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Equilibrium
Equilibrium
DVD ~ Christian Bale
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film..., Oct. 7 2003
This review is from: Equilibrium (DVD)
This is an excellent sci fi film. In many ways I enjoyed it more than the first Matrix film because it's less about special effects and more about an engrossing storyline. The premise of the film isn't original like many critics have been quick to point out, but it's presented in an original style that is very entertaining. I like to describe it to friends as a sci fi Matrix like film that incorporates martial arts with guns. There are some gratuitous action scenes but for the most part the action is really cool to watch. Especially since they use really neat looking guns and every one is dressed up in chic and futurist clothes :)
The acting, the music, the sound effects, and the script all work well together. I really like the fact that the movie centers around Christian Bale's character rather than the whole anti-authoritarian premise. As a viewer you actually care about the character John Preston. It's the quiet scenes within the film that really lend strength of purpose to the action scenes. Unlike Neo in "The Matrix," you learn about Preston's past, his wife, the fact that he has kids. It's great how you don't only remember the action scenes but the quiet scenes as well, like the extermination of the dogs, the arrest of Preston's partner (Sean Bean), and the execution of the rebels. There is one scene in the film where the main character shares a quiet moment with a puppy and yet seconds later he is blowing away a squad of soldiers. Surprisingly, scenes such as this worked really well together and weren't inappropriate at all. That's one of the best things about this film. It's the fact that SO many things could of went wrong, but it turned out to be very well done. Highly recommended.

MCSE Windows 2000 Network Administration Study Guide (Exam 70-216) (Book/CD-ROM)
MCSE Windows 2000 Network Administration Study Guide (Exam 70-216) (Book/CD-ROM)
by Inc. Syngress Media
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 63.96
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2.0 out of 5 stars Be careful of other reviews..., Sept. 14 2002
Depending on who you ask, this book will help you pass the 70-216 exam. The author is very good at explaining most of the topics. The print is nice and big so you won't go blind reading it. For those who wish to pass the exam, this book will help.
However, the book does little more than give someone a very basic understanding of the major topics for the exam. Perhaps the biggest fault with this book is that it is very disorganized. Many topics which are related are spread out over several chapters which makes learning the material very confusing. Some of the major topics like RRAS (Routing and Remote Access Server) are very poorly written as well. Do you hate it when you read a book and the author makes reference to a later chapter without fully explaining the point that he/she is trying to teach? There are many such instances of this throughout the entire book.
The diagrams do very little to help show the reader what the author is trying to teach. Unfortunately, the CD is just as bad. The exam questions are good practice though and I like the fact that they are not similar to the real exam. However, many people will not like this fact since the exam is the main reason they would consider purchasing the book. If you're serious about buying a book that will help you learn and pass the 70-216 exam than look elsewhere. If you are a professional with experience who wishes to prepare for the exam, you will find this book lacks detail. If you don't care about long term learning and just wish to pass the exam this book may help you.

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