This will be my first foray into reviewing games. I have covered video games in one of my older opinion pieces but it was barely scratching the surface and revolved around the storytelling tools that video games could have through its gameplay mechanics.
For this review, I’ll be covering a game I recently played a full play-through of in light of its sequel being announced, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, and is the first in its series, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. So let’s dive right in.
DISCLAIMER: Spoilers ahead!
And so it begins… the first film in Universal Studio’s Dark Universe franchise, the 2017’s The Mummy, a remake of the 1999 film that starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. While the original was a strange but somewhat effective mix of horror, comedy, adventure and corny one-liners, the 2017 remake kind of tries to do the same but takes its own twists.
It’s been a while since I last saw Tom Cruise star in a bad film, but I guess no actor or actress will be able to escape from having a few bad films under his or her belt. Remakes tend to do much more poorly than its original and it did not help that it was released during the week Wonder Woman was also released. But let’s dive in to see what it’s about, shall we?
Disclaimer: SPOILERS AHEAD!!
Ahh.. Resident Evil aka RE. One of the most beloved franchises in gaming history that revolutionized the Survival Horror genre hasn’t done as well when we look at its film counterparts (arguably, the games have also sucked since RE4 but hey, that’s not what this article wants to discuss). The live-action films were… mediocre at best, mostly action films that took inspiration from the source material and left me always desiring for more.
But the live-actions lacked one very important thing: character. And that’s where the story from the games deliver well (once again, let’s focus on RE 1-4 for discussion’s sake).
Then I met this gem of an animated film: Resident Evil: Damnation.
And I fell in love. It was like watching a cutscene compilation of whatever the characters from the games would do, such as crazy feats of slaying zombies and saving the world from B.O.W.s (Bio-Organic Weapons) once more, along with the campiness the series was known to have from the original games. So what did it do well? Let’s take a look.
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I’ve got a confession. It’s a really awkward one to share but today’s the day I’ll spill the beans. Trilogies, when done right, can take a special place in a person’s heart; just look at how many fans the Star Wars original trilogy had and you’d have a pretty convincing example. And my secret is… my trilogy of choice will have to go to the Pirates of the Caribbean series. It just has that perfect blend of campiness, strangeness and charm that only a trilogy of pirate films can give you.
After the extremely disappointing 4th film in the franchise which steered away from the narrative they concluded in the trilogy, my expectations were honestly pretty damn low. I won’t go into detail why the 4th film was horrible for me but it just felt like the formula was messed with; there were many elements that I loved in the original 3 films that On Stranger Tides just lacked. So when the teaser for Dead Men Tell No Tales finally hit mainstream media, I couldn’t help but be excited for the franchise again… in the hopes that this time, they’d hit the mark like the did once before.
Disclaimer: SPOILERS AHEAD!!