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The Prey Ch7: Don’t look up

“That’s where I started to crack. An office party to celebrate reaching our quota for the year much sooner than projected. The boss being lively and getting to feel like ‘one of us’ everyone actually talking, instead of ‘working’ to one another. Me, Evan, just having 8 drinks too many. And Her. Making out with him on the dance floor. I knew I should have come. I tossed my drink back behind me, not caring for who it might have hit, and took the elevator down to be bitter else where.

Of course… That’s too much to ask.
“Hey… Why are you sitting out here for? The party is inside.” She asked me as she came out to see me in the parking lot. It was getting late, and with winter upon us, it was a little chilly out. I refused to face her properly when she stood to my left. Why would she even ask me? She should know good and well why…

“I needed some air.” I lied, undoing the tie around my neck. I want to get rid of this whole suit to be honest. I wanted to go home now, but It seems as though my body was doing other things.

“Really? Some air…” She repeated after me standing with her arm against mine. Why did she have to do that…

I carefully moved away from her and I could hear her feet shuffle to keep from falling over when I did this. “Mad at me?” She asked with a sigh. I should just go… Just leave… Don’t say anything, don’t reply, don’t try to make her understand…Just go.

“Why would I be? A better question is why are you out her with me when number one is inside?” Dammit, I didn’t mean to snap… I need to leave, Before I do something else wrong.

“Maybe because I like you more?” She said in such a soft voice… I hate it when she does that.

“Yeah. But you love him.” I won’t hold back anymore… Just say it. “I’m done doing this. Playing this game; like this is enough. Its not. And I’m fucking done with having the ‘scraps’ when he’s done with you.” I took a deep breath, and felt so light after saying that. I could finally feel my body doing as I had commanded it over and over, like clicking on a link and getting it to load a minute later.

She was silent. I refused to look at her this whole time… We both knew I’d heel like a good boy if I saw her. As I turned my back to her properly and began to walk I could hear her, almost heartbroken. “Is that what you think of me?”

It doesn’t matter what I think! It doesn’t matter what I feel! This is about you, getting your way! “Go back inside, Vanessa”  My feet finally started moving me forward, and my heart just sank lower with each step.

 

“Hey… Hey…” Evan began to stir in his bed to the sound of someone calling his name. He looked with crust in, and around his eyes a terrible nights sleep to the butcher knife murderer that he was currently joining forces with to keep from being killed. He had somehow forgotten about this.

“You talk in your sleep. And who is Vanessa?” Val asked, probing the guy who’s home she had been staying in for a couple of days now. She did a lot of asking questions whenever he was home, and seemed to have made her self comfortable here. Evan decided the smart thing to do was given in with no fight. She asked, he answered. She ordered, he did. For the most part, she wasn’t a pain, though he seemed to realize that she had gotten into his bed at some point after he went to sleep last night.

“I’d rather not talk about it.” He said before yawning just as he finished his sentence. Val was laying beside him over the bed covers while Evan slept under them and was wearing one of his shirts, even though he had gotten her clothes since she ‘moved in.’

“Fine. But you need to wake up. There’s a cop car outside, and I think they might be here for you.” She told him with little to no urgency in the matter. This seemed to wake him up well enough, Evan falling out of his bed and rushing to the window to look.

He grumbled loud enough to hear, and even more when she started to chuckle, since there was no cop car to be seen. “Oh, you think that is funny?!” He said, said, taking a few deep breaths. The panic in his face was priceless, and the way he seemed to wake up and dart to the window was noted by Val over this.

“Hilarious.” She smirked to him and got up from his bed, walking over to pat his shoulder. “I need to know that you can wake up the second there is danger, and move just like you did. When we have to deal with these people, we are going to need to be quick and alert.” She reminded him.

