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Moon : Plot Explained

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Redirecting .... Please wait... Yes, the name of the movie is Moon. It released in 2009 starring Sam Rockwell as the lonesome astronaut on the Moon. Kevin Spacey plays the voice of the robot GERTY on the Moon station, yeah, not one of the finest opportunities he picked up on. Remember the time Kevin Spacey decided to be Lex Luthor and his evil super villain plan was to sell land? This one is still better.
While the movie starts off nice and quick. It is a slow movie and given you bear with the speed of the movie, the ending revelation is not all that great. It’s more meh. Sam Rockwell plays Sam the astronaut who works on the Moon. He is on a 3 year work assignment. This story takes place in the year 2035 where the Lunar Industries has found an answer to Earth’s energy crises on the Moon. The idea is to have a person on the moon rotated every 3 years, harvest this alternate helium-3 energy and send it back to earth in batches.

Sam (Sam1) has 2 weeks of time left. He’s all excited to go back home. He starts hallucinating and ends up crashing his rover. I’ll cut straight to the chase. Lunar Industries is basically evil and instead of training more astronauts and sending one over every 3 months, they simply have a cloning unit on the Moon. The original Sam is never seen in the movie. The guy who wrecks the rover faints and is in the rover. Looks like the life span of a clone is around 3 years, which is why they are made to believe that they are on a 3 year mission to the Moon. Once they are done, they are told that they will be sent into hibernation and back to Earth. Instead, they are simply incinerated and gotten rid of. When Sam’s rover crashes, he’s presumed dead and GERTY revives the next Sam (Sam2). All of the clones are activated and told that they have just been in an accident. They are then told that they have just begun their 3 year mission. Sam2 is told the same thing.

We the audience, are made to confuse Sam1 with Sam2. Sam1 is still in the rover and is going to complete 3 years of service. Sam2 is told that there are some rescuers coming and Sam2 has to stay indoors. Sam2 doesn’t know about Sam1 but still suspects something is off. He heads out and finds Sam1’s rover and subsequently Sam1 and brings him back to the station. Here’s where we are confused as to why there are two Sams and which one is the clone. They are both clones. Sam1 is now falling apart because his 3 years is coming to a close. The clones are told that no live signal can reach the moon and only recordings sent by his family can be watched. However, Sam2 over hears GERTY having a live conversation so he smells something fishy.

The two Sams work together to find why they can’t get any signal out. They locate a jammer tower that stops all out bound signal. Sam1 drives past this point to call home. He finds out that his baby daughter is actually 15 years old and his wife has died. GERTY shows videos of earlier Sams who are asked to go into the “hibernation” chamber and incinerated instead. The two Sams find a hidden chamber with racks of sleeping clones. The “rescue” team on the way is also going to ensure both clones are dead if they are caught together. Sam2 wants Sam1 to escape to Earth on the pod, Sam1 is far too close to dying so he asks Sam2 to escape instead.

Sam2 puts Sam1 in the rover so that the “rescue” team doesn’t suspect anything. GERTY helps out, because he’s a good robot, with a good heart. GERTY asks for Sam2 to reset him so that whoever goes through the logs will not find the sneaky sneaky that they have been up to. GERTY prepares the next clone Sam3 while Sam2 escapes. Sam1 stays alive long enough to watch Sam2’s pod escape to Earth. As the pod enters Earth, we are told that Sam2 wreaks havoc. He discloses about the clone program and how Lunar Industries is actually a Loony Industry to come up with a plot. Effectively looks like the company is down and out. What they don’t mention in the movie is Sam2 would have 3 years to live on Earth after which he will puke blood, loose his teeth, keel over and die. So much for a happy ending. Well, meh.

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Jupiter Ascending : Plot Review

