Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Chariot ~ Eerily Relevant?

At the weekend we decided to catch up on the Bourne Series, a set of movies both of us had missed. After having watched the latest of the series on HBO: The Bourne Legacy our curiosity was aroused. That's not what this post is to be about though.

On our way out of the video rental store, three Bourne DVDs in hand, I noticed the cover of a DVD bearing illustration of a passenger plane in flight, with some kind of mayhem going on around it. As my mind has been on disappearance of flight MH370 and plane disasters in general a lot lately, I grabbed it just before arriving at the check-out, without reading the cover, which anyway isn't included with the rental video. The movie's title, Chariot, didn't give much away.

We watched the movie on Sunday evening, and regular commenter mike's term "quinky-dink" kept rattling around in my head throughout!

The movie, I now discover, is available online, for free. (LINK)

A little information, which I'll try to keep spoiler-free in case anyone reading this decides to watch the 90 minute film.

Chariot, released in 2013, is an independent film produced on a shoestring budget of around $42,000 by a Dallas, Texas based film company. Writer/producer was Eric Vale, director/producer, Brad Osborne and actor/producer, Anthony Montgomery. It was shot on a single set inside a non-functioning Boeing 727, with a cast of Texas-based, largely unknown but competent actors.

From information at prweb.com
In the film, seven strangers wake aboard a passenger jet in mid-flight and find themselves unwitting participants in a government evacuation program. As a seemingly devastating attack unfolds on the U.S. homeland, the passengers learn they have been chosen to be saved because of their unique skills and/or political connections. But from the beginning, the plan appears to be ill-conceived and for those aboard things quickly go from bad to worse.

"The film is-among other things-a commentary on the power and reach of the government" Osborne (producer) said. "But I never could have predicted the subject would be so top-of-mind in the public consciousness at the very moment of Chariot's release."
Osborne was referring, I guess, to the then recent NSA revelations of blanket surveillance. A year later, in 2014, the movie seems to have even more sadly weird relevance. From what's written here, perhaps such a weird relevance isn't obvious, but watching the movie, hearing dialogue of the passengers, at times made my skin crawl, bearing in mind the disappearance of MH370.
............ Unfolding in real time, Chariot boasts a number of surprising revelations and plot twists designed to keep audiences guessing to the end.
The end...or what passes for the end was a weak spot, for me.
"I just set out to write a thriller. But what was initially a fairly far-fetched plot now seems eerily believable," Vale said about his first screenplay brought to feature film status.
Again, in 2014, the film has gathered another layer of eeriness!
.....The real-life mystery of the disappearance of a passenger aircraft sparked the story idea behind Chariot. In 2003, an American Airlines Boeing 727 - registration number N844AA - vanished from an airport in Angola. Despite a worldwide yearlong search by the FBI and CIA, the plane was never seen again.


mike said...

"American Airlines Boeing 727 - registration number N844AA" is a misnomer. This is the flight I commented on your first MH370 post. It was previously owned by American Airlines, but had been sold and converted for fuel delivery. Either way, it has never been found:


♥ Sonny ♥ said...

gosh I wish my memory was better or that I would save links more often.

A few weeks ago I was at a site that had 37 events listed for movies//tv- that within 7 years of their production- the events occurred in real life with extremely similar circumstances. they added links to the movies and then to the new reports about each one.
My thinking on this is " the vibrations are in the etheric field- folks tap into them mentally and BAM, later the event they THOUGHT they'd only made up in thier head,, comes to pass..jmo of course:)

Twilight said...

mike ~ I guess the author of that paragraph was perhaps indulging in a bit of dramatic licence, making it seem more nearly similar to the "Chariot" story, as a passenger plane.

Twilight said...

Sonny ~ That's as good an explanation as any. Similar incidents, coincidences seeming almost like prediction, occur in books too - see my old post



Kaleymorris said...

Your focus on airplanes and movies reminds me of "Millennium," a movie I think Dad liked. It had Kris Kristofferson in it. It offered a really far out explanation for airplane crashes.

mike (again) said...

Off topic - this is CHOICE!!!!

Hobby Lobby's Hypocrisy: The Company's Retirement Plan Invests in Contraception Manufacturers


Twilight said...

Kaleymorris ~ Yes, seen that one - liked it a lot. A wee bit too far out there for present suppositions though. ;-)

Twilight said...

mike (again) ~ Hypocrisy reigns supreme - they do it so well, and with a straight face too!