REVIEW: ASSASSIN’S CREED

 

CAST

Michael Fassbender (Shame)
Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose)
Jeremy irons (Justice League)
Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow)
Charlotte Rampling (Gregory Girl)
Michael K. Williams (12 Years A Slave)
Denis Ménochet (Inglourious Basterds)
Ariane Labed (The Lobster)
Khalid Abdalla (Green Zone)
Essie Davis (Game of Thrones)
Matias Varela (Point Break)
Callum Turner (Queen and Country)
Carlos Bardem (Oliver’s Deal)
Javier Gutiérrez Álvarez (The Olive Tree)

Michael Fassbender in Assassin's Creed (2016)In 1492 Andalusia, during the Granada War, Aguilar de Nerha is accepted into the Assassins Brotherhood. He is assigned to protect Prince Ahmed de Granada from the Knights Templar. In 1986, adolescent Callum “Cal” Lynch finds his mother killed by his father, Joseph, a modern-day Assassin. Gunmen led by Alan Rikkin, CEO of the Templars’ Abstergo Foundation, arrive to capture Joseph, who convinces his son to escape.Jeremy Irons and Michael Fassbender in Assassin's Creed (2016)In 2016, Cal is sentenced to death for murdering a pimp, but his execution is faked by the Abstergo Foundation, which then takes him to their research facility in Madrid. He is told that the Templars are searching for the Apple of Eden, in order to eliminate violence by using the Apple’s code to control humanity’s free will. Sofia, Alan’s daughter and the head scientist, reveals that Cal is a descendant of Aguilar, the last person confirmed to be in possession of the Apple. She puts Cal in the Animus, a machine which allows him to relive (and the scientists to observe) Aguilar’s genetic memories, so that Abstergo can learn what he did with the Apple.Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, and Octavia Selena Alexandru in Assassin's Creed (2016)In 15th-century Spain, Aguilar/Callum and his partner Maria are deployed to rescue Ahmed, who has been kidnapped by the Templar Grand Master Tomas de Torquemada, to coerce Ahmed’s father, Sultan Muhammad XII, to surrender the Apple. Aguilar and Maria intercept the Templars, but are overpowered and captured by Torquemada’s enforcer, Ojeda. Cal is quickly pulled out of the Animus by Sofia. Cal encounters other Assassin descendants held captive at the facility, most of whom are suspicious of his motives, with the exception of Moussa, the descendant of an 18th-century Haitian Assassin named Baptiste and a key leader. Cal begins experiencing hallucinations, dubbed “the Bleeding Effect”, of both Aguilar and Joseph. Cal and Sofia build a rapport during their sessions; she confides that her mother was likewise murdered by an Assassin, sharing his hatred of the Brotherhood of which his father is a member.Marion Cotillard in Assassin's Creed (2016)Back in the Animus, Aguilar and Maria are scheduled for execution but he manages to free them, leading to a rooftop chase in which they escape through an Assassin “Leap of Faith”. Cal’s mind reacts violently to the session and he is temporarily paralyzed. When Cal learns that his father is also at the facility, he confronts Joseph over his mother’s death. Joseph informs him that the Bleeding Effect will allow modern Cal to possess Aguilar’s combat abilities. He also learns that his mother was an Assassin, and she chose to die by Joseph’s hand rather than be forced into the Animus. Unconvinced, Cal vows to destroy the Assassins by finding the Apple. Meanwhile, Alan is pressured by a Templar Elder, Ellen Kaye, to shut down the multibillion-dollar Animus Project because they have already “won… people no longer care about their civil liberties… they’re content to follow”, leading Sofia to question her father’s true intentions.Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender in Assassin's Creed (2016)Reaffirmed by his encounter with his father, Cal willingly enters the Animus once again, whereupon Aguilar and Maria ambush a meeting between Muhammad and Torquemada. They succeed in killing the Templars and retrieving the Apple, though Ojeda captures Maria in order to force Aguilar to surrender it. Instead, Maria chooses death, and stabs herself on Ojeda’s blade. Aguilar kills him and escapes through another Leap, the force of which causes the Animus to violently malfunction. Aguilar gives the Apple to Christopher Columbus, who promises to take it to his grave. When Moussa and the modern Assassin prisoners start a riot in order to escape, Alan orders the facility purged. Abstergo security kills Joseph and most of the other prisoners. Cal stands in the Animus chamber and is met with the projections of a number of his Assassin ancestors, including Aguilar, Arno Dorian, Joseph and his mother. Persuaded by his mother, Cal embraces his Assassins’ Creed and, having fully assimilated Aguilar’s memories and abilities, joins Moussa and two other surviving Assassins in escaping the facility.Having retrieved the Apple from Columbus’ burial vault, Alan and his followers converge at a ceremony in a Templar sanctuary in London to celebrate their triumph. Inside the sanctuary, a disillusioned Sofia meets with Cal, who has come to take the Apple, and she reluctantly allows him to act. Cal retrieves the Apple, but kills Alan to do it. While Sofia vows revenge against Cal, the Assassins depart, vowing to once again protect the Apple from the Templars.Michael Fassbender in Assassin's Creed (2016)Assassins Creed is by no means perfect, but I did enjoy it. The film has the classic setting from Assassins Creed games, a modern day protagonist enters the Animus to relive the memories of his ancestor. The film does a pretty good job explaining the series mythos to those unfamiliar with the games. Sadly, we don’t spend as much time with the ancestor Aquilar as we do with the present day Cal, and Aquilar feels under developed as a character. The movie also felt a bit short. It really could have benefited from a longer run time, to give more character development to the ancestors, and explain some of the characters motivations better. The action in this movie is great, the story is solid, and the characters (that are properly developed) are interesting. Both Fassbender and Irons play their roles well. Overall a decent movie any Assassins Creed fan would enjoy. The critics like to bash it because it’s a video game movie, and it’s cool to hate video game movies, but it’s not bad at all.

