Doom (2005)

Doom (2005), Hell is Unleashed

Finally a video game movie done right, well at least done to a point where it be better than the rest of them, a very close second would be Mortal Kombat. Ignore what the critics way, who really don’t know what they’re talking about as they are complaining about things that this movie was never met to bring to the table. Lets face it anyone who has ever played the video game for more than 20 plus hours will know that this is nothing more than just shoot, shoot and shoot some more. The problem is many critics expect top-notch acting from a video game adaptation, character development from people who are just going to die if not immediately and a plot that is well, unique.

There has been some really bad attempts at making video game to movie adaptations. Doom doesn’t this the best by being origin to the game. The game makers, iD software was involved into the movie on many levels. I really think the director, Andrzej Bartkowiak did the best he could with the movie. As we come down to character development its much more of here they are now lets move on. Their leader is Sarge (The Rock), and their members include Reaper (Karl Urban), Destroyer (Deobia Oparei), Mac (Yao Chin), Goat (Ben Daniels), Duke (Razaaq Adoti), Portman (Richard Brake) and The Kid (Al Weaver). Basically that is all we get out them, as threw out the movie we get to know more about them.

Clearly this is not going to be a movie of the year or maybe not even win anything. However for those of you who love the game will love this movie and will have a good time with it. On Mars, we see terrified humans running from an unseen threat. Dr. Carmack (Robert Russell) closes an automatic steel door on a young woman whose arm is well relocated from her body. Later he spends a lot of time huddled in the corner vibrating and whimpering. We meet Samantha Grimm (Rosamund Pike), sister of Reaper (aka John Grimm). She is an anthropologist at the station, and has reconstructed a complete skeleton of a humanoid Martian woman huddled protectively over her child. The most story we get from this is a little history but still we are really left in the dark about it.

The original Martians were not merely humanoid, Dr. Grimm speculates, but super-human: They bio-engineered a 24th chromosome. We as humans only have 23 chromosomes. The extra chromosome made them super smart, super strong, super fast, and super quick to heal. But it turned some of them into monsters, which is presumably why the others built the portal to earth. They never say it, but if your smart they basically say they are us, however I can see why they left the 24th chromosome behind.

Other then all the chromosome stuff, Dr. Grimm says at another point, “Ten percent of the human genome has not yet been mapped. Some say it’s the soul.” Now I’m no scientist, but after doing some research online about it I found out that The Human Genome Project was completed in 2003, well I know this is a movie and all but being that this movie takes place in the future of our time, don’t you think it would have been finished by then? I mean something you would think a scientist like Dr. Grimm should know.

One of the things that really bug me was the fact where on mars now and well we never get to see mars other than the start of the film and the rest are well just some shots of the Research Station. You would think a movie like this would be loaded with CGI effects however it’s not. In fact out of all the creatures in the movie only one was CGI, I’ll let you guess to which one. The rests are some very good creature costumes.

Now let’s get to the back bone of the film, the first person shooter scenes. This one element really pulled me into the movie and really one of the reasons I went to see this film. Many times in the film we run into time where we would think they switch to a FPS scene. However they save it for the last 20 minutes of the film which really took a 360 turn from the rest of the film. Not to give away the ending of the film (if you call it an ending) but our main guy goes into FPS mode and really even know we only get about 5 to 6 minutes of it, it was well worth the wait.

Overall Doom is one of action, there isn’t much story or character related stuff to the film, it gets away with this will some good humor, great action, big cool guns and a great first person shooter scene. The Rock really has move up in this roles and does a great job with role as Sarge. Even if you’re not a fan of the game, I think you will have fun watching this film. A good hour and half movie of action and well more action shooting monsters with big overpowered weapons and some cool monsters. I recommend that you head out to the theaters and see Doom at least once on the big screen.

Bruce Almighty (2003)

Bruce Almighty (2003)

“It’s good, it’s GOOD!” Yes that’s right, this movie is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen,. Staring Jim Carry, Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman in this hit comedy from Universal. Not all doesn’t this movie one of Jim Carry’s better films it’s all around a good movie. Bruce Almighty is rated PG-13 and has all around good special effects when need. The plot is very good and the funny factor is out of this world.

Bruce Almighty starts off with Bruce and man in his late 30′s working for WKBW still pushing the lesser side of the news. Hist dreams of hitting it big as a news anchor but it seems everyone (including god) are pushing him down. Bruce rants about how god is picking on him so much that he ends up losing his everything all in one day. Finally someone has had it, GOD (played by Morgan Freeman) calls forth Bruce and give him all his power and challenges him to take on the big job to see if he can do it any better.