In two days, Val would lead him to another killer’s den to kill before they were attacked, a plan that Evan did not question at all. While the two looked down at the street carefully, they were unaware of a security camera on the corner that had never been there before scanning over the street looking left and right slowly. there seemed to be more on other corners in the area, all of them on the look out for something. The logo on them was a light house with the words ‘LookOut’ at the base of it.'LookOut'

 

No Good Deed: A good movie or a great flick? You decide!

So I have a file folder full of links called Tuesday. Its for stuff I find after I put my piece up on Mondays that I might want to talk about. I was going through my Tuesday file looking for something I might want to talk about when I realized I hadn’t talked about the larger cultural point of No Good Deed. So since with the upcoming changes and folks breaks/vacations going on I have space, I’ll do it now.

The background

I didn’t want to see this movie. Now you are probably thinking ill of me already depending on your background, but I didn’t want to go see this. I was looking at the trailers, and thinking this was just another home invasion woman home alone film. I went and looked at Jeremy Jahns review and thought the same thing. But my Mother(Who is clearly the awesomest Mom ever) wanted to see it before I went on my cruise(which is why I haven’t posted) so we made a day of it and went to check it out.

I had a comfortable seat, plenty of snacks, and we saw trailers for: A JLo pic about a teen obssessed with his teacher(Cause it has been 6 years and we are now required to have another one), a crappy movie by someone I refuse to support by mentioning, All is by my side(The Jimi Hendrix biopic) and Gone Girl(Which I am all in for seeing). Then the credits to start the flick role and I openly wonder if the movie director is the same one from Luther(He is) and we get the pic.

The film

I was ready to hate it, but I ended up liking it. Henson and Elba are legitimate actors plying their craft so I wasn’t worried about their emotional and non verbal work. I was worried about 1 thing. The writing. Throughout the film there were things done classically in a bad way I thought, that made plot holes. BUT over and over again their was logic used based on things we’d seen since the very beginning throughout the universe the film occupies that made all this work. I’m hyper critical of shit writing. But here other than 1 single thing I found no issues. That 1 thing? She shouldn’t have had the job she had. So as not to spoil I’ll just say it fits in too perfectly to the situation at hand.

But from meeting “Colin” until the end credits, I dug the flick. Not really a film to put on the list to watch with a date, but one to enjoy a couple times or while its on tv down the line. Sam Miller knows how to direct Idris Elba from doing Luther with him, and this is no exception. Good flick.

The Larger cultural point

Some have said this proves that black stars can make money and lead films in the modern age. And while yes I agree, that isn’t the end of the point. According to a bit of research Aimee Lagos was working on this script before Elba and Henson were attached. And looking at the film there aren’t really any signature racial elements to the film…well let me back up a bit. We do know that “Colin” was dating a non black woman before he went to jail, but that he is okay with interracial dating didn’t seem to be the point of meeting his ex.

Anyway, most of what we have happen in the film is not “The cinematic black experience” or “making a cultural point.” The film isn’t even whatever people are calling “a cultural touchstone” these days. And that is a far bigger thing than the box office numbers. It doesn’t just prove a modest budget suspense film can make money in 2014. It doesn’t just prove you can do a modern suspense thriller with black actors and make money. It doesn’t just prove you can black leads can make money with not just black audiences(Cause thank GOD someone is breaking up Tyler Perry’s monopoly with that). It proves you don’t have to cast based on the ethnicity of the production crew. A white writer and director wrote a great film cast 2 black people and it will make a lot of money. We already knew the reverse can happen, now there is legitimate proof that outside action it can happen as well.

The final thought

I’m not going to tell you go see this movie. If suspense isn’t your thing, then you won’t enjoy the slow burn pressure cooker nature of it. But for the film folks who like them like I like them go watch and see if you don’t get a feeling of Brick, or The Postman Always Rings Twice, or any of the many films we all love with a slow build, a non-convoluted resolution of plot points, and some legitimately good acting by all the leads. You’ll thank me later. Now I might say more things this week. But I’ll cut this off here because WORDS DON’T DO IT JUSTICE!

 

– THE Ruthless Wonder