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“It’s not what stands in front of you, it’s who stands beside you.”


I don’t have words to describe Only the Brave. I walked into the theater knowing the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and I left the theater feeling overwhelmed with raw emotion. This film is emotionally shattering and one that will make you ugly-cry due to the sheer tragedy that its story tells. This isn’t some fantasy story about young firefighters but rather a story that screams a harsh reality.

We enter the story with twenty buff hard-working men whose rugged looks and lifestyle are typical of a Southwestern working-class man. The women who accompany their lives take care of their family and scold their husbands about being gone all too often and the risks of their profession.

Only-the-Brave-2017The story focuses on Eric Marsh (portrayed by Josh Brolin), a determined yet somewhat harsh supervisor who just wants a chance for his team to do what they are truly meant to do. Amid his training of the Hotshots we see a deeper yet conflicted relationship with his wife, who just wants to ensure the safety and well-being of her husband. Marsh, who is trying to recover from a rough past, is a new take and fascinating version of your typical everyday hero.

The redemption arc deals with the reckless and carefree drug addict Brendan McDonough (Miles Teller) who just can’t seem to catch a break. Tasked with the responsibility of becoming a father and trying to prove to his girlfriend that he is capable, he begins a journey of not only maturity, but also self-worth.

Through the film we get to know each character on a personal level which leads to the ultimate finale of the movie that is sure to break your heart. And while this film is not a story of triumph, it is an inspiring and heartfelt one that needs to be told.

The Yarnell Hill Fire:

  • Ignited on June 28, 2013 because of a lightening strike
  • By June 30th, strong winds had pushed the fire from just 300 acres to over 2,000 acres
  • The Granite Mountain Hotshots were called in to help contain the fire on the western edge but by late afternoon the winds had shifted and a thunderstorm was approaching
  • Marsh decided to pull his crew and stay in the black, which is the area where the fire had already burned. At the moment, Marsh and his crew were safe
  • Due to the changing winds the fire changed direction and started to head toward the town of Yarnell. Marsh decided his crew should head back toward Yarnell to help control the roaring blaze
  • The crew was making their way to Boulder Springs Ranch when tragedy struck. As they were heading into a basin they witnessed a fire that had burned four miles in less than 20 minutes
  • They had two choices, either attempt to climb a steep hill to outrun the blaze or deploy their fire shelters on the basin floor
  • With no where to go and hardly any radio communication, the Hotshots only option was to deploy their fire shelters. The fire was too hot and 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew died that day
  • According to the National Fire Protection Association, the Yarnell Hill Fire is the greatest loss of firefighters since the September 11th attacks

There was one lone survivor from the 20-man Hotshot crew. Brendan McDonough had been serving as a lookout for his crew when the fire threatened to overtake his position. He was forced to evacuate on foot until he was picked up by Brian Frisby, the Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Hotshots. Frisby and his crew attempted to rescue the Granite Mountain Hotshots but were forced back due to the intensity of the fire. Him and his assistant were some of the first people to find the remains of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew.

Dierks Bentley collaborated with S. Carey, Jon Randall, and film composer Joe Trapanese to write a beautiful tribute titled, “Hold the Light,” for the firefighters lost that day and for the tribute at the end of the film. Bentley and Carey wanted to ensure that the song’s lyrical message fit perfectly with the film’s theme so they worked closely with Only the Bravecomposer, Trapanese. The result is an extremely moving and beautiful song. Bentley admitted that the song was perfect because it not only had a darkness to it but themes of holding onto the light and hope which was vital for when it played during the film.

Granite Mountain Hotshots

“It is no longer the guilt of surviving that I carry with me, but the honor of knowing my brothers as you know them, as Heroes.” – Brendan McDonough

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“With the world set on tearing itself apart, it don’t seem like such a bad thing to me to put a little bit of it back together.”


Thought provoking and emotionally empowering. If someone asked me to describe Hacksaw Ridge in one sentence that’s exactly how I would describe it. Not only did it show the horror and brutality of war; it showed that the good within someone can come out at the most unexpected times and that sometimes the person you think is weak, is actually the strongest.

