An idealistic public defense attorney grapples with the shortcomings of the criminal justice system in freshman helmer Chase Palmer's quirky but charming 'perfect crime' caper "Naked Singularity," co-starring John Boyega, Bill Skarsgård, Olivia Cooke, and Ed Skrein. Comparably, the closest thing to "Naked Singularity" that I can remember is Norman Jewison's satirical legal system expose "And Justice For All" (1979), co-starring Al Pacino, John Forsythe and Jack Warden. Charismatic heroes like Boyega and Skarsgård, a reptilian villain like Skrein, and a desperate damsel-in-distress like Olivia Cooke keep this nimble but nail-biting exercise in larceny sufficiently compelling throughout its bustling, R-rated, 93-minute runtime. For a change, "Naked Singularity" lives up to its poster art of a pugnacious Boyega armed with a samurai sword which he wields with lethal ferocity during the finale. Making his directorial debut, Palmer shares credit for the screenplay with seasoned tv scribe David Matthews.No, I haven't read Sergio De La Pava's massive 2008 novel "A Naked Singularity" which served as the film's source material. A self-published sensation, De La Pava's book came to the attention of the University of Chicago Press, and the UCP picked it up and reprinted it in paperback. The Wall Street Journal heralded De La Pava's book as one of 2012's ten best novels. Interestingly, like his struggling protagonist, De La Pava still toils as a Manhattan public defender. Juggling as many as 70 cases at a time, the author displays his prodigious, first-hand familiarity with the Manhattan criminal justice system. While the novel plunges the reader into far more detail than the film, Palmer remains largely faithful to the novel's main events. At 678 pages, teeming with details ad nauseam, De La Pava's tome amounts to a whopper. After savoring the cinematic adaptation, sheer curiosity prompted me to embark on the novel. Sadly, my chief discovery was Casi's pot-smoking neighbor Angus (Tim Blake Nelson), who explained "singularities" with Casi, had been whittled down to a bit part."Naked Singularity" opens with Casi (John Boyega of "Star Wars") awakening suddenly in the middle of the night as if he had been blasted from a cannon. "I am a public defender," Casi informs us in voice-over narration, "and there are only 15,000 of me for the 10.5 million people who were arrested last year in America. I work for a machine that is the U. S. Criminal Justice System. Once you fall in, it's almost impossible to get out. That's the harsh reality of the machine." Indeed, Casi looks like he hasn't slept in days. Worse, his sarcasm puts him at odds with cantankerous Judge Cymbeline (Linda Laven of CBS-TV's "Alice"), who is rapidly becoming grit in his craw. Casi dreams about beating the flawed system at its own game and giving his dysfunctional clients a second chance. Ignorant as most of his clients are, Casi knows the law well enough to help those who follow his advice. Casi's altruism often clashes with Judge Cymbeline's draconian reading of the law. She doesn't give anybody a break, ana she allows Casi enough leeway to stick his neck into a noose.Meantime, Casi's daredevil colleague Dane (Bill Skarsgård of "It") notifies him about a client with sexy ears who has requested him to represent her in a drug rap. Actually, Casi remembers Lea (Olivia Cooke of "Thoroughbreds"), a lowly desk clerk with a criminal record at the NYPD Tow Pound, where stolen and lost automobiles are held. She explains she got busted for heroin. Moreover, her life depends on her staying out of jail. The two wind up in the back seat of a NYPD undercover car. Lea explains to two hard-nosed narcs, she was in cahoots with Craig (Ed Skrein of "Midway"), a subhuman street hustler who learned that a black Lincoln Navigator had been impounded. Nobody but the Mexican cartel, however, knows it contains $15 million in heroin. The cartel mule was visiting his girlfriend when the SUV disappeared. Craig offered her cash to obtain a sample of the contraband, so he could arrange a rendezvous with a high-level Hassidic gangster (Kyle Mooney of "Zoolander 2") nicknamed 'The Golem.' Despite informing on Craig to the narcs, Lea still plans to help Craig steal the narcotics and receive her a million-dollar cut of the profits. Of course, sharing anything with Lea is the last thing on Craig's greedy mind. If this synopsis doesn't grab you, "Naked Singularity" is probably not for you.Nobody gives a bad performance. "Naked Singularity" gives John Boyega his best role to date. Skrein chews the scenery with relish as the despicable lowlifer who takes advantage of Lea. Olivia Cooke's Lea, however, doesn't take Craig's crap. She fights back. Indeed, she is fighting for her life as well as her future. In one scene, she complains to Casi that she is always "being chosen" rather than "choosing." She wants to change her life. She takes close quarters combat survival lessons to protect herself from Craig. Meantime, Casi wades into a dilemma that threatens to undermine his moral compass. He must decide if breaking the law to achieve a greater good is an option in his world of pristine idealism. Not only does Casi's thrill-seeking colleague Dane devise a plan to hijack the heroin shipment, but also to ensure the real criminals--Craig and the Mexican cartel--get caught with it, while Casi and he steal the villain's double-digit, million-dollar payday without getting shot to shreds. Unfortunately, Palmer & Matthews neglect to develop the sci-fi singularity subplot. Nevertheless, "Naked Singularity" qualifies as an entertaining heist thriller with a bittersweet, romantic ending.