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This film is brought to you by the same awesome creators who gave us The Matrix. However the same creators also gave us The Matrix Revolutions and Speed Racer. Perhaps the luck that the name "The Wachowski Brothers" brought was a little better than "The Wachowskis". When the film came out, I headed to the theatre with a lot of hope and aspiration. I knew it was too much for the Wachowskis to get back into form like they did when they were once brothers. But I still hoped for something half as good - in spite of the fact that the lead actors are Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis and this could simply become a chick flick real quick. It is not out-right shit. No, really, it's not. The concept: As usual, Earth and the humans on Earth are basically reduced to nothingness, like we deserve to be. Humans, as a species, are shown to be like a gazillion years old in this movie. Earth is just one amongst the many planets that is used as a harvesting ground to seed human life. Once human life reaches a particular stage in its evolution, they simply kill all of them. Yep, kill. A 100 humans need to be used to create one vile of the youth serum. This may not be a super brilliant plot, but it's not half bad. This is where the "not out-right shit" part stops. The execution: In the intergalactic human race, there are three siblings. These three are the two sons and one daughter of the queen. The queen who is dead. The queen who has left them with a fortune. The queen who may be reborn as Mila Kunis. Mila Kunis has a full DNA alignment with the queen. The queen has written in her will that she will inherit back what she has written out to her kids. This includes Earth. This is all just vague and messed up. Let's talk about the siblings. The eldest sibling, Balem, the evilest of them, sounds like Lord Voldemort has been chewing tobacco, the same tobacco, for 23,300 years. By will, he is the rightful heir to Earth. Seems to be a nice and expensive planet. The younger brother, is less evil and more gay, Titus. He however fancies women in zero gravity. May be it's the zero gravity, may be it's not, but wouldn't it take too much time to ... forget it, just remember gay. The sister, the good person, Kalique. She has this smile that would suggest "I would like to make a small slit in your throat, put a straw in it and sip out your heart through it". But she is actually the only nice person amongst the siblings. She doesn't want the Earth to herself. She seems to be already very joyful about something, may be a vibrator, can't say, they don't show. Emma Stone, sorry, Mila Kunis - she is the queen who is reborn (Of course she is simply a DNA realignment). She is another person all together. When she was young and still a half cooked embryo in her mother's body, her father is killed because he wouldn't part with his telescope. Apparently some Russian thieves. What kind of Russian thieves, with guns, ransack a middle class astronomer for his average-ass telescope? They had the money to get guns and are yet stealing from.. never mind. Moving on. Mila grows up to be the adorable girl that she grows up to be in every movie she's been in. What is the add-on? She cleans toilets in this movie with her aunt and mother. Little does she know she's the queen of the Earth. Mila wants a telescope because she's also some sort of a failure scientist who cleans toilets. The telescope costs a bomb so her loving cousin suggests that she should sell her "eggs" to make some money for him. See, this is what we call family love and care. She's attacked by the minions of Balem, the cancer-throat sibling, when she's out to hand over her eggs. Wait, before this, there is an earlier attack by the minions. The minions mistake her six-pack-abs friend to be Mila and attack her instead. Mila sees this and they wipe her memory of it. Mila, however, before getting her memory wiped, takes a photo of the minions mal-handling her friend in underwear. Underwear is the key here. The mal-handling scene has to be inspired by some Japanese Hentai movie, it must. It's lovely how two girls just strip to their bare necessities and have an everyday conversation. Yes, now Mila gets attacked in another Japanese Hentai inspired fashion. Now enters the hero. Channing Tatum. Channing has already shown to be awesome in an earlier opening scene. He has boots that he uses to skate around in thin air. I think this is enough for the guys. They can stop following the movie and just dream about the boots. Channing, the splice between wolf and human military, saves Mila. Explains to her what's going on. He takes her to Sean Bean, his old friend, who hates his guts for having him lose his career to save Channing. Channing, apparently bites off some guys throat, yeah such randomness does exist in this movie. The bees of his place start praying to Mila and they all acknowledge Mila to be the queen. Yeah, even more randomness. Right after this, Mila is kidnapped and taken to Kalique, the joker-smiled cosmic human sibling. Kalique explains further how the queen was her mother some many-thousand years ago. Kalique is also 19004 years old. Everyone is old, okay? Kalique then strips and takes her bath straight out of a beauty commercial and comes back nice, wet and hot. Just that the bath was made up of a hundred dead humans. Kalique is now much younger, continues to have the smile that would let the audience prep for a scene where she rips out Mila's insides and eats it with her morning coffee. But Kalique is actually a good person, who enjoys a 100 dead human bath occasionally, she just warns how important Earth is in terms of the wealth of time. Earth is ripe for harvesting. Mila has been manhandled by alien minions, saved by a half-wolf-man-with-flying-boots-with-the-history-of-biting-off-throats, prayed to by bees, kidnapped by aliens, told that she's the queen reborn, sees an old naked woman turn firm. How would a human typically react having gone through all of this in a single day? Flip out, right? Curl up and scream, faint a couple of times, worry about your family looking for your missing ass, etc. Mila's character, however, doesn't give a damn about all that petty Earth stuff. What she wants is to get it on with Channing. Yeah in all of this, the fine queen wants to get down and dirty with her saviour while he refers to her as "your majesty". Ooh yeah, you go girl - say my name! Very bondage queen of you, your majesty. Oh yeah, here's a little puppy love for ya. Next stop, gay sibling who Channing works for, is met. He tells Mila about how girl like he can be and that they can have a whooping good lesbian time if they got married. On the side he can save Earth from his elder screeching brother. Of course, he's lying about the lesbian action and also about saving Earth. He wants to *muhuhahahaha* kill Mila and take Earth for himself... Dr.Evil would be so proud. He also has Channing thrown out into the void but gets rescued by the Heart Of Gold apparently, right on time. Intergalactic marriages, which are a million years old, are apparently Earth style, Western style - "I DO" weddings, which have been popular for a few millennia. It even comes with tattoos in place of the wedding rings. Wait, weren't humans shown to be harvested like bees for honey? Yet the intergalactic wedding is how it is done in America. Hey, also, aren't the cosmic humans speaking in English? Oh yeah right, English (one of the last few languages to pop up on Earth, not) is the language of the million year old cosmic humans. . It is safest to assume that in this movie, Earth is made of up only USA, yay! Channing, stops the wedding, saves Mila. Mila finally has had it and wants to go home. Her family is now kidnapped by the giant lizard henchmen of the sibling who has just been screaming in a rock concert, Balem. Mila is taken to Balem. Balem wants Earth. Mila wants sex. Mila can choose between her family and rest of Earth. She chooses Earth. Fight ensues, everyone is fighting everyone. Mila kisses Channing, wants to make out, but bad guys on their tail, Channing saves the day, all the bad guys are killed, good guys saved, memories of Earthlings reset. Mila continues to own Earth, whatever the heck that means. Channing gets his wings back, he could already fly with boots but hey who's paying attention anyways yeah? They play in the skies. And. Close. Oh, and Sean Bean doesn't die. Messed up right?

Primer : Plot Explained

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Redirecting .... Please wait... By popular demand we have decided to do a plot explanation of the movie - Primer.
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This is going to be a fully textual explanation because the diagrammatic representation of the Timeline will need to be in 3 dimensions and a page is well, 2 dimensional.
(Either that or we got lazy to draw, we did do a small one though)

The insignificant bits:
The movie starts off with 4 friends who work on side projects apart from their day jobs.
Aaron, Abe, Robert, and Phillip are the 4 people. Ignore Robert and Phillip, they will go away soon. We care only for Aaron and Abe and the multiple instances of them in time we will try and follow.

Story gets going:
After a fall out, Abe and Aaron decide to team up on an invention that aims at reducing the gravitational effects on objects. In effect, reduce the weight of objects. However, things don’t go according to what they envision. 

Abe meets Aaron on a park bench one morning and explains to Aaron that if he skips work, Abe will show Aaron the most important thing that any living organism has ever witnessed. Abe shows Aaron the object that has been in the machine for mere days but has protein build up that happens over many years. Abe gets Aaron to put a watch in the machine to see the time lapsed for the watch. Abe wants Aaron to confirm the findings.

They basically end up creating a device that sends the object put inside it back and forth through time. They also notice that the objects tend to make around 1300 trips back and forth. The explanation to this is not given attention to, something about probabilities that lead to exits from the time loop only after a minimum of 1300 loops. Abe then explains the A->B loop.

