[Movie Review] “Ratter”

“We’re constantly connected through our phones, laptops and the Web every moment of every day. But while we look at our screens, who’s looking at us?”

If that line doesn’t creep the hell out of you, or even just a little bit, then there’s probably something wrong with you.

I came across this movie while I was doing my daily browsing of the sites where I illegally download movies (like everyone else on Earth). I saw the poster, which was creepy, and I saw that I know the actress in it – Ashley Benson, so I was like, why not? Let’s go for it. It’ll be an addition to my “200 movies a year” challenge.

Moving on… I don’t really get scared or creeped out by movies (or anything) that much. I prefer watching suspense, thriller and horror flicks as opposed to romance and drama. When I watched “Ratter”, I wasn’t expecting much. I only read a short synopsis over at IMDB.com and it says “Emma, a graduate student living alone in NYC, is being watched by a stalker who hacks into the technology that surrounds her – laptop, cell phone, and other web connected devices. This obsession continues to grow as the hacker records Emma’s most intimate moments. When the thrill of watching isn’t enough, the situation escalates to a dangerous and terrifying level.”

So, basically, it’s a movie about a very smart and technologically advanced stalker.
I instantly felt a connection to Emma, since I used to live alone and I do the exact same things that she did in the film. The first and last thing I do every day is look at my phone or my laptop. I go to the toilet with my phone, and I’m not just talking about when I take a shower. I hate silence, so I always watch some random clips on YouTube or browse through Facebook and Twitter while doing “my business” in the toilet.

I like to multitask. I leave my laptop on, playing some music, a TV series or a movie, whenever I’m doing something else, like exercising, cooking, folding my laundry or cleaning my room. I leave it on at night because I couldn’t wait for my “downloads” to finish. Even when I’m asleep, it’s still on. I just turn it off when I wake up at around 4 AM (coz I go to work at 5 AM).
So, yeah, if my webcam gets hacked, it would definitely show me in very uncompromising positions, doing silly, embarrassing and ridiculous stuff, and looking ugly and awful. Not that I care. I mean, who am I to get hacked? I’m not a celebrity. I’m not even pretty or attractive enough to get a stalker. Besides, I don’t have “secrets”, like nude selfies or sex videos in my laptop. Although, I have to admit that I don’t wear a bra when I’m at home and I’m usually wearing almost nothing when I’m in my room. I’m a very normal woman. Or at least, that’s what I would like to think.

The movie definitely hit home and touched a nerve. We have all become slaves to our gadgets. Technology made us very dependent on these gadgets that we spent almost every waking hour with them around us. We can hardly imagine our lives without them. It’s the sad reality of modern life. I like how Emma is the perfect example of a typical millenial. She takes pictures and videos of almost everything, takes her laptop everywhere and her phone is like a part of her body. I don’t know if I’m still considered a “millenial”, but I could definitely see myself in her. It might be unrealistic for some, but it is socially relevant, in my opinion.

The editing and the camera angles, which were shot exclusively from the perspective of Emma’s devices, were superb as well. All throughout the movie, you could feel a sense of foreboding as the “ratter” gets bolder and pays Emma’s apartment a couple of visits. There was that creepy, spine-tingling feeling that someone is watching you. Even when she was not home, he would shift to her phone’s camera to track her and watch her. You could feel his anger and jealousy when Emma hooks up with Michael; his thrill and excitement whenever Emma takes a shower or walks around half-naked in her house. There was even that sick, perverted scene when Emma was “pleasuring herself” and the ratter was watching through her phone’s camera. It was revolting and terrifying at the same time.

