Arsenal 2 Reading 0

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored twice as Arsenal extended their unbeaten run with a hard-fought EFL Cup win against Championship side Reading. The England midfielder opened the scoring when he skipped into the box and drilled into the bottom corner. Reading almost equalised when Callum Harriott’s deflected shot landed on top of Emiliano Martinez’s goal. Arsenal dominated after half-time, with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s deflected shot completing a 14th game without defeat. Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, has struggled to claim a regular starting place in Arsene Wenger’s first-choice side during their fine start to the campaign.

He has completed 90 minutes on just two occasions this season, but staked his claim for a bigger role with the standout performance in a much-changed Arsenal team. While there was little to remind the Emirates Stadium crowd of Arsenal’s memorable 7-5 win when the teams met in this competition in 2012, it maintains the Gunners’ hopes of winning the League Cup for the first time since 1993. Reading acquitted themselves well for the most of the contest, but were put on the back foot when a sloppy pass from keeper Ali Al-Habsi allowed Oxlade-Chamberlain to win back possession high up the field and then open the scoring. Al-Habsi partially redeemed himself with several saves after the break, but was powerless to stop the second which deflected off Royals defender Jordan Obita to seal victory.

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3000 Man

Do you belong in this day and age? Do you feel comfortable being a citizen of the 21st-century? If you do, explain why — and if you don’t, when in human history would you rather be?

Yes and no. I do like this age, the 21st Century. Lots of good things – with the exception of music. New music sucks in this day and age. Silly, nonsensical lyrics and repetitive rubbish rap. Anyways, lots of other good things in this time. But I want more.

I wish I were born in the age of easy and quick space exploration. I want to zoom amongst the stars and travel the galaxy and maybe beyond. I wanna see various new worlds, walk on an alien planet, lie in the meadows of a planet that different than ours and stare up at the night sky. I wanna chase a shooting star and land on a rogue planet. I wanna blast asteroids and go into nebulas and check out various star clusters. When will this happen? The year 3000?

I wanna be in the space age, where going to another star system is as easy as getting on a plane, train or bus or even a private vehicle and driving to the next city. Setup a few residences on various planets and visit them. Maybe even have awesome sex with a few choice alien females. I wanna see the universe. I wish I lived in that day and age.

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As Above So Below

As Above, So Below is a 2014 American horror film written and directed by John Erick Dowdle and co-written by his brother Drew. The film was produced byLegendary Pictures and distributed by Universal Pictures, making it the first film in Legendary’s deal with Universal. he film was released August 29, 2014, and stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, and Ali Marhyar.

Scarlett, a professor and a scholar of alchemy continues her dead father’s work searching for the philosopher’s stone, a legendary alchemical substance capable of turning base metals into gold or silver and grant eternal life, discovered by Nicolas Flamel. After escaping death and/or being caught by authorities, she manages to find the “Rose Key” in a cave in Iran and takes pictures of the inscriptions before the cave collapses. She then heads to Paris and meets up with former lover George, a restorer of ancient artifacts who explicit knowledge of ancient as well as modern languages, to help her decipher the writings. Along with Benji the cameraman, they translate Flamel’s headstone, which contains a riddle that leads them 370 feet underneath the streets of Paris. She enlists the help of a guide called Papillon, his girlfriend Souxie, and friend Zed to search the Catacombs of Paris.

The group head in through a narrow side entrance and George almost decides not to go in (as he has claustrophobia) but a chasing cop makes him go in with the rest. After crawling through a narrow tunnel which collapses, they encounter female cultists who are singing and appear possessed. They find themselves in a blocked tunnel that Papillion is reluctant to breach, as the only people who have gone through, including Pap’s friend La Taupe (The Mole), have never been seen again. But as they go in they find La Taupe, who seems to have lost his mind, still alive and they follow him as he agrees to guide them out and informs them the only way out is down. They eventually find a tomb with a preserved Templar Knight, a mound of treasure, and the Flamel Stone. Removing the stone, Scarlett realizes too late that the treasure is a trap, and the room collapses. La Taupe is lost under the rubble and is left behind by the group.