Explanation of A -> B that is drawn on paper:
When the machine is turned on for a period of time, say 1 min, the object put inside it after 1 min starts going back and forth in time. If the machine was started at 12:00PM and the object is put inside at 12:01, the object travels back to 12:00PM and then back to 12:01PM. It keeps looping in this manner about 1300 times before it moves forward past the 12:01PM time. When the object is taken out soon after 12:01, it has already spent over 1300 min inside the machine.

12:00PM is the A end.
12:01PM is the B end.

So the watch thrown in at the A end and Taken out on the B end, travels a total number of trips from A to B to A to B to A …. and finally to B. The total is odd.
If the watch is thrown in at the B end, it travels a total number of trips from B to A to B to A … and finally to B. The total is even.

Moving On:
Abe tells Aaron how the machine seems to work, also adds that if the object was smart, it could enter at the B end and calculate an exit at the A end. This means that the “smart object” can travel back in time. Smart object being - a human being. Abe proceeds to take Aaron to a location and tells him what Aaron was going to witness was not a prank or a practical joke of any kind. Abe hands Arron a pair of binoculars and Arron sees another Abe walking in towards the building with an oxygen tank. Basically showing Aaron that the Abe has already traveled through time.

Explanation of the time travel:
Classically, we are used to instant time travel. Person at time t1 just gets transported instantly to time t2. That is not how time travel works in this movie. To travel back in time here’s what one has to do:

1) Start the machine at a time t1 (the A end), say 12:00PM
2) Wait for the machine to run, say 6hrs. Buy an oxygen tank.
3) Get into the machine after letting it run for 6hrs, this will be time t2 (the B end)
4) Be in the machine for 6hrs, while in the machine you are travelling back in time. You are travelling back at the rate of 1 min per min of your watch. So set your watch’s timer to 6hrs.
5) Use the oxygen tank to help you breathe for 6hrs in the box.
6) When the timer runs down to zero, it’s time to exit the box. When you exit the box, you will exit back at the A end, which is time t1, which is 12:00PM.
Unlike other time travel movies, you cannot travel to a point before the machine was turned on. The time travel window is limited to when the machine was turned on.

What’s the deal with the 15min timer on the machine?
Imagine you exit at the A end at time t1 which is 12:00PM in the above scenario (step 6). You will run into your past self who would be turning on the machine (step 1).
Running into your past self is not a good idea so you set a timer of 15min on the machine. This ensures that step 1 will happen 15min after you turn on the timer. This gives you enough time to get out of the area and your future self will not run into you.

Note: if you happen to exit the box before reaching the A end, then the chances of your brain getting fried is high. We’ll get back to this later.

Moving on:
Aaron is mind-blown, realizes that the Abe he’s been with all day is an Abe from 6hrs into the future. The Abe he sees using the binoculars is the Abe from the present timeline. Aaron asks Abe what he did prior to entering the machine at the B end. Abe explains that after starting the timer, he checked-in to a hotel and disconnected from the world, no phones, no TV, no nothing. After 6hrs, he went back to the machine and got in.

Now we start counting timelines, every time someone travels back in time, it leads to a new timeline. The events in a timeline may not be different from another but it’s a new timeline nevertheless.

Timeline 1:
Abe starts the machine, drives off in his car and checks into a hotel. Aaron is undisturbed so ends up going to work (They talk about this, but is not shown in the movie). Abe checks for stock prices and returns to the storage facility 6hrs later and enters the machine at the B end.

Timeline 2:
Abe exits the box at the A end, is without a car and takes a taxi and stops Aaron from going to work, the two of them watch the Abe from Timeline 1 entering the storage facility using binoculars.

Aaron now wants to do exactly what Abe has done. They work on another box for Aaron and the next travel is set up - perhaps the next day. Both Aaron and Abe go to the storage facility, start the timer and head to the hotel room. They check-in and stay there. They look into stock prices so that when they go back in time, they can trade on the right stocks to make money. They return 6 hours later to the storage facility and get into their boxes at the B end. 

Timeline 3:
Abe and Aaron exit back in the morning. Aaron exits a little soon so he gets a zap. They go back and start filling in the life of Aaron and Abe who are in the hotel room. They know which stocks to buy and they buy. 

Later another day, in the evening, Aaron and Abe are talking about what they want from their lives. Aaron mentions how he would go meet his boss, punch him in the face and then go back and tell himself to not punch the boss. That way, no one would get hurt, the incident wouldn't happen but he would get to feel how it is to punch his boss. Abe tells Aaron that he can NOT do that, no changing history; it would lead to a paradox. Aaron’s wife also asks if Aaron called the pest control she feels there are rats in the attic. We’ll come back to the rats in the attic.

They go through their following days doing the time travel thing; we’ll ignore those timelines that they end up creating, nothing major there. They continue to make money off stocks. They also decide to not tell the other two friends Robert and Phillip. So you can’t continue to fully ignore Robert, Phillip can be ignored. On one of the days Aaron bleeds from his ears, it’s perhaps from all the time travelling.

On the night that Abe and Aaron do their first time travel, Robert throws a birthday party and Rachel’s ex-boyfriend walks in with a shotgun over an argument that they are having. Aaron intercepts Rachel’s boyfriend and saves the day. One morning Robert tells this to Abe. Abe is angry with Aaron for putting his life on the line without caring for his wife and kid. Abe mentions that Rachel is stupid to get into those scenarios. Aaron explains how the whole time travel was fresh in his head and he was not going to let Rachel’s ex scare people like that.

They continue time travelling the next day. They start the timer and head to the hotel room. When they are in the hotel room, Aaron gets a call because he forgets to switch off his mobile phone. He takes the call. Talks to his wife and hangs up. They get to the machine and enter the B end.

Timeline 4 (ignoring the multiple other times they may have traveled back, there is nothing eventful and the timelines are not altered from the original by much):

When they travel back to the start of the day, Aaron’s phone rings as it’s still in his pocket. Aaron doesn’t pick and this is a cause for worry, breaking the symmetry. They check to see if each other is feeling fine.

