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Have you ever met a nosey busybody face to face?  They are not strangers.  In their wiles they manage to win an entry into the lives of others.

The movie “Doubt” traces this ugly side of humanity.  This story opens with a sermon from Father Flynn who is preaching about doubt.  Sister Aloysius is the high-strung, rigid and judgmental principal of the church school.  

During a meal with the Sisters of Charity, she asks her fellow nuns if they had noticed any unusual behavior that would give Father Flynn a reason to be speaking about doubt.   Nothing is brought up.  She tells them all to be alert for any such behavior.

The dynamic of the suspicion even in a religious context whets the human appetite for inappropriate discovery.  Sister James is young, innocent and impressionable.  Her mind is now filled with suspicion.  Father Flynn’s benign activities and interaction with one of his students suddenly does look suspicious.

To Sister James’ credit she talks directly to Father Flynn about some of her concerns.  He answers with reasonable answers.  She accepts his explanation and ultimately tells him that she believers him, trusts him.

In contrast, Sister Aloysius pursues her suspicions.  There is very little hard evidence.  She is simply convinced her own mind that she is right and will not stop finding a way to have him removed from the church.

She tries to protect herself from any imagined retribution.  Father Flynn is frustrated but never desperate.  It seems like he knows something but as the audience we can never be sure.  We swing with the skill of the storytelling.

Then, in a final confrontation, Sister Aloysius tells Father Flynn that she has corroborated her suspicions of his inappropriate behavior.  Her claim is that a nun from his most recent post has confirmed his secrets.  Aloysius demands that he resign or she will release the information.

Father Flynn resigns.  His superiors reassigned him to another post.  It is a promotion. 

Sister Aloysius confides with Sister James that she lied about her contact with a nun from Flynn’s previous post.  She quotes the words,  “in the pursuit of wrongdoing, one steps away from God.”  Then, in a poignant moment that ends the story she sobs, “I have doubt…terrible doubt.”

It is a story where human suspicion and meddling are the tools of the self-righteous.  Meddlers judge others out of their own sin.  They try to push aside their doubt but it will always haunt them.

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Kevin is a bright software specialist working as the CEO of the international company, ENCOM.  At night he is telling his dreams of programs for the Grid to his young son, Sam.  Unexpectedly, Kevin disappears.

Twenty years later Sam Flynn answers a mysterious page message.  Sam investigates his father’s secret computer office in the basement of Flynn’s old arcade.  There he is transported into the Grid.

The learning curve in the Grid is steep but Sam doesn’t have time to ease into this world of O’s and 1’s.  Identity discs are introduced. They are weapons, sources of power and serve as extensions of program versatility.

Then, Sam is thrust into the arena and finds himself competing in a wild Light Cycle match.  This action sequence is outstanding. It is fast, novel and action-packed.

Sam is a novice.  He performs well. His own motorcycle skills come into play. He is natural. A beginner at this competition he sees the benefit of team work. That concept is foreign to the programs but produces great success.

Disaster is averted when Sam is rescued. Quorra (Olivia Wilde) makes her spectacular entrance.  She takes Sam into the Outlands where the programs don’t venture for fear of instability. 

Once in the hideout, Sam and his father, Kevin are reunited.  In their ensuing conversation, Sam learns that Clu has seized control of the Grid and eliminated the ISOs (isomorphic algorithms).  These programs were the hope of discovering great advancement in science, medicine and even religion.  Kevin was trapped in the Grid when his portal closed.

Sam, Kevin and Quorro choose to try an escape. They must reach the portal before it closes.  If they can escape back into the real world, then they can eliminate Clu by reprogramming the Grid.  They are intercepted by Clu’s soldiers.  Now, another chase scene with Light Jets keep the excitement raging. 

Sam and Quorro escape. Kevin sacrifices himself to buy them time to make it to the portal before it closes. Once confused, insecure from the loss of his father in his, Sam is now a changed man.

Alan, long time loyalist to his father meets Kevin in the arcade. Sam announces that he will be assuming his rightful place at the head of ENCOM. He has his fathers values and dreams firmly ensconced in his heart.

This was a fun movie. I wasn’t a fan of the original. But, this one was worth seeing.

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