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Third Star (2010)

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Details: 92 mins · English

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Third Star a quite similar to another movie, December Boys, in the sense that it tells the journey of four friends.

In December Boys, they were doomed to be separated due to the possibility of the adoption of any of them, and this caused them to fight with one another.

Third Star delves into a worse and more permanent threat to separation--cancer. James, played by Benedict Cumberbatch goes on a camping trip with his friends, Bill, Davy and Miles to go to his favorite place, Barafundle Bay. Little do they know that he had a secret plan.

The movie is quite the emotional rollercoaster ride, being a mix of comedy and hard drama. Although the beginning was a little slow, the ending is a sure tearjerker.

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Plot:

After celebrating his 29th and - as everyone including himself knows - last birthday, James, a young man terminally ill with cancer, sets out on a last hiking trip with his three best friends, Davy, Bill and Miles. Their destination is James's favourite beach at Barafundle Bay, on the Pembrokeshire coast.

Davy is a kind, loyal and responsible soul who has been unemployed and helping James's family take care of him for quite a while already. Bill is boisterous and fun-loving, and everybody hopes he is finally getting around to breaking up with his long-time oppressive girlfriend. Miles, lately absent from James's life, is a handsome intellectual turned into a businessman and the son of a successful novelist who died, also of cancer, when Miles was a child. James's and Miles's friendship used to be very close and has always bordered on rivalry, particularly as aspiring writers. James is too weak to walk much any more, so he mostly sits in a special cart and needs a lot of very practical and physical help from his companions, in addition to liquid morphine and other medications at increasing frequency to manage his chronic pain and other symptoms. Having been ill for some years already, he seems to be at peace with his rapidly approaching death and takes childlike delight in everything this last journey has to offer. However, his failing strength and increasing discomfort and outright pain also bring out his bitterness in the knowledge that his life will be over before he ever had time to make anything much of it.