The Overlooked Value of Movies

“Movies touch our hearts, and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things.” – Martin Scorsese, Film Director

One of my favorite sci-fi films in recent years is titled Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. The premise: Tom Cruise plays a soldier who gets trapped in a time loop, which involves him fighting against an army of alien invaders, only to be swiftly killed and reincarnated the previous morning. At first, all he can think of is how frustrating this is. Plus, everyone thinks he’s gone nuts – and who wouldn’t? 

Eventually, he adapts, slowly learning about the aliens and as a result, progressing the battle from a ‘being annihilated within seconds’ status to a few alien deaths. He also gets help from a sergeant played by Emily Blunt, who starts believing him after his contributions become increasingly noticeable. Through trials and tribulations, the duo solves the mystery behind the time loop, defeats the aliens, and saves humanity. Roll credits! 

Edge of Tomorrow
Defeating an advanced group of aliens isn’t as easy as it seems.

Why did I even bring up this movie? Well, the way the Tom Cruise character overcomes his crippling fear of an eternally repeating tumult is a bit like how we cope with our own repeating tumults –  filled with homework, tests, and SAT hagwons. It’s because movies are a representation of human emotion that they are extremely relatable.

I remember Forrest Gump becoming the main reason why I started to consider majoring in film in the future. Great movies like this not only entertain and innovate – they also inspire us. Who knows, maybe Love Actually will give you the courage to say “I love you” to a crush. Maybe Edge of Tomorrow will inspire you to work harder and escape that endless loop. If at least one KIS students discover a film that impacts their lives in a positive way, I’d be more than happy.

Forrest Gump
Life is like a box of chocolates: Someone already ate all the good ones.

Unfortunately, if you can’t find time for movie watching, then why not venture into the world of television? High-quality shows such as Breaking Bad and Seinfeld are just as good as most Hollywood films. There’s also the option of splitting a movie into two or three separate viewings. Because movies are so well-divided into 3 acts, this shouldn’t feel like a nuisance at all.

Conclusion! Starting from the next issue of Blueprint, I’ll be starting a column that reviews upcoming movies that you guys get to choose. I’ll buy my own ticket, sit down for 2 hours, and tell you if a certain film is worth watching or not. Sounds like a good deal to me.

IMPORTANT: WHICH MOVIE SHOULD I REVIEW? (Answer on Blueprint or Facebook!)

–  Justin Choi (’20)

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Featured Image by Neo Pak (’19)

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