MOVIE REVIEW #09: KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

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Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Charlie Hunnam × Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey × Djimon Hounsou × Aidan Gillen × Jude Law × Eric Bana
Production Companies: Warner Bros. Pictures × Safehouse Pictures × Ritchie/Wigram Productions × Village Roadshow Pictures × Weed Road Pictures
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

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MOVIE REVIEW #08: THE MUMMY (2017)

The first time I heard about this film, I thought it was related to The Mummy which starred Brendan Fraser. I was like ‘So did they do a remake, a continuation or…?’ and my boyfriend gave me a very puzzling look then he said it’s different from that film. This one stars Tom Cruise. I bet you’d understand where the confusion came from. Almost all the films now that has the same or similar titles usually relates to each other – but this one doesn’t.

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Directed by: Alex Kurtzman
Starring: Tom Cruise: Sergeant Nick Morton × Annabelle Wallis: Jennifer Halsey × Sofia Boutella: Princess Ahmanet × Jake Johnson: Corporal Chris Vail × Courtney B. Vance: Colonel Greenway × Russell Crowe: Dr. Henry Jekyll
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Release dates: May 22, 2017 (State Theatre) × June 9, 2017 (United States)
Running time: 110 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $125–195 million
Box office: $385.6 million

 

PLOT (Wiki)

In 1127 A.D., several English crusader knights bury an Egyptian ruby within the tomb of one of their number. In present-day London, a construction crew discovers the tomb and a mysterious man is authorized to investigate the site.

In a flashback to the New Kingdom era, Princess Ahmanet is first in line to succeed her father Menehptre until his second wife gives birth to a son. Determined to claim the throne for herself, Ahmanet sells her soul to the Egyptian god Set, who agrees to help her if she uses a dagger to transfer his spirit into a corporeal form. After killing her family, Ahmanet attempts to sacrifice her lover to Set but is captured by her father’s priests and condemned to be mummified alive for eternity. Her sarcophagus is buried in Mesopotamia and submerged in a pool of liquid mercury so that her monstrous form will not escape.

In present-day Iraq, soldier-of-fortune Nick Morton and his partner Chris Vail accidentally discover the tomb of Ahmanet after staging an airstrike on an insurgent stronghold. Jenny Halsey, an archaeologist who had a one-night stand with Nick, arrives and investigates the tomb, correctly concluding that it is a prison. After extracting Ahmanet’s sarcophagus from a pool of mercury, Nick’s superior, Colonel Greenway, places the sarcophagus on a transport plane headed to England. During the flight, Vail becomes possessed by Ahmanet’s power after being bitten by a camel spider while inside the tomb. After attempting to open the sarcophagus, he stabs Greenway and attacks the group, forcing Nick to shoot him dead. A huge murder of crows then assault the plane, causing it to crash and kill everyone on board except for Jenny, who is parachuted off the plane by Nick.

Nick awakens a day later in a morgue in Oxford, and learns from Vail’s ghost that he has been cursed by Ahmanet, who seeks to use him as a replacement vessel for Set. Ahmanet’s mummy escapes from the sarcophagus and begins feeding on rescue workers to regenerate her decomposed body. Turning the workers into zombie minions, she lures Nick and Jenny into a trap, forcing the two to fight off the minions as they unsuccessfully try to escape. Ahmanet also recovers the blade of the Dagger of Set from a reliquary in a nearby church. At the last second, unknown soldiers appear and subdue Ahmanet. Their leader, Dr. Henry Jekyll, explains that Jenny is an agent of Prodigium, a secret society dedicated to hunting supernatural threats. He confirms that Nick was cursed when he unlocked Ahmanet’s tomb and reveals his intention to complete her ritual and allow Set to possess Nick in order to destroy Set and end his evil forever.

