There is something mesmerizing about this video. At first it looks staged — like a ‘test dummy’ setup, a truck parked in the path of a train. But, it appears that it was real. You can hear the train coming — whistles blaring. But you don’t hear any brakes. It seems to be going at its normal speed. Says one person was injured — aboard the train. Assume it was the engineer. Shame. Wonder if he ducked. Crazy. This one doesn’t make sense. You would think that somebody would have tried to ‘wave’ the train down. Get it to slow down. That you don’t hear any brakes is scary. But, I think I have heard something about that. They don’t like to slam on the brakes because that could cause derailment. I need to talk to somebody about this.
There have been quite a few good — and in some cases outstanding — movies that have come out of Ireland. This is NOT one of them! Though billed as such, it is definitely not a comedy and nowhere close to being another ‘Waking Ned Devine‘. And it is also not ‘Crying Game‘ though towards the end I was nearly ready to cry that I had wasted my time watching this tripe.
What drew me to it was the ‘7 interconnected stories‘ pitch. I like that genre and as you must know there have been some very clever and compelling movies of that type. This, alas, is not one of them.
Not a clever movie. Not profound in any aspect. I might even say it was bloody awful.
I did, however, enjoy seeing the trains! Never realized that they had such fancy and large (as in length) trains in Ireland. Also freight trains full of wood. Wow. That was about the highlight.
Do not get me wrong. It might appeal to some. Not I. So, I just wanted to give you a heads up on that. SMILE.
It was FREE. So, all I lost was 90-minutes of my time and some dignity — though I did do 23-minutes of pedaling my stationary bike while watching this. So, it wasn’t time totally wasted.
I had to smile. You have to smile.
You do not have to go all the way back to the Galileo trial. Gregory XVI (1831 — 1846) banned railways from the Papal States calling them calling them chemins d’enfer (road to hell), a play on the French for railroad, chemin de fer (iron road).
Yes, popes have a storied history of being very perturbed by all things new and modern.
So, this should not come as a surprise.
But, it still made me smile.
All taken with my 3 day old with my Fujifilm X-E2s.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
North Conway, New Hampshire
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