Explanation for the mobile phone bit:
On that day, let’s say Aaron and Abe start the timer at 11:45AM for 15min and leave to the hotel. At 12:00PM, the machine starts up. When in the room, say at about 2:00PM, Aaron gets a phone call. He picks it up. At 6:00PM, Aaron and Abe get into their machines and travel back in time to 12:00PM. Now, when they reach the 2:00PM time, Aaron’s (who’s traveled back) phone rings. 

The concept of phone towers is that when a call is made to a phone number, a grid wise search for that phone is done, the first grid that finds the phone, rings the phone. Since the Aaron on the street has received the call, Aaron in the hotel room, would not have received this call, hence that talk with his wife wouldn't have happened. That is the break in symmetry. But the call is not a very important one and hence doesn’t alter the timeline drastically.

Moving on:
That night, Aaron and Abe are woken up by a bunch of brats whacking cars with sticks setting off car alarms all over the road. They both stand in the kitchen and talk. Abe suggests an idea to mess around with a paradox. Abe and Aaron can leave right now to Aaron’s boss’ house, punch him in the face. Then get in to their boxes and travel back to the point in the night when the kids are whacking the cars. They scare the kids away. This will ensure that they are not woken up, they never have the conversation they are having, they would continue to wake up in the morning and prep the box and travel the usual 6 hrs. This action however would leave two sets of Aarons and Abes in the next timeline. But they don’t talk about that, the paradox is what they want to mess with. Aaron asks Abe how they are to travel back to this point as the machine is not on. Abe admits that he did leave the machine running at 5:00PM. So the two of them set off to experiment.

On way to the storage facility, they notice Rachel’s dad in a car sitting and just staring away. Aaron mentions that earlier in the day, her dad was all clean shaven, but this one in the car had a 3 day stubble. This means that the guy in the car has traveled back to this timeline. They call Rachel’s dad’s home number and he comes on the phone. This confirms that the guy in the car is from a future time. They chase him down, and Rachel’s dad from the future eventually faints. They take him home and stash him in the guest bedroom. Abe and Aaron go to the facility to see if the machines are fine, and they are. They start questioning each other if they ever planned on telling Rachel’s dad about the time machines. They both deny of having any such thought. They think of a hypothetical situation where there is an emergency, but they can’t point a finger to anything. The permutations were endless. It looked like he exited the box too quick and that ended up zapping his brain like we had mentioned before.

Rachel’s dad-from-the-future was in coma and vegetative. Abe worries about what he may have changed. For instance, if they didn’t see him sitting in the car, they would have been at the boss’ house punching him in the face. But instead they are at home talking about the comatose dad. Aaron feels nothing much could have changed. No further explanation is given to how Rachel’s dad may have used the time machine. The point of focus is that, the timelines are being terribly messed around with and that scares the daylights out of Abe.

Abe decides that the consequences of this time travel is just too dangerous. He tells Aaron about another machine which Abe has left running from before his very first time travel. This is referred to as the Failsafe. Abe's Failsafe has been running from the very beginning. Abe plans on inducing a long-ass sleep and going back all the way to the beginning and stopping himself from ever travelling through time. That way everything would go back to being how they were supposed to be and will revert to Timeline 1. No time travel, no problems.

Timeline ???
Abe uses the Failsafe and goes back to Timeline 1 or at least he thinks he is. He drugs the original Abe from the timeline in his sleep. This ensures that his original self from the timeline doesn't travel through time. After that, Abe-from-the-Failsafe lands up on the park bench to meet Aaron. His plan is to have a general conversation with Aaron and let him go to work. That way neither Aaron or Abe from the original timeline do their first time travel and everything will be undone. But the long-ass time-travel in the Failsafe has made Abe weak. What he also notices is that Aaron continues to have the same conversation they have in Timeline 2 regardless of what Abe says. As Abe falls to the ground, it is revealed that Aaron on the bench is simply following a recorded conversation that they had from Timeline 2. This means that Aaron is also from the future and is simply trying to re-act a conversation already had between him and Abe. Therefore this is not Timeline 1 or Timeline 2, this is some sort of an altered Timeline ???. We’ll get back to which timeline this is.

After Abe-from-the-Failsafe wakes up, he wants to know how this has happened. Aaron explains how he noticed the storage facility manifest having two rooms under the name of Abe. How Aaron already found the Failsafe machine. How Aaron realized that this was the "re-set everything" box. How Aaron didn't like this.

Timeline 1.1
Aaron decides to travel back in time using the Failsafe box (before Abe) right to the beginning. However, he takes with him collapsible version of the box with him back to the beginning. Taking back collapsible boxes back also means that he can end up doing more rounds of time travel in the same time window. If there was only one box, it can only be used by one person between the A end and the B end. This is because between the A and the B end, the machine has the person in it and can’t be switched off; it can kill the person inside, the person is inside is yourself, you don't wanna kill yourself. Taking a box every trip back will give the ability to setup another machine once you exit. This gives the ability to do another trip back using the extra box.

Aaron, after using the Failsafe, drugs the Aaron of the original timeline (drugs the milk carton). This drugged Aaron is the person who is supposed to be on the park bench. But instead, he’s drugged and thrown in the attic. Remember the rats in the attic? That would be this Aaron, the first and original Aaron. Aaron-from-the-Failsafe now replaces Aaron-in-the-attic on the park bench (we never see this in the movie, it is inferred). He also decides to record all the conversations of the day. Important thing to note here is that this Aaron-from-the-Failsafe is the one narrating the story. He says “And that's where I would have entered the story. Or exited, depending on your reference”.

Timeline 1.2
Aaron-from-the-Failsafe, the narrator Aaron, uses the extra box to travel back again to the start of the day. Aaron-from-the-extra-box tries to take down Aaron-from-the-Failsafe (who has drugged the original Aaron). Aaron-from-the-extra-box has traveled a lot in time and is tired and is unable to subdue Aaron-from-the-Failsafe. However Aaron-from-the-Failsafe and Arron-from-the-extra-box talk it out. Aaron-from-the-extra-box has already lived the day and has recorded the events of the day, this is what Aaron-from-the-Failsafe was planning to do (and he does that in Timeline 1.1). Aaron-from-the-Failsafe understands that Aaron-from-the-extra-box has accomplished more in their common goal, hence Arron-from-the-Failsafe leaves.