Is my first though after viewing ''naked singularity''. Yes , its an easy story and a easy plot, but the black comedy and irony including the metaphysical draw you feel from staying at the rim of a black hole, gives you the laughs you need to forget every serious thing in life, because its that kind of feeling i get in a roller coaster, you can either scream or laugh, cause the singularity wont let you loose till its over.So do give this ''law'' drama a chance, cause ill consider this a good idea to make a film over, its shallow but entertaining, the actingare very nice, and its like ringing a tubular bell when considering the choice of score, you wont forget the chimes and rythm of it all. So a seven stars from the grumpy old man.
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The first season of the military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1 commenced airing on the Showtime channel in the United States on July 27, 1997, concluded on the Sci Fi channel on March 6, 1998, and contained 22 episodes. The show itself is a spin-off from the 1994 hit movie Stargate written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. Stargate SG-1 re-introduced supporting characters from the film universe, such as Jonathan "Jack" O'Neill and Daniel Jackson and included new characters such as Teal'c, George Hammond and Samantha "Sam" Carter. The first season was about a military-science expedition team discovering how to use the ancient device, named the Stargate, to explore the galaxy. However, they encountered a powerful enemy in the film named the Goa'uld, who are bent on destroying Earth and all who oppose them.
John Symes approached Michael Greenburg and Richard Dean Anderson of MacGyver fame. Although Anderson was never a real fan of the science fiction genre, he believed the original concept of a "Stargate" was a good vehicle for a series. Anderson agreed to become involved with the project if his character Jack O'Neill was allowed significantly more comedic leeway than Kurt Russell's character in the feature film. He also requested Stargate SG-1 to be more of an ensemble show, so that he would not be carrying the plot alone as on MacGyver. The American subscription channel Showtime made a two-season commitment for 44 episodes in 1996. Principal photography began in Vancouver in February 1997.
"The First Commandment" was the first Stargate SG-1 episode written by Robert C. Cooper, who would later become an executive producer and co-creator of the spin-off series Stargate Atlantis. Paul McGillion, who played young Ernest Littlefield in "Torment of Tantalus", would go on to play the recurring and later main character Dr. Carson Beckett in Stargate Atlantis. The outside scenes of "Solitudes" were filmed at Pemberton Icefield. The rest of the episode was filmed in the studio, which was filled with fake snow and ice and kept at a low temperature.
Lead production designer Richard Hudolin flew to Los Angeles, 1996 to gather material from Stargate for reference and found the original film prop stored outside in the Californian desert. Although the prop had severely disintegrated, he could take a detailed mould for Stargate SG-1 production to build its own prop. The new Stargate was engineered to turn, lock the chevrons, and be computer-controlled to dial specific gate addresses. A portable Stargate prop was built for on-location shoots and required six workers and one full day to set up. Since visual effects are sometimes faster and cheaper, a computer-generated Stargate was occasionally used in on-location shoots in later seasons. 2b1af7f3a8