Wanting to get back into reviews after a particularly hard day at the office shall we say I picked up my phone and decided to randomly stop on a movie that was on the many on demand services that I use. Recently added to NOW TV is The Shallows.
While probably not the best genre at the time for both my physical and mental state. Anyone that knows me knows I jump at everything and this was a movie that was guaranteed to make me jump. I put it on anyway NOW TV had it at 3 stars so I wasn’t expecting much from it.
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, the way in which they used the threat of shark and the performance of Blake Lively was brilliant. The synopsis of the movie is a medical student has gone soul-searching after the death of her mother, and has found it in surfing but she gets attacked by a Shark and on a remote beach and has to fight for survival.
Now most movies like this, concentrate on the Shark and show off all its teeth, but this one was different. Yes you do see the teeth and it is an imposing figure of fear when you do see the animal leave the water but I felt that they didn’t over use it, they relied on the threat more than its physical presence. The major thing that came from this, was half way through it left me wondering whether this was a true story or not?
After the movie however I did a quick Google and found that it wasn’t based on any true story, and a long list of reasons’ why people weren’t happy about the movie from a Science perspective. As some of the movie and the way shark was acting has not scientific evidence. However that said if they movie has you wondering whether it’s based on a true story or not then it must be doing something right?
In conclusion if your stuck for something to watch over this festive period and have a NOW TV/Sky Cinema in the UK I would recommend checking this movie out. It’s a suspense jump scare type horror, but has the right balance and left me question whether it was a true story or not?
Until Dawn is a QT based game, which is highly story driven. If you guys haven’t guessed by some of the other reviews I’ve done, I really enjoy this style of game. Telltale is one of my favourite publishers and I am quite surprised I haven’t picked up this game before.
Nothing more spookier than a Ouija board
Until Dawn focuses around a group of teenagers that go to a Lodge on a Ski range where something strange is going on. It is a horror based story with quite a few jump scares but the story is really well told with some good twists and turns. Other scenes can be telegraphed and you can see coming but that just adds to the suspense.
Gameplay wise it has some interesting controls, which add to the emission. There is an option to have the controller in motion mode although through the run through I went to classic. There were still places in the game you had to hold the controller dead still not to move. While adding to emission sometimes it was hard to hold it still enough not to move your character and I do want to do another playthrough to see whether I can improve on that. The other part of the gameplay that is encouraging for a replay, is that all the really important decisions you make it pops up with Butterfly Effect Updated. Such a simple addition and Telltale do say at the beginning of their games, that your decisions affect the story but after that, there doesn’t remind you.
Overall I really enjoyed this game and can highly recommend it if you’re into horror and a high story is driven games. The flaws in this game can be its graphics even though amazing in some scenes others can be blocky. It has replay value after doing some research as well because you can save everyone in the game and that butterfly effect.
MR ROBOT was a random pick up when looking for a DVD pick up on Amazon. While reading the plot I was sat there wondering why I had not picked this show up already and the answer was because it was only available on Amazon Prime in the UK which is about the only service I don’t have. What I was expecting for MR ROBOT wasn’t what I got and I am so glad it wasn’t.
I was expecting more of Hackers starring Angelina Jolie in 1995 but this was completely different. MR ROBOT is focused around a seemingly social awkward security specialists that show autistic tendencies and seems to be one of the best people on the team at his job. Elliot shows us how someone that is very intelligent but struggles in social interactions and interacting with the rest of the world, only finding it easy to interact with certain people in his life.
As the season develops, there are some real twists and turns that are unexpected but the speed of the show leaves the viewer enough time to think about what has just happened. This is a change with most TV shows not giving people time to think about what is happening but this is also the only downfall because sometimes it feels a little disjointed, because a few things happened and then they jumped away from it.
The acting and characters I think are well balanced and well performed by the actors. Everyone seemed to be in the right role and all the characters seemed to bring something to the overall plot.
Overall I would recommend picking up MR ROBOT even if you are not a technology-minded because it is a mix of conspiracy theories technology and so much more. The only way to describe this show is a mix been The Matrix, Fight Club and Robin Hood with how the plot develops.
