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Saturday, August 15, 2015

I watched the movie.

  I ordered this movie. It only cost about $7.00, so I figured why not?

I mentioned it's existence on a post about a month ago. A few people had seen it and had differing opinions about it.

I'll say this.  I tend to think of all survivalists as people who are prepared to do what it takes to get by. I never really give much thought to the "flower children" who have radically different ideas of how to survive in a crisis.

This movie is about a bunch of 20-30 somethings who are techies.  One of them has eschewed the world and moved his family up into the mountains of North California.

When a hacker attack takes down the basic elements of society, these folks are on their own.  The people who join them, their friends from a business they all worked at, are no different in mind set.


The family in the mountains is well prepared in terms of  basic logistics. However, there's a fly in the ointment. Let me give you a clue. In one scene, an individual produces an ancient revolver. There is great shock and dismay, and the home owner says "I can't believe you brought a gun into my house."
Does that give you some idea of what's about to happen up there?

If only for a different perspective on the survivalist mindset, it's worth watching. It's not a great movie, but it's not a bad one. For seven dollars, anyway.

29 comments:

  1. Looks like a good one Harry. Although I wish more movies had another backdrop besides California.

    Very smoky skies today from the big fires near Boise. Getting hard to breathe...on a positive note, I was able to pick up some CCI .22 ammo today, 100 count. My local store had plenty of it, but you are still limited to 2 boxes. $7.87 a box. I hope this means the shortages/hoarding is over. --T

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    1. It was more of a look into a completely different mind set than anything else. I know there are people that think like that though. I recently read a posting by a lady who lives in remote desert location and was facing some potential danger. She asked for advice on what to do. Some people said , reasonably enough, that she should get out some of her late husbands guns and re familiarize herself with them. But there were a lot of people who said "eeeeehhhhhh!" guns! Even in the face of a potential threat.

      The people in the movie were like that.

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  2. I watched it on Netflix so it really didn't cost me anything. My first thought was how can anyone that "book smart" be that stupid about living in the real world. If TSHTF did they really think the low life's and thugs that we have to be afraid of now wouldn't just run amok when basic authority is gone? If things go just a little bit bad, and I mean just economic depression, you better be prepared to protect what you have or be prepared to lose it. Crime will skyrocket when things get bad, murder and mayhem will ensue.

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    1. I think that people who have always lived in gilded bubble, never come into contact with the seamy side of life, just don't know what the real world is like. The characters in the movie seemed that way to me.

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  3. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Real quick, going back to your previous post. I enjoyed the story of the 'Sea Bat' I got a few Navy stories that revolve around a 'BT Punch" and 'Prop Wash" for you at another time.

    I saw the previews on this movie some time ago. I cant take the 'hippe' peace and love crap, in a survival situation. Im sorry to be closed minded but I watched some of the preview and turned it off.
    History has shown that the strong will feed on the weak every time. If someone takes responsibility for themselves, family and friends. They have to include weapons of some sort. I don't care if its Mosin Nagants, Ruger 10-22's or even several bows and crossbows.

    If you have shelter, women, food and clean water. You will be a target. A big juicy target.

    The goblins will come to rape, pillage and plunder just like they have throughout history and only real men will stand with weapons to defend what they have. It has been this way since the first ape could pick up a jawbone from a large dead pre- historic horse and smack a rival ape in the head with it. This is a harsh fact that will never change in human nature.

    I can not take any survivalist, doomsday prepper type seriously if they are not somewhat prepared to defend themselves. The first step is being able to realize that there are very bad people in the world that will do horrible things to them and their families if they cannot defend themselves.

    On a sidenote.

    I saw an article on drudgereport about some 26 year old female, American human aide worker that was kidnapped by Isis and now shes' the sex slave of the head Isis leader.
    In my humble opinion we should keep all americans and westerners out of those camel jockey IsIs held territories.

    The only americans that should be on the ground in Isis held territories should be U.S. military that are in involved in a operation of mass slaughter of Isis militants with the nastiest weapons we can dig up out of our old cold war arsenals.

    'Hell I wish I could go back in time and get a couple of Nazi Panzer divisions, whermacht and Luftwaffa to do the job for is, Break out the Stuka's and slaughter ever black flag militant. Make a deal with them. Leave Israel alone and you boys can have Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and make it your own little empire for all I care.

