Killer Elite

Acum cativa ani am vazut acest film care este adaptarea pentru marele ecran al romanului “The Feather Men” scris de Sir Rannulph Fiennes. Mi-a placut foarte mult filmul, pentru ca vorbeste despre implicarea serviciilor secrete britanice in Oman, iar mie imi place mereu sa aflu despre jocuri/intamplari de culise, imi place sa vad si sa inteleg ce se intampla in spatele a ceea ce vedem.

Bineinteles ca nu puteam rata ocazia de a citi relatarile unui fost ofiter SAS care a reusit sa faca valuri cand a publicat acest roman (semn ca exista ceva adevar in cuvintele scrise), asa ca am cautat cartea si am gasit-o in Anglia. Am numarat zilele pana cand am primit-o si de atunci si pana astazi am avut-o cu mine mereu, sperand ca voi prinde macar cateva minute de citit, caci m-a prins in vraja ei in asa fel incat nu o pot lasa acasa nici daca trebuie sa citesc o alta carte pentru un proiect sau altul.

Pana acum, cartea mi se pare scrisa intr-un stil accesibil, usor de citit chiar daca unele parti ale povestirii au prea multe detalii aproape inutile cititorului de rand. Imi place cat de bine este structurata actiunea si cat de complet este profilul fiecarui personaj. Un alt lucru care imi place este ca reuseste foarte bine sa urmeze desfasurarea mai multor vieti, exact ca si cum o drona ar urmari de deasupra evolutia fiecarui personaj in parte, conferind o foarte buna imagine de ansamblu, adica exact ce ador eu: sa am o perspectiva cat mai larga asupra unui subiect.

Aceasta carte m-a invatat multe. Am cunoscut astfel unele traditii ale diverselor triburi musulmane din Oman; am invatat cateva cuvinte in araba; am invatat despre diverse sisteme tehnice; am avut ocazia sa-mi mai slefuiesc putin engleza literara.

Adaptarea cartii la scenariu de film este destul de reusita avand in vedere ca o cantitate foarte mare de informatii a trebuit comprimata intr-un film de 116 minute. Unele scene redau fidel parti ale cartii, insa unele elemente au trebuit modificate drastic, fie pentru a asigura un punct de plecare al actiunii, fie pentru a nu modifica actiunea filmului cu caracterizari psihologice prea amanuntite ale personajelor. In final, intelegand de ce au trebuit modificate unele momente / scene, sunt de parere ca filmul este bine adaptat dupa carte.

Filmul beneficiaza de o distributie foarte buna: Jason Statham, Robert De Niro, Clive Owen.

Sir Rannulph Fiennes a fost ofiter al SAS (Special Air Service) opt ani, timp in care a fost detasat in cadrul SAF Ranulph_Fiennes_2014(Sultan’s Armed Forces) in Oman. Inca din anii ’60 el a efectuat diverse expeditii, devenind unul dintre cei mai completi exploratori si detinator a mai multor recorduri de anduranta.

Cartea sa, una dintre cele peste 30 scrise pana acum, nu a fost la fel de laudata precum au fost laudate succesele sale din timpul expeditiilor efectuate, ea fiind aspru criticata in legatura cu veridicitatea evenimentelor relatate. Conform The Daily Telegraph, o sursa din Ministerul Apararii a declarat dupa lansarea cartii ca “intamplarile descrise in carte pur si simplu nu au avut loc”. In iunie 2010, fiica uneia dintre victime a declarat ca tatal ei a murit intr-adevar in timpul unui exercitiu de anduranta la Brecon Beacons in 1979, insa afirma ca declaratiile lui Fiennes “dezgustatoare”; intr-o discutie cu mama ei ar fi aflat de o conversatie a acesteia cu autorul cartii, in care el ar fi recunoscut ca totul este o lucrare de fictiune. Foarte mult timp, pozitia publica a lui Sir Rannulph Fiennes a fost ca “cititorul trebuie sa decida de unul singur daca romanul este sau nu fictiune”, insa intr-un interviu din 2011 acordat pentru The Daily Beast, el a declarat ca “toata povestea este fictiune” si a reafirmat ca are permisiunea, in scris, de la rudele soldatilor mentionati in carte, de a le folosi numele reale.

