A Boxing Legend and a World Icon Will Be Missed

With the deaths of several luminaries in the entertainment world, 2016 is shaping up to be a bad year for cultural icons. Three-time world boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who died June 3 at the age of 74, is one such heavyweight, in every sense of the word. Although there have been many inspirational sports figures, few have transcended that realm to become an enduring social and cultural phenomenon that crossed generational, racial, and national boundaries. Ali first came to prominence after he dethroned reigning heavyweight champion Sonny Liston in a 1964 upset, but it was his conversion to Islam – combined with his outspoken and controversial stance on the draft and civil rights – that launched him into prominence outside of the boxing ring and cemented his place as a voice of the national conscience and advocate for the underrepresented and disenfranchised.

Not-So-Humble Beginnings

Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Clay, Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky on January 17, 1942. He was a small, inquisitive child who had a strong sense of fairness that he displayed from an early age. Ali was reported to have had a volatile relationship with his domineering father, which was related by local cop and boxing coach Joseph Martin after taking a report about young Ali’s stolen bike. According to Martin, he was incensed about the loss of his bicycle and concerned about his father’s reaction. Martin then suggested that before he sought revenge he should learn how to box, and he began training at the age of 12.

Ali made his amateur debut in 1954, and won eight Golden Gloves titles, six at the state level and two nationally. His amateur career was capped as a gold medalist in the Light Heavyweight division at the 1960 Rome Olympic games, and he made his professional debut on October 29 of the same year. Despite his impressive 19-0 record over the next 3 1/2 years, he went into his first title fight against Sonny Liston as a cocky, belligerent underdog.

Rise and Fall

Shortly after he took the title from Liston, he rocked the sports world by announcing publicly for the first time his affiliation with the Nation of Islam and his adoption of the name Muhammad Ali. However, other boxers and the media continued to refer to him as Cassius Clay for some time; his opponents used it as an opportunity to psyche him out before fights. His humiliation of Ernie Terrell in the ring during their bout on February 6, 1967, was the last time anyone called him Cassius. After toying with Ernie and inflicting punishment on him round after round, he beat Terrell in a unanimous 15th round decision and then screamed in his face “What’s my name?” His won his final title defense against Zora Folley on March 22 of that year, and then disaster struck.

In 1966, Muhammad Ali got the letter that changed the lives of millions of young American men, but he defied the draft due to his strong religious convictions and opposition to the Vietnam War. He was eventually arrested and found guilty of draft evasion. Due to his conviction, he was stripped of his New York boxing license and boxing titles, and he spent the next four years fighting in court instead of in the ring. His conviction was finally overturned 1971 by the U.S. Supreme Court, and he was officially given conscientious objector status.

Don’t Call It a Comeback

Once he vindicated himself legally, it was time to return to the ring. After a string of highly publicized matches and wins, he was paired with Joe Frazier for the “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden in 1971, which Ali won in a unanimous decision. They fought each other twice more, including the legendary “Thrilla in Manila” bout in the Philippines in 1975, with Ali winning both fights. He would go on to rack up 31 consecutive wins before his first defeat.

He retired from the sport briefly in 1979, then announced his return to the ring the following year against Larry Holmes after undergoing a physical and being cleared to fight by the NAC. That fight, which took place on October 2, 1980, was a disaster, and it was stopped by his trainer in the 11th round; it was Ali’s only defeat by knockout, and that fight is said to have contributed to his deteriorating health. He retired a final time after a sad display in his last professional fight against Trevor Berbick on December 11, 1981, which he lost after a ten-round decision; he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1984.

Legacy

His verbal sparring matches with Howard Cosell are the stuff of legend, and his wit, intelligence, and humor were part of an innate charm that won over even his harshest critics eventually. Sports Illustrated named Muhammad Ali the top sportsman of the 20th century, and he remains the only boxer to win the heavyweight title on three separate occasions. First in 1964, and then again after rope-a-doping George Foreman during the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle.” In Las Vegas in 1978, he won the his third title belt, this time from Leon Sphinx.

His final public appearance as an elder statesman of the sporting world occurred on July 19, 1996. Already in the advanced stages of Parkinson’s Disease, he lit the Olympic flame during the opening ceremonies of the 1996 summer games in Atlanta, and it was nothing short of inspirational. The identity of the final torch-bearer was deliberately kept secret from the public, but when Ali emerged – shaking, but stoic and standing tall – he created one of the most memorable Olympic moments of all time.