Using the Flamel Stone Scarlett is able to heal the group’s injuries. They find a drawing of a door with a star of David on the ceiling which alerts them to a door hidden on the ground and gGoing through the opening, they find a tunnel marked with the phrase “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here” in Greek, identical to the entrance to Hell in Dante’s Inferno. In an inner room they find La Toupe who kills Souxie when she approaches him to help and then disappears in one of the tunnels. As they go in deeper Benji, who is alone on top for a few minutes tying a rope for the others to use, is pushed to his death by one of the female cultists. They encounter a burning car and an occupant, an incident from Pap’s past who pulls in Papillon and sinks into the floor. With his legs sticking out of the now solid ground, the others try in vain to pull him out but he is dead. As they continue, they see apparitions of terrifying spirits and demons. Statues in the wall come to life, and one violently attacks George. After trying to drag him further, George murmurs, “Vitriol”, another riddle from earlier, and Scarlett realizes the Flamel stone itself is yet another trap. Only by returning it will she find the real stone.

Scarlett battles a pool of blood and hands that try to grab her, sees an apparition of her hanging from a rope and then her dead father she returns to the crypt and finds a polished mirror, which is when she realizes she has the magical abilities of the stone. She returns to George, kissing him as heals him. She explains to George and Zed that as this place provides an alternate form of reality, they must fight their way through. As the hooded demons chase them, they find and jump down a deep hole. They first believe there is no logical way of surviving the fall but survive. At the bottom, they see the hole is no longer there. Eventually, Scarlett, George, and Zed find a manhole on the floor, which when pushed down delivers them right side up onto the surface, on a street overlooking the Notre Dame. Scarlett and George hold each other while Zed walks away, finally safe. In an ending log, Scarlett concludes her documentary by stating that her mission has been accomplished.

It was an ok movie, with an interesting premise. I wasn’t very happy with the camera stuff being like found footage but I guess it added to the frantic and claustrophobia feeling at times. Though parts of it I wasn’t too impressed, I especially liked the last 25 minutes or so. It helped that the lead actress is so cute, look at that smile and those lips. I’ll give it a 6.5 outta 10!

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Arsenal 0 Middlesborough 0

Arsenal’s six-match winning run in the Premier League came to an end against Middlesbrough but a point was enough to move them top of the table. Manager Arsene Wenger – celebrating his 67th birthday – watched his side dominate possession but underwhelm in the final third. The Gunners managed five efforts on target, but only one worried Boro keeper Victor Valdes when he pulled off a great one-handed stop to deny Alexis Sanchez. Aitor Karanka’s side defended brilliantly and, despite conceding much of the possession to the home side, created the better chances. Arsenal keeper Petr Cech blocked Gaston Ramirez’s header, twice denied the outstanding Adama Traore and also saved from Alvaro Negredo. The home side briefly thought they had won it in injury time but Mesut Ozil’s effort was rightly ruled out for offside. Despite remaining in 17th place, Boro should be buoyed by the display and unexpected result.

The invitations have been sent out, the hall is decorated and the party food is prepared – but then only a handful of guests turn up and music is barely audible. That is how birthday boy Wenger must have felt at the final whistle as his side, who have been in tremendous form, had their wings clipped by a resilient and disciplined Boro. Karanka’s side might have only had 25% of the possession but the gameplan was to set up a defensive wall across their area and hit the Gunners on the counter-attack. Wenger’s men tried almost everything. After failing to walk through the Boro defence they tried to play the ball over the top, but lacked accuracy. When they did have a sight of goal they lacked conviction. Sanchez tested former Barcelona team-mate Valdes from 20 yards but should have done much better with one from half that distance. They mustered a final set of attacks in the closing moments and had the ball in the net when Ozil poked in, but the German was clearly offside.

Finding goals was Middlesbrough’s problem coming into this game having scored only seven in the league. Loan signing Negredo netted on the opening day of the season but has been off-key since. At the Emirates he should have beaten Cech with a low shot and then, with moments remaining, he allowed Laurent Koscielny to tackle him in the area. Both Gaston Ramirez and in particular Traore impressed in midfield, with Karanka’s counter-attacking plan suiting the pacy Spaniard, who twice threatened with runs from his own area. One of those ended with a shot that Cech had to push away and another saw him play in Negredo for that late chance. The 20-year-old also had another strike saved by the Gunners keeper in the first half. If Boro build on this display and start finding the net then they might avoid a relegation battle at the end of the season.