Boku No Hero Academia is focused on one child in the world where most have special abilities and he is born without one known as a Quirk. The quirks have been slowly expanding through the population but Izuku Midoriya still holds on to the dream of being a hero.
Izuku decides early on that he is a late developer or that if he tries hard enough and puts in the effort that he can one day become just like his hero the All Might. This anime does have a feeling of the western world comics in it but was a little harder to follow for me than ReLife but that was mainly to do with the speed of the dialogue. The story itself is solid and has some really good feel good moments and twists along the way.
The animation didn’t seem as high quality as ReLife that being said it could have been the quality that was watching in and that was 480p. However, you did notice the difference between ReLife and Buku No Hero Academia at the same quality.
Boku No Hero Academia gets the balance of story and action just right and shows the development of characters really well. One of the first lines of the series is no one is equal and although this is the motto all the way through it does show how you can work hard to get where you want to be against all odds.
Students ready to action
Boku No Hero Academia is definitely worth a pick up as it gives the right amount of balance of action and story, to make you invested in the characters but at the same time, the pace of the action is fast enough for you not to get too bogged down in the story. There are plenty of twists and turns and if the studios allow there will be another season of this awesome anime. So believe in yourself pick up this anime and watch how anyone as long as they are in the right place at the right time you can achieve anything.
ReLife is only my third trip into the world of anime and I have to admit I really enjoyed it. The reason for choosing ReLife was it was one of the top Animes on the list I was looking at and had a synopses similar to Plastic Memories which was the last anime that I really sat down and watched.
ReLife Cover Art
ReLife is based around Arata Kaizaki who is unemployed 27 years old that is bouncing between jobs where possible and is approached when he is at his lowest to take part in an experiment. The experiment is to take a pill and go that alters his appearance so that he can go back to high school. This sounds quite interesting because it’s like starting over again putting someone that seemingly is struggling in life back into an environment that they have been before and stable one to boot.
There are a lot of twists and turns in ReLife as Arata comes to terms with his personal demons some were completely out of left field and was not expected others you could see coming right off the bat. The Japanese humour can be missed in western culture from my limited understanding and research but there was some real laugh out loud moments when some of the characters were put in some awkward positions.
The animation quality as I’ve come to expect is awesome, even watching in 480p the quality compared to some of the western counterparts was out of this world, but at the same time simple and not to complicated
The Gang off ReLife
ReLife is a romance anime but don’t let that put you off if your not into that type of thing, because it explores all aspects of social behaviour and has some really good character development. Along with some really interesting twists even towards the end, just as you think that you have the direction that they are going with it makes another turn. One that I would say is definitely worth catching if you’re low on anime and want a nice easy fix
It’s probably not known that well on this channel that I really do enjoy the Tycoon games. I spent many hours playing Zoo Tycoon back in the day and much more, but this was part of a bundle that I had bought years ago but I forgot about it.
Which is a shame because the gameplay is so simple yet addictive, and the one game that has some real replay value even though it feels a little short. The problem is the story is based on the generations of the game industry and the speed of the game seems to be quite quickly.
This, however, doesn’t take away from the time that can be invested in the game because as you’re playing the game which is a simple you find little features that you didn’t know what existed. The tutorial pops do a good job of explaining the game but after a while, you start skipping some of the dialogue so you might miss some of the important things.
What I would do to improve this game is to try and add other objectives, expand it from just trying to get the best rating for your game and make the most money. I know that is the aim for Tycoon games but the truth is what the big studios did well with this type of game they gave a scenario for you to do and then they would adjust them. This game doesn’t have that a such you can go through without doing training just about without some smart decisions but having done that and getting to the end of the game, I just want to go back and improve having been given a final score.
Being a techy I constantly wanted to improve the engine every given time but now I’ve got to the end I want to go back and play it again with a different approach to unlocking other aspects of the game to see whether there is a new approach and can get a better score.
I can’t recommend this game high enough for the type of game that you can put down and pick up. It’s a casual strategy that anyone can do and you can try different ways to get success.
Escape from Earth-2 carries on straight from Welcome to Earth-2 and the cliff-hanger that Barry is held captured by Zoom and the problem with the breach being unstable. The breach being unstable is huge because it means that the team that went to Earth-2 will not be able to come back.