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REVIEW: RESIDENT EVIL: DEGENERATION

CAST (VOICES)

Paul Mercier (The Legend of Prince Valiant)
Alyson Court (X-Men:TAS)
Laura Bailey (Justice League vs Teen Titans)
Roger Craig Smith (Batman Ninja)
Crispin Freeman (Justice League Action)
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (The Avengers: EMH)
Michelle Ruff (Speed Racer X)
Michael Sorich (VR Troopers)
Steven Blum (Wolverine and the X-Men)
Salli Saffioti (Rabbit Hole)
Johnny Yong Bosch (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Michael McConnohie (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Kari Wahlgren (Rick and Morty)
Yuri Lowenthal (Legion of Super Heroes)
Troy Baker (Ultimate Spider-Man)
Derek Mears (The Flash)

On November 2005, Harvardville Airport falls victim to a T-virus attack both from inside the terminal and a crashlanded airline plane. TerraSave worker Claire Redfield coincidentally runs into Senator Ron Davis; they are forced to hide in the VIP lounge with Rani, niece of a TerraSave employee. By nightfall, the airport has been locked down by the local Special Response Team and the United States Marine Corps, aiding evacuated survivors. Officers Angela Miller and Greg Glenn are joined by federal agent Leon S. Kennedy. Claire’s group is rescued; however, they are forced to leave the infected Greg. Trucks from WilPharma arrive to administer the T-vaccine, but are destroyed by explosives. Leon reveals that a terrorist has threatened to unleash the T-virus throughout the U.S. should government officials involved in its creation not be revealed by midnight.Alyson Court, Paul Mercier, and Michael Sorich in Baiohazâdo: Dijenerêshon (2008)Claire accompanies WilPharma Head Researcher Frederic Downing to their Harvardville research facility. Downing reveals plans to make a G-virus vaccine next, angering Claire because of its extreme danger. Excusing himself, Downing leaves Claire in his office. Claire informs Leon about what Downing told her, and learns that he and Angela have found the house of her brother Curtis on fire. Downing phones Claire, warning her about a man who has activated a time bomb. Claire briefly spots Curtis in the building’s central garden, only for the bomb to detonate. Leon and Angela arrive at the facility and split up, Leon reunites with Claire, while Angela reunites with Curtis. Curtis reveals the American government’s involvement in covering up Raccoon City’s destruction. Having injected the G-virus, he mutates and kills a squad of Army Rangers. Leon saves Angela as the atrium garden begins to fall apart, with the wreckage temporarily crushing Curtis. The computer system then incinerates the building in order to prevent the viruses from spreading. Angela and Leon jump into a pool of water to avoid being incinerated. After shooting a glass partition to avoid drowning, the two find themselves in an underground area. Meanwhile, Claire makes it to the command center, attempting to halt a biohazard alarm and open the building. However, the detection of Curtis triggers an outbreak containment method in which the laboratory falls into the abyss.Paul Mercier and Laura Bailey in Baiohazâdo: Dijenerêshon (2008)Curtis attacks them, seeing Leon as a threat and Angela as a mate. Curtis briefly regains control, telling Angela to run before losing himself again. As the sections are ejected, Leon and Angela evade Curtis, only to hang from a broken catwalk. About to fall, Curtis grabs hold of Angela’s leg but is shot in the head by Leon, and falls to his death. In the aftermath, Claire accuses Senator Davis of orchestrating everything in order to improve WilPharma stock. Leon reveals Davis is innocent; making Claire realize that Downing is the actual mastermind of the T-vaccine’s destruction, the bombing of the research building, and the recent bioterrorism incidents. Meanwhile, Downing talks to General Grandé, a client of his eager to buy the T-virus now that news reports have revealed its potential, though he warns against using the G-virus. Waiting for a contact to sell WilPharma information to, Downing mistakes a car containing Leon and Claire for his contact; soon after, he is arrested by the police for his crimes.The next day, Leon and Claire meet with a despondent Angela. Leon reveals Downing confessed to being a former Umbrella researcher who stole both viruses and escaped prior to the Raccoon City incident and created his current identity. Downing used his alias to sell the viruses to a list of potential customers while researching the vaccine. Angela realizes Downing manipulated Curtis, but Claire notes that even though this does not clear his name, he wants to prevent another Raccoon City just like she, Leon, and Angela do. Meanwhile, news reports reveal Davis has resigned from office over allegations of insider stock trading with WilPharma stocks. A newspaper draped over Davis’ face reveals that another company, Tricell Incorporated, has offered to purchase the now-bankrupt WilPharma. At this point, Davis is revealed to have been assassinated by Tricell, with the company deleting all of Davis’s computer files on WilPharma and recovering G-Virus samples from Curtis’s corpse.Alyson Court, Paul Mercier, and Laura Bailey in Baiohazâdo: Dijenerêshon (2008)Overall, this film had several flaws, some worse than others, but together it wasn’t terrible. Not the best film I’ve seen, but I liked it in general, enjoyed it, and I believe it was far from the worst film ever. Especially since this film isn’t meant to be enjoyed by everyone.