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Start Of A Dangerous Adventure

Write about anything, in whatever genre or form, but your post must include a speeding car, a phone call, and a crisp, bright morning. (Wildcard: you can swap any of the above for a good joke.)

So it was a crispy, bright morning with some blue skies and a few clouds but the sun was shining bright and yet it was a cool, cool morning. The kinda of morning that makes you say, you don’t want to waste it sitting around at home when you could be out and about enjoying the beautiful day. So that was what was in front of me so I quickly shaved, took a shower and went out for some breakfast and coffee.

I sat and enjoyed my breakfast and coffee for a while, taking in the scenery and watching people walking by or sitting down for their own breakfast. I got another coffee to go and walked towards my car and decided to head to the park and after an hour or so there I thought I would head to the mall for some shopping. So I was on my way when I got a phone call – I usually don’t talk on the phone when I’m driving so I ignored it as I glanced at the caller id and saw that it was a blocked number. No idea who would be calling me on that but I ignore it and drove on. But the phone kept ringing and it was annoying me like crazy.

On the 5th ring I thought I’d pick it up, could be important and I answered “Hello”. I got a funny kinda buzzing noise as I put the cell phone towards my ear which irritated me and also made me drop the phone. As I tried to shake it off a speeding car came up from behind me and drove parallel to my car and honked at me. I looked over and this stunning redhead with long flowing hair tried to get my attention. It was working but she told me to pull over. What was going on? So I did at the first chance I got and stopped the car. She parked hers in front of mine, came over to my car, opened the passenger seat and grabbed my phone and then threw it in an empty lot. I was angry and looked at the lot and then back at the woman and just about started to ask, what her problem was when there was a loud explosion.

The phone had exploded and there were black marks on the vacant lot. People gathered near the explosion spot and there were gasps and moans. I was shocked and didn’t know what to say. The woman had just saved my life and I had no clue as to who she was. I looked at her and said “Thank you but how did you know?” She just put her finger on my lips and sushed me. Then she “Roshan, you are in danger. There are people, powerful people, who are out to kill you because they think you saw something that you shouldn’t have. Come with me and I’ll keep you safe. I’m a secret agent.” And with that she pulled me towards her car and let me into the passenger seat and we drove off!

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Burger, Hair Cut, Movie!

I went out today meaning to get some good food, in particular a burger and catch a movie. Also there was the small matter of getting a hair cut. You see even though I am balding my hair, especially at the back and the sides had grown quite long. Not yet shoulder length but getting there. So much so that I’ve been getting questions about joining a 80s/90s hard rock band!

So I decided to leave for Panampilly Nagar and get me some burger love and a shake. The day was warm enough with some bright sunshine bearing down on us by midafternoon to desire some cooling off and a shake was in order. I booked me an Uber and went to The Burger Junction, stopping by only to buy some medicine. I ordered me a nice, juicy, beef patty burger with onion rings and bacon added as toppings and scarfed that down with a cookies & Nutella shake. Delicious!

Then I went to Chitoor road which is were the current hair saloon I go to for getting my hair cut is located. However there was a huge waiting time there with atleast an hour or so wait until I could get to my turn. I had to wait in the streets outside as there was no place to sit in the small saloon (they only have 3 chairs for people to get their hair cut and a small bench where you can wait). So after a few minutes of waiting there, I decided to leave. As I walking to Center Mall, I saw another small hair cutting saloon, run by two guys from Lucknow, UP and went in. It was a narrow, hole in the wall with a small bench for people who would have to wait and just two seats. As it was empty, I was quickly seated and I told the guy who would be cutting my hair how I wanted it cut.

But then I had to repeat it, in Hindi! He spoke very little English and no Malayalam at all. Nice, dude – pick up the language if you have been here for 5 plus years. Anyway I managed to tell him to cut it short at the back and the sides and that done, I walked in the heat upto Center mall and waited for an hour in the lounge, chatting on Whatsapp in the meantime, until 3:40 pm when the movie started. I got me a medium Coke and some cheese popcorn and enjoyed the film. By 6 I left and came back home.