The last few moments of the film were just gripping and it got me on the edge of my seat. I was practically screaming and repeatedly saying “Oh my god” under my breath. It was horrifying! I mean, I’ve seen so many horror and suspense flicks, but this was definitely in the top 3. I just hated the fact that the ending was a cliffhanger. Emma was finally attacked by the ratter, while she was Skype-ing with her mom (who immediately called 911 and desperately called for her daughter), and that was it. The movie just ended it there. Normally, I like those kinds of endings because it leaves a lot to my imagination. But in this movie, I badly wanted to know what happened to Emma. Was she raped and killed? Just raped? Just killed? Kidnapped and never seen again? It drove me insane.
Now, I know a lot of people would say “it’s just a freakin’ movie” or “it won’t happen to you”. I believe that that’s exactly the kind of thing that would get some people killed. With our fast-paced world and the advancement of modern technology, especially computer, phones and the Internet, I do believe that ANYTHING is possible. Even ordinary, unimportant, humans like me could get hacked and could fall victim to a ratter. I contemplated putting on a sticker or something to cover my laptop’s webcam, just in case it gets hacked. Every now and then I would glance at my webcam to make sure the light isn’t on. I don’t get scared, but I do get paranoid sometimes. And I don’t think it’s a bad thing to believe in stuff like these. We all need to be alert because we’ll never know what might happen in the future. Hackers are also advancing and progressing, getting better, along with technology. So yeah, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
When I think about it, if someone is watching me, they would probably get bored to death. I’m a couch potato and when I’m not writing (typing), I’m just watching movies and TV shows all day long. The most interesting or amusing thing they would see me do is walk around in my underwear, floss my teeth, eat like a pig, fart, burp, pick my nose or pop a pimple. So, yep, disgusting stuff, but nothing that would humiliate me or destroy my life. Okay, well, there is something that I do, that I’m sure everyone does too, every now and then, but I’m not comfortable sharing it online.
All in all, the movie “Ratter” sent a simple, yet powerful message and it definitely left a huge impression on me. I just wish people wouldn’t take technology for granted and try their best to take extra safety measures to ensure that their privacy isn’t violated. But then again, I think we all lost our privacy (or some part of it) ever since we started using social media, and in general, the world wide web.

So I did a little digging up and found out that “Ratter” was based on a short film from Germany, entitled “Webcam”, which, in turn, was based on real events.

Movie VS. Book: The Lovely Bones

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After I finished reading The Lovely Bones novel by Alice Sebold, I immediately watched the movie version. Since I’m not really keen on comparing books and movies, I would like to mention a few things that I noticed… or didn’t quite like… or liked too much, for that matter. I guess watching the movie while the book is still fresh on my mind had its perks but it was mostly unfavorable. For instance, I became one of those disgruntled ‘the-book-was-so-much-better’ fans who would notice every little detail and complain about it.

To put it simply, I thought the movie would’ve been better if they didn’t change A LOT of the details. As someone who read the book, I felt like there was something MISSING. Actually, the movie was lacking. It was kinda butchered… no pun intended, since we all know what happened to Susie Salmon. ^_^;; ANYWAY… I felt like they should have included THIS and THAT… I was questioning why THIS character or that scene was not in the movie. I was so meticulous when it comes to the characters because I felt a sort of connection to each and everyone of them. From Susie to Grandma Lynn to Ruana Singh and even to Hal Heckler. I felt like all the characters from the book NEEDED to be in the movie. They were all part of it, no matter how minor their part seemed to be. The scene where the people from the neighborhood, from school and Susie’s family gathered at the cornfield on the anniversary of her death was just touching. I would’ve LOVED to see that in the movie.

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The movie was fast-paced while the book was the opposite. There was no specific timeline in the movie coz everything was a blur, whereas in the book you could feel the days, months and years passing by. You could feel the characters getting older and slowly, painstakingly, moving on with their lives. Of course the book was draggy but it wasn’t completely boring for me. It was one of those books that I’d get lost in while reading. The movie wasn’t as compelling as the book; although there were some really beautiful scenes.

