I had just attached my Amazon Fire TV Stick to my TV and wanted to test it for ease of use. (It’s easy to use.) While searching for something to watch, I came across the film Mr. Pip (2012) that stars Hugh Laurie best known for his role in “House M.D.” Mr. Pip is not an easy film to watch; it’s not for the faint of heart. Here’s a summary:
“As a war rages on in the province of Bougainville — then called “North Solomons” — in Papua New Guinea, Mr. Watts (Hugh Laurie), the only white man left on the island after a blockade, re-opens the local school. He begins reading the Charles Dickens novel ‘Great Expectations,’ which transfixes a young girl named Matilda (Xzannjah). She finds comfort in the story of a Victorian orphan, Pip (Eka Darville), when her own world is falling apart. The Redskins, an army sent to destroy the local rebels, are getting closer. Matilda writes ‘Pip’ in the sand. This simple act leads to terrible consequences when the Redskins suspect Pip to be a rebel leader and demand he be brought before them.”
There are almost no men on the island. Most of the young men had been forcefully conscripted by rebels. The islanders were defenseless against the cruel Redskins and the rebels. Their enemies had guns. The most the islanders had were machetes. The women with their machetes were no match for the men with guns.
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Sometime last year I started to watch the film Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks. About a third of the way through, I quit watching. With the daily threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia, there was not a single gun on the massive cargo ship. All the crew had to fight with were water hoses. Some AR-15s would have stopped any threat of piracy. A single handgun would have stopped the pirates from ever boarding the ship…
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