I can’t see anyone else playing in this movie. Overall it was just down right funny. I had to see the movie 3 times just to get it all in due to me laughing so hard and missing the next few scenes. One big hitting scene was when Bruce was at a cook off and a meter hits just outside it. That scene was the best as you if just looked at his face when it happen. “What if god was one of us..” The lines given by the actors where right on and for me this movie has become one of my weekly watches just because. If you own the DVD you get to see the deleted scenes which are just great. If the movie itself wasn’t what you need then the outtakes, OMG so good. Freemen did a good job with his role too. I mean the jokes and puns were done it was just overall dam good and yes it was gooood.

If you want to stop and cut the jokes and move on to the real story we can for a sec. Jim Carry and Jennifer Aniston work very well together. In fact I can see them teaming up on other projects in the near future. It was over all very good how each show their characters and how they change through the story to the end. Morgan Freeman did a dam good job in his role. He was right to the point and was still funny as he is very good at doing that in movies. Lets not forget the people behind the scene now. They did a great job with this movie. Tom Shadyac did a great job as well as the script writers and the people working on the sets and make up. I would have to say the DVD cover is created as hell. The Earth as a yo-yo (HA HA).

If you follow the movie from start to finish you will understand it all and well its a good script. It stars off very good showing you why Bruce is in the spot he’s in and the way the jokes flow with the story and it moves on to the next scene. I for one didn’t find a moment where I would want to skip to fall asleep. The whole god thing may get some people up in arms and I’m sure it did. But don’t forget that his is a movie and not real life. It’s met to entertain us and give us a good life outside of our own problems. I’m sure many people can understand the story and even believe what’s going on the scene. I for one had a blast with it.

There was only a few things in the story that just didn’t work out for me and well was just them going over the top. The whole finding the body which all the records and the weed with CH 5. It was just over the top but was very funny. (Spoiler here) Near the end when he got hit by the truck, sorry but he would be dead like run over dead not just hit and fly a few feet. Even know this movie is about god giving his power to another, I don’t know maybe because he had god’s powers that it protected him some. The movie came across as a down to earth movie and I thought that whole scene was just over the top too. The one thing I thought they messed up on was the end when you had Bruce is the hospital bed and he was holding Jennifer Aniston and you see the pray beads in his hand and then the next scene they appear there. Which if you watch it he had them in his hand from the start. Not a big deal but that’s what I look for in movies (being picky too).

Not to many in this movie. The way they were done as I think the editing team did a dam good job as in movie movies where CGI editing is added in they darken the screen to where its hard to see whats really going on to cover up the mistakes they made. Not int his movie. The best parts that I loved where the 7 fingers and the pulling of the moon. What most people forget now days that special effects don’t just mean CGI and computer graphics. No there are many non computer and just out right old style camera tricks in this movie. The dog going to the bath room was funny as hell and I’m still not sure if they got the god to do that or if they used some kind of CGI and well I don’t care as it was funny.

Over all I loved this movie. There wasn’t much that I hated in this movie so giving it a 5 out of 5 isn’t that far fetch if you have seen this film. The cast did a great job telling the story, the special effects where just out right good and made you believe it was real. The action in this movie was good, which keeps you wanting to know what happens next and the outtakes just rocked. Call me crazy but this movie was one of the best Jim Carry movies I have ever seen to date.

Spaceballs (1987)

Spaceballs (1987)

No Light speed is too slow, we need to go Ludicrous speed! And that’s just how this movie did. It was super funny and one of the best parody films I have ever seen. I have seen some good ones, like HotShots, Robin Rood Men in Tights and Scary Movie. But out of all of them, this was the first one. It made fun of everything from Star Wars’s Dark Vader with Dark Helmet to Han Solo/Luke with Lone Starr, to the film Alien, The Wizard of Oz, Rambo, and Planet of the Apes. All around a great film and I was happy to tell you all about it here. Some of the funniest things where just simple things like naming everything Mr. Like Mr. Radar, Mr. Coffee, even on the DVD with Mr. DVD.

If there is anything I love more than a super star cast then a film with a super star cast before they were stars. Now many may not know that the stars of Spaceballs where not as well know as they where after the film was release. Starting Bill Pullman, John Candy, Daphne, Rick Moranis and Mel Brooks. This has to be the best parody movie I have ever seen. There has been some good ones but this the best and the cast did a super job making me laugh and making fun of everything in a very good way. The mind behind it this master piece, Mel Brooks who also was in the film as being a comic book genius; he’s a good actor. I have to say out of everything for it was Rick Moranis who played Dark Helmet who stole the show. That has to be the best parody of Darth Vader I have ever seen. He was really funny and the super size helmet he had on was great and you have to love the fact every time he pulled the front part over his face his voice got dark and evil. The perfect cast for a perfect movie.

