Flash Movie Review: Killing Them Safely
Honestly I do not know what I would do if I ever encountered an alien, but that little fact has never stopped me from being attracted to the science fiction genre. Since I was a small child whenever I had a choice I always went to the science fiction story, from books to cartoons to movies. I remember the first time I saw a cartoon detective talking into his wristwatch; once I saw that, I wanted all my toy soldiers to be equipped with one. Do you remember the futuristic cartoon family that used video screens as telephones, where they would see the other person when they talked? And then there was a television show that had this device that I desperately wanted for protection; it was a phaser. In no way am I a violent person; but based on what was happening to me in school, I wanted that phaser to stun those bullies. Now fast forward to recent times and see how those imaginary things became reality. How did that happen? Was one of the writers actually a scientist? I have always wondered if the writer knew someone who was involved in the scientific world or if the writer’s imaginative creation came first that then sparked an idea to form in a scientist’s mind. I guess that would be similar to that question, “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” Either way I have noticed with more futuristic devices becoming part of our reality there is a downside to each one. Charge card fraud, smartphones being hacked, even everyday items like baby swings and canned pasta meals that you would not think about are now getting recalled for various reasons. After seeing this documentary I am not sure I still want my phaser. BROTHERS Rick and Tom Smith came up with an idea that would revolutionize the world of law enforcement. Instead of using bullets to subdue a person, they created a device that would shoot out electricity. Directed and written by newcomer Nick Berardini, I was intrigued by the unfolding story. Using archival footage for the testing of the devices, the interviews and hearings; this story made me think while the fantasy and reality sides of my brain had to wrap around the things I was seeing. I feel viewers will walk away from this film with some strong feelings. There were multiple examples being used that after a time felt like overkill to me, as if the director wanted to make sure the viewer was getting the point. Considering the subject and some of the research being depicted, I do have to say I appreciated the simple way the topic was covered. It made it easier for me to understand and form an opinion. However you interpret this documentary, I feel it will only be a matter of time before that phaser from the final frontier will become a reality.