Marqees lays it down for the newest installment in the Fast and Furious franchise. Is it any good? Will it win an academy award? Does Vin Diesel speak in a deep voice? Find out! *Mild Spoilers* toward the end of the video. You are warned. The featured image … Continue reading
After nine years we say good-bye to Dunder Mifflin in a very emotional episode. The final episode is set one year after the documentary has aired and everyone has come together at the wedding of Dwight and Angela. During the episode we find out what happened to some of our … Continue reading
A game of mystery and intrigue set in a world of dark horror, filled with monsters you thought weren’t real. Great times had by all! The World of Darkness is White Wolf’s base setting for their tabletop games. Originally published in 1991, this setting was based in modern times. The … Continue reading
Werewolves, vampires, and unanswered questions abound in this psycho creepfest! Based on a book written by Brian McGreevy, Hemlock Grove takes you on a thirteen episode ride through crazy town. The story centers around a gypsy werewolf named Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron) and Roman Godfrey (Bill Skarsgard) who may or … Continue reading
Time travel, evil robots and Wolverine…the Age of Ultron Saga continues. ***Warning Spoilers Ahead*** So if you haven’t been reading Age of Ultron, here’s a quick recap. New York and most of the world lies in ashes. Most of Earth Heroes, including a lot of Avengers, have been killed. … Continue reading
The stage was set, and in 2010, history was made at the New York Comic Con. The Green Lantern was finally going to get a new animated series. I was on board the moment I saw Hal and Kilowog fighting manhunters. Then, Bruce Timm made the announcement that he … Continue reading
Tom Cruise stars in a sci-fi action thriller, directed by Joseph Kosinski, that makes post apocalyptic seem like an understatement. Oblivion starts with a narration from Tom Cruise bringing the audience up to speed on the situation of Earth. Aliens blew up the moon, invaded, and were defeated. This happened … Continue reading
DC’s greatest heroes and villains come together in an epic fighting game that delivers exactly what fans want to see. I’m sure that all the DC fans out there remember the last time your favorite heroes showed up in a fighting game. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe was quite some … Continue reading
The Rock leads an “almost” new team of Joes against the forces of Cobra. When we last left the GI Joe team, the franchise was in shambles. There was black leather armor, CG power suits, Dr. Mindbender/Cobra Commander and Marlon Wayans. In this installment the franchise gets a much needed … Continue reading
After spending two games waterlogged under the sea, the Bioshock franchise soars to new heights in the floating sky-city of Columbia. First off, I want to state that I will be trying to avoid as many spoilers as I can, but this is a review, so a few spoilers are … Continue reading
Star-Lord gets the gang back together…to save Earth? I’ll be the first to say that I wasn’t really a fan of Marvel’s Cosmic/Space stuff. The characters and stories just never appealed to me. However, in 2006 all of that changed when I read the Annihilation event comics. The series brought … Continue reading
Can the next installment of this beloved RTS truly give you the feeling of immense power wielded by the Queen of Blades? It’s been almost 2 and a half years since Blizzard kicked off the Starcraft II storyline with Wings of Liberty, and there’s been no shortage of anticipation from … Continue reading
Gerard Butler gears up to take down some North Koreans in a movie that is so American that you need to watch it while eating apple pie and singing the National Anthem.
Olympus Has Fallen is, in my opinion, the first big summer blockbuster. The movie stars Gerard Butler (300, The Ugly Truth) as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning. Butler leads an all-star cast which includes Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Battle: Los Angeles) as President Benjamin Asher and Morgan Freeman (Shawshank Redemption, Bruce Almighty) as Speaker Trumbull. Olympus boasts itself as the first summer blockbuster and rightfully so. It is fast paced and action packed. The film gives us some perspective as it is closely tied to real world events involving North and South Korea and the growing unrest in that region.
Olympus is a straight up patriotic action flick. It stuffs America down your throat and I loved every bit of it. Butler does a great job of being that Marine/Special Forces type that will do what it takes to get the job done. Rick Yune (The Fast and the Furious, Ninja Assassin) plays the villian, Kang, a cold and calculating idealist that is determined to destroy America. Yune and Butler played off each other well as two patriots of their respective countries trying to complete their missions. The fight choreography was fast paced and brutal with Banning dispatching the North Korean enemies with precise efficiency. The special effects were decent but the sound effects editing gave the film substance.
Of course, as with every film, there were some down points. The film makes our military look incompetent, especially during the initial attack scene on the White House. This trend continues throughout the movie and I know it is to progress the skills of Banning, but making the military look stupid is unnecessary. There was also the subplot with the wife that went nowhere. I don’t really know why she was even included in the story since they did nothing with her character. Flaws aside, Olympus Has Fallen was a great American action flick and a great way to start the summer blockbuster season. If you want a good action flick with some substance, give this film a try.
OXIDIZATION LEVEL: 3/5
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Slicing up a whole bunch of cyborgs is really great, and will make you grin every time you do it, but are there plenty of other things to keep you playing? The Metal Gear franchise has always had its share of strange villains and flashy action sequences. In the previous … Continue reading