Meanwhile, Ahmanet summons another spider to possess a Prodigium technician and frees herself from captivity, wreaking havoc, death, and destruction in the process. Jekyll succumbs to his own dark impulses and transforms into Edward Hyde, his murderous and psychotic alternate personality; when Nick rebuffs Hyde’s offer of an alliance between them, Hyde attacks him. Nick manages to stop him with the serum Jekyll uses to suppress his evil side. He and Jenny then escape from Prodigium while Ahmanet steals back the dagger, summons an army of deceased English crusaders to serve her, and creates a massive sandstorm that ravages London. The undead knights slaughter the Prodigium soldiers in the tomb, allowing Ahmanet to recover the ruby and set it in the dagger’s pommel, granting her all she needs to free Set.

Guided by Vail, Nick and Jenny flee into the London Underground tunnels, but are attacked by Ahmanet’s minions. Ahmanet captures Jenny and drowns her, hoping to break her hold over Nick. Nick puts up a fight, but gives up and lets himself embrace Ahmanet, using it as a ruse to steal the dagger and stab himself. His body is possessed by Set, who proceeds to join Ahmanet to uphold his end of the bargain until he sees Jenny’s dead body, at which point Nick regains control and uses Set’s powers to overpower and suck the life out of Ahmanet, turning her back into a shriveled mummy. Nick harnesses Set’s powers to resurrect Jenny, saying goodbye before becoming overwhelmed by Set’s power and disappearing. Soon, Jenny regroups with Dr. Jekyll and they discuss if Nick, now fused with Set, will be good or evil. Ahmanet’s corpse is lowered into a locked pool of mercury within the Prodigium base for safekeeping. Later on in the desert, Nick resurrects Vail, and the two set out on an adventure.

 

MY REVIEW

I liked how the movie was made. I was mesmerized by Sofia Boutella’s beauty. I always want to see her, I want to stare at her the entire film. Her face is just perfect for this role. Or maybe it’s her make up. I don’t care. What I know is she’s perfectly casted to be Princess Ahmanet.

It’s a fast-paced kind of film with lots of action. There’s nothing special about the story but still a good movie for what it’s worth. One thing that confused me was why Nick (Tom Cruise) was chosen by Ahmanet to be the replacement vessel for Set. I originally thought Nick was the reincarnation of Ahmanet’s lover, thus, the flashbacks he’s getting. However, those are because he was ‘cursed’ and was chosen to be the replacement vessel for the deity Set. Another thing I didn’t understand was why Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) has an alternate personality – if you can call it like that. For me, it seemed he has been possessed by something demonic when he transformed. And that other personality has its own name – Edward Hyde – which was also recognized by the security device on their hideout. The cause of that wasn’t established at all in the film. I also think that Russell Crowe’s character wasn’t really necessary in the film. They could’ve moved on without him.

As for the acting, it’s fine for me. Not bad nor exemplary. I just shrugged off the question: how come Nick and Chris weren’t hit even once after they ran into a few numbers of gunned men? (Because the director said so!) lol but because somebody being hit wasn’t relevant on that part. The main purpose there is to make sure that they discover the sarcophagus which wouldn’t have happened if one of them has been hit (at least that’s my opinion).

Another thing that got me asking is when the plane crashed, Nick was supposed to be dead, but he didn’t have even ONE scratch on his body. Was it because he was cursed? How did Ahmanet helped him survived that crash? As far as the movie went on, the closest way she could affect Nick is by going inside his head. So how could she have helped him escape death?

Also, how did Nick control the power of Set? The last time he was in the desert with Chris, he looked normal – you know, no double cornea – and all.

Anyways, apart from those questions, I liked the movie. Especially with Sofia’s eccentric beauty. She’s fit to be an Egyptian Goddess. Just so perfect. She’s my favourite person in the entire film even when she’s the main villain.

