By Patrick P. Stafford, Professional Writer and Contributor to Fast Trains — America’s High Speed Future
I recently rented The Hunger Games on DVD and was blown away by how good this movie was. The story, plot, acting, and actors were all great. So was the action, special effects, drama, and emotional appeal of the film. And let’s not forget the editing, cinematography, music, costumes, makeup, and scene sets (and no, I am not a film critic or work for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences!). I just think the movie has about everything going for it, okay?
But you know what I like most about The Hunger Games than anything else? It had high speed rail and bullet trains in it. Yep, it’s true. For I’m keepin’ it real here! This is why I’m going to rent the movie again (maybe this weekend!) and be hurtled off into la-la film land at the speed of at least 186 miles per hour and not look back. Who’s got time to look anywhere when you’re traveling at such velocity inside an incredible train that’s inside an incredibly fast-paced, fun movie?
Off the top of my head, there are two series of films where Americans can enjoy a vicarious experience with superfast bullet trains: several James Bond movies and a couple of the Mission Impossible films. There are other fairly popular flicks with scenes taking place on high speed trains as well. But in Japan it’s pretty commonplace on Japanese television and in feature length movies to view extensive scenes of action or drama occurring on a bullet train moving at super-duper speed.
I don’t think this is a case of art imitating life or life imitating art, mind you. But it might be a case of art imitating science and technology—or more accurately: art imitating progress.
So the thing is, I can’t wait to see more U.S. television series and mainstream movies showing bullet trains and high speed rail and all the amazing luxury and technology these fast trains possess. For if art imitates science and technology as I think it does, this means it will be imitating what will become commonplace here in America. And that, my fellow movie-goers, will be high speed rail and super fast bullet trains traveling en masse across our continent at the marvelous and wonderful speed of long-awaited progress!