Some people might call this, ‘just another war movie,’ but let me tell you, it is so much more than that. It brings to the surface the cruelness of war and how even in the darkest of times you can maintain your morals. Desmond Doss, although considered a conscientious objector; knew what war was and he volunteered to serve. He wasn’t objecting to the war, he was simply objecting to himself having to carry a gun ahacksaw_ridge_ver2[1]nd kill someone. He wanted to save lives rather than take them and if that meant he had to die in the process, he was okay with that. At first, the army rejected him and made fun of him for his beliefs. He was ridiculed, beaten, and mocked but he continued to persevere. When it was time for Doss and his fellow soldiers to head to Okinawa to try and capture Hacksaw Ridge, they still had little respect for him. The tide began to change when they witnessed his true colors. His fellow soldiers saw him running to the rescue of those who were injured and even stopping to save those that were mortally wounded. As the next day dawned and the soldiers began to realize that the Japanese were taking Hacksaw, they decided it would be best to retreat. As they were retreating Doss witnessed one of his comrades get shot as he was attempting to hold off the Japanese. Doss attempted to save him but by the time he got to the medical area his comrade was dead. While everyone was retreating Doss asked God what he should do because he did not understand what God wanted from him. As he was praying he heard a shout through the billowing smoke and knew that God was calling him to rescue more of his fellow soldiers. Doss continued the heroic rescue effort throughout the night and into the next day. When his infantry rifle company realized who was rescuing so many people they went back to the base of Hacksaw Ridge and witnessed his rescue efforts. Doss gained the respect he so readily deserved from his fellow soldiers and the next day they refused to go back up to Hacksaw without him. They waited for him to pray for them and then made their way up to finally capture Hacksaw Ridge. Doss was a true war hero.

Desmond Doss saved 75 lives. His efforts resulted in 75 soldiers being able to return home to their families. He fought in a war with no weapon, which nobody believed was possible. He stayed true to his morals and beliefs and let God lead him throughout his life. Desmond Doss is a true war hero and because of his efforts he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor because of his efforts to save so many lives.

As I was watching this film I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful the music was. I have always found music to really appeal to the emotions and the composer Rupert Gregson-Williams did a wonderful job of doing just this. He knew exactly how to make every moment of the film perfect. As I listen to the soundtrack I find myself being able to pinpoint where exactly in the film that music was located, and I find that to be very impactful. I think it shows the emotion that Greyson-Williams was able to put into this film score.

One of my favorite scenes from the movie was the opening one. The music was beautiful and the scene was magnificent. The camera angles were very unique in the fact that they combined far away shots with close-up shots. It also never focused on one person; it more focused on the war as a whole and showed a lot of brutality and destruction. The music that went along with this scene was absolutely stunning. The music is titled, “Okinawa Battlefield,” and not only incorporates repeating themes but impactful crescendos as well.

Overall, this film was extremely thought provoking and empowering. If you have not had the chance to see this film I highly recommend it. If you’re like me, you will feel inspired at the courage that Doss showed while he was serving his country.

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“He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing. He does not shy away from the sword…In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground. He cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.”


Colorado housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her aging father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. With the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin, Chereny goes into the male-dominated business, eventually fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and one of the greatest racehorses of all time.

When Penny learns of her mother’s death she decides to return to her childhood home. She reunites with her father’s secretary, Mrs. Ham, and comforts her confused and elderly father. At her mother’s funeral, Penny meets Arthur “Bull” Hancock and his son, Seth Hancock, of Claiborne Farm in Kentucky. The Hancocks offer her any help she may need during her efforts to brink Meadow Stables back into business. Penny’s brother Hollis tells her of a dishonest sale that was about to be made by the trainer until their mother stopped him. Penny fires the trainer and asks Bull Hancock to help her find a new trainer. He recommends Lucien Laurin, an aging French Canadian, who at first turns down Penny’s offer.

Penny’s father had made a deal with leading owner Ogden Phipps that if Phipps breeds his best stallion Bold Ruler with Chenery’s two best mares Somethingroyal and Hasty Matelda, each owner flips a coin to see who receives which foal. Bold Ruler was fast but couldn’t last over distances. Hasty Matelda is the obvious choice due to her young age, but Somethingroyal’s bloodline is made up of horses with good stamina. Penny hopes that she can choose Somethingroyal’s foal due to the interesting mixture of stamina and speed. Phipps wins Hasty Matelda, and Penny wins Somethingroyal’s foal, who she names Secretariat.

