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Friday, December 9, 2016

Theeb


Theeb - Official UK trailer. Winner BAFTA British debut, and nominated for Foreign Language Oscar.

WWI and we've got an Englishman riding a camel in the dessert. Sounds like Lawrence of Arabia, but it's not. Lot's of desolate dessert scenery. It's pretty great. The whole thing looks a whole lot like Star Wars except no spaceships. Watching camels walk reminds me of nothing so much as the AT-AT walkers on Hoth. On Netflix.

One thing that bothered me about this movie was the deliberate contamination of wells by the bad guys. With water being so critical to survival and being in short supply in the dessert, you'd think that wells would be treated as somewhat sacred. Dumping a dead body in a well seems to not only be extremely rude, but short-sighted as well. What if you can't get back to your own well, and are forced to come back this way? But then war warps peoples minds, so maybe cutting off your water supply is okay as long as you are cutting off the other guy's. We may die of the thirst, but you guys will die too.

1 comment:

Ole Phat Stu said...

"Hoth", is probably derived from Thoth, the egyptian god of knowledge, also responsible for maintaining the running of the universe.

The Star Wars authors must have had a good historical education :-)