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Yin To My Yang

How do you define the term “soulmate,” and do you believe in the existence of such a person — for you?

I’m not sure if I think that there is a soulmate out there for you and you just have to find her/him. I think, well atleast for myself, that you find someone special and you get along, you become friends and later fall in love or fall in love immediately. You discover things about this person and if several things align and you both have several similar interests or you both make an effort to make things as if you both have similar interests and love a lot of the same things, it makes life so much more fun and enjoyable.

That will make her you soulmate because she gets you, she understands you and you understand her. You are her soulmate and she is yours. I believe that it never happens all of a sudden, it takes time and effort and understanding and compromise and a lot of patience. You make her the center of your world and she does the same for you. Then the magic starts. It’s takes a lot to become a true soulmate in every sense of the word. I believe you start off with some similar interests, friendship and love follows and you work at being the soulmate for your spouse/lover. That means a lot.

I would love to meet my soulmate. A couple of times I thought I did meet her. It hasn’t happened yet for me, obviously as I am a bachelor. I still have hope that it isn’t too late for me but it’s not getting any easier. If you are married to your soulmate, you are a lucky person.

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Me, Robot

Congrats — you’ve been handed a robot whose sole job is to relieve you of one chore, job, or responsibility you particularly hate. What is it?

Aha, finally my dream is coming true. So you give me a robot, an android. Ok, let’s make it that the robot is designed to look, sound and behave a lot like me so that everyone is fooled into thinking that he is in fact me, a human. He has my mannerisms, my voice and my walk. Everyone thinks that he is human and everyone who knows me think he is me. Infact only if you take a medical or if you cut him will you know that he is infact a robot.

So I would make him go to work for me. He would have all my skills and knowledge plus would not get tired and sleepy so he would do a great job. He would leave on time and get to the office on time and do the work, attend meetings and interact with people. But he won’t get tired or stressed out or upset and do everything I need him to do for me.

Meanwhile I will sleep in late, watch a bunch of movies and tv shows, go out and enjoy some good food or go with friends or go to the movies. Enjoy life. Because the money will still flow into my bank account. Robot does not need it. When he comes back home, I will switch him off and he need to be activated only when I need him to go out again. Cool life to live!

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Arsenal 6 Ludogorets 0

Mesut Ozil scored a hat-trick after stunning goals from Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott as Arsenal dismantled Ludogorets Razgrad in a ruthless Champions League display. Sanchez got the first with a masterful chip from just inside the box. Walcott powered a curling shot home after Ludogorets’ Wanderson hit a post. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain smashed a loose ball into the corner for the third, before Ozil claimed the first hat-trick of his career. The Gunners have won seven games in a row in all competitions – scoring 23 goals – and are unbeaten in 11 matches. Their last defeat was at home to Liverpool on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Victory over Bulgarian champions Ludogorets means Arsenal top Group A ahead of Paris St-Germain, who beat Basel 3-0, on goal difference. As Sanchez’s drifting lob settled in the Ludogorets net, gleeful manager Arsene Wenger leapt from the bench in celebration. It was just the beginning. The Frenchman’s side were so dominant and full of confidence they perhaps should even have won by a greater margin. Oxlade-Chamberlain certainly might have provided a better finish to Sanchez’s beautifully disguised chipped through pass – the Chilean’s second moment of genius on a night his hard running and quick mind came to the fore. But the player who most obviously embodies Arsenal’s new dynamic mood is Walcott. He impressively put two earlier missed chances out of mind when doubling the lead with a powerful strike that signalled the away side’s slide towards heavy defeat. It was the 27-year-old’s seventh goal in his past six Arsenal games, having scored the same amount in his previous 42.

For 60 minutes, Walcott and Sanchez terrified the opposition backline with their pace, and he went off to huge round of applause when he was replaced by Lucas Perez. There were big smiles as he took up a seat on the bench – from both Walcott and Wenger. In each of the past six seasons, Arsenal have fallen at the first knockout stage, the last 16. In all but one of those seasons, they finished second in their group. With Swiss club Basel and Ludogorets six points adrift with three matches to play, Group A will surely be won by Arsenal or French champions PSG. The Gunners began their Champions League campaign with a battling point in Paris, and the two teams meet in north London on 23 November.

