University of Phoenix
November 25, 2009
The movie starts with a young girl waking up early one morning and preparing to meet her friend for a ride in the snow on their horses. It shows close-ups of the girls when they first spot each other, then a long shot of them waving to each other across a snowy field. There is also a close-up of the girls actual meeting and hugging. Then the scene cuts to the stable where the girls greet their horses, and then shows a close-up of the girl’s eyes looking lovingly at her horse and the eyes of the horse looking lovingly back. This is a very heartwarming scene.
During all this, there is a lot of cross-cutting to the young girl’s mother in her work atmosphere in the city. This shows a serious, dedicated business woman who is in charge of her life. Back in the country, the girls are enjoying a ride through the snow when one horse slides and falls on its rider; this is shown in slow motion as the Horse slides into the other horse and rider pushing them all into the path of a semi-truck. There are close-ups on the girl’s face which shows fear and panic. I think the slow-motion builds the suspense for the audience, during the scene there were flash backs of the two girl’s happiness before everything started going wrong. When the semi slides into the horse, it was a medium shot showing the truck hitting the horse in the chest and the horse’s head hitting the windshield. There was a close-up of the drivers face showing fear.
These different film shots and techniques bring the movie up-close and personal for the audience. The Hospital scene shows the parents pain and fear when they find out their daughter’s best friend is dead and their daughter has lost a leg. The Corp, in control mother has no control here. While back in the country life the injured horse is found under a bridge, scared and out of control, when the horse comes out of...