Runaway Jury (Movie Review)

Another movie I watched on Saturday night was Runaway Jury. The movie was a very dynamic one and the plot had a lot of twists which was like a cat-and-mouse scene. And I also noted that the title was also… quite literal.

After a horrifying office shooting in New Orleans takes place, the wife of one of the murdered victims sue the gun companies in an attempt to get compensation from the gun industry in USA. However, her lawyer will have to face off some tough opponents. The defendant’s jury consultant, Rankin Fitch, is behind this game that he had created by using illegal methods to make the jury feel sympathy for the defense.

So, we all start of in court as both parties choose their jurors. A particular juror that puzzled Fitch was Nicolas Easter. He had a weird personality as a joker. Nevertheless, they still chose him to join the group of jurors. Unfortunately, they had just made their biggest mistake…

Easter and his girlfriend, Marlee are hiding a very big secret. To influence the jury to making any verdict they want! So, as the trial progresses, things remain simple until the prosecution was on the verge of losing. That’s when the duo strike. They try to make offers with both sides, seeing who would be willing to make a deal first.

Soon, as things start to go wrong for the defendant’s side through thorough planning from Easter and Marlee. Fitch decides to make a deal first before more things go wrong and lose the case.

But, the duo have their own intentions, and with the money Fitch had given to them as part of their deal, they now execute the next stage of the plan, sabotaging the case. What do you think will happen? Well, see for yourself!

Overall, this movie is very interesting as we could all see why jury is a very vital part in trials.

(Book Review) Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

If you have noticed, I had not been posting book reviews for quite a while, which is quite saddening. Well, thankfully, I’m back with another pastime favourite, Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment!

Written with a lot of cracky jokes, this book has the humorous charm that keeps the reader entertained and has the action that thrills the reader to read more. So I have to say James Patterson really sweated blood to make this masterpiece!

So basically, in this book, we learn more about mutants, like the X-men of some sort, which is really interesting as I hadn’t got any proper story of what mutants are. Well, the type of mutants this book is dealing with are avians, who had been genetically modified in the treacherous ‘School.’ Thus, destroying their normal human selves and turning them into human freaks.

Max and her flock had seen the treachery for quite a long time but had finally escaped the ‘School’ and now live in the peaceful mountains in an unknown region. For 4 years, they had not been discovered by the mad scientists of the Schools or the Erasers, genetically enhanced humans who could morph into wolf-like brats, who could lay their fingers on avians, only to take little damage.

The flock, for the first 2 years were taken care by a runaway scientist called Jeb, who helped them escape. However, he mysteriously disappeared. Assumed dead, the flock lives by themselves in the lush mountains!

Unfortunately, when the Erasers make a sudden appearance on the Flock’s doorstep, they ambush them and successfully kidnap the flock’s youngest member, Angel.

With the Flock on the chase for their lost one, we learn more about this witty gang and the war against the mad scientists. Trust me, it’s very exciting. So just read it!

Name: Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Author: James Patterson

Genre: Suspense thriller

Age Group: 8-16

Review: Kooza by Cirque du Soleil

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The 8th of August is a very special day for Singapore as it marks the eve of National Day for our country. Since it was such a special occasion, we decided to spend the night at the city, watching an iconic circus performance called Kooza Cirque du Soleil! I have to say that the performances by the actors and actresses were amazing, daring and had the ripple of excitement my family and I extremely wanted!

When I heard that the die was cast and I was going to watch a circus performance, I was ecstatic since I’ve never watched a circus before and I knew that the act was going to be a hit!

On that anticipated day, we strolled leisurely to the circus tent after a simple dinner at Lau Pa Sat. The tent was all the way near the pivotal Marina Bay Sands hotel! After passing through security and ticket checkpoints, we bought popcorns and took some pictures around the French-themed place. In English, Cirque du Soleil means circus of the sun. And just by its name, it sounds very attracting!

