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Forging An Avengers Video Game

The Avengers was an incredible, incredible film! Every part of it was spot on. The action, the acting, the characters, their relationships and portrayal, all of it was perfect. A film that could have gone disastrously wrong instead went better than could have ever been expected. Naturally, the first thing that came to mind was “this would make an awesome video game!” I’ve spent some time contemplating what ingredients would be needed to make a game with the same lasting impression as the blockbuster film. Imagine my excitement when a teaser trailer was unveiled for an Avengers game at E3! Batman had already shown the game industry how a super hero game should be made, hopefully they had heeded those lessons for this latest title!

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3-Score Reviews: The Grey

The film manages to build an anticipation and anxiety to begin with, but the film soon becomes very predictable. However, its predictability is well executed. If you know what the film is about, you can imagine how it plays out. Suspension of expectation, however, makes this quite enjoyable. Don’t watch the trailer; it includes the final scene of the film.

**

DM

3-Score Reviews: Thor

Unmistakably a fantasy adventure film. I didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did. The mythical Asgard and its lore never feels tacky and the story of Thor is very absorbing. Earth and Natalie Portman’s character provides essential empathy to counter the fantastical portrayal of the Norse Gods. However, the key antagonist seems to come out of nowhere.

***

DM

3-Score Reviews: Limitless

This is an enjoyable film based on an interesting concept that works as a cool plot device. The film requires little thought on the audience’s part, but the story is engaging all the same. The transition between the vibrant colour filter and the bleaker one to illustrate change of state is used to good effect, avoiding repetitive pill taking scenes.

**

DM

3-Score Reviews: Book Of Eli

Denzel Washington does a very good job in this film. He is a man of few words and at no point does his mysterious character feel superficial. There is an impressive realization of a post-apocalyptic world. Although the audience need only be concerned with one question, this is enough to carry you through the film. The action is well paced.

**

DM

3-Score Reviews: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

This film was overly subtle for me. While it is good to make the audience read between the lines, the occasional clarification would have been appreciated. Time spent wondering what Gary Oldman’s look implied causes you to fall behind on deciphering other looks and important quips which ultimately leads to losing your attention. Olivia Wilde sadly doesn’t make an appearance.

*

DM

3-Score Reviews: Cowboys And Aliens

The extreme juxtaposition between the old west and sci-fi prevents the film from finding its footing. It feels like neither the cowboys nor the aliens quite fit into this film. It has enough action to keep you occupied but as the quieter segments give way to possible plot development it just feels overly tiresome. Olivia Wilde makes a welcome appearance.

*

DM

3-Score Reviews: In Time

A cool idea with interesting philosophical implications, although the idea isn’t explored as much as I’d hoped. Justin Timberlake does a good job in the lead role and the story has a good flow to it. The film does well to keep the idea of time being money (literally) as a central plot device. Olivia Wilde makes a welcome appearance.

**

DM

3-Score Reviews: The Dark Knight

The dark and human tone secures Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight as the best iteration yet. The psychological warfare between Batman and Joker is kept at the forefront. Batman’s internal struggle is as prevalent as ever. The action and story is clever and original. Batman feels like a serious character, although Christian Bale’s Bat voice can sometimes be a little distracting.

***

DM

3-Score Reviews: The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

The film doesn’t offer a lot more than can already be determined from the description; a monkey becomes intelligent- leads other monkeys against humans. Though despite a cumbersome story arc, the portrayal of Caesar and his relationship with James Franco’s character is engaging enough. The film is satisfyingly executed and is worth a watch, if only to see Andy Serkis.

**

DM

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