Aaron-from-the-extra-box now encounters Abe-from-the-Failsafe while on the park bench, listening to the conversation that should have happened as per Timeline 1.1. But Abe faints instead. Timeline ??? from above is basically Timeline 1.2 and is what can be seen in the movie. And that is why we hear a recording of the dialogues from the ear piece. The recording is from Timeline 1.1.

What is Abe doing in Timeline 1.2?
Why hasn’t Abe gone back all the way to the beginning? After all he did use the Failsafe.
Aaron who uses the Failsafe before Abe decides he’s going back to the start. After Aaron uses the Failsafe, he also ensures he puts in a duplicate Failsafe in place of the original Failsafe. Let’s call the original Failsafe as Abe’s Failsafe. This is replaced with Aaron’s Failsafe. While Abe’s Failsafe is running all the way from the beginning, before any of the time travelling, Aaron’s Failsafe is running from a few hours after Abe’s Failsafe. These few hours is given so that Abe won’t notice that the machines have been switched. The few hours' gap is also enough for Aaron to drug his past-self and get to the park bench and pretend. 
Abe is not aware of this switch that Aaron has done. Abe is not aware that Aaron has used Abe’s Failsafe either. Abe thinks he is using Abe’s Failsafe but ends up using Aaron’s Failsafe instead. Abe ends up arriving a few hours after Aaron. By then, Aaron has already created Timeline 1.1 followed by a Timeline 1.2 - where he’s on the bench listening to the conversation over earphones.

In Timeline 1.2 there are 3 Aarons
1) The original Aaron from the timeline who is drugged and dumped in the attic.
2) Aaron-from-the-Failsafe who decides to go away, the narrator.
3) Aaron-from-the-extra-box who is on the park bench listening to conversations on the earphones.

In Timeline 1.2 there are 2 Abes
1) The original Abe from the timeline who is drugged and dumped in a bathroom.
2) The Abe-from-the-Failsafe who comes to the park and faints.

Abe-from-the-Failsafe comes back to consciousness and Aaron-from-the-extra-box explains how he discovered the Failsafe and did the switcheroo (basically everything that is described above). He also gives Abe-from-the-Failsafe the recording and goes down to the basketball court to talk to Will.

Will's cousin is Rachel’s boyfriend. According to the original timeline, Aaron ends up inviting Will and his cousin to Robert’s party. So Aaron-from-the-extra-box invites Will as per the original events, the only change is that he misses shooting the basket which changes the conversation a little but doesn’t change the outcome.

Aaron-from-the-extra-box also convinces Abe-from-the-Failsafe why he needs to invite Rachel to the party. Abe-from-the-Failsafe finally agrees and calls Rachel to Robert’s birthday party.

Here is an unknown element. Aaron-from-the-extra-box may have gone back over and over to the start of the day to relive the day, to ensure that the events in the party go as planned. Which also means that more and more Aarons are hanging around in this timeline – no mentioned is made of what all the Aarons are up to.  Finally, the scene in the movie shows an Aaron with Abe from the Failsafe at the party working to perfection. How many times has Aaron-from-the-extra-box gone back? Three? Four? Twenty? No idea. However, in the movie we see the party scene with a Final Aaron. We’ll call him Aaron-the-Final.

At the party, they open the car and sabotage the ex’s shotgun by removing the bullets. When the moment of conflict happens, Aaron-the-Final springs to the gunman (the ex) and saves the day. 

The next scene is at the airport. Aaron-the-Final and Abe-from-the-Failsafe are talking about what happens next. Aaron-the-Final says they (Aaron-the-Final and Abe-from-the-Failsafe) don’t belong to the timeline they are in and they should just flick the passports of the original Abe and Aaron and just leave to another part of the world where no one knows them. Aaron-the-Final also suggests that they can make a copy of his wife and kid and leave with them.

Abe-from-the-Failsafe is annoyed with Aaron-the-Final and asks him to leave and never come back. Abe-from-the-Failsafe plans to sabotage the efforts of the original Abe and Aaron in creating and using the time machine. Abe-from-the-Failsafe hopes that the original Abe and Aaron will give up and move on to other projects. Aaron the Final leaves.

Timeline Unknown:
The end of the movie shows an Aaron in a place building a gigantic version of the machine. We can only assume that this is second Aaron from Timeline 1.2, the narrator, the Aaron-from-the-Failsafe. It is left open-ended, there is no closure given to the multiple Aarons and Abes that have been spawned. While some of them might seize to exist because of an alterations in the timeline, others can cause further mess-ups to happen creating even more complex timelines. We don’t know, we never will.

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Predestination : Plot Explained
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A predestination paradox occurs when a time traveller is caught in a loop of events that "predestines" or "predates" him or her to travel back in time. The paradox suggests that those people who travel back in time would have no way of changing a situation.
This is what this movie Predestination is about.

Basic Plot:

Let us give the spoiler out straight away as that will help understand what the movie is about.
We see 4 main characters in this movie – Jane, John, the Barkeep and the Fizzle bomber. They are all the same person from a different timeline. Yep, the same person.

The movie starts off with a man in a coat and hat trying to defuse a bomb. He gets distracted by a gun shots and before the bomb can be safely diffused, it blows up burning the face of the man in the coat and hat. Another person walks up to burnt man and helps him reaching out to a violin case. The burnt man uses the violin box and disappears. There are three people in this scene. The man trying to diffuse the bomb, this is John. The man who fires at John, this is the Fizzle bomber and the man who helps John with the violin case, this is the Barkeep. The point to be noted here is that they are all the same person from 3 different timelines. Don’t give it too much thought right now. Read on further.

Burnt face man, John, goes back to a future time – 1992, and gets his face grafted. Since his face is completely destroyed, they give him a new face. This is the face that we will refer to as Barkeep. John/Barkeep has been trying to hunt down a chain bomber that they call the Fizzle bomber. John/Barkeep has been trying to stop a major New York event in 1975 which kills over 10,000 people, but has been unsuccessful so far. John/Barkeep is a temporal agent of a mysterious Temporal Bureau who have the ability to travel through time.