 

 

REVIEW: TEKKEN

CAST

Jon Foo (Left For Dead)
Kelly Overton (Van Helsing)
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal KOmbat: Legacy)
Ian Anthony Dale (Mr. 3000)
Cung Le (Into The Badlands)
Darrin Henson (The Express)
Luke Goss (Death Race 2)
Tamlyn Tomita (Heroes)
Candîce Hillebrand (Blood of The Vikings)
Gary Daniels (The Expendables)
Mircea Monroe (The Change-Up)
John Pyper-Ferguson (Caprica)
Blake Shields (Heroes)

Jon Foo in Tekken (2010)Jin Kazama, Kazuya’s son has been raised by his mother, Jun, She has trained him in martial arts and has been a mentor, yet she never speaks of Jin’s father, claiming he is dead. In 2039, Jin is now a rebellious 19-year-old teenage fighter and contraband runner who lives in the Anvil, and usually goes into fights and cooperates with the resistance groups to earn money to provide food (fruit, coffee and chocolate have become expensive and rare commodities in the Anvil). One night, Jin is targeted by the Jackhammers, the elite specs group that patrols the Anvil and ensures the safety of Tekken City, for cooperating with the resistance groups. He tries to return to his home, only to find his mother, Jun, killed by the Jackhammers bombarding the house.Jon Foo in Tekken (2010)Grieving the loss of his mother and feeling guilty that he had not protected her, Jin swears revenge against Heihachi. In the ruins of his former home, he finds a Tekken Fighter I.D. belonging to Jun, revealing she was once an Iron Fist fighter. Furious about this, he decides to try out at the Open Call, which lets the Anvil pick a fighter for the tournament. After defeating the disgraced Marshall Law, who was dropped out of the Tournament and forced to fight in the Open Call, Jin is sponsored by former boxer Steve Fox, sponsor of the Open Call and former Iron Fist fighter, and is hailed “The People’s Choice”, who takes him to Tekken City.Kelly Overton and Jon Foo in Tekken (2010)Upon entering Tekken City, Jin befriends mixed martial artist Christie Monteiro. After witnessing Raven overpower Capoeira fighter Eddy Gordo in the first match, Jin wins the match against Miguel Caballero Rojo, nearly killing him in a fit of rage. Heihachi’s son, Kazuya Mishima, is impressed and offers Jin a place in Tekken Corp., but Jin refuses. Later that night, after sneaking out with Christie and visiting a nightclub, Jin is attacked by masked assassins, on the orders of Kazuya, who is scheming to take over Tekken and sees Jin as a possible obstacle since he is hailing as People’s Choice. Jin survives the assassination attempt, thanks to Christie’s interference. Steve and Christie attempt to discourage Jin from continuing in the tournament, but Jin vows to win Iron Fist and kill both Heihachi and Kazuya, and he gives Fox Jun’s ID, he realizes he is her son, telling him that he knew her. Meanwhile, Kazuya blackmails the tournament’s champion, Bryan Fury, into killing Jin in a match or be exposed as a partial cyborg, banning him from the tournament for life (cyborgs are banned from fighting).Gary Daniels and Jon Foo in Tekken (2010)During the quarter-finals, Christie is paired with Nina Williams. But before the fight, Jin notices Nina’s face, she was one of the assassins. After Christie defeats Nina, Jin is matched up with an elite swordsman named Yoshimitsu. Heihachi, liking this young fighter, deems that this match be reserved for the semi-finals and attempts to change the order, but Kazuya, who controls the Jackhammers, stops him. Kazuya then has Heihachi imprisoned and orders the match to begin, effectively seizing control of Tekken. Jin narrowly defeats Yoshimitsu, thanks to Heihachi tripping a security alert in the arena.Jon Foo in Tekken (2010)Following the match, Kazuya orders all of the fighters to be detained. He tells them that the rules have changed, and so they must now fight to the death. Jin, Christie, and Steve try to escape, along with Raven, leaving Nina & Anna Williams and Sergei Dragunov behind, since they were in a separate cell. Kazuya notices them escaping and brings down some guards, causing a firefight. Steve, Christie, and Raven cover Jin but he walks across Heihachi’s cell. Angry, he tries to taunt him, saying he is responsible for killing his mother. However, because Heihachi is their only chance of escaping Tekken, Steve frees Heihachi and joins the group. On the gunfight, Raven is wounded and recaptured, while the others make it out to the Anvil.Candice Hillebrand, Kelly Overton, and Lateef Crowder in Tekken (2010)In the warehouse that Jin uses as protection, Heihachi reveals to Jin the true nature of his origin. 