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In particular, I’d have to say they did a fantastic job in the Susie-looking-over-earth-while-she’s-in-the-in-between part. I couldn’t quite imagine that while reading the book. I thought Susie would just be in the same room or place as the person she’s watching and she’d be invisible, like an apparition or something. Len and Abigail’s secret affair was only slightly implied. You wouldn’t even notice it if you don’t pay that much attention. I would’ve given everything to see Hal Heckler and Ruana Singh. I was hoping to see more of Lindsey and Samuel – from the awkward stage to the lovey-dovey stage. I didn’t feel Lindsey growing up or maturing during the film. Yes, she changed her clothes, put on some makeup and had a boyfriend… but you could actually feel her maturity in the book. I have nothing against the actress though, she was the perfect Lindsey. I was anticipating the scene where Ray Singh became the first suspect. I thought that was a vital part of the plot, but when I saw his love note getting blown away into Ruth’s hands, I already knew that they changed something. The terror induced by the crime in their neighborhood and the whole school, the police cars patrolling and questioning people, knocking on every door… there was none of that. If there was, it was not enough. 😦 Moreover, where’s the friggin’ elbow? Susie’s elbow! It was supposed to be something that would induce fear among the people in the neighborhood and devastation in her family…

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The cornfield scene was terrifying though, thanks to Stanley Tucci‘s superb acting as Mr. Harvey. I liked it every time they did a closeup on his eyes and you could actually feel the ‘lust’ and see the horrifying monster inside him.

Actually, if you see the movie as a normal person (LOL), I mean, without reading the book, you would like it. I would’ve. The movie stands alone so even if you didn’t read the book, you won’t get lost or confused in any way. It was a lovely movie, to say the least. It was a complete package and it would really move you to tears. The book was frustrating and simply depressing but the movie was enjoyable (in a melancholic way) and it was very touching.

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The best scene for me was when Lindsey broke into Mr. Harvey’s house. The suspense was just too much! I felt like I was Susie and I was watching my sister as she scavenge my murderer’s house for proof, just so our dad would not be seen as a mad man. I was holding my breath while watching that and I was screaming for her to run for her life. Haha. Of course I knew she wouldn’t get caught but still… 🙂

Actually, the changes they made in the movie were necessary to make it a complete different version from the book. The turn/chain of events, the climax, the characters  – everything felt different. It wasn’t like watching a movie adaptation, it was like watching something roughly based on the book. Not that I’m complaining. I guess the actors did a brilliant job in portraying the characters that I’m willing to forgive and forget what the movie lacks.

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I hated Susie’s mother. She was my least fave character from the book or the movie. I mean, your daughter just died, your husband’s going mad and the whole family is breaking apart and your solution is to RUN AWAY?! Seriously, dude. That was some selfish bitch act. If I was Lindsey I wouldn’t have accepted her easily when she came back. I’m sorry but I couldn’t understand people like her. Sure, this was NOT the life that she wanted in the first place but IT HAPPENED. Shit happens. And it was nobody’s fault, yes. Nobody should be blamed for whatever transpired. But as a mother, she should be the one helping her family cope up with this. Not running away to another man’s arms and abandoning your family like that is not gonna help. I know that a death in the family would either bring the family together or break it apart, but she selfishly demolished her family for her own good. I would understand if she just wanted to take some time away to clear her head, forget about things and move on. But she just ran off to some place without any explanation to her kids. Sorry but I had no sympathy for her. Even after she came back, I still despised her. >_<

The movie wasn’t really disappointing because it did have its own charms and I saw it as something different from the book. But of course the book is better. The book will always be better. 🙂

Godfrey Gao: Born to be Magnus Bane

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Meet Magnus Bane. Magnus FREAKIN’ Bane. The hot, sexy, unbelievably GORGEOUS GODFREY GAO.

Gosh. This Taiwanese-Malaysian-Canadian person is an epitome of PERFECTION. Like, seriously. Everyone in Tumblr is spazzing to death when this picture was released. Now I’m totally DYING to see The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie!!! Why is August so so far away??? T_T

I love how he totally love his character too. He was definitely BORN to be Magnus Bane. 😀 Now I’m seriously thinking that Cassie Clare might’ve been secretly obsessed with Gao even before writing the books and found a way to insert him in her stories. Mwahahaha. *gets bricked* And to all those who were not in favor of him playing Magnus Bane before: IN YOUR FACE! *evil laugh!

 

 

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Here’s an excerpt of his interview with MTV.com

INTERVIEW WITH GODFREY GAO

“I love Magnus Bane’s character because [he] can live forever and never age a day, and who doesn’t want to live forever?” Gao told MTV News. “I also love that Magnus is a flamboyant party animal, and it’s fun to be described that way compared to the other characters I’ve portrayed previously. Magnus is so out there, he’s definitely a character I will never forget!”

