Lecturer

“The Martian”Movie Review

RidleyScott`s film &quotThe Martian&quot about the survival of anastronaut on an almost inhabitable and desolate planet is no doubt ashipwrecking story, which happens to assume the form of anadventurous science fiction. But although the movie`s outline offersno form of surprises, the tone and details feel new. &quotTheMartian&quot is about a man – Matt Damon – acting as MarkWatney, and in spite of adversity, he summons every courage andingenuity to overcome what appears an almost impossible solution, andto top it all, has to struggle with loneliness. Mark Watney is leftfor dead in this dissected planet – Mars – following whatappeared like a scientific anomaly. The motive behind the movie, &quotTheMartian,&quot is to determine chances of survival in the planet.Watney faces the struggle of &quotnot dying.&quot The paper,therefore, is a movie review, a comparison review with another moviefrom the same actor, and reasons as to why it is worth watching.

In comparison to another of Matt Damon`s 2014 film,&quotInterstellar,&quotThe Martian&quot works its view overwithout a single hint of a dystopian doom over its bracing 2 hours.The motive behind this movie is to develop a suspenseful tale ofsurvival across its entirety, exhibiting smartness to the core, andwithout notice, slaps its viewers with a smile on their faces at theend of it. The motive behind this exhilarating movie is based onhuman ingenuity. Here, this motive is characterized by Watney, whouses the complexities of science to innovate and solve dire problemswith risky and creative solutions. The cruel indifference of thenatural world exhibited by the film features no single human being ofselfish motive and with no toothy leaping outside the crater. Themoral of the arguments in the film between two NASA monks arederivations of one method pointing towards each other.

The same way as the film, &quotInterstellar,” is regarded, &quotTheMartian,&quot puts on the space boots and takes its audience intowhat appears as cosmos. However, &quotThe Martian,&quot does notaim to appear ambitious and flashy as the &quotInterstellar&quotwas. For instance, Ridley Scott succeeded in drawing the viewers`exhilaration, lessons, and ecstasy. The director had one purpose, ifnot many, while directing this film. The &quotInterstellar,&quotrather than &quotThe Martian,&quot leaves its viewers with a senseof ecstasy. The &quotInterstellar&quot is purposed with awell-crafty sense of intricacy, which is embedded in athought-provoking science and actual controversial argumentativedecisions that the viewer is left with pertaining space. What thedirector aimed at is to shade light on the futuristic science humanapplications to ponder on, and is yet to be developed.

Both films &quotThe Martian&quot and &quotInterstellar&quot drawrelevance about the historical explosions that happened in space.What appears to be a fictitious scene in the film &quotThe Martian&quotserves as a brilliant re-ignition of an actual concern emphasized inspace about launching the spaceship in &quotInterstellar.&quotLaunching rockets are a risk affair, and for the success of rocketscience, proper certifications have to be met. In the film, &quotTheMartian,&quot the purpose is to show the reality of the abovescenario. For instance, the decision to return the fight`s weight andthrust certifications led to excessive vibration and thus theexplosion of the rocket into pieces.

&quotThe Martian,&quot and &quotInterstellar,&quot both revolveMark Watney (Matt Damon) the astronaut, and is based on some of theinnovative applications of science that are yet to be developed, butwere applied. There were scenes in both the movies that were onlybased on the scientific imaginations. For example, one of the scenesin &quotInterstellar&quot involving the spaceship operated at zerogravity, and from a few inches away, the fitness stood at fullgravity. This kind of scenario in the form of an innovative spacescene is not in existence in real life. Additionally, that kind ofsituation in the film &quotInterstellar,&quot however, fail toexist in the film &quotThe Martian&quot as opposed to the film dueto the gravitational manipulation not fully mastered on the humanbody.