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As we took our seats in the midsize main tent, the clowns were the first to reveal themselves to the crowd as they started doing practical jokes that made the tent lighten up for the fantastic performance ahead. At 8pm, the performance on schedule and as the 1st act played by, I knew that this circus was just over the top!

Throughout the performance, we got to see acrobats do their stuff: dangerous stunts around poles and walking on tightropes! We also got to see dancers gambol on stage, performing weird but entertaining dances. Lastly, we got to see solo performances where the cast did their own thing, such as stacking chairs and balancing on them!

Overall, the performance was really a great success and the presentation I liked the most was the one which involved contortionists balancing themselves in precarious positions with their bodies ‘deformed!’

I really hope I could watch a circus like this again I totally suggest for you to watch it for yourself. Just get ready to be amazed…

Book Review: The Ethan I Was Before

The Ethan I Was Before

This famous writing has a really emotional plot that kept me flipping page by page like a cheetah. Emotions struck me as I learnt about a guilty and broken Ethan who attempts to leave his past behind.

Ethan, a typical boy from Boston, was presumed to have murdered a girl called Kate during a party. With Kate’s family fuming mad at their devastating loss, Ethan and his family moved to Palm Knot, a quiet yet mysterious town, where Ethan’s uncle lived. There, Ethan made new friends who had different opinions about him. Soon, however, he met his second Kate called Coralee.

Though Kate and Coralee had a lot of differences, Ethan and she got along very well, and they soon formed a relationship. Their parents seemed to be okay with it… until events of the past started affecting Ethan again, making wrong choices in their relationship, which caused his parents to consider going back to Boston.

Through all that, the story of Ethan and Kate got deeper and deeper, as you’ll soon realise how Kate was accidentally murdered and what happened after that.

Coralee and Ethan had a few memorable adventures together. One distinct one was the incident at Blackwood House, when Ethan and Coralee bumped into a short and mysterious figure, who seemed to be looking for something in a coat hung outside. As Coralee had a box in her hands which she took from that coat. The duo made a run for their lives and had to find a way to make sure it was in safe hands.

The story also has this specific character called Susan who is Ethan’s friend, but is an obstacle between Ethan and Coralee’s relationship since she likes to tell rumours about Coralee. However, there is one secret which is true: Coralee lies!

Before I tell you anymore sickening spoilers about this emotional masterpiece, I suggest you read the book yourself.

Name: The Ethan I Was Before

Author: Ali Standish

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Age Group: 8-12

Book Review: Jupiter Pirates: Curse of the Iris

Jupiter Pirates Curse of the Iris

If you know this highly renowned series very well, I reckon you had read the first book already and know that this book is about the chronicles of the Hashoone family, which takes place in outer space (solar system) in the far future, where space travel to other planets is possible.

This book is the 2nd of the Jupiter Pirates blockbuster series! In this book, the author goes through events of the Hashoone’s past, particularly about Johanne Hashoone, when they discover a sitting duck. In the floating vehicle, they find a dead crew…

The Hashoones are privateers and they own a letter of marque under the Jovian Union, which allows them to seize any ship which does not fly their colors. Their ship is called ‘Shadow Comet’. However, for that instance, there is nothing they can seize as everything was destroyed. Thus, they identify the dead captain and go to the captain’s home planet to deliver the bad news.

Unfortunately, during their conversation during with the captain’s family, the captain’s mother mocks them and accuses them of stealing captain Lumbaba’s prize, the Iris Cache, which was something forgotten in family history.

The Iris Cache is a hidden treasure which some say is cursed, or are protected by dangerous creatures. The Collective, an old organization which consisted of Shadow Comet and other ships, have been tasked to find the great prize, which led to misunderstandings and thus was deemed to be never found by Johannes and his crew.

But when Tycho, the youngest of the Hashoones, gets more clues than he bargained for, it is a race between 3 factions, the Securtitat, Jovian Union and Ice Wolves to get the greatest fortune of anyone’s life as the Hashoones go back in time to learn about their dirty family history and the truth of Tycho’s great-grandfather, Johannes, which is very startling…

And to make matters worse, the Ice Wolves have Saturn’s support!