 

The Mortal Instruments’s series fans will DEFINITELY never ever forget that this frustratingly gorgeous human being portrayed one of the most flamboyant and eccentric characters in fiction. ^^ 

The Mortal Instruments Movie ~ The MOST perfect cast ~

The Mortal Instruments Movie cast is the most perfect cast ever!!!

So it’s been a while since I blogged here. Kinda busy with all the Korean, Japanese and American dramas and movies I’m watching, reading books, Tumblr-ing and of course, my job. -.-

BUT, what’s got me sooooo freakin’ excited these days was the fact that the cast of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS MOVIE IS NOW COMPLETE. And I can only say ONE THING- it’s FUCKIN’ PERFECT! This is the MOST perfect casting of a book adaptation ever since Harry Potter! I swear! I was a bit disappointed with the casting of my OTHER fave book – BEAUTIFUL CREATURES… so I was so over the moon when I found out the official cast for The Mortal Instruments movie.

First we have Lily Collins as Clary Fray.

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Well, typical. I mean, she’s been getting loads of project left and right nowadays. I like the girl. She can act. And I bet she’ll do Clary justice. The thing is… there are rumors about her and Jace Wayland actor – JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER. That made me want to strangle her. >_< Of course it’s just a rumor… but she’s been known to… you know, date almost all of her leading guys… But… but… I’m a big Jamie-Bonnie fan… T_T

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Next is of course the lovely and sexy Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland. He’s perfect. Period. The blonde hair, golden eyes, well-built body, height and that adorable-mischievous smirk~ Although there were some fans insisting Alex Pettyfer, I think it’s about time we all move on from that guy. He’s MAGIC MIKE material now. ^^

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Then the BFF slash unofficial other guy – Simon Lewis which will come to life in the form of Robert Sheehan! Now this was also almost perfect. I had a hard time imagining Simon-  physically. I mean, I can imagine what a nerd or geek he is based on his personality… but I couldn’t imagine anything beyond that. So when I found out it was Robert, I was like, OH YEAH… he’s gonna do great! He has that geek-band-member-smart-ass-sarcastic-prick look. ^^

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The most PRECIOUS among all the characters and the one that made me scream my lungs out when I found out who’s the actor playing him… MAGNUS BANE. Hottie Asian supermodel/actor Godfrey Gao is Magnus Bane. At first I Googled him coz I had no idea who he was and I was really looking forward to who’s gonna be playing Magnus coz he’s a very unique and fun character to read… Then I found out it was this gorgeous, sexy, goddamn HOT supermodel actor!!! And he’s ASIAN, which is perfect coz that’s how Magnus is supposed to be. 😀

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And if there’s Magnus Bane of course what’s next is Alec Lightwood. I didn’t really care that much for Alec but when I started on City of Ashes, I got so obsessed with the Alec-Magnus couple… *wink wink* So when I found out that Kevin Zegers was confirmed to play  Alec, I was like O_O. Seriously?! I hyperventilated so much I thought I was gonna die!!! Shit. KEVIN EFFING ZEGERS – those bluer than blue eyes, boyish smile and perfect face??? DAMN! Okay… *breathes in* It’s just... Kevin Zegers + Godfrey Gao =  I CANNOT.

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There’s Alec’s hot, strong and a bit bitchy sister Isabelle Lightwood. The actress playing her, Jemima West, is… well, I dunno anything about her except she’s French. But damn she’s pretty and she can totally play Izzy. I can so imagine her. 😀

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Then there’s Clary’s mother – Jocelyn Fray, played by Lena Headey. Well, I didn’t really anticipate this character that much. I mean, she was gone for like most of the book… so yeah… but I imagined her to look just like Clary, of course. 😄 Pretty much like Harry Potter looks just like his father. 😀

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And then there’s one of my favorite character – Lucian Graymark. Hottie Aidan Turner will give life to this character and I couldn’t be happier. ^^I love this character. He reminds me so much of Lupin and Sirius from Harry Potter. ^^ I didn’t imagine him to be THIS hot… so that’s  a  PLUS.