    I don't like Nazi's, but if I had a choice between Nazi's and an 'Islamic Celephate' I would choose the Nazi's as long as they did not start up any genocide crap on anyone (except Isis militants)

    Everyday the news just keeps getting worse.......

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    1. They killed that woman when they were thru with her. Our so called rescue mission failed because our president waited and waited, mulling over what to do until they had moved her and it was too late. She was tortured and raped for a year and a half.

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    2. Well, on the one hand, people who foolishly put themselves in harms way by going into that region on their own, really have to expect a bad ending. Some of the individuals who were beheaded by ISIS in the last year were volunteer this and volunteer that. I have a hard time feeling sympathy for them. As TewShooz said, that girl was the sex slave of the leader of Isis, before they killed her and said she died in a bombing.

      Things are getting worse. That's the general consensus, an I can't find any reason to disagree with that analysis.

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  4. I shall keep a watch for it.

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    1. It's not a very good movie, Gail. But it's a good illustration of how delusional some people can be.

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  5. Dan and I tried to watch this movie (checked it out from the library). We only got as far as watching them lounge around their solar powered house listening to rock and roll on the stereo (how many off-gridders make enough juice to do that?) and smoking dope, to conclude that the person who made the film didn't know a thing about self-sufficient living. Who of us who is trying to make it on their own has time for that! Sounds like the rest of the movie was just more of the same.

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    1. Leigh, it was a fair look at a certain segment of American society. These folks were aware of the potential problem on the grand scale, but had no idea of the nuances of societal breakdown. They learned the hard way.

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  6. Try the movie "How I now live".
    Forget it is marketed as a teenage angst movie and watch it for survival during a limited war.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1894476/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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    1. I have heard of this but have never seen it. I'll see if I can find it on line, or maybe on the cheap as a DVD.

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    2. https://yts.to/movie/how-i-live-now-2013
      Life under marshal law.

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    3. I ran the trailer , haven't watched the movie yet but it looks interesting. I will probably have to get the movie, because my internet connection is not really good enough to do more than play brief youtube shows on.

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  7. Harry I watched the movie and think Hollywood showed it as the 2 extreme's of future reality . The part I found most realistic was the guilt of killing someone. A lot of preppers say they would kill to protect what they have. It is a conflict of emotions most could never understand I know you do. It was the only part of the movie that was realistic .

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  8. Hollywood likes to milk that aspect of events for pathos. I think individuals who have not prepared themselves mentally for it, then suddenly experience it, may go to pieces like the woman in the movie. However, in the event that someone richly deserves killing, the primary emotion on the part of the gene pool cleanser is one of satisfaction and a sense of gratification that it was "him and not me."

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  9. We just watched I Am Legend Yesterday. It had been awhile since I've seen it. It's pretty good. It's certainly Hollywood like with Will Smith in it though.

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  10. Harry - thanks for pointing out a movie i won't watch! last night, at 3am in the morning, i scared the living beejeezus out of a bunch of my friends...some of whom are only in their 20's. something came up about the military and ISIS or something (i was a little tipsy) and i lost my nut and asked the group (about 30 people) how many had served. nobody. not one of them. so i did what any good soldier would do - told them all to shut up and that their opinions did not matter. i know you guys down there have a right to speech and all that - but up here in canada - we have the right to insult anyone who hasn't fought for our freedoms. this is about the 5th time i have done this here. people are starting to learn NOT to discuss certain subjects if i am in the near vicinity. but my friend viktor said something along the lines of "hey, if these idiots are allowed to have an opinion - then YOU definitely get to have yours if you wore a uniform". then he told me that he always thought i was a hippie.

    not a hippie. never a hippie. don't care for them at all.

    so thanks for pointing out a movie that i do not want to watch. i love learning other people's points of view...but only when i believe it will teach me something.

    i would defend my entire island by myself if it came down to it. and have no trouble blowing big holes through anyone that threatened us. maybe you could blame that on the fact that i trained so often with the american military (JTF2) on several of your bases. or maybe i'm just not a hippie.

    i send you much love, as always. your friend,
    kymber

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    1. I think the only benefit I got from the movie was a reinforcement of something I'd forgotten. There really are people out there who think that when the balloon goes up, everyone is going to play nice and all work together, share and be friendly. I can't see how a sane person who watches the news once a week would think that, but I know they exist. I had just forgotten it.

