingly following instructions of Tressler, as one of them, Jack (Dave Franco) is nervous about the events. The group leaves Jack alone to destroy the evidence afterward for their clean getaway, but he is found out by the police. Jack is chased by the cops on a televised broadcast, and it is seen when his car flips, then explodes on the night streets of New York City!
Jack’s chase is posted online by his fellow magicians, as a manner of mourning his loss. Alma and Dylan find out that The Horsemen mean to rob another F.B.I. safe, yet they are not on that case because their authorities believe that other agents would be more qualified to handle this particular situation. Yet, as the new F.B.I. team go to this safe to try protecting it, they find that it’s location is vacant, with an hypnotized agent there telling them new details for transporting the safe! They follow these plans, finding that they meet up with Thaddeus Bradley, and that they have been outdone by The Horsemen again with trying to get hold of the real money!
Dylan makes an effort to try arresting The Horsemen at a performance, yet they get away through the use of props, mannequins, and holograms! Again, they distribute money to the audience from the air as the flee, yet the money is all fake! Dylan opts to end his pursuit of The Four Horsemen, and to follow his romantic quest of Alma. Thaddeus ends up being arrested by The F.B.I. after the real money turns up in his car from the stolen safe (a la The Horsemen….)! He gets to prison, telling Dylan that he was framed, yet through the discussion, Thaddeus comes to realize that Dylan was the one that set him up from the beginning!
Alma gets back to France. She comes across a newspaper, finding an article about a magician who tried to do a trick underwater, but he drowned. Dylan then shows up, and he admits to Alma that this man who drowned was his father. Dylan said that he created The Horsemen to get revenge on those who were involved on the drowning of his father, and the acts that left his family without any money afterward!
Oh, yes! I have been waiting for next week’s prime feature! Like so many people, I have been a fan of Superman since childhood! I expect Man of Steel to be nothing less than spectacular! The trailers have been awesome, as Henry Cavill is really looking the part of Clark Kent / Kal-El, and the more I see of the updated General Zod seems to be so deliciously devilish! I am so excited! OOOH!!!
Of course, this summer is packed with fantastic cinematic releases! June alone still has The Heat, White House Down, and World War Z! July will burst forth with The Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim, R.I.P.D., and Red 2! Plus, there are several other films!