Revelation Antarctica: Critical Discordance (21)

As Gordon and I explained in a previous post, we will be sharing here on the blog 99 items from the book Revelation Antarctica. This is a book meant to stir your imagination and provoke your intuition with plenty of rich images. This book exposes you to content that has been hidden in plain sight and ridicularised by many. As we embark in a new era, I believe we need to make room to get at least acquainted with certain topics such as mediumship and reincarnation. Today I’m sharing item #21.

– 21 –
Critical Discordance
Film critics disagree over “Star Peace”

International Movie News
SpixCorp’s “Star Peace” blasts off in style!

Now under the new SpixCorp banner, the successor to one of the greatest space sagas of all time will not disappoint the ardent fans who flocked to the first public screenings of this new hyper quantum epic last night. True to their predecessor’s rigorous prohibition of spoilers in first-night reviews (with some of the industry’s sharpest attorneys ready to pounce on the slightest breach of this golden rule), there is little I can say about the plot. Or rather plots, because there are at least three separate threads intriguingly entwined around each other before coming to a climactic – and totally unexpected – conclusion. Plus a slightly contrived “hook” to be picked up in the next episode of this series leaving us panting for more.

We may not be able to say very much about the storyline at this point, but we can certainly talk about the actual filmmaking.

Visually speaking, this is unquestionably one of the most spectacular movie experiences of all time. First of all, there are the intriguing “War in the Moon” sequences, ultimately climaxing in the apocalyptic final battle involving the forces of three Galactic Jurisdictions as they clash to assert their claim to the “Peace”. If you can see this in a 4D- HoloGrafix Theater, you’re certainly in for a treat.

The new crop of “unknowns” who make up the cast are equally surprising, both in terms of appearance and their committed acting. Special mention should be made of Darrel Moore as Pindar, Gareth Birch as the Young Knight, Faye Morland as The Spirit and Klaus Bergeman as Aelaguel. Plus a special mention for Director Zack Parton who has set a new standard in epic stellar movies which is both worthy of its antecedents and an exciting glimpse of new dimensions to be explored.

British Film Journal
Star Peace – your very average epic

After all the pre-release hype, everyone was expecting something really sensational from SpixCorp and their first foray into “SW” territory. I must say, I found this first “Star Peace” offering, directed by Zack Parton, something of an anticlimax, largely because so much of the storyline lacked imagination. All the special effects in the world, no matter how spectacular, cannot camouflage the fact that the actual premise behind the plotline is extremely flimsy.

You only have to compare this offering with the recent “Zandernatis” trio of movies, brought to a climactic conclusion last year with “Apotheosis” (earning three Bafta awards, including best screenplay, and two Oscars), to see how shallow this film is by comparison.

However, it is easy to understand why such a film should appeal to moviegoers who are looking for nothing more than an impressive display of cutting-edge special effects. In terms of pure escapism, it certainly does hit the mark, particularly with younger, less critical audiences. All the same, we were hoping for a worthy cause to defend and a momentous mission to accomplish against daunting odds – in the kind of interstellar adventure we have got used to. Instead of which, it was more or less “standard fare” and all rather predictable.

Except perhaps for the publicity stunt waiting for audiences when they emerged from their cinemas and saw what waiting for them overhead!. A sure-fire way of getting EVERYONE talking!

Stage and Screen
A Stellar Peace of predictable space junk

Here is yet another demonstration of the film industry’s well- known dictum; Mega Million Investments in Special Effects are No Guarantee of a Great Movie. In this particular example of the genre, you get the works: Gratuitous hyper-realistic set pieces. A thin plotline. And one-dimensional characters – even if the movie can be viewed in “4D HoloGrafix”.

Oh yes, and by the way, in case you’re wondering, Kiro, the Young Knight does escape the jaws of the ferocious six-legged Cyrokopter after their confrontation in the Caverns of Aarkt. After which all is revealed… And guess what? The Cyrokopter is, in fact, the slave spirit of his father Bondor, seen right after the Pindar episode on the Moon as he is being whisked skywards towards a Jurisdiction Mastership. But all’s well that ends well in the sickly sweetness of the “Peace” (with halo effects) as Kiro is reunited with the Star Sylph and they all live happily ever after*. Until the next episode, of course.

* For the record, these are not disclosures. Merely arguments suggested for this movie’s predictable storylines.

Self-reflection Exercise

I see this item as a reference to critical thinking, perspective and relativisation of people’s opinions. Opinions are perceptions and perceptions are very subjective and conditioned by the number of reality layers a person can see. People can experience the same movie in different ways – and express themselves in different ways too. Some know how to express themselves politely and in a constructive manner, while others are only fueled by hate and meanness. Either way, opinions must be taken with a pinch of salt and always contrasted with what our inner wisdom tells us.

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