Iris and Barry from Earth-2
Barry is struggling with the fact that he cannot get out of his cell on Earth-2 with Cisco and Wells worried that they might not be able to achieve anything without him. The need to find Zoom’s liar has become even more important to get Barry back and within the time that they set themselves. The problems for Earth-1 also continues as Geomancer is still running loose in Central City and is starting to make people more aware that they cannot just rely on The Flash. This is where Iris has a conflict because although she has written a positive article about the Geomancer situation her editor wants something a little bit more realistic and highlight the fact The Flash might not be able to save them all the time.
While in search for Barry and trying to save him from his captor, it leads Cisco and Wells to try to make a deal with Killer Frost. Cisco hopes that reasoning with her about Deathstorm’s death in Welcome to Earth-2 will work but it does not go so well and they have to use force that they did not really want to use. Jay was the focus in Escape from Earth-2 on Earth 1, this seems strange as all the action is happening on Earth 2 but in order to save Jay’s life and the city Caitlin needs to help him get his speed back. The mystery character in the other cell adds another dimension and questions to the Jay Garrick character.
Cisco and Killler Frost and Iris from Earth-2 negotiating
The stabilization of breach from Welcome to Earth-2 seemed to be fixed a bit early in Escape from Earth-2 but leads to an interesting twist to it returning to being unstable. The problem with this is that it just did not feel like the sequence was required. That sequence, however, adds some more development for Caitlin and Jay.
Escape from Earth-2 is a good development from Welcome to Earth-2 but just doesn’t seem to have the freshness. Grant Gustin puts together a good performance, it was interesting to see him play the Earth 2 Barry as the character seems completely different to the Barry from Earth 1 and Earth 2 Barry does get more exposure. The cliff-hanger that the team is left with will ensure that there are definitely more crossover episodes to be seen and that is encouraging just to see how the actors deal with playing two characters at once.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is as Lex Luther said “Two Gladiators going to war” or words to that effect. The concerns of seeing everything in trailers with just the sheer volume of them that had come out was a concern however the movie did not disappoint.
Batman and Superman staring off
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with all the hype had a lot to live up to and the bar had been set quite high with some good superhero movies and shows on the small screen as well in the last couple of years. The problem is these are two highly iconic characters and working out how and when they come together and face off against each other is difficult. The major problem with the movie is the feeling of being disjointed, early on into the movie it swaps back forth from Superman (Henry Cavil) and Batman (Ben Affleck) but it does not seem to follow any coherency. Batman flashbacks go back to his parents dying and Superman’s seems to be the current rather than the past. The way that the two characters struggle with what is right and wrong though well thought out. The question though is do we really need to see Bruce Wayne’s parent story again?
The action scenes, however, are out of this world, the combination of well placed and stirring music to go along with the amazing CGI really pulled this movie together. The soundtrack has to be one of the best that has been put together in a long time as it captured every moment amplify the intensity of the action or the sadness that are felt by people at hard times. Henry Cavil has really grown into the Superman role but Ben Affleck as Batman took it to another level, getting the balance of Bruce Wayne and Batman just right. Lex Luther played by Jesse Eisenberg was another standout performance, he seems to excel in eccentric characters that have a chip on their shoulder like his depiction of Mark Zuckerberg in the social network.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice should be to see these two heroes fight each other but there was something of interest coming out of the supporting characters in the fact that the other villains that come out are Superman’s. This was interesting because although the movie did not need it, with Batman’s enemies being even more iconic is some respects would have been a good just to even up the negatives for each character.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a good movie but having had some of the shock moments spoiled by trailers such as the introduction of Wonder Woman and the reference to other DC comic heroes detracted away from the shock factor. The problem DC has is this movie is a step towards the justice league to mimic what Marvel has done with The Avengers but the franchise just isn’t there yet. The cinematic was the standout point with the acting being just on par, but at the same time this movie just didn’t seem to live up to what people expected of it, possibly down to the amount of the movie that was released in trailers, nevertheless this is still a must watch.
Welcome to Earth-2 carries on from Fast Lane where they prepare and enter Earth 2 to help Wells save his daughter. The team sorts everything out and has to say their goodbyes with some people not sure about whether it is the right thing to do for themselves.
