Clark Gable breaks out of a worker prison camp and enters a game of Survivor with Joan Crawford and spirits.
Alligators, snakes, shipwrecks! And then a hard veer into repentance and worship.
The Random Remake
Julie (Ellen Page) is a United Nations worker in Myanmar in relief of a Muslim refugee camp. She is pleasant to the military soldiers in the area, but only to keep herself out of harm’s way. One of the soldiers, Thurein (Tony Jaa), teases her in front of his comrades but is friendly to her in private. He even helps her sneak in medical supplies for the refugees. In their burgeoning friendship, Thurein tells Julie that he has family in Thailand and though he’s stuck in his role as a soldier he doesn’t see the need for ethnic violence. In fact, he is part of a group of soldiers wanting to defect to Thailand, using his ties there to resettle.
Julie has also become friends with a refugee named Mahabote (Nirut Sirichanya). She tells him of some of the soldiers’ desire to leave, and he says she should foster this sentiment – an abandoned camp would be better than what it is now. Julie and Thurein talk of how to escape, and he says he’ll only do it if she comes along. She protests, talking of her job and caring for the refugees. Thurein then says there are hints that foreigners – even relief workers – and going to be in danger. She says she’ll go along, but only if Mahabote comes, too.
The group, with their strange cargo of limited supplies, sneaks out of the camp and snakes its way up a river toward Thailand. Along the way, Mahabote interrogates individual soldiers as to their atrocities against his people – and after Mahabote gets them to confess, a fatal malady happens upon them (drowning, starvation, animal attack). As they reach Thailand only Julie, Thurein, and Mahabote remain – and Mahabote begins talking vaguely spiritually about the promise land and only those who are pure can enter. Thurein gets mad at the proselytizing and threatens Mahabote. Julie steps in to counter Mahabote’s claims, seemingly knowing the true intentions, and says that one’s soul can be cleansed by good even if he does so unintentionally. Mahabote smiles, agrees and keeps walking through a boatyard that Thurein’s contacts have opened for him. Julie and Thurein follow then pass Mahabote, who stays behind. Thurein says he will agree to help Julie find the local UN office, and they leave. As we watch Mahabote in the boatyard suddenly a large group of people come up from the river – the refugees from the abandoned camp followed them up the river.
Strange Cargo: Heavy souls, heavy burdens
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