The Rack Pack

The rack pack

The Rack Pack: Kids at Play Saves the Day

Before the advent of digital games, kids look forward to playing outdoor games after class. This film takes us into Darrell Rackley’s adventures together with his two brothers and a handful of military kids who formed a troop called The Rack Pack.

The story opened showing an elderly Darrell narrating about his great-uncle General Rackley who hired rustlers to hide Yankee gold and heavy pistols in a tunnel during the Civil War. He was riding a horse when the map fell on the road and was picked up by two boys. The tale was that the General fell from the horse and remembered nothing about the map. The boys hid it under a brick on the floor of their house. These scenes related to treasure and a map fascinates the kid at heart in us. We have outgrown the passing of legendary accounts of our ancestors and their ways during days of old.

Fast forward to Darrel’s time, a woman found the map while clearing items for auction and threw it in a box. A girl asked her mom to buy the box for $20. However, a sneaky guy named Ted snatched the box and sped off. While scouring items for reselling, the map piqued his interest that led him to discover an underground tunnel below old Brady’s shack. These scenes set the plot into motion.

The Rack Pack was playing military tactics in the woods when Darrell and the smaller kid Manny saw Ted and his son DJ from the treetop. The two boys followed the men to the shack and Darrell took the map. Darrell’s Dad David learned what happened and prohibited them from going back to the shack. However, David went there himself and was held captive by Ted. Unable to return home, the snoopy girl Tammy told Darrell where David went. Knowing that their Dad is in trouble, the boys prepare for a strategy to fight the bad guys. The highlight of this film was to show the power of brotherhood among kids especially during times that they lack adult guidance. They come up with innovative ways to fight after knowing that the tunnel leads to their museum. Amusing acts included using fireworks and poop sticks to scare the goons.

Some scenes showed patriotism with the way Darrell cherished a small box containing US Army patches. At one endearing scene, old Colonel Lamb gave him a medal and picture of his grandfather when he was a young soldier.

Furthermore, we saw David’s pain at the loss of his wife. He showed us how a soldier manages to be a parent of three sons. In absence of a mother, there are grandfather-like figures in that small community that looks out for their neighbor’s kids. Colonel Lamb’s concern led to him finding David as help gets underway. The goons were all tied and beaten when police came. Apart from being entertaining, The Rack Pack represented bravery and children empowerment.

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War Flowers Movie Review: A Tale of Sorrow and Hope

War Flowers

War Flowers: A Tale of Sorrow and Hope 

The historical-drama film War Flowers deals with emotions from the perspective of a soldier’s wife and daughter. Set during the Civil War, Sarabeth and daughter Melody stayed at farmland. Sergeant John Ellis who owned this farmland joined the Confederate Army.

The story began with a brief scene of a shooting. Melody appeared by the windowpane wishing for his father to come home soon. Every child whose father is a soldier can relate to Melody’s longingness for a father’s presence. There’s always that special bond between a father and daughter. It was her doll and bear that connects her with her father. It kept her in believing that he will return.

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There were several poignant scenes in the movie. Sarabeth has shown us her sorrow while reading her brother’s letter. She was looking for news about John. Another heartbreaking scene was when her baby Isaac died, and Melody saw how it broke her heart. The pain runs deep for a wife. She is uncertain about her husband’s fate. She’s a mother who is unable to save her baby from sickness while he was out at war.

These scenes explain why Melody kept the truth about her father’s death so her mother can continue to hope that he will be coming back for them. Apart from food shortage, there’s an unruly neighbor Rufus and soldiers who passed on their land while exchanging bullets in the air. Sarabeth needed to have the will to secure their safety and Melody made sure to remind her that the Lord is taking care of them.

Other notable characters were that of Gen. Mcintire and his son Lt. Louis. When his two sons fell in a close encounter, he told Louis he can give his life for the cause but does not want his remaining son to die at war. In an incident, one gentleman shot Louis. He was wounded and end up where Sarabeth is staying. Upon reaching back the Union line, his father ordered his men not to allow his son to cross the line again. The General knew that duties lead to repercussions while they fight in battle. In this case, a father only wanted to spare his son’s life.

What Sarabeth and Louis shared in their brief togetherness is a decent affection for each other. She knew her boundaries as a married woman, and he was a gentleman who respected the fact that both woman and child belongs to another man. Only after Melody confirmed her father’s death were they able to acknowledge looking forward to a future together. Sarabeth was a woman of dignity despite the hardships she faced. Louis was an honorable man.

The film War Flowers resonates to time for sorrow and a time for hope, a chapter in life that ends as the war ends and a new one begins.

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