Eu cred ca chiar daca aceasta lucrare ar fi cu adevarat fictiune, totusi este inspirata de evenimente ce nu par a fi imposibil sa se fi intamplat. Ma refer la sensul in care cred ca este posibil ca un seic sa fie obligat de niste traditii sa ordone asasinarea unor oameni, cred ca este posibil ca fortele SAS care se aflau pe teritoriul Omanului sa fi facut niste greseli de neiertat si cred ca este posibil ca fosti membri SAS sa formeze o structura ilegala, ai carei membri sa se simta imputerniciti sa faca ordine di dreptate pentru unii, eliminandu-i pe altii.

A few years ago I saw this film which is based on the book called “The Feather Men” written by Sir Rannulph Fiennes. I loved the film very much because it is about the involvement of the British secret services in Oman and I like finding out about background moves and games. I like understanding what goes on behind what we see.

Of course I could not miss the chance of reading what an ex-SAS officer wrote and caused waves throughout the media and certain institutions (which means that there is some truth in it all), so I looked for the book and I found it in England. I counted the days until I got the book and eversince then I have been carrying it with me all the time, hoping I might catch at least a few minutes to read for it has caught me in its spell in such way that I cannot leave it home even if I have to read another book for a project or another.

200px-The_Feather_MenSo far, I find that the book is written in an accessible style, making it easy to read even if some parts of the story have too many details that are almost useless for the common reader. I like how well the plot is structured and how complete the characters’ profiles are. Another thing I like is that it manages very well to track the course of every character’s life, exactly as if a drone would be flying above the people involved in the story, watching the evolution of each of their lives and giving it all a very good big picture. That is one thing I love: having a broad perspective of a subject in question.

This book has taught me many things. I learnt about some traditions that belong to some muslim tribes from Oman; I learnt a few words in arabic; I learnt about miscellanious tehnical systems; I had the chance to brush up on my literary english.

The adaptation of the book to a film script is quite a success, given the fact that a very large amount of information had to be adapted and compressed to a 116 minute film. Some scenes are exactly as in the book, others had to be seriously altered, either to ensure a starting point of the film, either to not complicate the plot with too detailed psychological descriptions of the characters. In the end, understanding why some scenes had to be modified, I believe that the film turned out great.

The film benefits from an outstanding cast: Jason Statham, Robert De Niro, Clive Owen.

Sir Rannulph Fiennes was a member of the SAS (Special Air Service) for 8 years, during which he was detached within the SAF (Sultan’s Armed Forces) in Oman. Since the sixties, he took part in many expeditions around the world, becoming one of the most complete explorers, holding many world records of endurance.

His book, one of the 30+ books he has written, was not as praised as his expeditions were. It was harshly criticised regarding the veridicity of the events described. According to The Daily Telegraph, a source from the Ministry of Defence said after the book was launched that “many events Fiennes described simply never took place”. In June 2010, the daughter of one of the victims confirmed that her father had indeed died during an endurance exercise in Brecon Breacons in 1979 and declared that Fiennes’ claims are “disgraceful”; in a conversation with her mother she found out that her mother had confronted the author and he had admitted that his book was fiction. For a very long time, he declared that “it is for the reader to decide whether the book is fiction or not”, but in an interview for The Daily Beast in 2011, Fiennes declared that his book is “all fiction” and reaffirmed that he has signed permissions from the victims’ relatives to mention the real names of the deceased.

I believe that even if this book is fiction, the events described are not far from the possibility of being true. I believe that it is possible for a sheik to be obligated by an ancient tradition to order the assasinations of several people. I believe it is possible for the SAS troops to have made some unforgiveable mistakes. And I do believe it is possible for former SAS members to form an illegal structure that will feel empowered to make justice for some by eliminating others.

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