I’d recommend the film to those who like action and for those who wants to be mermerized by Sofia’s beauty. ❤

 

CHARACTERS

Tom Cruise as Sergeant Nick Morton: A U.S. military man, who unintentionally unearths the tomb of Princess Ahmanet, unleashing an unspeakable evil. Nick becomes haunted, fused with, and possessed by Set after Ahmanet puts a curse on him.
Annabelle Wallis as Jennifer Halsey: A feisty, kind, stubborn, and intelligent archeologist who has a past with Nick. She secretly works for the monster-hunting organization known as Prodigium.
Sofia Boutella as Princess Ahmanet: She is loosely based on an amalgamation of the ancient Egyptian goddess, Amunet, and Imhotep from the previous Mummy films. Once in line to be the queen of Ancient Egypt, Ahmanet murdered her father and his family in order to resurrect Set, an act for which she was cursed for all eternity and buried alive, until she is accidentally freed as the titular Mummy.
Jake Johnson as Corporal Chris Vail: Nick’s friend and closest ally.
Courtney B. Vance as Colonel Greenway: Nick and Chris’s superior officer.
Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll: A brilliant scientist who leads Prodigium, an organization dedicated to locating, containing, and when necessary, destroying monsters. Due to a failed experiment intended to purge his soul of darkness, he must regularly inject himself with a serum to prevent himself from transforming into his evil and monstrous alter-ego, Mr. Edward Hyde.
Marwan Kenzari as Malik: Jekyll’s chief of security and a member of Prodigium
Javier Botet as Set: The ancient Egyptian god of deserts, storms, darkness, and violence, who aids Princess Ahmanet in her quest to rule Egypt. Set has a connection with Nick Morton, as the latter is intended to be the human vessel for his resurrection.
Selva Rasalingam as King Menehptre, a pharaoh who is Ahmanet’s father

 

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MOVIE REVIEW #07: ALIEN COVENANT

Hello guys! Sorry I wasn’t able to post frequently as I used to. I have been caught up with work and other stuff so I tried to fill in the gaps by posting simple ones like my DID YOU KNOW? series of important and not-so-known facts. 🙂

 

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Directed by: Ridley Scott
Produced by: David Giler × Walter Hill × Ridley Scott × Mark Huffam × Michael Schaefer
Screenplay by: John Logan × Dante Harper
Story by: Jack Paglen × Michael Green
Based on Characters by: Dan O’Bannon × Ronald Shusett
Starring: Michael Fassbender: David/Walter × Katherine Waterston: ‘Danny’ Daniels × Billy Crudup: Christopher Oram × Danny McBride: Tennessee ‘Tee’ Faris × Demián Bichir: Sergeant Lope
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release dates: May 4, 2017 (Leicester Square) × May 12, 2017 (United Kingdom) × May 19, 2017 (United States)
Running time: 122 minutes
Countries: United States × United Kingdom
Language: English
Budget: $97 million
Box office: $232 million

 

PLOT (Wiki)

In a prologue, business magnate Peter Weyland speaks with his newly-activated synthetic, who chooses the name “David” after looking at a replica of Michelangelo’s statue of David. Weyland tells David that one day they will search for mankind’s creator together. David launches into an ominous statement about his unlimited lifespan as compared to his creator’s limited one, foreshadowing a turn in the hierarchy of their relationship.

In 2104 the colonization ship Covenant is bound for a remote planet, Origae-6, with two thousand colonists and a thousand human embryos aboard. The ship is monitored by Walter, a newer synthetic physically resembling the earlier David model, albeit with some modifications. A stellar neutrino burst damages the ship, killing some of the colonists. Walter orders the ship’s computer to wake the crew from stasis, but the ship’s captain, Jake Branson, dies when his stasis pod malfunctions. While repairing the ship, the crew picks up a radio transmission from a nearby unknown planet, dubbed by Ricks as “planet number 4”. Against the objections of Daniels, Branson’s widow, now-Captain Oram decides to investigate.

As the Covenant remains in orbit, an expedition team descends to the planet’s surface without wearing any protective suits and tracks the transmission’s signal to a crashed alien ship. While on the surface, security team members Ledward and Hallett, Sergeant Lope’s husband, were inadvertently infected with alien spores. Karine, Oram’s wife, helps the rapidly sickening Ledward back to the lander, where Maggie Faris, wife of pilot Tennessee Faris, quarantines them both inside the med-bay. A small pale alien creature (Neomorph) bursts from Ledward’s back, killing him, then mauls Karine to death. Maggie attempts to shoot the creature, but accidentally triggers an explosion which kills her and destroys the lander. The Neomorph escapes to the planet’s surface while another such creature bursts from Hallett’s throat, killing him.