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Last but not the least is of course, the evil guy – Valentine Morgenstern. I recently found out that another drop-dead gorgeous guy with those deep, bluer than blue eyes, will be playing this character. *DRUMROLL* Jonathan Rhys Meyers!!! *insert fangirl shriek here* OMG OMG OMG! I cannot! I cannot! Gosh. I didn’t see this one coming. I always thought Valentine should be hot and gorgeous but JRM is like WOAH!!!

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AND that concludes the MOST PERFECT MOVIE CAST in a book to movie adaptation. I rest my case. Now I’m gonna wait patiently for this. It’s rumored to be out on August 2013… T___T

Four additional cast for the Beautiful Creatures movie!

NEW CASTS FOR BEAUTIFUL CREATURES THE MOVIE!!!

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Thomas Mann as Link


Kami Garcia announced the latest additions to the cast of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES movie! I literally squealed with excitement!!! First is THOMAS MANN who will be playing LINK. Well, he has that ‘naughty/mischievous’ look on his face so I guess he’ll pass. But he kinda looked boy-ish next to Emmy Rossum who is going to play Ridley… Hmmm… Anyway.

Second is Margo Martindale as Aunt Del. Can’t say anything much but she looks Aunt-ish enough. 😀

Margo Martindale as Aunt Del

Next up is Rachel Brosnahan playing popular girl Emily Asher. She looks bitchy and irritating enough. 😀 But she’s pretty and I heard she was in Gossip Girl

Red head Rachel Brosnahan as Emily Asher

Then there’s pretty Zoey Deutch as Genevieve Duchannes. Gahd. She’s gorgeous! Hands down!

AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST! My fave character… the one I was looking forward to… Macon Ravenwood’s part goes to….

JEREMY IRONS. Well, it’s not YET official. It’s still in negotiation… but, yeah, well… he’s kinda… too OLD for me? I kinda imagined Uncle Macon (like how I imagined Sirius Black from Harry Potter) – old but NOT THAT OLD… Jeremy’s a good actor though so I have no complaints… It’s just that… yeah, I’m in love with Macon’s character here… so I kinda pictured him as someone like this… ^___^

My Ideal Macon: Shane Brolly 😀

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES MOVIE ADAPTATION!

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES – THE MOVIE IS ON ITS WAY!!!

My dreams just came true! I’ve been wishing for a movie adaptation of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES ever since and I just found out recently that there is INDEED going to be a MOVIE!!! OMG. I’m the happiest person right now!!! 😀

To top it all off, the lovely Emma Thompson is playing BOTH Sarafine and Mrs. Lincoln!!! Wow. This is going too well. Viola Davis is supposed to play AMMA, but it’s not yet confirmed.

How surprised was I to find that they already casted someone for Ethan and Lena! And… I dunno them. Haha. But looking at the pics, I think they’re okay. I didn’t really expect Ethan to be THAT handsome… just kinda cute. 😀

 Jack O’Connell will play Ethan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lena’s part will be played by Alice Englert.

Now I’m absolutely dying with excitement to find out who’s gonna play my fave character MACON RAVENWOOD~ Oh please do not disappoint me casting directors!!!  PLEEAAAASSSEEE! ^.^

Source : Here 

It’s always SUNNY somewhere in the world. :D

Sunny [2011] – Korean Movie

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A story of friendship, love, family and LIFE in general. This movie moved me so much. I won’t be able to get over the emotions and memories it conjured. T__T As someone who sucks at staying friends with (or more like keeping in touch with) my friends back from school and the neighborhoods I’ve left long ago, this movie certainly touched a nerve. It has a coming-of-age plot focusing on a group of friends who met when they were teenagers trying to get through junior high. It implies the restlessness of youth and implies different facets of a typical junior high student.