Barkeep has one final mission he has to embark on now. For which he travels back to 1970 and plays the role of a barkeep. His younger self, John from the 1970 timeline, arrives at the bar. They start talking. John reveals that he is the author – Unmarried Mother. John starts telling the story of his life where he was born a girl and was called Jane. Jane was a baby abandoned at an orphanage in 1945. Jane never ends up getting adopted and she eventually tries to join the Space Corps program headed by one Mr. Robertson. Jane gets rejected from the program because something in her physiology is “odd”. But they don’t tell her that when they disqualify her.

Jane gives up and attends night school where she bumps into a stranger. She falls in love with him, but the stranger disappears on Jane one day, leaving her waiting on a bench. We will get back to who this stranger is in a bit. Jane realizes that she is pregnant. She delivers a baby successfully but the doctor tells her that Jane has an “odd” physiology – she has fully formed male and female organs. Complications in delivery result in the doctors only being able to save the male organs. Jane will need to change to a man as a result. Soon after this, her baby gets stolen.  Jane becomes John over time.

John completes telling this story to the Barkeep. However, the Barkeep knows all of this. It is his own life’s story after all. He doesn’t reveal that yet. Barkeep tells John that he knows the location of the “stranger” who ruined Jane’s life. Barkeep promises that he will give John the opportunity of revenge, of killing that stranger free of any consequences. John and Barkeep use the violin box to travel back in time to the point where Jane was attending night school. John equips himself with a gun and goes looking for the stranger. John bumps into Jane. John soon realizes that he is that “stranger”. He falls in love with Jane and has sex with her.

Yes folks, the male self goes back in time when he was female and has sex with him/herself. Bizarre, we now know another one of those things that is apparently possible. Talk about self-sufficient! Hang on, there is more to come.

While all of this is happening, Barkeep quietly slips out and goes forward to 1970 - to the event of the bomb defusal, the first scene of the movie. Barkeep reaches to see the Fizzle bomber placing the bomb; they get into a gun fight, then into a fist fight. Barkeep gets his ass handed to him and faints. Barkeep wakes up just in time to see John’s face getting burnt trying to defuse the bomb. Barkeep helps John with the violin box. The Fizzle bomber escapes.

Barkeep heads to the time when Jane has given birth. Mr. Robertson joins him there. It is shown that he too has a little violin box of his own and can travel through time, he seems to head the Temporal Bureau. Barkeep steals Jane’s baby and travels back to 1945 with the baby. He abandons the baby at the orphanage.

Yep, not only does the male from a future timeline has sex with his past girl self. The baby born as a result is the origin of him/herself too. Messed up right? That is truly self-sufficient indeed! This also explains why the baby would grow with both sex organs. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s your predestination paradox right there. Jane/John is a self-created entity because the “himself” from a future time has sex with the “herself” from a past time.

Once Barkeep leaves the baby, he returns to the time John and Jane are still together. He signals for John, John leaves Jane waiting on the bench. Barkeep tells John that they need to leave this timeline and travel forward. At this point Barkeep tells John that he too is John from a future timeline with a different face – however in the movie, this portion is disclosed only in the end. Barkeep and John travel forward to 1985. Barkeep meets Mr. Robertson and leaves John to recover there and travels back to 1975 for retirement. By now Barkeep has made an audio recording for John to hear and follow. Barkeep heads off to 1975 (just before the New York event date).

John recovers and uses the tape left to him by Barkeep to prep to become a temporal agent. Seven years later, in 1992, John jumps back to 1970 wearing a coat and a hat to diffuse a bomb set by the Fizzle bomber. John gets into a gun fight with the Fizzle bomber and ends up getting distracted. The bomb goes off burning John’s face.
There you have it. That explains why in the first scene of the movie you have 3 people - John, Barkeep and Fizzle bomber who are the same person from 3 different timelines.

Barkeep reaches 1975 to retire after leaving John in 1985, he decommissions his time device, but it shows an error in decommissioning. He checks the file to notice that Mr. Robertson has left him clues to get to the Fizzle bomber who is just about to commit the New York event of 1975. He heads to the Laundromat where the Fizzle bomber is. When Barkeep reaches the Laundromat, he encounters the fizzle bomber. The Fizzle bomber is the Barkeep from a future timeline. Barkeep has been basically chasing his own self from a future timeline. The time leaps have caused Barkeep to grow maniacal and turn into the Fizzle bomber. In the focus of stopping terror attacks, he’s been killing innocents. Barkeep kills the Fizzle bomber. However, Barkeep does not report the time device which he’s unable to decommission. That is the end of the movie.

Here is a timeline diagram describing the life of
Jane -> John -> Barkeep:

Does The Barkeep Become The Fizzle Bomber?
Barkeep does not report the time device which he’s unable to decommission. This indicates that he continues to use the device; time jumps are indicated to have an effect on the mind. Let’s not forget about the fact that every other event in this story is predestined to happen. This should be no exception to the rule. It only makes sense that Barkeep grows old to become the insane Fizzle bomber.

Has The New York Incident Been Stopped?
Well looks like it has but then again, predestination right? This even has already happened. Barkeep’s killing the Fizzle Bomber doesn’t necessarily mean that the bombing has been stopped. An older Fizzle bomber may have been killed by Barkeep. A younger Fizzle Bomber who is not as lost could be responsible for the New York event. After all the Fizzle Bomber also has the ability to travel through time as he pleases. We would like to stick to the theory that the New York event happens.

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Triangle Explained : Plot Holes Explained
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We finally are doing this explanatory post on the movie - Triangle. Did it take us from the year 2009 to understand this movie? No, we just saw it, umm, yeah.. moving on.

This movie didn't do too well, but re-watching helped us appreciate the keen eye director Christopher Smith.

The basic plot:

The movie opens with Jess comforting her autistic son Tommy who’s suffering from a nightmare. She’s dressed up and prepping to go someplace. She cleans paint of the floor, messes her dress up. She hears a door bell and no one is there. She’s packs a bag, hops into her car and drives out to the harbour.