When Secretariat enters his first race at Aqueduct race track in New York, everyone has high expectations. The jockey, Paul Feliciano, is young with little experience, which worries Penny. During the race, Secretariat is hit by other horses and comes in fourth. Penny and Lucien argue about the race and Lucien blames Paul for the loss. Penny realizes that the only way Secretariat can win is if he has an experienced jockey.

Penny soon hires experienced jockey Ron Turcotte to ride Secretariat to many victories. Secretariat is named horse of the year after a successful two-year-old season. Penny’s father suffers a stroke and dies soon afterward, leaving Penny and her brother Hollis to inherit the estate. Although she needs six million dollars to pay estate taxes, Penny refuses to sell Secretariat.

In order to keep the estate, Penny sells 32 shares worth more than six million dollars, as long as Secretariat can win a three-year-old distance race. She attempts to sell a share to Ogden Phipps, who instead offers to buy the horse for seven million dollars. Penny refuses to sell him and tells Phipps that Secretariat’s value will triple when he wins the Triple Crown, a challenge no horse has accomplished in twenty-five years. During this time, Frank “Pancho” Martin, trainer of rival horse Sham, tries to make a match race with Secretariat.

Secretariat is taken to the Wood Memorial three weeks before the first of the Triple Crown races to take on Sham. Turcotte notices that Secretariat is breathing heavy, he refuses to eat, and is reluctant to allow the bit into his mouth. After Secretariat loses the race, an abscess in his mouth is discovered what may have caused the poor performance. With the Kentucky Derby coming up Penny is praying that Secretariat gets better. On the day of the race he finally eats his breakfast and shows he is ready to race. He goes on to win the Derby and the Preakness in record time, and then wins the Belmont by 31 lengths to secure the Triple Crown.

Secretariat is one of my favorite movies simply because it shows that anything really is possible. There is nothing more I can really say about the film because it is so powerful…therefore I will stop here.

On March 30, 1970, Somethingroyal foaled a bright-red chestnut colt with three white socks and a star with a narrow blaze. By the time the young colt was a yearling he was still unnamed. Meadow Stable’s secretary, Elizabeth Ham, had submitted 5 names to the Jockey Club but all of them were denied. The 6th submission was finally the one, a name Ham herself picked – “Secretariat”.

Secretariat grew to be a large chestnut colt and was given the nickname, “Big Red”, because of it.  He raced in Chenery’s Meadow Stable’s blue and white checkered colors and his groom was Eddie Sweat. Sweat was the person who spent the most time with Secretariat over the period of his lifetime. Secretariat stood approximately 16.2 hands tall and weighed 1,175 pounds, with a 75-inch girth in his racing prime.

Secretariat is one of the greatest Thoroughbred racehorses of all time. In 1973 he became the first U.S. Triple Crown champion in 25 years. he set race records for all 3 events in the Series – the Kentucky Derby (1:59.4), the Preakness Stakes (1:53), and the Belmont Stakes (2:24) – all of these records still stand today. He is considered to be one of the greatest Thoroughbreds of all time. In 1999, ESPN ranked Secretariat the 35th best athlete of the 20th century, the highest ranking racehorse on the list. He ranked second behind Man o’ War in The Blood-Horse’s List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th century.

In the end Secretariat sired around 600 foals. He turned out to be a very good broodmare sire due to the fact that he carried the “x-factor”, a trait linked to a large heart and carried only on the X chromosome, which is why Secretariat could only pass it on via his daughters. Secretariat died on October 4, 1989 at the age of 19. A necropsy revealed that his heart was larger than that of an average horse. Later, the same vet also performed a necropsy on Sham. The vet weighed Sham’s heart and it was 18 pounds. Having performed necropsies on both horses, he estimated that Secretariat’s heart probably weighed 22 pounds, or about two-and-three-quarters times as large as that of an average horse.

“World War II, for us, began at Pearl Harbor, and 1,177 men still lie entombed in the battleship Arizona. American suffered, but America grew stronger. It was not inevitable. The times tried our souls, and through the trial, we overcame.”