Can we even call any of this special effects? Yes we can and it was great. The bulk of the film was Star Wars/Star Trek so where going to see a lot of effects from those two movies. Most of the backgrounds, areas was from star wars while some of the puns where from Star Trek. One of the funniest things and I have to say the biggest special effects in the film was when Spaceball 1 turn’s into Mega Maid, which that on its own it stupid and funny at the same time. One of the puns we had been that on the force with the Schwartz. Which is like the force yet it can be its own light saber in the form of a ring. Very colorful and fun for the whole family and perfect if you’re looking for something different.

What can I say about it. The basic story is that the Spaceballs want clear air for their planet. Princess Vespa is taken after she runs away to be use so they can get the clean air. Lone Starr and Barf are hired to save her. On the way they run into may problems and even met the wise Yogurt who teaches Lone Starr the Schwartz. Finally with a great battle between Lone Star and Dark Helmet. A great script I have to say and I enjoy watching it all the time. I have to say the best line in the whole film was the one made by Dark Helmet: “Lone Star Before we face you must know something, I am your fathers brothers, nephew, cousins former room-mate.” I love that line.

I have to say that it was done very well. There was a few things that where a little cheap on. Most of that had to been due to the money they had to work with. They had some really good parts where they came up with some really good scenes and I have to say if you’re a fan of either Star Wars or Star Trek you’ll love this film. The best part done I thing was at the end at the Space Port. When the group of space travelers and one of them has a small alien bust out of his chest and what really made it funny was his line. “Oh now, not again..” Then the little alien does a signing number like the fog on the WB.

The film was release in 1987 so I don’t really remember how well the film went in the theaters or how the fans took it as well I was too lazy to look it up. Anyway from everyone I talk to about the film they love it. So I have to say the fans took it very good. Its kind too bad they never made a 2nd one which I think was named best by Yogurt, “Spaceballs 2 The Search for more Money.”

In the end I have to say that I love watching this film. The one thing that gets me down about the film is that there will never be a 2nd one, at least not what we would want to see. One of the stars John Candy died in 1997 I believe. I can’t remember what year, all I know is he died while filming a movie which is very sad as he was a great actor. Some of the other actors are some what big now and not sure if they ever would do another one. Back to this film, I have to say if you have not seen this movie, where have you been? Under a rock? Get out to the video store and rent this movie. These day people are more into renting movies but I would have to recommend this movie to buy as it would be a great add-on to your video library.

Gaming

Star Wars: Battlefront II (PS2)

Star Wars Battlefront II is by far one of the best and funniest Star Wars games I’ve played in a long time. Star Wars Battlefront II improves upon the original game’s single-player mode which is now open-ended, mission-based objective inspired from all six Star Wars films. The compelling storyline spans more than 12 new locations, many from Episode III, including volcanic Mustafar and the space battle above Coruscant. All-new classic movie moments complete the Star Wars Battlefront II experience, as players battle within the interior of the Death Star and visit Princess Leia’s blockade runner, the Tantive IV, as seen at the beginning of Episode IV A New Hope.

At certain key moments within the battles, players can feel the Force as a Jedi, following some of the many key battles in Star Wars Episode III. For the first time ever, Star Wars Battlefront II players can engage in space combat and, during the same battle, board enemy ships to attack from within. Starting on foot inside a capital ship, players can enter the spacecraft of their choice and travel into space to dogfight with the rival faction. From there, they can dock within the enemy’s capital ship, overtake the ship’s command posts, man its turrets to disable its shields and destroy it from within. Another cool feature of the space battles is you can even stay inside your own capital ship and defend it from attacks and enemy fire.

You can play the came in single player mode where you first start off in Training which takes place at the start of the Clone Wars, where you learn how to battle in combat, using your Clone Troopers and other key elements to help you through out the game. After you have finish the Training Mode, you move on to Rise of the Empire which follows the end of the clones wars and into take over of the Galaxy. There you follow the 501st Legion of Clone Troopers and later they become StormTroopers, Darth Vader’s elite force.

Another great feature of this game is you can play in either first person mode or 3rd person mode. Perfect for those who love playing in first person or those who would rather play in 3rd person. There are many more modes to this game such as Galactic Conquest, in this mode the player uses strategy to take control of planets and dominate the Galaxy. Base on the many conflicts from both eras of the Star Wars History. To win, you must over take the enemy’s bases and defeat their fleets. The game mode is played in turns, with the player starting first.