20 years ago, Jun was fighting in the first Iron Fist tournament placed by the Tekken Corporation after the war, and she impressed Kazuya, who raped her, making him Jin’s father, and left her for dead. She survived the assault and Heihachi took her out of Tekken City to the Anvil to keep her alive. Heihachi also tells Jin that since he is Heihachi’s grandson, he could become the next Chairman. He also states the corporation’s true purpose is to restore order to the world, though Jin can’t believe what he is being told, believing that the corporation is spreading terror and fear to its residents. Heihachi entrusts Jin with the task of defeating Kazuya. Later on, the group is located by Jackhammers, who kill Steve Fox in a firefight and recapture the rest of the escapees. Before taking them back to Iron Fist, Kazuya orders the Jackhammers to execute Heihachi.Jon Foo and Roger Huerta in Tekken (2010)Back in Tekken City, Raven comforts a dispirited Jin, saying that he saw what Jin did to Miguel Rojo and reminding him that anger doesn’t fuel the soul, but incinerates it. Raven tells Jin that because there are many people depending on him, he can become champion without letting anger take control of his body. In the Finals, Jin is forced to fight against Bryan Fury, who had already killed Sergei Dragunov in a death match, while Kazuya holds Christie in the control room. At first he is outmatched, but remembering his mother’s teachings, Jin kills Bryan. Angered about Jin’s victory, Kazuya enters the tournament himself, armed with half moon axes, and begins the final match. The weaponless Jin is battered and is about to lose. He is saved, though, when Christie escapes by shooting the Jackhammers guarding her, creating a distraction. This allows Jin to wound and pin Kazuya, who baits Jin by claiming that he remembers how Jun “put up quite a fight.” Kazuya taunts him into inheriting the Mishima Curse (Heihachi imprisoned and killed his father and Kazuya presumably murdered Heihachi), but Jin refuses to kill his father, stating that it is not his curse.Ian Anthony Dale and Jon Foo in Tekken (2010)Christie comes to the stage and declares Jin the new Champion of Tekken. Elated, the crowd both in and outside the arena cheer for him. When Christie asks where he will go, he replies that he will go home to the Anvil, since he doesn’t want to run the corporation. He walks out of Tekken City’s gate and is saluted by the Jackhammers – symbolizing his new role as CEO of Tekken Corp. In a voiceover, Christie explains that Jin’s victory made the Kazama family name synonymous with hope in the Anvil, but that the true legacy of Tekken is only beginning. After the credits, the scene shifts to Kazuya, who walks out of the arena and realizes that he lost control of the Jackhammers, who refuse to salute him. Back at Heihachi’s execution, he kneels in front of a Jackhammer, who is holding him at gunpoint. His final words are: “I am Heihachi Mishima. I…am…Tekken. You will obey.” The Jackhammer lowers down his gun and obeys his command.Gary Ray Stearns and Jon Foo in Tekken (2010)All in all, it’s entertaining to watch since it’s Tekken after all and it’s not everyday that people get to watch live action renditions of their favorite console games. My only gripe is that my favorite character was not in it, unfortunately (Ling Xiaoyu, at your service) and it would have been more interesting if there was a particular solid timeline that the story arc related to and not just put everyone in a big melting pot.

