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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS




This one is a great movie where 2 lions wreck havoc in a construction site in africa. Assuming this story is true, i was amazed to see 2 lions acting out of character and killing for pleasure. Normally lions dont hunt (only lionesses hunt). Lions are the laziest of all animals. They sleep for 18 hrs a day. These 2 lions in the movie are shown active all through the day and night.

One of the hard-to-understand part is Charles Remington, being an experienced and the best hunter gets killed by the Darkness (or the ghost). One of the qualities of an expert hunter is sharp hearing sense. So if Remington, missed a lion approaching, either the lion is too good or he is a not such a great hunter. Or may be he is just over confident.


I will settle for the latter as, he compares the lions with his hometown bullies. He assumes the lions also, once seperated will become harmless, atleast not as menacing as before. I was not very much convinced when he says "He is alone now and he is afraid". He adds a good dose of chuckles after that. That pretty much tells he is over confident. How could he under estimate the "special" lions?? He very well knows they are not the normal lazy lions, but still after killing only one, he takes the job easily.
It goes to prove : It's not over till it's over.
-S

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posted by ACE !! at 9:19 PM

3 Comments:

This was a great movie! It is based on a true story. The two lions were stuffed and placed in a museum. They were actually female lions. Google lions ghost darkness, under images to see photos.

February 5, 2008 at 12:35 AM  

The previous poster is incorrect. The lions were not females. They were, however, maneless as is common in real-life Tsavo. But for the movie's aesthetics, they went for fully-maned lions. More impressive, I think.

September 13, 2010 at 10:11 PM  

Atli Viðar Hafsteinsson,

True. Actually when i wrote it i didnt know that the lions were maneless. Only after searching in the net i found the photos of those lions (preserved in chicago museum).

Thanks for dropping by..

September 13, 2010 at 10:39 PM  

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