Rafe and Danny are both promoted to Captain, awarded the Silver Star, and assigned to now Colonel Dootlittle for a dangerous and top-secret mission. Before their departure, Evelyn meets Rafe and reveals that she is pregnant with Danny’s child. She says that she is going to remain with Danny, though deep down she will always love Rafe just as much. Rafe can do nothing but swallow his sorrow and accept this.

The top-secret mission ends up being more dangerous than any of them thought it would be. They are instructed to fly B-25 bombers off the deck of an aircraft carrier and head to Japan where they will bomb as many military and industrial plants that they can. They will then head to China where they can land in friendly territory. Things don’t go as planned and the men are forced to take off early from the aircraft carrier. All the men succeed in bombing Japan but they are forced to crash-land in a rice field in a Japanese held area when their planes run out of fuel. Just as Rafe is about to be shot by Japanese soldiers, Danny flies overhead and shoots the attacking enemies. Danny’s plane crashes and Rafe finds him badly injured. Before Rafe can do anything to help Danny, Japanese soldiers attack him and begin to hold the others captive. To save himself and the others he begins shooting the Japanese soldiers. When the Japanese soldiers begin firing back, Danny jumps up and acts as a human shield to protect Rafe. Due to this Danny is fatally wounded. Rafe holds a dying Danny and tearfully tells him that he can’t die because he is going to be a father. With his dying words, Danny replies by saying, “No, you are.” The crew arrives back in Hawaii where a hopeful Evelyn awaits. She sees Rafe and is excited, but then she sees him carrying Danny’s coffin.

Dorie Miller becomes the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross. Rafe is soon discharged from the army. He and Evelyn, who are together again, raise Evelyn’s little boy, who they name Danny. They live on a small farm in Tennessee where they are shown visiting Danny’s grave. Rafe then takes his son flying, and the two fly off into the sunset in his old biplane.

I have always been interested in WWII, but Pearl Harbor has always been one of my main focuses. I first saw Pearl Harbor a few years ago and recently I decided I wanted to watch it again. Throughout the whole movie I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. I absolutely love it.  In my opinion it is really a movie for anyone. Not only does it have a lot of high action, it also has a romantic side for any love story fanatic.

The special effects are truly amazing. It looks exactly like what you would see if you were experiencing it. At times they would have shots of a bird’s eye view so you could really see all the destruction that the Japanese were causing. The gun shots and the bombs going off sounded like they were happening in my own back yard. It was actually kinda scary.

The worst part for me was when Danny died. It looked like him and Rafe were both going to come back from their mission with Doolittle, but sadly only one of them made it home. Something that does make his death easier to handle is the fact that Evelyn names her son Danny. I find that to be very sweet. She will always have a part of Danny with her. The thing that always makes me tear up is when they show Rafe flying with little Danny in the airplane at the end of the movie. To me, that is one of the ultimate signs of love.

The song by Faith Hill called, “There You’ll Be”, plays at the end of the movie during the credits. It is one of the most powerful songs in the entire movie. The song mainly talks about losing someone but always knowing that they are going to be in your heart. In my opinion this is how Evelyn feels by the end of the movie. Even though she lost Danny, she knows that she can always think about him and that he will always be in her heart. The same goes with Rafe. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to lose someone like Rafe and Evelyn did. I don’t ever want to know what it’s like. To know that hundreds of Americans lost someone they really cared about that day is terrible. Sons, brothers, fathers, uncles, and nephews were all lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Everyone who perished that day will forever be remembered as heroes.

“Victory belongs to those who believe in it the most and believe in it the longest. We’re gonna believe. We’re gonna make America believe too.”


On the night on December 6th, 1941, Rafe unexpectedly returns to Pearl Harbor. He finds Evelyn and tells her that after his plane crashed, he floated on a piece of wreckage until he was picked up by a French fishing boat and brought to Occupied France. After many months he was able to make it back to America and was given permission to go to Pearl Harbor, where he thought his girlfriend and best friend were. He soon learns that Danny and Evelyn are now together, and feeling hurt and betrayed, the two friends soon get into a fight at the local hula bar. The next morning they wake up in Danny’s car in a field by the beach to the sound of planes. They soon learn that Sunday December 7th, 1941 will be a day they will never forget.