Walcott has scored three Champions League goals this season, already his best return in a campaign. Ozil’s assist for Walcott’s goal was his first in 10 games in all competitions for Arsenal this season. This game was the first time since October 2000 two English players scored in a Champions League match for Arsenal (after Ray Parlour and Lee Dixon v Sparta Prague). The Gunners are unbeaten in their first three Champions League group games for the first time since 2011-12. Arsenal scored six goals in a Champions League game for the first time since September 2010 (6-0 v Braga).

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Unboxing The SS Intrepid *Star Trek Starships Collection*

Here is one ship which I almost didn’t remember despite watching Enterprise 3 times. It’s one of those things that skips your mind unless you are looking for it or if your imagination is captured by it. Yet, now this design and class of ship is a big favourite. It’s also a ship that seems to complement the hero ship of that series, the NX-01 Enterprise or the NX class. The SS Intrepid, also known as UES (United Earth Starfleet) Intrepid, was an Intrepid-class United Earth Starfleet light cruiser starship in service during the mid-22nd century, under the command of Captain Carlos Ramirez.


The Intrepid, first ship of its class, entered service around the year 2153. (ENT – Rise of the Federation novel: A Choice of Futures) In April 2153, the Intrepid and two other starships came to the rescue of the Enterprise (NX-01) when it was attacked by a Klingon Bird-of-Prey as it entered the Sol system. (ENT episode & novelization: The Expanse) In 2154, the Intrepid was part of a fleet of starships that welcomed back the Enterprise to Earth following its successful mission in the Delphic Expanse.


In 2156, the Intrepid was part of a war game in which a shuttlepod from the Enterprise penetrated the warp detection grid in the Sol system, displaying the weakness which had been exploited by the Romulans in other systems. The Intrepid was also part of the United Earth Starfleet armada that retook Berengaria VII from the Romulan Star Empire on April 2. (ENT – The Romulan War novel: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing) In October that year, Captain Bryce Shumar was in command of the Intrepid. The Intrepid helped taking the half-finished hulks from the Utopia Planitia shipyard to a hiding place. On October 10, Admiral Mindar led ten Romulan warbirds into the Battle of Sol. The Intrepid hemmed in several ships behind Mars. A total of six Romulan ships were destroyed, the remainder retreating. The Intrepid suffered major damage and returned to Earth on impulse power. Starfleet Command had recalled Crewman Terry Stiles, the Intrepid’s chef, because he was the last surviving member of the Stiles family in service. Unfortunately, Crewman Stiles died in the battle before the order could be carried out.


In 2159, the Intrepid along with Enterprise and Republic escorted a supply convoy in the Vorkado system where they were attacked by a Romulan ship. In the ensuing battle the Intrepid and the Republic suffered severe damage. Among the few casualties was Captain Ramirez. (ENT – The Romulan War novel: To Brave the Storm) By 2161, the Intrepid had been succeeded in name by the Intrepid (NX-07). (TNG novel: Indistinguishable from Magic)


In an alternate timeline where Earth was successfully destroyed by the Xindi’s superweapon, the Intrepid was one of the few Starfleet vessels to survive the attack and subsequent Xindi attempts to wipe out the rest of Humanity. Along with the Enterprise and one other Starfleet ship the Intrepid escorted the last surviving six-thousand Humans to the Ceti Alpha system and patrolled the system once a colony had been established on Ceti Alpha V. In 2165, Captain Malcolm Reed was due to replace Ramirez as commander of the Intrepid, but was killed while aboard Enterprise when the Xindi attacked. The Intrepid was also involved in the battle, and was severely damaged, with its port nacelle severed. (ENT episode: “Twilight”


If you look at the ship it;s like a cutaway of the NX class, which in a way makes the Intrepid class the Nebula class of this era. Awesome looking design and it’s a good model. Hope you like the pics and enjoy the unboxing of the SS Intrepid.

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Happiness Radar

Are you a good judge of other people’s happiness? Tell us about a time you were spot on despite external hints to the contrary (or, alternatively, about a time you were dead wrong).