The movie, &quotThe Martian,&quot is worth watching since itattracts the kind of audience(s) with an interest in science fictionand what revolves around it. Scott Ridley applies accuracy in thoughtapplication of science, which attracts the right audience(s) from itsfascination. The kind of audience(s) attracted to such film is youngand adventurous. The setting of the movie is characterized by largeLED screens mounted in every corner of the rocket. This kind of asetting only resonates well with science fiction enthusiasts. Forinstance, the movie is appreciated by the fact that the heroesfeatured as scientists that were calculated behind the camera.

Secondly, the film is a combination of 1970s disco hits, while themain actor, Matt Damon, is engaged in a solo showmanship. Regardingits visuals, the film is known for its stunning and immersiveimpressions, which ensures the directors conjure up without cynicism.The film also offers its audience a welcome burst characterized withflag-waving patriotism, which never feels like cloying. Additionally,the visual spectacle is that a visually stunning 3D, which promisesto transport its audience to another planet, preferably Mars, andeventually leaves an undeniable, indelible impact.

Mark Watney (Matt Damon), the main actor succeeds in delivering thekind of performance, which is replete with mischief and unforcedcharm. He comes out as a cool astronaut to be admired, more so withhis witty and thoughtful out-liners which leaves the audience insplits. His character and persona are evidenced in the film is thatof a character, a hardened character of an astronaut in space, andhas spent approximately 400 days on a rationed and limited diet toreturn, which makes him more intriguing.

Again, the film is worth watching because it is not just anotherscience fiction film on the red planet, but is a movie that the ISROand NASA scientists are part of. These scientists that had initiallyconducted a number of research studies on Mars have ended up givingthe movie thumbs up. Again, the movie is an actual real science morethan simple a sci-fi. Acting as Mart Watney, Matt Damon acknowledgesin its trailer that he was going to sci-fi the film out of this,which means the film uses more of science research studies to solve anumber of problems, but at the same time is full of entertainment.Additionally, the film also boasts of technical wizardry with stellarperformances from the main character, Matt Damon, Kate Mara, andJessica Chastain.

&quotThe Martian&quot has a sweep but not with the vanity thatcharacterizes many large film productions. Mark Watney helps inscaling the story down however, what makes the film epic personal isthe director`s quality in filmmaking, whereby every single aerialshot of the planet is provided with intimate face landscape. Thedirector, Scott Ridley, is his own artist, the one with knownreputation as a well-crafted visual stylist. The film, with all itspop science intrigues, its viewers will particularly be left withrenewed interest in astronomy, biology, and chemistry.

In conclusion, the director of the film, Scott Ridley, appeared tohave had a lot of fun with the film, &quotThe Martian.&quot Theecstasy the film creates revolves around its counter-intuitivesequences, interruption of flow, suspense, rhetoric situations, andcaptivating designs and persona. In its entirety, &quotThe Martian&quotis a great film, which intricately intertwines real controversial andthought-provoking science fiction. Additionally, the film`sfuturistic science touch on humans is yet to develop.

Lecturer

Project Management 3

RefurbishingHeathrow Airport Terminal 1

HeathrowTerminal 1 was formally opened in May 1968 by Queen Elizabeth II. Atthe time, it was the biggest terminal of its kind in Western Europe.BAA Airport Ltd was tasked with the refurbishment of the 40-year-oldbuilding, the busiest International Airport in the world whileconstantly keeping the terminal open to the 20 million travelers. KeyStakeholders and their implication to the project

1.Identify all key stakeholders for the project. What were the keychallenges in managing the stakeholders on the project? What impactwould they have on the project?

Thekey stakeholders’ involved in the project were the suppliers,contractor, and project team. The team was big and managing it was achallenge especially communications and time management bearing inmind that the project manager was keen to maintain a collaborationproblem solving. Management of the stakeholders was very essentialany delays could have severe repercussion on scheduling, and thiswould affect the project heavily. The success of the project heavilydepended on how well the stakeholders collaborated.

2.How has scope change impacted the project? What do you think were theroot causes of these?