REVIEW: STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST

CAST

Christian Howard (Green Street 3)
Mike Moh (Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight)
Togo Igawa (The Last Samurai)
Shogen (Tori)
Hyunri (Flare)
Hal Yamanouchi (The Wolverine)

For the past 2 decades, pretty much every movies based off a video game; flops. Usually, this is due by the complete disregard to the original creation. While some comic books and novels did get a great feature film, Street Fighter has always been stuck on the short end of the stick. Hollywood latest attempt to monetize the franchise was nothing short of extremely bad. From terrible casting, bad fighting scenes to a genuine lack of passion and respect to a franchise that has impacted our world in more ways than we could ever imagine. So why is Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist any different? Why is this particular series able to break the vicious circle of failures?
Well, for a starter, Street Fighter: AF was produced by passionate fans for the fans, but passion is only the starting point. While it is a great driving force, a good script is required and that’s where SFAF shines. For new comers to the franchise, the series presents a well written story that carries an intriguing lore, which gradually reveals itself through each episode. The premise is simple and focused on two iconic characters; Ryu and Ken. Both learning a mysterious martial art in a secluded part of Japan in the mid 80s. Through each episodes, we get to discover and learn about past students and the darker secrets behind the art.NE0y9EkmWt0O35_1_bTo reinforce the script, we are presented with an incredible selection of actors that really poured their hearts into this production. For fans, the characters were authentic and as real as they could get. Mike Moh and Christian Howard are pretty much the perfect Ryu and Ken. Both can act the part and perform physically. Togo Igawa and Akira Koieyama really felt like masters of an ancient art while still offering a very human side. The careful balance between being a surreal character with a human touch is very hard to maintain but these actors did and it payed off. The intensity of certain scenes could rival some of the best triple A productions out there.
maxresdefaultSpeaking of authenticity, Street Fighter: AF nails it in pretty much every possible way. From choosing the right shooting location, to the fighting style of each characters to the incredible costumes. Ryu and Ken are in simple words, perfect. Even through the action scenes, the combat stances, special attacks and general movements were simply jaw dropping. As a huge fan of Street Fighter, I couldn’t stop reciting the sequence of every moves such as Ryu performing a great focus attack.
Street-Fighter-Assassins-Fist-Ryu-vs-KenAs for the music, usually in independent productions, the music is often very generic and unoriginal. However, I got to say that in this case, the soundtrack is quite good and in most situation, it strongly delivers. For the fans, there’s a few pleasant surprises. In the end, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist is an incredible independent production that values and respects both fans and new comers alike. It has heart and knows its own limits. The story is focused, the actors are well balanced, the action is short but intense and the overall production is strong.

REVIEW: STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI

CAST

Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and The Beast)
Chris Klein (American Pie)
Neal McDonough (Arrow)
Robin Chou (Mortal Kombat)
Moon Bloodgood (Terminator: Salvation)
Josie Ho (Open Grave)
Michael Clarke Duncan (Sin City)
Krystal Vee (The Scorpion King 3)

