Unofficial Sequels: Home Alone/Gladiator
Prepare for the newest addition to our ever-expanding list of features here at Bulletproof Action with Unofficial Sequels! Below you will find my explanation as to how the 1992 boxing film Gladiator is actually a sequel to the classic family film Home Alone….unofficially of course.
Peter McCallister had it all. He had a great job, a loving wife, five healthy kids, and the ability to provide for that large family with the small fortune he had made. Then, one day, everything came crashing down. Peter and his wife of 22 years had a falling out when she cheated on him with Polka musician Gus Polinski. His entire life he had built a safety net around him with his children and close relatives but now all of that was gone. His wife, Kate, took his fortune and his family with her when she moved west to Minneapolis. Somehow,though, she did unknowingly leave her youngest son Kevin.
Life was hard for Peter and Kevin. They moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut where Peter took a much less-rewarding job in order to pay the bills. The weight of his divorce and not being able to speak to his other children led Peter to the bottle. His nights were spent drinking while his days were spent almost in a trance-like state. Soon, the job Peter had could no longer pay for the utilities and Peter took to gambling with a local loan shark.
Kevin, having spent so much time alone, has learned that through reading he can build a better world in his mind and spends much of his time thumbing through page after page at the library. The life of a bookworm was hard for Kevin though and after getting into fights with numerous kids at his school, Kevin realized that he was a pretty good brawler. The debts were mounting and Peter and Kevin wished to make a new life elsewhere. That is when Peter came up with the idea to leave their new home in Bridgeport and head into the big city.
Peter and Kevin McCallister soon became John and Tommy Riley. They took on new identities to escape the mountain of debt that they had left in Connecticut. Unfortunately for them, the loan sharks found Peter and Kevin and soon were knocking on their door. John Riley is now sober. He hasn’t gambled in quite some time and Tommy is attending the local high school. But the debt is still there and Tommy finds that he may have a way of putting that life behind them and paying off the debt with the skills he learned fighting. Life for Tommy and his dad has never been easy, and now he’ll have to fight for the life that he always dreamed he could have.