Back at Pearl Harbor the Japanese have proceeded to bomb many of the battleships and boats. The surprise air raid sinks the USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma, and many other smaller boats. Back at the hospital, Evelyn is desperately trying to help any of the wounded that she can. After awhile they are ordered to bring in patients that can be saved. Meanwhile, Rafe and Danny are the only two who can manage to get airborne and shoot down seven Japanese aircraft with their reckless tactics, including an old game of theirs called chicken.  The two men then go to the hospital, where Evelyn asks them to give blood for hundreds of injured soldiers, and later aid in attempting to rescue the countess men still in the harbor.


Almost half of the casualties that occurred at Pearl Harbor were on the naval battleship USS Arizona. There were 37 confirmed pairs or trios of brothers assigned to the USS Arizona on December 7th, 1941. Of these 77 men, 62 were killed, and 23 sets of brothers were lost that day. All 21 members of the Arizona’s band were killed. At no other time in American history has an entire military band been killed in action.

On December 6th, 1941, the USS Arizona took on a full load of fuel (nearly 1.5 gallons) in preparation for a trip to the mainland later that month. Despite the raging fire and long amount of time that has passed, around 500,000 gallons of oil are still slowly seeping from the ship’s wreckage. Nearly 70 years later after it sunk, the USS Arizona continues to spill up to 9 quarts of oil into the harbor each day. Many scientists believe that the leakage of the oil could cause devastating damage to the waters and the shoreline around Hawaii. Government agencies are reluctant to perform extensive repairs due to the fact that the USS Arizona is a war grave. In fact, the oil that often coats the surface of the water that surrounds the ship has added an emotional gravity for many who visit the underwater memorial. The oil is sometimes referred to as “Tears of the Arizona” or “Black Tears”. The USS Arizona remains the greatest warship loss in American history.

“Every night I watch the sunset and soak up every last ray of its warmth, and send it from my heart to yours.”


In early 1923, two best friends from Tennessee, Danny Walker and Rafe McCawley, pretending to fight the Germans, climb into Rafe’s father’s crop dusting plane and accidentally start it, giving them their first taste of flying. Soon after, Danny’s father comes to drag him home and accuses him of playing with Rafe, whom he considers a bag example. Rafe soon attacks Danny’s father and calls him a “dirty German”. Danny’s father replies by explaining that he fought the Germans in WWI and wishes that they never witness the horrors of war.

By January 1941, Rafe and Danny are still best friends. Before they can follow their dreams of becoming pilots in the army, the two friends must undergo a physical examination. When Rafe messes up on his eye exam due to dyslexia, he begs his nurse, Evelyn, to pass him because all he has ever wanted to be is a pilot. They are both First Lieutenants in the United States Army Air Corps under the command of Major Jimmy Doolittle. Soon after, Rafe and Evelyn begin a relationship. After awhile Rafe tells Evelyn the night before he has to leave, that he has volunteered to join the Royal Air Force’s Eagle Squadron. While they are saying goodbye Rafe asks her to not come to the train station the next morning because he can’t stand to say goodbye to her again. The next day, Rafe and Danny say goodbye. At first it seems that Evelyn won’t come, but as Rafe takes his seat on the train, he sees her through the window, and says to a man across the aisle that he knows she loves him. Evelyn and Danny are soon transferred with their respective squadrons to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, while Rafe is over in Britain. When Rafe is fighting in The Battle of Britain over the English Channel, his plane is shot down. His plane crashes into the Channel and he is presumed to have been killed in action. Danny receives a letter telling him that Rafe has been killed and he knows it is his duty to tell Evelyn. Three months later, Danny and Evelyn bond over their mourning of Rafe and unexpectedly develop feelings for each other. They soon begin their own relationship.


On Sunday, December 7th, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Emperor of Japan. This attack forever changed the lives of many Americans. At about 8:00 a.m., Japanese planes filled the sky over Pearl Harbor. Bombs and bullets rained down onto the vessels docked below. At approximately 8:10 a.m., a 1,800-pound bomb smashed through the deck of the battleship USS Arizona and landed in her forward ammunition magazine. The ship exploded and in nine minutes sank with more than 1,000 men trapped inside. Next, torpedoes pierced the shell of the battleship USS Oklahoma. With 400 sailors aboard, the ship lost her balance, rolled onto her side, and slipped beneath the surface of the water. By the time the attack was over, every battleship in Pearl Harbor has sustained serious damage. All of the ships were able to be repaired except for the USS Arizona and the USS Utah.