      It's long been my opinion that a lot of people, never having left their own cozy little first world, genuinely don't understand what life is like outside the civilized countries. Dirty, squalid, violent. Usually a few at the top live lives of uncompromising luxury and everybody else grubs in the dirt.

      But for those who never go there, their opinion is formed by Hollywood and I can't think of a worse source of information. Even the grimmest movie, like Hotel Ruwanda, pales in comparison with the real world.

      I think we will all get a chance to have that fact reinforced in our consciousness before long. America is becoming more third world every day. Lawlessness, tribal warfare, totalitarian government, rule by a wealthy elite. It's a little grimmer and a little harder to survive each day.

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    2. Hey Kymber,

      (captaincrunch)

      Please tell me you marched to Bagpipes while on active duty!

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  11. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I found this gem on another blog in the comments section. It is in reference to a French philosopher that has been writing about the destruction of europeon culture due to Islamic immigration. He called it 'Ethnic Chaos"

    here's gem I found in the comments section.

    1. THE WRATH OF THE AWAKENED SAXON
    by Rudyard Kipling
    It was not part of their blood,
    It came to them very late,
    With long arrears to make good,
    When the Saxon began to hate.
    They were not easily moved,
    They were icy — willing to wait
    Till every count should be proved,
    Ere the Saxon began to hate.
    Their voices were even and low.
    Their eyes were level and straight.
    There was neither sign nor show
    When the Saxon began to hate.
    It was not preached to the crowd.
    It was not taught by the state.
    No man spoke it aloud
    When the Saxon began to hate.
    It was not suddently bred.
    It will not swiftly abate.
    Through the chilled years ahead,
    When Time shall count from the date
    That the Saxon began to hate.

    It appears that Kypling was ahead of his time again!

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    1. CC: I quoted this poem once before on the blog, and a fellow commented and said it was a fake, and he thought it was originally published by "Storm Front" which is a right wing organization. I checked several sources of Kipling's works and could not find it listed in any of them. So I am not sure if it is a fake, or has just been deleted from accounts of his work by politically correct academics.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      Interesting....

      I will have to check on that.

      From what little I know of Kypling it sounds plausible that he wrote it and I would be disappointed if it came from some Nazi source.

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    3. Well, whether it came from Kipling or some National Socialist poet, it's a good poem. I could not confirm it either way, but it does seem strange that not a single "all the works of Kipling" listed it.

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  12. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Here it is.....

    http://gatesofvienna.net/2015/07/to-chaos-and-beyond-faye-on-fate-and-futurism/

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  13. gates of vienna must refer to the Mongol Invasions as I think that's as far as the Mongols got into Europe.

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  14. A little late on the comment, but Gates of Vienna refers to the Islamic invasion of Austria and the siege of Vienna in 1529 by Suleiman the Magnificent of the Ottoman Empire. It was lifted by the Polish winged Hussars under Jan III Sobieski, King of Poland.

    The Poles really farked up the Ottomans.

    It is still a point of great pride in Poland, and among informed Polish Americans.

    There is a 50 minute video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc-RWtovrqg

    And here's a great film on it: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=siege+of+vienna+video&view=detail&mid=0F61C61459DE61C909BC0F61C61459DE61C909BC&FORM=VIRE

    We self-centered Americans really don't understand the continued history of fighting Islamic invasion that the eastern Europeans have dealt with.

    I am friends with a lady from the Transylvania area, and she has almost a shrine to Vlad Tepes. We know Vlad as Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Dracul, or Dracula (yeah, that guy.) Nothing says balls like impaling every Ottoman you can lay your hands on as a gentle hint to stay the heck out of your territory. (And the lady I know goes frothing barking mad when she sees anything muslimish. Her people still use Turks sneaking in to steal bad children as a threat to good behavior.)

    Thanks for letting me burn up your webspace. You are very much an inspiration for us out here in the webworld.

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    1. You're always welcome to comment here, it adds to the interest for all of us.

      It's too easy, in a country where even our own history isn't taught anymore, to be unaware of historical events elsewhere. I am interested in the Byzantine Empire, and that's the way I got some background on Islamic incursions into Europe. I spent some time in Turkey in the 1980's, and visited Istanbul / Constantinople many times. Walked around what was left of the great walls that encompassed the city. Islam is like the Red Tide along the Florida coast. It gets going, kills everything in it's path, then recedes until the next time around.

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