Scopechanges had a great impact on the time, whereby for example therepairing of the floor added an extra 21 weeks of the work to theproject. The challenge came about after realizing that the floor inthe East Linear face of the terminal had been constructed fromdifferent material to the rest of the flooring of the terminal, thismade the floor uneven instead of the traditional terrazzo tilling.Correcting this would amount to a time extension. InformationTechnology (IT) proved to be another challenge. The team had toreplace the existing systems with a new one in the terminal bearingin mind they had been there for over 40 years. Standard officenetwork system and specialist flight systems such Flight InformationDisplay screen, regulatory system for passenger processing and closedcircuit television, were all included in the challenges that cameabout with changing the Information Technology system. The oldfashioned building made it a challenging task to ensure sustainably,and energy saving measure was installed, features like those to savewater.

Thecause of the above challenges was the old-fashioned building thebuilding was built 40 years ago, considering the rate of thetechnology growth, most of the material and technology used toconstruct the building was outdated hence very challenging to replacethem with new ones.

3.Discuss any three critical safety related risks seen during theproject life cycle. How have these been treated?

Accordingto Olsson (2008), Project Management Institute defines projects risksas an unexpected that when it occurs, can either a positive or anegative effect on a project’s objectives. The refurbishment ofHeathrow Airport Terminal 1 was not different they had their fairshare of challenges and risks that included:

AsbestosRisk

Asbestosin the ceiling was a big concern for the team. It was discovered thatsome the ceiling tiles in Terminal 1 were damaged and needed to bereplaced, Asbestos had to be removed safely without endangering thebig number of passengers passing through the terminal. To mitigatethis risk, an air-ting floor was to be constructed on ceiling area inthe roof void where the damaged ceiling tiles were and extract theasbestos accordingly using a suitably qualified asbestos removalcontractor.

Electricalrisk

Thedemand for electricity had increased compared to the time thisbuilding was constructed 40 years ago. Hence, the East Linear checkfacility required the installation of a news distributing board tomeet the great demand for electricity. Changing the distributingboard would involve temporarily turning off the power for the entirebuilding with little doubt that the equipment would restart whenpower was switched back on again. Switching off power would affectCentral Search Area where passengers were processed through BAAsecurity, the main route to their departing aircraft. Project leaderwas supposed to make process right to prevent the terminal fromclosing down until the power is restored.

Restructuringrisk

Thefloor was supposed to be mend simultaneously with other work takingplace in the area to ensure that the unexpected re-flooring work wasfinished as planned in the original time schedule for the East LinearFace of the terminal. Working simultaneously while the floor is beingmended was a risk task and needed to be carried out with a lot ofcare to prevent any slip and fall to the people working and passingaround the area. The team managed to deliver the work on time despitethe 21-week delay.

4.Despite several challenges, the project was delivered on time andwithin budget. How did the Project Manager achieve the same.

Somerisks arose during the refurbishment of Terminal 1. The challengeshad time, budgetary, health and communication implications that needa solution to ensure the project completion was on time and withinthe budget. With defined procedures or managing project risk, theproject manager can assess potential threats and opportunities,understand the practical impact of potential events on projectobjectives, and make realistic assumptions (Sanchez et al. 2009, p.16).

InHeathrow Airport Terminal 1 refurbishment, the project managerprovided that all parties delivered the quality of work and level ofstandard that BAA expects. Third party suppliers and contractorsinvolved were given clear mandate to ensure they followed specificframework for the quality and design requirement of the projectthrough a competitive tender process that ensured best people got thejob. The main contractor and the project team were located in thesame office to ensure an efficient and coordinated delivery team thatcould instantly respond to the demands of the project. Weekly andmonthly meetings were held with all suppliers to address any issuethat could arise, the project manager personally ensured that anyproblem arising was resolved quickly before moving on. GoodCommunication and people management were enhanced to ensure thesmooth progress of the project. Use of hoarding paneling used overthe past 12 months for various construction ad endorsed bystakeholders and the cladding duly installed before the requireddeadline. This is to deal with the implication of last minute changeto the budget.