Iris, Barry and Joe from Alternative World
Welcome to Earth-2 is an interesting mix as it enables people to be different, there is a distinct twist on the individuals in each world. What does this mean for the story? Not sure the actual meaning for the characters themselves as they deal with different emotions and their own mortality. When entering Earth-2 Cisco and Barry are amazed by just how advanced it is compared to Earth 1 and this isn’t the only thing. The problem here is that because it is so advanced they have to use CGI and although the CGI is normally well done in The Flash this just seemed to lack. The lighting just seemed all off unless it was intentional to show Earth 2 more developed.
While the city effects wasn’t the most impressive thing in Welcome to Earth-2 the story was the other reality that Barry and Cisco find themselves in show depth to their characters they don’t even know existed. Barry struggles with the dynamic his doppelgänger has with Iris and Joe. Cisco is concerned that he can’t find his, but when he does he discovers something that perhaps he wished he hadn’t.
Caitlin and Ronnie make and appearance and after seeing Danielle Panabaker play the good girl for the entire show it was nice to see her in a more menacing role. This was one of the bigger performances because it isn’t expected although the story could be seen playing out that way it is such a stretch from what we have seen until now that that’s what stands out. The performances as always from Grant Gustin as Barry was well done but Danielle had such a change in character it made her stand out this episode.
Killer Frost and Deathstorm
The Villains also are well done this episode as Villains recently have felt a little detached and not necessarily a threat or a danger, but the way the alternative universe impacted the people that needed to be taken down added an interesting threat but not only that they felt sinister.
Jay also had to step up to the plate this episode with Barry gone and this was a good touch because it showed how much of an impact that Barry has on central city and that when he is missing they miss The Flash. How Jay was used however was great because the revelations he admitted to Caitlin was huge although they felt small. They showed even the person who is suppose to be The Flash in the alternative world seems to have more flaws than Barry.
Welcome to Earth-2 is fast paced but didn’t skimp on building suspense. The concerns of Season 2 not being able to live up to the success and feeling of Season 1 has been unfounded as Barry and his team now get to deal with an alternative universe. An alternative universe that will show them sides to their characters they didn’t even know that existed.
Fast Lane takes an interesting turn after a rollercoaster of emotions that was seen in The Reverse-Flash Returns. The focus is now brought back to Wells and his relationship with Zoom or more to the point his need to save his daughter and the fact that he is not working with the team not that they know about it yet.
Barry and Wells trying to Solve a problem
Barry starts the episode charging around Central City at a bit of a loss that can only be put down to the fact that Patty has left, along with the fact that now that Wally is now a more prominent figure in the West household he feels a bit forced out. This isn’t as bad as it seems because away of dealing with the loss of Patty and probably the feeling of isolation because the family that has been a part of for years needs its own space, is throw himself into work. Throwing himself into work is an attempt to try and close the portals dotted around Central City with a hostile Wells. The real problem is that Wells isn’t working on closing the portals he is working on trying to take Barry’s speed.
The main villain of the episode was Tar Pit which had an interesting premise and looked promising but has to go down in history as one of the most anti-climatic villains due to the fact he just wasn’t imposing. The character itself had quite a good revenge back story but the actions in the episode just weren’t threatening enough. Tar Pit had been threatened by some hit man and left to burn alive in some Tar while the Particle Accelerator exploded and caused him to be buried alive in this tar. It is a miracle that he survived but knowing that he did the solution to defeating him was relatively easy and Barry although let down by failing speed found himself able to save the day.
Zoom and Wells with some of Barry’s Speed
The West Family drama has to be one of the most interesting points to the episode because Joe had always been a character that felt that he had things sussed and was a guiding influence on all the major characters in the season. The problem is he feels lost with Wally and it is well depicted as he inevitably puts Iris in danger because he wants Wally to trust him before he can start trying to guide him in life choices.
Fast Line follows on from The Reverse-Flash Returns but has some major downfalls after quite a well put together season so far. This is most part to do with the lack of threat that Tar Pit had on the people even if it did have what could be life-threatening results. This, however, is well balanced with an interesting dynamic between Barry and Wells and whether or not Wells will completely sell out Barry and the team in order to save his own daughter?