Kristin Kreuk in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)Chun-Li moves from San Francisco to Hong Kong with her family. While practicing to be a concert pianist, she learns wushu from her father, businessman Xiang. For a while, her life is perfect until one night, Xiang is attacked and abducted by M. Bison’s henchmen in front of Chun-Li. When Chun-Li was grabbed, Xiang had no other choice to stop moving. Years later, Chun-Li grows up and becomes a talented pianist. At the end of her concert, she receives a mysterious scroll written in ancient Chinese text. Shortly after, she loses her mother to cancer. Meanwhile, at Shadaloo headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, Bison announces his complete control of the organization before he has the other shareholders executed by one of his henchmen, Vega. It is also revealed that Xiang is still alive and working for Bison.Chris Klein in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)The next day, Royal Thai Police detective Maya Sunee meets Interpol agent Charlie Nash, when both are called to investigate the murder of several crime syndicate families in Bangkok. Nash informs Maya that the Shadaloo perpetrated these crimes. Back in Hong Kong, an elderly woman translates Chun-Li’s scroll and tells her to travel to Bangkok and find a man named Gen. Chun-Li then leaves her home and travels to Bangkok, living homeless and searching for Gen for several days. A fight with local gangsters one night leaves her exhausted and unconscious, and Gen appears and brings her to his home.Gen informs her that he was once comrades with Bison and he knows how to find her father, and for the next few days, he teaches her his style of martial arts. Chun-Li also learns more about Bison, who is operating Shadaloo publicly, and is holding the families of property owners hostage in order to force them to sign their property over to him. While spying on Bison’s henchman Balrog, she overhears that a property owner is asked to hand over the rights to a docking harbor, allowing the shipment of the “White Rose”. Later that night, Chun-Li confronts Cantana, one of Bison’s secretaries, in a nightclub. She obtains information on the location of the White Rose before escaping from Shadaloo’s thugs and Nash and Maya. As a result of this incident, Cantana is used as a punching bag by Bison the next day and killed.Gen tells Chun-Li more of Bison’s origin. The son of Irish missionaries, Bison grew up an orphan and lived his entire life as a thief. Many years later, as a means of becoming completely evil, he killed his pregnant wife and transferred his conscience into their prematurely born daughter. After telling Chun-Li to go and fetch some food, Gen is attacked by Shadaloo troops before Balrog blows up his house. Chun-Li runs off when she is attacked by Vega, whom she soundly defeats and leaves hanging by the side of a building. The next day, Chun-Li interrogates a harbor employee into telling her the arrival time of the White Rose. She returns to the shipping yard that night, only to fall into a trap as Bison and his soldiers capture her. Tied up and brought into an undisclosed house, she is reunited with Xiang, only for Bison to kill him by breaking his neck. After Bison and Balrog leave the house, Chun-Li uses her skills to defeat the guards and escape. During the escape, she is shot in the arm by Balrog while trying to protect a child. Angered Thai locals then pelt Balrog and other Shadaloo henchmen with fruits, food, and other merchandise. Chun-Li is reunited with Gen, who heals her wounds and continues with her training.Despite being taken off the assignment, Nash is secretly asked by Chun-Li to back her up in taking down Bison. Nash and Chun-Li, along with Maya and her SWAT team, arrive at the shipping yard, where they engage in a shootout with Shadaloo forces. Maya is wounded in the shootout, but her SWAT team manages to dwindle Shadaloo’s numbers. Meanwhile, Chun-Li enters a ship and meets a girl who speaks Russian asking for her father before leaving her to continue her search for Bison. In another part of the ship, Gen faces off against Balrog, ultimately impaling him with a liquid nitrogen pipe. Bison takes the girl, who is revealed to be his daughter Rose, and flees the scene by helicopter. Chun-Li, Gen, Nash and a SWAT officer arrive at Bison’s headquarters, where Nash and the officer take Rose out to safety while Chun-Li and Gen face Bison. After a long battle, Chun-Li hits Bison with a bamboo pole and drops sandbags on him, stunning him. She then charges up a Kikoken and shoots it at him, knocking him off the scaffolding before she jumps and twists his neck with her legs. Nash tells Chun-Li to leave the scene as Thai police arrive.streetfighter-chun-1Chun-Li returns to her home in Hong Kong and settles down when Gen pays her a visit. He shows her a newspaper ad for an upcoming Street Fighter tournament, telling her that a Japanese fighter named Ryu might be a recruit for their cause. She declines the offer, telling him she is home for now.32659_stritfajter_or_street-fighter-the-legend-of-chun_1600x1200_www_GdeFon_ru_-600x400Despite what critics and general opinions say The Legend Of Chun-Li isn’t a bad film. In fact I rather enjoyed it as a movie in it’s own right! It’s polished, well presented and the cast perform their jobs adequately. If it had a better story, some better tailored fight action and they didn’t have the gaul to change and add so much stuff to suit American audiences it could possibly have been a tremendous step forward for game films but although it falls flat on it’s face it does have a lot of saving graces which given how cheeky it all is, is a bit of a feat.