I would think so. I can notice slight changes in mood for most people and know when it’s a good day or a bad day. It’s in the small things that they say or do. Or it can be in their facial expressions, especially if you are like me and have your emotions or heart on your sleeve.

I don’t think anyone can hide most of their emotions all the time and it is really unhealthy to hold things back and keep things bottled up and hide it. Because one fine day things will leak out or even explode and then it’s not a good things to be around at all. It’s not healthy and it’s not human.

I’d like to think that I can gauge when people are really happy and even want to share in that happiness. Because it is infectious and can even change someone else’s day when you share it. The little things, the big things anything really. Share it!

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Inferno is a 2016 American mystery thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by David Koepp, based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Dan Brown. The film is the sequel to The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, and stars Tom Hanks, reprising his role as Robert Langdon, alongside Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster and Irrfan Khan.

The movie starts off with billionaire geneticist Bertrand Zobrist,who believes that the world is overpopulated and that rigorous measures are necessary to reduce the population, being chased to a tower and who commits suicide rather than being caught from the group of men chasing him. Robert Langdon, awakens in a hospital room in Florence, Italia, with no memory of what has transpired over the last few days, but being plagued with visions of Hell. Dr. Sienna Brooks, one of the doctors tending to him, tells him that he is suffering from amnesia as a result of a bullet wound to his head. All of a sudden, Vayentha, a female assassin, shows up in the hospital. Sienna helps Langdon to escape, and they flee to her apartment. In his possession Langdon finds a Faraday Pointer with a modified version of Botticelli’s Map of Hell, which itself is based on Dante’s Inferno. Langdon & Sienna make out that Zobrist created a a virus with the potential of decimating the world’s population. Both the assassin and local law enforcement reach the apartment so the two escape via a different exit. Langdon’s knowledge of Dante’s work, history, and hidden passages in Florence allows the two to follow clues such as letters and phrases which lead to various locations in Florence and Venice, while evading the assassin and the authorities.

The assassin Zayenta works for a mysterious security company led by Harry Sims (Khan, what a ridiculous name your character has) who are acting on behalf of their client Bertrand Zobrist, who has provided Sims with a video message about the virus, to be broadcast after the virus has been released. The armed authorities turn out to be the World Health Organization (WHO), headed by Elizabeth Sinskey, trying to prevent the release of the virus. Shocked by the video, Sims allies with Sinskey. However, Langdon and Sienna are contacted by Bouchard, a man purporting to be working for the WHO, warning them that Sinskey has a double agenda and is after the virus for her own profit. The three cooperate for a while, until Langdon realizes that Bouchard’s story is a lie and that it is Bouchard who is after his own profit. Again, Sienna and Langdon flee. Langdon figures out that the virus is in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. With that knowledge, Sienna abandons Langdon, after revealing that she is the lover of the late Zobrist and that she will ensure the release of the virus. Zobrist and Sienna used to play treasure hunt games; this treasure hunt was the backup plan in case something would happen to Zobrist. Langdon now joins Sims and Sinskey.

We learn that Sinskey and Landgon were romantic interests but their jobs in different parts of the world have kept them apart. It was she who asked Langdon for help in interpreting the imagery from the Faraday pointer. Langdon was then kidnapped by Sims’ men and drugged with benzodiazepine to induce a memory loss; the events in the hospital were all staged. The virus is in a plastic bag hidden under water in the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul. The WHO team with Langdon, Sims, and Sinskey race to locate and secure the bag while Sienna with two Turkish allies attempts to detonate an explosive that will rupture the bag and aerosolize the virus. The bag is secured just in time, while Sims, Sienna, and the two Turkish men are killed. The movie ends with Sinsky bidding farewell to Langdon, who takes some time out to return a Dante artifact back to it’s rightful museum before he leaves for Cambridge.

Kinda boring and haphazardly done to keep you entertained or interested in the story. I found it lackluster. The characters aren’t as interestingly or well done as the previous two films. Irffan Khan; never liked him before and certainly here he is the weak point with that ridiculous character. The Sinskly – Langdon relationship should have been explored more and I wish it ended better. 6 outta 10!

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