If that’s not going to fill your need, you can jump right in and play in Instant Action, which allows you to jump right into the battle of your choice. Before you start you can customized the game options before playing. These different options are Conquest, 1-Flag CTF, 2-Flag CTF, Hunt and Assault. Star Wars Battlefront II main mode is Conquest.

In Conquest mode, you achieve victory by capturing all Command Posts on the battlefield or by defeating all opposing reinforcements. The other great modes are the two flag modes which players score points by taking their flag to the enemy base, the other flag mode allows you to capture the enemy flag and return it to your case. The Hunt mode is where the hunting team attempts to eliminate the entire hunted team within the time limited. Assault mode, you gain victory by scoring points, by destroying enemy units and objects.

Now as fan as playing single player can be, there are two ways to play multi player, the first and simple mode is the Split Screen allows you and a buddy to play threw the Rise of the Empire, I have to say that it’s just crazy playing in Split Screen Mode and I have loads of fun doing it. Another way to play is Multi player, which is online. To play you need Broadband Internet connection, as dial-up is not available. Players can locate their buddies and track their stats as they battle alongside more players than ever (up to 24 players on PS2, 32 players on Xbox Live, 64 players on PC).

In the end I have to say that Star Wars Battlefront II is far better than the first one. There are many new features and better game play than ever before. If there was ever a shooter that was better than Halo 2, that would be Star Wars Battlefront II, along side from the great game play, the number of playable players, characters and vehicles. The great story, and voices acting is ripped right from the films and the music bring everything together. I have to say that this is a buy, however $60 bucks may be lots of money for some people, if you’re not sure if you’ll like it rent it. However I would recommend this to become apart of your gaming library. May the force be with us all.

Gaming

WarCraft 3: Reign of Chaos (PC)

WarCraft 3: Reign of Chaos is one of the coolest games I have ever played on the PC. It has a combo of great online play thou the battle net web site as well as a great quality of game play and graphics. The last WarCraft game I played was the first one which I played on my old Macintosh computer, this one a by far the funniest game I have played on the PC in a long time.

For a PC game there isn’t really much in the way of voice acting. However there is a great story mode which can be viewed using the few voice overs they have while listening to the story screens and then basic grunts you hear from the men when they are fighting. The sounds are very cool and I really love the way it was put together. It’s very cool listening to the different sounds as a lot of detail was put into the games sounds as well as the voices. For being a PC game this game has some real nice voice acting and sounds.

All I can really say about the game play is that is super cool. I really like the flow of the game and how easy it really is to get right into the game with little know how on how to play it. Like most games the first level is met to teach you how to play. Newer games have started to add tanning modes and then the main game give little or no help to playing. This game is not like that. You start off into the story mode and as you go thou it teaches you how to perform actions that will help you out in the later levels. The free play mode is super fun, when you first start it really hard to get anything going as you’re not in tune to the tricks of the game and the other team can jump on you very fast. If you’re looking for a game with super game play this is the game to play.

Most of the game can be played using either a joystick or mouse. Most players will use the mouse, while other advance controls use the keyboard. It’s very simple to play the game as all of the controls are on the screen and are easy to get to. When you first start out it can get really crazy once you have a bunch of menu and your under attack. About the first 10 times I played it I was totally run over by guys as tanning them would take forever and I have like 20 guys all over the play and before I know my guys are all dead.

The game is super fun, I can’t get enough of it. I really love playing this game. I have to say the funniest part about WarCraft 3: Reign of Chaos is the online mode. Going online and chatting with people and battling it out in one on one games, tournaments and other battles. Super fun and I really love it. I am a bit waiting on going online and playing people as I’m not that good yet and I’ve been playing free play to get better so when I go online and start kicking ass. Out of all the games I’ve played on my PC this is by far the funniest game I have ever played. If you have this game I can tell you if your into this style of gaming you will have a blast.

The overall quality of the game is very high and for a PC game is really great. Not as good as maybe on a PS2 or Xbox, but for any good PC is very good. One of the things you have to worry about is the game freezing up on you. I the best way to play this game is to play it on a computer system that is built for PC gaming. Such as the Alien ware and other high-end computer systems. The sounds, game play, and story are overall good for the game.

Overall WarCraft 3: Reign of Chaos is a super sweet game with lots of cool features, great action, controls and a cool free online mode. One of the biggest problems with online gaming is it cost. I mean I understand they have to keep an upkeep of the servers that run for online games but after you pay $50 bucks for the game you have to pay like another $10 to $20 bucks a month to play online. More and more free online gaming has been coming up which is good. If you’re looking for a game with cool graphics, sounds and controls and for the most part a good story, WarCraft 3: Reign of Chaos is the game you need to pick up if it’s not in your PC library already.