Here’s what we are going to do to help you understand the movie’s convoluted plot:
The group of people who go sailing are – Jess (main focus person), Victor (single chap), Downey and Sally (married couple), Greg (boat owner), Heather (extra, you can ignore her, the director does too).
We are going to separate them in to groups to help understand what in the blazes is happening.

We will number them group-3. Jess-3, Victor-3, Downey-3, Sally-3 and Greg-3 … ok fine Heather-3.
They go sailing and get hit by a storm. Greg-3 also receives a distress signal from a woman in panic. He loses the signal, the boat upturns and they are stranded. Heather-3 gets flushed into the ocean and gets out of the plot after that (see we told you, she’s dead, let’s move along).

On the upturned boat, group-3 sits helplessly waiting for someone to come rescue them. And out comes a huge liner to their rescue. They see someone on the deck and they board the liner. On the liner, there seems to be nobody and the group starts searching. Jess-3 feels like she’s having a déjà vu and that she knows this liner. They continue further. Jess-3 finds her own keys lying around but no one knows how it got there, they suspect Heather is already on the liner (yeah sure).

They reach the dining area, still unable to find anyone on-board. Jess-3 sees someone running away and informs the group. Victor-3 runs after that someone. Greg-3 and Jess-3 go around further looking for someone from the ship. They ask Downey-3 and Sally-3 to wait in the dining area. Greg-3 and Jess-3 find a room with “Go To Theatre” written on a mirror in blood. Jess-3 freaks out about the blood and wants off the liner but Greg-3 wants to head to the theatre and they separate. Jess-3 goes to the dining area and no one is there, Victor-3 comes all bloodied. Victor-3 attacks Jess-3 but in the process Jess-3 locates a wound to the back of Victor-3’s head and aggravates it, killing him.

Jess-3 hears a gun shot, she follows it to the theatre. Greg-3 is lying dead. Downey-3 and Sally-3 are blaming Jess-3 for this. Greg-3, before he dies, tells them that Sally-? shot him. From above a masked person shoots both Downey-3 and Sally-3 and kills them. Jess-3 escapes and is chased by the masked person. Jess-3 over powers the masked person and masked person mumbles something before falling off the liner. Jess-3 is the lone survivor. She then hears a group shouting from over board. Jess-3 sees the entire group waving from an upturned boat, even herself (but no Heather, duh!). Jess-3 is the ‘someone’ group-4 now sees on the liner. Which also means group-3 saw Jess-2 as the ‘someone’ on the liner.

We will now refer to this as group-4 (Jess-4, Victor-4, Downey-4, Sally-4 and Greg-4). Jess-3 runs around in disbelief following group-4. In the process Jess-3 drops her keys, which Jess-4 picks up saying it was hers (in the same way Jess-3 does). Jess-3 gets spotted by Jess-4 and makes a run for it. Now Jess-4 informs group-4 about the ‘someone’ running away. Victor-4 runs after Jess-3.

Victor-4 catches up to Jess-3. Jess-3 tries to explain what has just happened. Obviously, Victor-4 doesn’t understand and thinks she is crazy. By mistake Jess-3 moves Victor-4 back on to a sharp protrusion impaling him on the head. Jess-3 freaks and runs for it. She finds a room with shotguns and notes on the floor saying “kill everyone who boards”, the notes are all written by previous versions of Jess. Jess-3’s locket gets pulled off her neck to only fall into a bunch of replicas; lockets that belonged to the previous versions of Jess. She picks up a gun and heads to save the people from group-4. First, Jess-3 intercepts Jess-4 and Victor-4’s meeting. This helps stop Jess-4 from aggravating Victor-4’s wound and killing him. Jess-3 doesn’t kill Jess-4, Jess-4 runs away.

Jess-3 runs to the theatre and saves Downey-4 and Sally-4. Greg-4 is dead however.  The Jess-3 shoots the masked shooter on top and causes a flesh would on the head. Downey-4, Sally-4 and Jess-3 make a run for it. Jess-3 momentarily separates from the two of them.
At this time they reveal that the masked shooter with the flesh wound is Jess, we have identified her to be Jess-2. Who is Jess-1 then? Jess-1 is the masked attacker who guns down Downey-3 and Sally-3, Jess-1 doesn’t have a flesh wound on her head and never takes the mask off. Jess-3 makes Jess-1 fall off the liner. So at any given time, there would three Jess.

Jess-2 tricks Downey-4 and Sally-4 to follow her into the room with the bloody mirror. Jess-2 kills Downey-4 with a knife and fatally wounds Sally-4. Sally-4 makes a run for it. Jess-3 spots Sally-4 and runs behind her to help. Sally-4 finds a control room and tries to send out a distress signal. This signal is the same as what Greg-3 is shown receive in the start of the movie. Sally-4’s signal is now being received by Greg-5 who’s not yet hit the storm. Sally-4 run to the upper levels to a location which has a whole bunch of dead Sally’s. Just like the many lockets and notes, Sally has died over and over. Jess-3 sees Jess-2 being hacked to death by Jess-4. Jess-2 is the shooter with a flesh wound to the head and Jess-4 is the one who Jess-3 spares while trying to save Victor-4.
The fight between Jess-2 and Jess-4 (the even ones) is different from the fight between Jess-1 and Jess-3 (the odd ones). This is because of the interference that Jess-3 introduced.

Sall-4 dies of bleeding, Jess-3 and Jess-4 are alive, watching a new group of themselves come to the liner. This is group-5. Group-5 sees Jess-4 as the ‘someone’ on-board. Jess-3 realizes that this is going to keep happening until everyone – including herself is killed and no one enters the liner. She is desperate to go back to her son. Jess-3 now goes ahead and cleans up all the bodies and starts doing all the actions Jess-1 did. She removes Downey-4’s body and writes “Go To Theatre” with his blood on the mirror. Jess-3 sees Jess-4 wounding Victor-5 to the head.
The conversation that Victor-5 and Jess-4 have is also very different from the conversation Victor-4 has with Jess-3. Again, this is because of the interference Jess-3 has done.

