Surrogates

I came into this film with low expectations, the reviews had been bad, but I liked the look of the concept and figured I’d see for myself. I’m glad I did, because I found myself pleasantly surprised with what I saw.

The movie has an intriguing premise and it stays true and consistent to its concept, something often lacking in science fiction movies. I really enjoyed the film and if they ever decided to make a prequel (which given the films popularity they clearly won’t), I’d go see it.

Three stars

(500) Days of Summer

Put simply this is not my kind of film. The movie explores a particular relationship that a man has with a quirky woman, by jumping to different days in the man’s life from the day they first meet to the day he has well and truly gotten over her.

As the movie points out at the very beginning it is not a love story. It is a story of a relationship between two people as told from the perspective of the man, not in a cliched funny kind of way, because the man is not your cliched macho man. The subject matter just failed to interest me because, as I pointed out before, it’s just not my kind of film. For what it is, it was an okay film. It wasn’t a bad film, I just didn’t like it.

Two stars.

Moon

An interesting little film with a clever premise. I wasn’t sure if the film was actually trying to play itself as having a twist as the reveal comes relatively early in the film. I did feel that perhaps it could’ve done more with the concept, but it was still an enjoyable film.

Three stars.

Battlefield: Bad Company

This unpretentious game surprised me with how damn good it was. The Battlefield genre is best known for online multiplayer, which doesn’t really excite me, but I came into this game knowing it had a single player story and figured I’d give it a shot. What I found was a game with a surprisingly strong story with well realised, charismatic characters that form the rag tag titular “Bad Company”.

The game is hella fun, with a great gameplay element of destructible environments. With all the vehicles, weapons and open environments that makes Battlefield such a favourite, this game capitalises on that rich legacy and makes for a great game. Blowing up stuff has never been so much fun.

Four stars.

Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode 1

I’m a fan of the comic strip, but the conversion to a video game just didn’t work for me. The game is retro in many ways, both thematically and in it’s gameplay. Unfortunately the bizarre old school style just feels like it’s 15 years too late rather than having some kind of nostalgic appeal. With strange elements such as a turn based combat system that has each battle rolling a 20 sided dice for “initiative”, this game seems like an experiment for Penny Arcade, but unfortunately one that failed. Thankfully a short game due to it’s episodic nature; I won’t be playing the next episode.

Two stars