Sunday, September 6, 2009

Quick Reviews: Gamer & Batman: Arkham Asylum

Just a quick run down on these two:

Gamer is the new movie with Gerard Butler as a convict fighting in a real person FPS shooter for his freedom from death row. The movie is pretty good, but disappointing as there is a better movie hidden inside of it.

It wants to tell a story about our own desensitization to violence, but gets caught up in showing gratuitous tits.

It wants to illustrate how the internet age has isolated us from each other, but gets caught up in showing gratuitous tits.

It wants to show how people will act in completely anti-social manners because of the anonymity of computers, but gets caught up in showing gratuitous tits.

It wants to be a morality play about how the poor and desperate will be taken advantage of, but gets caught up in showing gratuitous tits.

It wants to be a Cyberpunk classic, nearly approaching being the best movie for it's genre, but gets caught up in showing gratuitous tits.

It is a pretty good movie, the action is appropriately violent and disturbing, the street scenes are gritty and ravaged, the acting is well done. Editing is kind of jarring, you could tell it was planned that way, but not well executed.

Batman: Arkham Asylum is the best Batman game ever made, and one of the best Stealth Action games. The graphics are across the board excellent. The voice work is done by some of the Animated Series voice actors (Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamill as Joker and others, Arleen Sorkin as Harley) and is as excellent as you would expect and the story (by Paul Dini) both set new standards for a video game.

You feel like Batman, you move like Batman, you sound like Batman. You are the Goddamn Batman, and you hate chocolate. It's an excellent game.

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