Jess-3 goes to the dining hall and tells Downey-5 and Sally-5 to go to the theatre. Jess-3 gets a gun, puts on a mask and follows Greg-5 into the theatre and shoots him. Greg-5 recognizes that the shooter is Jess. Down below, we can see Downey-5 and Sally-5 blaming Jess-5 for the death of Greg-5. Jess-3 shoots and kills Downey-5 and Sally-5 (exactly in the way Jess-1 kills Downey-3 and Sally-3). Jess-5 escapes and Jess-3 (the masked person) chases. The same fight ensues between Jess-3 and Jess-5 (that we earlier see between Jess-1 and Jess-3). Jess-5 gets the upper hand, Jess-3 mumbles to kill everyone and falls off the liner.

This marks the end of the liner episode. What we would like to point out here is that there are two loops of events:

1) Where Jess never sees a past Jess. In this example the odd Jess. While the odd Jess sees a future Jess, the past Jess she meets and fights has a mask on and never gets to see the past Jess’ face. The odd Jess also doesn’t get hacked to death; she simply falls off the liner. The odd Jess also never gets intercepted by a past Jeff and ends up fighting a Victor in the dining area, killing him
    2) Where Jess meets her past Jess. In this example the even Jess. The even Jess gets intercepted by her past self at the dining area and is spared. This Jess however goes on to get a flesh wound to her head when she’s shooting. The even Jess also gets hacked to death and thrown overboard.

The story continues following Jess-3 who falls off the liner alive. She gets washed on to shore. She heads back home. From outside she sees the events of the morning in her house. This means that she has returned at an earlier point in time. Jess-3 sees her morning self shout and abuse her son. Tommy sees Jess-3 outside the window and causes the paint to spill. The Jess inside the home further shouts at Tommy and starts cleaning up and messes her dress up (exactly like in the first scene). Jess-3 from outside rings the bell and hides. Jess from inside hears the door bell, but no one is there. Jess-3 sneaks up behind Jess in the house and bludgeons her with a hammer.

Tommy sees this. Jess-3 holds Tommy and tells him that he just had a nightmare (so that’s the nightmare in the first scene). She puts the dead Jess into a bag and packs it with other clothes (so there was a dead body in the bag in the first scene). Loads the car and drives off. On the way she hits a seagull. She stops to dispose of the dead seagull and notices a whole bunch of dead seagulls. This only means that other Jess’ (the odd ones who survive on the liner) have been around doing the same actions. The seagulls are shown to be somehow connected to the time vortex on the liner and hence like everything on the liner, their versions from other timelines keeps accumulating (eg: multiple lockets, multiple notes, multiple dead Sally, etc).

Jess-3 gets back in the car and starts driving, distracted by Tommy she hits a truck and the car tumbles. This kills Tommy and the body of dead Jess is lying out. Jess-3 is however not killed and is standing watching this. A taxi guy offers a ride and she heads to the harbour. When she enters the harbour she meets a Victor, a Greg, a Downey, a Sally and Heather. They are just preparing for the sail. The loop has started all over and they head out. This explains why Jess-3 is having a déjà vu in the liner, the shock of her son dying makes her thing that her son is in school and she’s come for a sailing trip without him. Her guilt is not that she’s left him in school, but that she resulted in his death.

Plot Holes:

The one plot hole that stood out was the point of accident. How is she outside the car, unscratched? Why does a random taxi driver want to drive her to the harbour? That scene is a little out of character.

The liner is stuck in a time vortex. Therefore the people and objects brought into the liner will keep increasing. There will be more and more dead bodies of the same person as more loops happen. There will be more lockets as well. But back in town, when Jess hits a seagull, she sees a pile of dead seagulls. If that were the case there should also be a pile of dead Tommys and Jess too. We made a gross assumption on this one that the seagulls also happen to get to land from the liner and therefore have the property of sticking around even when the time loop is reset.

Only alternate Jess' (in this case the odd Jess') make it out alive from the liner. This Jess who makes it alive is who goes back to her house, kills her "dressed up self" and takes Tommy in the car, gets him killed, ends up in the harbour and back at the liner. The even Jess' get killed, hence they can't land up to kill the "dressed up Jess" and restart the loop. But we already know that Jess' keep coming non-stop. So how does that happen. One plausible explanation is that something else causes Jess' dress to get soiled and she needs to change up. Hence she changes into shorts and tees, gets into another accident killing Tommy and gets to the harbor to meet the rest. This is not really explained, it's just an assumption. Another assumption is that the Taxi man is the angel of death and is "waiting" for Jess to accept that she has died along with Tommy, not very satisfying but brings us to the philosophical point of discussion.

Philosophical Discussion:

Aeolus is the name of the liner. Sisyphus, the son of Aeolus breaks a promise he makes to death. As a result he is punished to by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action forever. Ring a bell? This is mentioned in the movie.

The analogy to this is Jess making a promise to the cab driver that she would return. She says “I promise”. Jess breaks her promise too. She goes to the harbour but decides to go on the sail trip. This analogy also means that Jess is dead and her soul is refusing to cross over in the ferry (taxi). When in the movie does she really die then?

Let’s list down the points of time when Jess dies in the movie:
-          Gets bludgeoned to death
-          Dies in a car accident (perhaps?)
-          Gets axed to death on the liner
-          Falls off the liner and drowns (perhaps?)
-          Gets killed when the sail boat upturns (perhaps?)

The events of the loop are all analogous to the act of ‘roll an immense boulder up a hill’. So we can safely assume that events of the loop, hence the liner events, are all post death. What we need to locate is the start point of the loop. The harbour seems the logical point where the loop starts as that is right after her breaking her promise to the taxi man (death).

The Jess who is in the loop is wearing shorts; the Jess in the dress is out of the loop. This can mean that the Jess in shorts is dead. The Jess in the dress possibly starts the day by shouting at her son and is heading to the harbour to meet her friends with Tommy. On the way she meets with an accident where both she and Tommy are killed. This event is not shown in the movie. The one shown in the movie is the one where Jess in shorts is driving the car, which is post death and part of the loop. The actual event was possibly just Jess in the dress with her son meeting with an accident and dying. She is met by the taxi man (death), to help her cross over. The time on her watch matches the clock on the ship, perhaps it’s the time she died. 8:17AM. oooh!

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