The Neomorphs attack the remaining crew members and kill Ankor. The crew managed to kill one before David, who survived the Prometheus mission, scares away the other and leads the crew to a city full of humanoid (Engineer) corpses. David tells them that upon his and Dr. Elizabeth Shaw’s arrival at the planet, their ship accidentally released a black liquid bio-weapon which killed the native population and that Shaw died when the ship crashed in the ensuing chaos.

After the crew members tell David of their mission, they attempt to radio the Covenant for help, but the surviving Neomorph infiltrates the city and finds security team member Rosenthal alone before decapitating her. David tries to communicate with the creature, but is horrified when Oram kills it. Under Oram’s gunpoint, David reveals that the aliens are a result of his experimenting with the black liquid as a catalyst to create a new species. He leads Oram to an incubation chamber and tricks him into being embraced by a facehugger which implants Oram with a Xenomorph which, some time later, erupts from Oram’s chest, killing him.

As the others search for Oram and Rosenthal, Walter, who has found Shaw’s dissected corpse, confronts David after realizing that David had deliberately depopulated the planet when he unleashed the black liquid upon the Engineers. David explains that he believes humans are a dying species and should not be allowed to colonize the galaxy. When Walter disagrees, David disables him and confronts Daniels, telling her he will do to her “exactly what he did” to Shaw. Walter reactivates himself and fights David, allowing Daniels to escape while Lope is attacked by a facehugger; security member Cole saves Lope, but the now mature Xenomorph attacks them and kills Cole. Tennessee arrives in another lander to extract Daniels, Lope, and the seemingly victorious Walter who in fact is David in disguise. They kill the Xenomorph before docking with the Covenant. However, Lope had been implanted with another Xenomorph embryo, which bursts from his chest and kills him before escaping into the ship, quickly maturing before killing crew members Ricks and his wife. Upworth David, still disguised as Walter, appears to help Tennessee and Daniels lure the creature into the Covenant’s terraforming bay and flush it into space.

The Covenant resumes its trip to Origae-6, and the surviving crew re-enters stasis. As Walter still in disguise, David helps puts Daniels under, and she realizes too late that he is actually David. A horrified Daniels is unable to escape her stasis pod as she falls asleep while David watches. Now in control of both the ship and its population, David regurgitates two facehugger embryos and places them in cold storage alongside the human embryos before exploring the cargo bay containing the colonists in stasis, ready to continue his experiments. He then poses as Walter to record a log explaining that all crew members except Daniels and Tennessee were killed by the neutrino blast at the beginning of the film and the ship is still on course for Origae-6 before signing off.

 

OWN REVIEW
I first thought it wouldn’t live up to the previous and original Alien movies but it did. I was able to easily follow the storyline though it’s far in the future. One heart-warming scene for me was when Danny has to tell Tee that his wife has died. He asked if he can speak to his wife before letting go of the line but Danny asked if he can go on a private line. If that was me, I would’ve known from the start that she’s dead already but Tee asked in a cool way ‘What’s up’, probably in denial of what’s about to unveil. When he was told that his wife has died, he cried and unknown to him he was being watched by his 2 comrades from a camera (which they immediately turned off when they saw that he’s already crying). Later on, he came back not as a grieving husband but as a fighting pilot.

The existence of the aliens was well explained and executed. The way a person can get infected was understandable since it’s high technology already, unlike the previous versions wherein a creature will cling into your face (they call it facehuggers) and probably put eggs into your body so the aliens can reproduce. In this film, if an egg gets cracked, a black, smoky alien spores will sink into your skin and get into your system which will eventually turn out to be a small alien that’ll get out of your body by killing you.

At one point in the movie, I doubted that the person who came back as Walter is the real Walter (I’ve seen a lot of movies already) but when he helped Daniels and Tee kill the alien who got into their ship, I thought it could be the real one. But then when they were put to sleep again (Daniels and Tee), Daniels had a chance to talk to Walter just when she’s lying inside the pod and asked him if he’ll help her build the cabin. When Walter didn’t respond, she realized that it wasn’t Walter but David. But it’s too late. He already activated the sleeping thingy and controlled the entire ship. He also brought a few specimens with him and stored it for future use. I didn’t want to think what’s gonna happen to Daniels and the other guy. It’s sad that they all died when I thought two real people have survived.