 

REVIEW: STREET FIGHTER

CAST

Jean-Claude Van Damme (Universal Soldier)
Raul Julia (The Addams Family)
Ming-Na Wen (Agents of SHIELD)
Damian Chapa (Under Siege)
Kylie Minogue (Sample People)
Simon Callow (Ace Ventura 2)
Byron Mann (Arrow)
Andrew Bryniarski (Batman Returns)
Wes Studi (Mystery Men)

Ming-Na Wen in Street Fighter (1994)In the Southeast Asian nation of Shadaloo City, civil war has erupted between the forces of drug lord-turned General M. Bison and the Allied Nations led by Colonel William F. Guile. Bison has captured several A.N. relief workers, and via a live two-way radio broadcast, demands Guile secure a US$20 billion ransom in three days. Guile refuses and vows to track Bison down, but his assistant, Sergeant Cammy, is only partially able to pinpoint Bison’s location to the river-delta region outside the city. One hostage is Guile’s friend Carlos “Charlie” Blanka, who Bison orders taken to his lab for his captive doctor and scientist, Dhalsim, to turn into the first of his supersoldiers. Though Charlie is disfigured by the procedure, Dhalsim secretly alters his cerebral programming to maintain Charlie’s humanity.Jean-Claude Van Damme in Street Fighter (1994)American con artists Ryu Hoshi and Ken Masters attempt to swindle arms dealer Viktor Sagat by providing him with fake weaponry. Sagat sees through the ruse and has Ryu fight his cage champion, Vega, but Guile bursts in and arrests everyone present for violating a curfew. In the prison grounds, Guile witnesses Ryu and Ken fighting Sagat’s men, and recruits them to help him find Bison in exchange for their freedom, since Sagat is Bison’s arms supplier. They are given a homing device and win Sagat’s trust by staging a prison escape and faking Guile’s death. However, reporter Chun-Li and her crew, former sumo wrestler E. Honda and boxer Balrog, stumble across the plan, and, over Guile’s objections, attempt to assassinate Bison and Sagat at a party. To maintain Bison’s trust, Ryu and Ken stop the assassination and reveal the conspirators to Bison.Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia in Street Fighter (1994)Returning to his base, Bison inducts Ryu and Ken into his organization and orders Honda and Balrog imprisoned and Chun-Li taken to his quarters. Ryu and Ken break Balrog and Honda out of confinement and rush to confront Bison, who is fighting Chun-Li, but Bison escapes and releases sleeping gas, sedating them all. Guile plans his assault on Bison’s base. He is impeded by the Deputy Secretary of the A.N., who informs Guile that the decision has been made to pay Bison the ransom, but Guile proceeds with the mission alone. At the base, Dhalsim is found by a security guard, and a fight ensues. Charlie is released and he kills the guard to protect Dhalsim. Guile arrives and sneaks into the lab, where Blanka attacks him. Charlie stops when he recognizes Guile. Guile prepares to shoot Charlie to end his suffering, but Dhalsim stops him. Bison prepares to kill the hostages by unleashing Blanka on them, but Guile emerges and a gunfight ensues until the remaining A.N. forces arrive. After ordering the his allies to rescue the hostages, Guile engages Bison in a duel. As Guile and Bison fight, Ryu and Ken defeat Sagat and Vega. Bison’s computer expert Dee Jay steals Bison’s money and escapes, joined by Sagat. Bison’s bodyguard, Zangief, engages Honda in a fight until learning from Dee Jay that Bison was the true enemy, and sides with Ryu and Ken.Raul Julia in Street Fighter (1994)Guile gains the upper hand against Bison and kicks him into a bank of hard drives, electrocuting him. A revival system restores Bison and he reveals that his suit is powered by electromagnetism, enabling him to fly and fire electricity. Bison takes control of the fight and moves to deal the death blow, but Guile counters, kicking Bison into his monitor wall and overloading the base’s energy field. The hostages are rescued, but Guile stays behind to convince Dhalsim and Charlie to return with him. They refuse, with Dhalsim wising to atone for his part in mutating Charlie. Guile escapes as the base explodes and reunites with his comrades. Sagat and Dee Jay realize Bison’s money is useless “Bison dollars” that Bison had intended to use after conquering the world.Kylie Minogue in Street Fighter (1994)This is such a classic film. It is funny and fairly light hearted and takes your memory for a walk down memory lane. Don’t expect the latest special effects or cgi’s as some people do even though it is an old film but this makes it an excellent film, no flashy displays and showing off of technology.
It is just pure, simple and fun.

