Dragon Blade (a movie review)

This is an epic film with emotional tugs, a good storyline, and martial arts and swordplay action aplenty. The movie is inspired by true events during the Han Dynasty in China, although to what extent history actually evolved as depicted is unclear. However, it makes for a good story about an elite corps of Roman soldiers led by General Lucius, played by John Cusack, traveling through a popular trade route of that era. Known as the Silk Road, the area is protected by a small group of Asian pacifists led by Huo An, played by Jackie Chan. Both Lucius and Huo An cross paths and start out as adversaries. As they spar one-on-one in the desert, a fast-moving sandstorm forces Lucius to accept Huo An’s offer to stop fighting and agree to his invitation to stay at the city Huo An is in the midst of rebuilding.
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Us

Red, yellow, black, white . . .
Colors that can cause delight or a big fight,
Depending on the spectrum of your tolerance.

All lives matter,
For we are all made from the same batter.

Let’s take away labels, beginning with race.
The only purpose it serves is to peg a tight space,
Where movement is suppressed,
Cultivating a perspective that is narrow and depressed.
Stop writing on the blanks where it tells you to choose your label.
Why perpetuate an age-old myth that’s real purpose is to shackle?

You, me can start to stop the fuss,
Let’s just label ourselves US (of America)

©2015 Karina Pinella