The ending is not what I wanted but it gives a very good opening for a possible next film or it could leave us hanging and just let us imagine what’s gonna happen to them. I’d definitely see the next movie if there’s one.

 

CHARACTERS

Michael Fassbender as David and Walter, who are synthetic androids; David is an earlier-made, prototype android, the first successfully conscious synthetic, who was formerly a crew member of the destroyed Prometheus, and Walter is a newer model who assists the crew aboard the Covenant.
Katherine Waterston as “Danny” Daniels, the chief of terraforming for the Covenant mission and the widow of the ship’s captain, Jacob Branson. She’s the third in command after Branson and Oram. Waterston said she was well aware of the comparisons that were going to be made between her and Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley, but admitted that she tried not to think about it too much while filming for fear of being intimidated.
Billy Crudup as Christopher Oram, the Covenant’s first mate and Karine’s husband. Oram is a self-serious man of faith who believes their role on the Covenant is an act of destiny, and shares a “contentious” relationship with Daniels.
Danny McBride as Tennessee “Tee” Faris, the chief pilot of the Covenant and Maggie’s husband.
Demián Bichir as Sergeant Lope, the head of the security unit aboard the Covenant.
Carmen Ejogo as Karine Oram, the Covenant’s biogist and Christopher’s wife.
Amy Seimetz as Maggie Faris, the lander’s pilot and Tennessee’s wife.
Callie Hernandez as Upworth, the Covenant’s communication officer and Ricks’ wife; she also has paramedic training.
Jussie Smollett as Ricks, the Covenant’s navigator an Upworth’s husband.
Nathaniel Dean as Sergeant Hallett, a member of the security unit and Lope’s husband.
Alexander England as Ankor, a member of the security unit.
Benjamin Rigby as Ledward, a member of the security unit.
Tess Haubrich as Rosenthal, a member of the security unit whose partner is in cryosleep during the mission.
Uli Latukefu as Cole, a member of the security unit.

James Franco appears briefly as the deceased Jacob “Jake” Branson, the posthumous captain of the Covenant and husband of Daniels. Noomi Rapace reprises her role as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, the archaeologist who was formerly a crew member of the destroyed Prometheus, and Guy Pearce reprises his role as Peter Weyland, the trillionaire founder and CEO of Weyland Corporation (now the Weyland-Yutani Corporation) who died before the destruction of the Prometheus. Andrew Crawford portrays the role of a Neomorph, while Goran D. Kleut portrays the roles of both Neomorph (White Aliens) and Xenomorph (Black Alien). Lorelei King, who portrays the voice of the Covenant’s computer “Mother”, was a colleague of Helen Horton, the voice of the Nostromo’s “Mother” from 1979’s Alien.

 

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MOVIE REVIEW #06: LA LA LAND

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Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Produced by: Fred Berger × Jordan Horowitz × Gary Gilbert × Marc Platt
Written by: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Ryan Gosling: Sebastian × Emma Stone: Mia
Music by: Justin Hurwitz
Distributed by: Summit Entertainment
Release date: August 31, 2016 (Venice Film Festival) × December 9, 2016 (United States)
Running time: 128 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $30 million
Box office: $443.3 million

 

PLOT (Wiki)

While stuck in traffic on a Los Angeles highway (“Another Day of Sun”), Mia Dolan, an aspiring actress, has a moment of road rage with Sebastian Wilder, a struggling jazz pianist. Her subsequent audition goes poorly, where the casting director takes a call in the middle of an emotional scene. That night, Mia’s roommates take her to a lavish party in the Hollywood Hills (“Someone in the Crowd”). She walks home after her car is towed.