So will they find the treasure and defeat the Ice Wolves? You got to read the book.

Written by Jason Fry, the language used and action portrayed in this hit is thrilling and will want you to flip to the next page!

Name: Jupiter Pirates: Curse of the Iris

Author: Jason Fry

Illustrator: Jeff Nentrup

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Genre: Action and Adventure

Age Group: 8-12

Book Review: Mr Stink

Mr Stink

Chloe is a spoiled girl, raised by a persistent and uncaring mother called Mrs Crumb. She is picked on by her younger sister, causing her to be wrongly accused by her mother. She is also bullied in school by Rosamund and her associates. However, it all changes when she meets the local Tramp, Mr Stink. They form a bond quickly through numerous experiences together. Later on, Mrs Crumb nominates herself to become the MP, with numerous policy plans. And one of them is for homeless people to leave the town.

Obviously, Chloe doesn’t want Mr Stink to leave the town for life. So, she secretly hides Mr Stink in the garden shed of their house, in hope that he won’t be found. As days passed, the ruthless Mrs Crumb continues to keep Chloe’s life miserable. If she ever becomes the MP, Chloe didn’t know how life would be in the future. At the same, time the two continue communicating as Chloe provided the vagabond (Mr Stink calls himself) basic care.

Anyways, when a Times Reporter came to interview Mrs Crumb about the election, a hungry Mr Stink showed up out of the blue, ruining the mother’s interview. It seemed imminent that she would fly of the handle, but she didn’t. Instead, she kept her cool, but reluctantly hated the aroma Mr Stink released. With that, it was certainly a lucky escape from hot water for Chloe and her dad, who knew the dirty secret but kept it to themselves.

Later on, the jolly and at the same time jealous Mrs Crumb got a call from the PM and was invited to a television programme but had to bring Mr Stink along. Well, she did it, in disgust.

For the rest of the story, you have to read the book as that is the climax and the resolution.

In my opinion, this book is a classic and touching masterpiece by David Williams!

Title: Mr Stink

Author: David Williams

Illustrator: Quentin Blake

Publisher: HarperCollins

Age Group: 8-12

Book Review: Jupiter Pirates: Rise of Earth

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The 3rd book of the fantastic Jupiter Pirates franchise, ‘Rise of Earth’ is about the Jovian Unions relations with Earth. This masterpiece should keep you eyed on the book until the very end.

If you haven’t read the other two books of the Jupiter Pirate series, I suggest you read them as soon as possible. If you insist on not doing that, here is a little background info. The series follows the great voyages of the Hashoone family. Led by Diocletia Hashoone, the family have the wits and guts that make them a hard opponent. Their ship is called ‘Shadow Comet’. The Hashoones are part of the Jovian Union, and works under letters of marque, which gives them authority to capture ships operating under different factions.

With the relationship between Earth and the Jovian Union reaching a climax, Earth’s leaders decide to let ships also have a letter of marque to capture Jovian Union ships! With tensions high, the Hashonnes fly to Cybele, a moon believed to be neutral during that time but a vital one that would be the turning point of the war if any of the factions win there. However, both affiliations didn’t know what Cybele had in store for them. They had actually allied with the Saturnians, or the Ice Wolves, as a matter of fact.

Anyways, the Hashonnes were stuck in Cybele after some childish actions by Earth escalated into a battle, causing negotiations to take place in Cybele. And the funny thing was they were thought table manners. Yes… I’m not joking.

With more evidence linking to the battle, the Hashonnes get to realise the real enemy… when it is too late. The emotional event has now made the race for captain much more complicated!

Also made by Jason Fry, I know this is a book to enjoy gravely!

Name: Jupiter Pirates: Rise of Earth

Age Group: 8-12

Publisher: HarperCollins Books

Genre: Action and Adventure