REVIEW: HALO: THE FALL OF THE REACH


CAST

Jen Taylor (RWBY)
Steve Downes (Halo VIdeo Games)
Michelle Lukes (Doctors)
Britt Baron (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
Travis Willingham (Sofia The First)
Richard Casino (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Hynden Walch (The Batman)
Antony Del Rio (The Super Hero Squad Show)

b822d29a9f039debabd91b89d3cb8c90Some would say that the Halo franchise is overdue for a film adaptation. The pieces are there: epic science fiction scope, established fanbase, recognizable and iconic protagonist. A few live-action adaptations have already been done: Halo: Forward Unto Dawn 2012 & Halo: Nightfall 2014. Now, we have a fully animated entry; the latest Halo film is based on the 2001 Halo: The Fall of Reach. One of the first video game novelizations, The Fall of Reach details the origins of the main protagonist, The Master Chief, and how he came to be the last Spartan at the start of Halo: Combat Evolved.1026747-1122-1200

The film starts off, oddly enough with Blue Team from the recently released Halo 5: Guardians. The framing device is that Master Chief and his other Spartan friends (retconned into the rest of the Halo Extended Universe), are on the planet Reach after the alien enemy – The Covenant – has glassed it. Glassing is a process in which the technologically advanced aliens shoot super-powered lasers and burn a planet to a cinder. One of the first things immediately apparent is the animation style. Sequence, the studio responsible for collaborating with 343 Industries on the previous Halo games, has created the art style and produced the animation for Halo: The Fall of Reach. Sequence’s role in the previous Halo games was delivering a string of stories in what were called Terminals – items that the player would find throughout the game that would tell a story outside of killing aliens and monsters. And while the art style is beautiful with luscious water color aesthetics, the animation is stilted. When any of the characters are running or even walking, you can visualize a rod in their back keeping them upright. It makes moments – like children being replaced with deteriorating clones – slightly comical.HaloFallofReachstillMuch of the Halo: The Fall of Reach hour long runtime is about children being taken from their families and trained to be super-soldiers called Spartans. They are taught what it means to be a Spartan as well as what it means to function as a unit. One scene, carried over from the novel, tasks the young Master Chief with reaching the end of the course for a reward of a hot meal – the holiest of rewards in boot camp. When he completes the course, he is told that he has failed and that every other recruit will eat except him. This carries over into the Master Chief we know from the video games where he has his list of allies and will not turn away when they need him.1026747-halofallreachsequencetrailer-cropped-1200

The second half of the film is about the teenage/adult soldiers becoming acclimated to their MJOLNIR Spartan armor. The Spartan armor is a new and advanced piece of technology that requires a life-threatening surgery to don. It is terrifying to watch as scores of children die while undergoing the surgeries. Some are left brain dead while others become quadriplegics. After surgery, the Master Chief is shown as more emotionally unstable than he was in the novel. During his fight with the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs), he savagely beats the normal troopers with his genetically enhanced fists and muscles. In the novel, he only attacks them when he himself is attacked. One character’s narration reinforces the idea that Master Chief is a loose cannon because of his newfound abilities, while in the novel, he’s portrayed as the opposite. For the most part, Halo: The Fall of Reach is true to the prequel novelization. Some changes range from the innocuous to the curiously perplexing. Jorge from 2010’s Halo: Reach makes a cameo appearance, seen disagreeing with a drill sergeant on the pronunciation of his name. There is a numerical inconstancy with the number of dead vs. survivors during boot camp as well as the number of surgical survivors. There are also the retcons of adding the members of Blue Team from Halo 5: Guardians into segments of Halo: The Fall of Reach that they were not previously in. These are minor nitpicks in a true to form adaptation.

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One of the best additions to Halo: The Fall of Reach is the score. The Tom Salta soundtrack carries the film from scene-to-scene. The classic Halo theme makes appearances here and there but the soundtrack knows when and where to emphasize the emotional gravitas. One of the more unfavorable aspects of Halo: The Fall of Reach is its abrupt end. Just as the Master Chief and other troopers begin their journey as fully-fledged Spartans, the film ends without warning. It cuts back to the framing story that is largely unnecessary and is just used to advertise Halo 5: Guardians. The animated film adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns, was split into two parts for a full three-hour film, but had the good sense to indicate to the viewer that the story would be continued in a later episode. Here, the end comes so suddenly, that you’re left frustrated that the visualization of a critically lauded novel would end before the novel’s story concludes. Halo: The Fall of Reach, like the novelization it is based on, stands to achieve the same audience impact. Once the second part of the animated adaptation is released, we may see more game novelizations adapted into films. With just a few missteps, Halo: The Fall of Reach makes important strides towards a more accessible Halo universe and lore, bringing the franchise to a wider audience than the games and books have ever reached.