 

During a gig at a restaurant, Sebastian slips into a passionate jazz improvisation despite warnings from the owner to stick to the setlist of traditional Christmas songs. Mia overhears the music as she passes by (“Mia and Sebastian’s Theme”). Moved, she enters the restaurant, but Sebastian is fired. As he storms out, Mia attempts to compliment him, but he brushes her off.

 

Months later, Mia runs into Sebastian at a party where he plays in a 1980s pop cover band; she teases him by requesting “I Ran (So Far Away)”, a song he considers an insult for “a serious musician”. After the gig, the two walk to their cars, lamenting each other’s company despite the chemistry between them (“A Lovely Night”).

 

The next day, Sebastian arrives at Mia’s work, and she shows Sebastian around the movie lot, where she works as a barista, while explaining her passion for acting. Sebastian takes Mia to a jazz club, describing his passion for jazz and desire to open his own club. They warm up to each other (“City of Stars”). Sebastian invites Mia to a screening of Rebel Without a Cause; Mia accepts, forgetting a commitment with her current boyfriend. Bored with the double date with her boyfriend, she runs to the theater, finding Sebastian as the film begins. The two conclude their evening with a romantic dance at the Griffith Observatory (“Planetarium”).

 

After more failed auditions, Mia decides, at Sebastian’s suggestion, to write a one-woman play. Sebastian begins to perform regularly at a jazz club (“Summer Montage”), and the two move in together. Sebastian’s former classmate Keith invites him to be the keyboardist in his fusion jazz band, where he will be offered a steady income. Although dismayed by the band’s pop style, Sebastian signs after overhearing Mia trying to convince her mother that Sebastian is working on his career. Mia attends one of their concerts (“Start a Fire”) but is disturbed, knowing Sebastian does not enjoy his band’s music.

 

During the band’s first tour, Mia and Sebastian get into an argument; she accuses him of abandoning his dreams, while he claims she liked him more when he was unsuccessful. Mia leaves, insulted and frustrated. Sebastian misses Mia’s play due to a photo shoot with the band that he had forgotten. The play is a disaster; few people attend, and Mia overhears dismissive comments. Despondent and unable to pay the theater back, she moves back home to Boulder City, Nevada.

 

Sebastian receives a call from a casting director who attended Mia’s play, inviting her to a film audition. Sebastian drives to Boulder City and persuades Mia to attend. The casting directors ask Mia to tell a story; she sings about her aunt who inspired her to pursue acting (“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”). Sebastian encourages her to devote herself to the opportunity. They profess they will always love each other but are uncertain of their future.

 

Five years later, Mia is a famous actress and happily married to another man, with whom she has a daughter. One night, the couple stumbles upon a jazz bar. Noticing the “Seb’s” logo she had once designed, Mia realizes Sebastian has opened his club. As Sebastian notices Mia in the crowd, he plays their love theme and the two imagine what might have been had their relationship worked perfectly (“Epilogue”). Before Mia leaves with her husband, she shares a smile with Sebastian.

 

OWN REVIEW

The movie is not your typical film. It’s a musical so you’d expect a lot of singing and dancing. I appreciate musicals and the first one I saw was Les Miserables. I also enjoy animated musical movies. However, this one’s different from those animated ones. It’s the type of movie wherein one shot can roll up to a few minutes with no cuts so you’d wonder ‘how many times did they have to do that’ to get it perfectly? Mia and Sebastian are easily loved characters.

 

I liked Mia’s attitude and I can relate to her somehow. I dreamt of being on stage when I was in college and dreamt of a happy family too. I wish I had Mia’s courage when she spoke/argue with Seb about putting up his own Club and what he’s currently doing was not something that makes him happy. I did not have that courage to tell my boyfriend to look for a better job, to even talk to him about it, so I really appreciated seeing Mia do that because it gave me courage (not just now). So you could expect that I was broken hearted when they lived a different life than what I had imagined.

 

At first, I was thinking (in denial, actually) that Mia’s husband and family was just a part of a movie or film she’s working on and they just made it look like she’s really married to a different guy but I was disgruntled to know that they really did separate and lived different lives. It really pulled my strings and made me cry. I realized that not everything that’s yours will be yours forever. And sometimes, love is not enough to keep a relationship.

 

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