   

There’s the “queen bee” – which in Korea pretty much refers to the “best bully” or the “best fighter” in her year. Chunhwa, played by Kang Sora, was the leader and the one who took interest in the protagonist of the story — Shim Eunkyung played the shy, heavily-accented, transfer-student-from-the-province, Nami. Nami avoided getting bullied thanks to Chunhwa and her friends. Geum-ok is the bookish and studious one. She’s in-charge of buying them bread at lunch time. Timid and cool Suji, played by the equally gorgeous Min Hyorin, is the ‘face’ of the group. She didn’t like the idea of Nami joining their little group just like that. Bok-hee has the looks and the confidence to be what she always wanted to be — a beauty queen. NEVER touch her hair though. 😄 Nothing good ever comes out of Jin-hee’s mouth. She’s very frank and she ends her sentences not with a period, but with a foul swear word. Then there’s chubby and homely Jangmi who is sort of like the “Vice-leader”. She’s good in fighting too. These group of friends call themselves “SUNNY”.

They had fun through the good times and comforted each other through the bad times. They laughed, cried, fought, sung, and danced. I like how the simple yet tragic lives of these teenagers were emphasized and sprinkled with  a twist of comedy. An incident happened during their school festival, where they were supposed to perform their sing and dance number, and it left a scar so deep (no pun intended) in their friendship…

Fast forward to 25 years later…

The grownup Nami is living what seemed to be the ‘perfect’ life. She’s rich and she has a beautiful family. But her daughter won’t talk to her and her husband never stays at home for more than a day. She started living a double life when she met Chunhwa in a hospital. She has cancer and she’s not gonna last that long. This drove Nami to search for the members of SUNNY. It was not that easy but she was able to pull it off. One by one, she witnessed what had become of each of them. She didn’t realize that she was in for a rude awakening. She always thought her life was so-so but upon seeing her friends, she felt lucky. I like how the movie went back and forth from past to present. It was very nostalgic and a bit creative. Plus, the setting of the movie and the background music made it even more exciting and makes you remember the ‘past’ regardless of your generation.

   

I especially liked the romantic tension between Nami, Junho (played by Kim Shihoo <3) and Suji. I think it’s one of the highlights of their teenage years. It added color and zest to the plot. It made me look back to those ‘moments’ as well. The feeling of butterflies in your stomach, the stolen glances, the can’t-sleep-at-night-thinking-of-him-all-day scenarios and of course the HEARTBREAKING moment when you realized he likes YOUR friend. T___T

The movie gave my heartstrings a bittersweet tug and a sentimental feeling overwhelmed me. Sure, it’s nothing new. There was nothing spectacular about the story. But what made me love it even more is the fact that it showed ME — my life as a teenager and maybe my ‘future’ in its simplicity and accuracy. I think a lot of people can relate to this movie well. We all went through what the girls experienced here. We all felt their emotions. We all uttered the words that came out of their mouths. It was an effortless and genuine display of our lives. Or what is to become of (most of) us.

I felt terrified upon seeing what happened to most of them. Even the one who studied hard, worked hard and the one who was full of ambitions unexpectedly tripped and stumbled somewhere along the way. It only goes to show that what happens to your future depends on YOU. You decided. It is not predetermined for you. Even the smartest kid in school can end up  in a miserable state; the prettiest girl in school may not be able to get into a good relationship. The richest kid may end up in helpless and unhappy in a hospital bed. Thinking about that sent shivers down my spine. That’s exactly how I’m feeling right now. I felt like I’ve wasted too much time on trivial things before and I didn’t focus on my life’s goals… so here I am. *sigh* Sunny not only brought back the good and bad memories, it also dwells on what’s ahead of us — the unknown, the things we don’t want to deal with and the things we are dealing with right now.

  

This is definitely a movie I’d recommend to my elementary and highschool friends. AND I’d watch it with them if I could. 😀 I wasn’t able to remember the lines in the movie well but there was this one that really got to me. It was in Chunhwa’s letter, after she died, she told her friends something like “Those of us who became successful, don’t you dare ignore us or look down on us. Those who didn’t get lucky in life, don’t you dare hide from us or be ashamed of what you are.” Yeah. Something like that. Pretty self-explanatory. 😀

RATING: 4.5 stars out of 5.