Struck By Lightning
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What really happens when 30 million volts of electricity charges through your body and you survive being struck by lightning? Now, meet survivors who live to tell their tale of being hit by a force that is faster than a speeding bullet and five times hotter than the sun as National Geographic unravels the science behind one of nature's most mysterious phenomena. With revolutionary brain imaging technology and 3-D CGI, travel inside the human body along the path of a lightning bolt.
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Carson is raised by his pill and son dependent single mom, Sheryl Phillips extremely well played by Allison Janney. Dad, Neal, (Dermot Mulroney) walked out on the family only to resurface later in Carson's high school years. New pharmacist assistant, April (Firefly's Saffron - Christina Hendricks), is Neal's fiancé.
Carson learns from the school counselor in order to be accepted to the university of his choice he has to publish a literary magazine of his and other student's work. Using any means necessary, and in this case a lot of blackmail, Carson gets his material. To write about the rest of the story would be to give it away.
I noticed some reviews said "Boring, quit in xx minutes". Hang in there. This is a pretty good movie and it IS kind of funny. Originally I was watching it only for the background noise while doing work. Eventually, and it didn't even take that long, I turned my full attention to it. Even a 30+ minute phone call had me coming back to it.
If I taught high school, then I would definitely read the novel in class and subsequently show this film to my students. It would provoke interesting classroom discussions because it has excellent messages that many adolescents should learn, such as: Do not let people convince you to settle for being anyone other than who you want to be. Instead, be self-motivated to reach your goals even when odds are against you and you receive no help/encouragement from others. In addition, it is better to live a life where you are disliked, yet make a strong, positive impact on others, than it is to live a life where you are popular without making significant changes to the world.
My constructive criticism would be that one of the extended, alternate endings from the Bonus Features section of the DVD should have been used in the film because the short conclusion the audience is given after becoming attached to the protagonist is dissatisfying. Perhaps the film editors felt too many characters speaking about what they learned from the protagonist at the funeral would have been unrealistic or preachy? In reality, it probably would have made the audience focus more on the difference one person can make in a short time instead of mourning the death of an ambitious youth. (Note that most of the negative reviews posted here complain that the film is "sad.")
Even though I would show this work to teenaged pupils, I recommend it and its alternate endings to EVERYONE because people of all ages can appreciate its poignancy.
When you go through harsh experiences in life (what James Stockdale called the 'Melting Pot'), you lose that Energizer Bunny stoicism and take on a much more realistic yet just as hopeful view on life. You start to achieve William Blake's 'Higher Innocence'.
I'm in a pretty bad place right now, and this movie helped my state of mind a lot. I can totally relate to the protagonist. Once again, be warned. This film DOES NOT have a cute happy ending. The conclusion of the film is up for interpretation, which pisses off audiences who like having things spelled out to them. This film is an example of DARK COMEDY. By dark, I mean really dark. The one star ratings are from people who did not understand the facts explained above and came in expecting a Disney movie.
That being said... Wow. I don't know what the film editor was paid but whatever it was was too much. The weird thing is it kind of made the movie feel smaller and more intimate... If it was planned then it was a big gamble, though.