Bibliography

Olsson,R. (2008). Riskmanagement in a -project environment: An approach to manage portfolio risks. International Journal of Quality &amp ReliabilityManagement,25(1), 60 71.

Sanchez,H., Robert, B., Bourgault, M., &amp Pellerin, R. (2009). Riskmanagement applied to projects, programs, and port- folios.International Journal of Managing Projects in Business,2(1), 14–35.

Lecturer

Romeo’sCharacter Analysis in “Romeo and Juliet”

Inpopular culture, the name &quotRomeo&quot is almost synonymous withthe term &quotlover.&quot In &quotRomeo and Juliet,&quot Romeo isseen as a character that perceives &quotlove&quot as something ofpassion and purity that he end up killing himself over what hebelieves that the object or symbol of love – Juliet – as died(Shakespeare 11). The power that Romeo`s love has, however, obscuresor conceals Romeo`s character, which under scrutiny, is far morecomplex. For instance, the play begins with Romeo pining forRosaline proclaiming her the despair and indifference towards him area paragon for women. The paper, therefore, is character analysis –Romeo – in &quotRomeo and Juliet.&quot The analysis will focus onRomeo seen as petulant, capricious, and dramatic.

Romeo`s character over the first two scenes is characterized by hiscapriciousness. Romeo is capricious in the sense that his love liferevolves around his impulsivity and unpredictability. At first,Romeo`s deep position for love is partly a section of his intensefeelings of all manners. Put differently Romeo lacks the capacity tobe moderate, and his impulsivity and unpredictable nature compels himto find a way to sneak into the compound of his enemy simply to catcha glance or glimpse of Juliet (Shakespeare 11). Again, his immaturityas a lover cements his fate as capricious in nature. When he set hiseyes on Juliet, he immediately realizes his love`s artificiality forRosaline. He says, &quotDid my heart love till now? For I swear thissight! For I`ve ne`er saw a truer beauty until this night&quot (Act1 scene 5, 52)

Romeo is petulant in the sense that he veers from being meticulousin his approach to his love life into a more free-form character inthe way he handles both his relationship with Rosaline and Juliet. InAct 1, Romeo, for example, is impatient with his supposed &quotlove&quotfor Rosaline. He is an avid reader of love writings, and when heattempts to portray his love to Rosaline, Juliet comes into his life(Shakespeare 12). He attempts to recreate his feelings but insteadkisses Juliet implying that he could not help it (Act 1, scene 5).Again, Romeo appears as a &quotPetrarchan&quot lover with hisobsession about why his love is not reciprocated. His petulance isevident in that he wines about a lady he admires, and his impatienceforced him to express his emotions with poetic language of sonnets.He says, &quotShe doth teach all torches to burn brighter,&quot(Act 1, scene 5, 51), in his obsession of Juliet.

The first two acts of &quotRomeo and Juliet&quot describe Romeo asan overdramatic character. His emotional condition at the start ofthe play runs through the first to scenes showing how he was notoverly in love with Rosaline. Instead, Romeo appears to be love-sick.It is Juliet who elicits his overdramatic character. In the balconyscene in Act 2 Scene 2, Romeo starts by speaking rapturously andhighly of Juliet`s beauty. He also idolizes her by comparing her withheavenly characters (Shakespeare 13). He says, &quotThe fairestheavenly stars&quot (Act 2, Scene 2, 15). Romeo is also governed byhis violent emotions by forcing her to marry him, first, to escapefrom marrying Paris, and also to join her in death.

The paper identified Romeo as impatient, unpredictable, and overlydramatic. Romeo`s character traits are as a result of his immaturitywith love and despair. His obsession with finding love brings out hischaracter traits and what influences it. The paper is a characteranalysis, a representation of Romeo, his behavioral traits, and theplay`s analysis of his role. Additionally, the paper touched on hisinvolvement with two women: Rosaline and Juliet.

Work Cited

Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare LibraryClassic, 2013. Print.