The assault, which involved 350 planes, came in two major waves. In the first wave, torpedo planes targeted the docked Pacific Fleet. The air torpedos that the Japanese used were equipped with rudders that allowed them to operate in the shallow water of the harbor. The second wave consisted of dive-bombers and “Zeroes”, which were probably the best fighter aircraft used in WWII.

In all, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor damaged or destroyed 18 American ships and almost 300 airplanes. Dry docks and airfields were also destroyed. Most important, almost 2,500 men were killed and another 1,000 were wounded. 

“I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.”


Jack and Rose return to the top deck only to discover that all the lifeboats have departed and passengers are falling to their deaths as the ships’ stern rises out of the water in a desperate attempt to survive.  The ship breaks in half, and the stern rises into the air.  As it sinks, Jack and Rose hold onto each other and the stern.  When they enter the water they know they need to find something to float on.  Jack helps Rose onto a wall panel that is only able to support the weight of one person.  Holding the panel’s edge, Jack assures her that she is going to die an old woman warm in her bed.  Meanwhile, Fifth Officer Harold Lowe has seized a lifeboat to search for survivors.  Jack soon dies from hypothermia and Rose makes the ultimate decision of letting him go in order to draw the attention of Lowe’s boat.

Rose and the other survivors are taken by the RMS Carpathia to New York, where Rose gives her name as Rose Dawson.  She discovers that Cal is also aboard the ship and she hides from him as he searches for her.  She later learns that he committed suicide after losing his fortune in the Wall Street Crash of 1929.

With her story complete, Rose goes to the stern of Lovett’s ship.  There she takes out the Heart of the Ocean, which has been in her possession all along, and drops it into the ocean.  While seemingly asleep in her bed, the photos on her dresser are a visual history that she has lived a free life inspired by Jack.  The young Rose is then seen reuniting with Jack at the Grand Staircase of the RMS Titanic, applauded and congratulated by those who perished on the ship.

What can I say about the movie Titanic?  Pretty much the only thing I can say is how powerful it is.  The emotion the characters show is truly incredible.  One of my favorite things about this movie is how they added a fiction story to a non-fiction event.  What makes it even better is that the story is a love story.  When I first watched this movie I kind of just stared at the screen in amazement.  I mean who wouldn’t when a huge passenger ship is slowly sinking to the bottom of the ocean?  I didn’t really believe that this event actually took place.  I just couldn’t picture anything this terrible happening anywhere at anytime on the planet.  The power behind the fiction story really keeps your eyes glued to the T.V. screen.  Another thing that really helps this movie be so powerful is the music that plays throughout the movie.  The song, “My Heart Will Go On”, which is sung by Céline Dion is probably the most powerful song in the entire movie.  This song became a worldwide hit, going to the top of the music charts around the world.  I for one am a huge fan of this movie.  If you haven’t seen it I strongly suggest you do.  If you don’t know very much about the sinking of the Titanic I suggest you go and research it.  I can tell you that some of the things you will find are very interesting…the pictures they have make it even better.

The worst part for me was seeing Jack die.  I am probably one of the few people who actually believed that they both were going to make it at the end of the movie.  It honestly seemed like it because they survived the ship sinking…so I, being the crazy blonde I am thought they both were going to survive and live happily ever after.  Those that have seen the movie know that this wasn’t the case at all.  Jack silently slipped away into the deep depths of the ocean, leaving us viewers silently staring at the screen in despair.

In my opinion, more people should have survived the sinking of the Titanic.  If the crew members would have loaded more passengers into the boats they could have saved way more people.  I know that it is a miracle that almost one-third of the passengers did survive, but in my mind that number should have been way more.  If I were one of the ones in the lifeboats and I had noticed that there was more room, I would have told the crew members to load more.  Most of the lifeboats weren’t even half full!  Countless lives could have been saved if they only would have filled the lifeboats to their full capacity.