Waterworld and the Sea of Monsters-A A +A
By Mina Paras
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
TROPICAL Storm Maring is turning much of Luzon practically into "Waterworld," a movie starring Kevin Costner which bears watching again, assuming you can still secure a copy, because it portrays Earth as having turned into a watery sea, and the most precious thing in that world was a pot of land.
"Waterworld" is steeped with an environmental message that mankind must care for the Earth, otherwise we’d turn up like Kevin’s character in the movie, who has grown fins to adapt to his watery world.
It's the fourth day (Tuesday) including the weekend that the kids are cooped up in the house, and it’s starting to get boring. One of the children wants school to open; it’s their exam week and she just wants to get them over with. Another one wants the rains to stop so she can go to school because she simply misses going to school. She's thankful though that she is in the province – during Ondoy she was stranded in QC, all alone and "hungry" -- and Ateneo thankfully declared the suspension of classes the day before.
Ateneo is known to declare suspension at the last minute, when all other universities had suspended theirs. On the other hand, mayors Ed Pamintuan and Boking Morales are quick to declare a suspension up to the high school level, though sometimes the weather turns sunny. The children are bemoaning the fact that missed classes have to be made up for in Saturday classes and/or the extension of classes this semester.
It's ironic that the weather people had warned about the coming of "strong typhoon" Labuyo , which didn’t live up to its name, and not enough about Maring, which has already surpassed Ondoy in the amount of rainfall poured in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. My friend’s daughter’s back garden has turned into an instant swimming pool in just one day (at the back of her beautiful garden is a creek). You can’t help wonder what’s happening in Marikina, which at the moment has been given the Red Alert. Images of Ondoy’s devastation of some subdivisions, notably Provident Village where sexy star Christine Reyes was rescued by hunk Gerald Anderson from the rooftop of their house, remain vivid in everyone’s mind.
And I can only guess at what's happening in the rest of Pampanga, especially the low-lying areas mostly belonging to the Fourth District whose congressman, Rimpy Bondoc, must be hard at work overseeing some rescue and relief work.
In all of this, is the government ready? Have there been enough reinforcements of dams and bridges and roads and whatever else needed to be done, in Metro Manila and in the severely-affected provinces?
Because classes have been suspended and there’s really no flood in Angeles City, the children (save for the six-year-old twins and the two-year-old girl) were taken by their ‘tita’ to see Sea of Monsters, the second installation of the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan—the first being Lightning Thief—which has been showing for about two weeks now.
"The Lightning Thief" the movie, which we first watched before I read the book, was a delightful film which didn’t veer away much from the book. Having read the "Sea of Monsters' (actually, all five of the series), we expected to be entertained and satisfied with the movie rendition. "Sea of Monsters" the book was suspenseful from start to finish although punctuated with comic moments, which I find is Riordan’s trademark. However, "Sea of Monsters" the movie sucks, sorry for that. It bears little resemblance to the book, the events were changed, and worse, to me, was the depiction of Circe’s island as one with an abandoned amusement park! Circe is a sorceress and a siren whose voice, once you hear it, is supposed to bewitch you. My goodness, was this movie directed by the same one that did "The Lightning Thief"?
As we are on the subject of films, there's a film which has been known to cause emotional disturbances in people who watched it, and that's perhaps why SM Cinemas banned its showing. I don't even want to mention the title. Suffice it to say that it starts with a "C."
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 22, 2013.