In Memorial

George Foreman states today that Muhammad Ali was “bigger than boxing, bigger than movie stars; he was something special,” and that to remember him solely as a boxer is an injustice. Bob Arum, who promoted 26 of his fights, stated upon news of his death his belief that Muhammad Ali had more of an influence on race relations than any other public figure of his time. The Reverend Jesse Jackson eulogized Muhammad Ali thus: “He was a champion in the ring, but, more than that, a hero beyond the ring. When champions win, people carry them off the field on their shoulders. When heroes win, people ride on their shoulders. We rode on Muhammad Ali’s shoulders.”

Muhammad Ali is indisputably one of the greatest showman and boxing champions the world has ever seen, and his influence has seeped into every facet of popular culture from politics to rap. Regardless of where you stood on war, religion, or civil rights, you knew he told the truth – always – even while he entertained and provoked you. Gentleman, Statesman, Poet, Champ: Muhammad Ali has left an indelible mark on the Sport of Kings, and on all those who were graced by his presence.



Acting, accents, and awards. Oh My!

Have you ever been watching a movie and the actor or actress on screen just has this atrocious accent? One so bad it takes you out of the movie experience because it’s so off what it should be. Yep, we’ve all been there. You’re watching Robin Hood and hear Kevin Costner talk to Maid Marion and you literally say out loud, “Come on, I’m not expecting Errol Flynn but this is ridiculous!” Let’s not forget the most notorious bad accent of them all, Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. You mention that movie to someone in the UK and they all cringe. For actors and actresses, a truly bad accent can make you infamous and not in a good way. But, if you can do a really good accent people will notice and laud your performance. If you can do multiple accents well…yep, you’re an acting legend, but it’s much harder than it sounds.

When you’re looking at a list of perfectly done accents, Forrest Whitaker has to be on the list for his portrayal of Idi Amin in the Last King of Scotland. Whitaker’s Ugandan accent is perfect and won him an Academy Award. Gwyneth Paltrow nailed a British accent in Shakespeare in Love and won an Academy Award for that. Daniel Day-Lewis was incredible in Gangs of New York with a stellar New York accent, while he didn’t win an award for that role, he has 3 Oscars.

There are some over-achieving actors who can pull off multiple accents like Naomi Watts. She does British, Australian, American, and passable Russian accents. Hugh Jackman does British, Australian, and American accents very well. Then we have the  Queen of accents, Maryl Streep. She’s done British, Italian, Polish, American flawlessly.

If you’re an actor or actress and are reading this, you’re probably wondering how do I replicate this success for my career? The answer is a voice coach. A voice or dialect coach is an acting coach who helps you develop the voice and speech of a character. A dialect coach will give you comments on topics of believability, uniformity, and clarity of your accent. You could consider this an investment in your career because you will expand your ability to qualify for different roles, which means more steady work for you.

In the words of sought-after voice coach Bob Corff, who’s worked with Hollywood stars like Cate Blanchett, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, and James Franco. “Accents are like juggling,” he explains. “The right pronunciation, words stressed, attitude, and energy all have to sync up and be consistent.” Basically, an accent done right can really benefit your acting career, longevity, and catapult you to award winning stardom.



Imagination Comes to Life

For years, the film industry has been transforming literature into big motion pictures. For example, “Gone with the Wind”, written by Margret Mitchell and published in 1936 was a huge success as a novel. Selznick International Pictures took Margret Mitchell’s words and created “Gone with the Wind” the movie in 1939, which became the most successful box office hit of all time. This allowed the actors Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable to bring to life the main characters in such a vivid way.

Since then, there have been some of the most beloved and classic novels, to include comic books now, brought to life. You have “Pride and Prejudice”, written by Jane Austin in 1813, which has had several TV series and movies with the most recent starring Keira Knightly as Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy. However, Colin Firth I believe was voted the best Mr. Darcy. This just being one of the many novels converted to the big screen.

Although this has been common place for many years, I believe recently it has become more the trend. From Nicolas Sparks heart melting and (often times) heart breaking romance such as “The Notebook” to Suzanne Collins action- packed with survival being the highest priority with “The Hunger Games” trilogy, to Veronica Roth futuristic action-packed “Divergent” series.

Why has this novel turned movie wonder become incredibly popular? Well it’s simple! You take the ingenious minds of authors such as J.K. Rowling who created the boy hero Harry Potter and invited readers to join in the world of Hogwarts and then you invite the movie enthusiast as well. The joining of these two has created discussions, arguments and brought people together with the common goal of sharing their thoughts on each creation and bringing forth that human connection that has been missing for some time. Not to mention the movie industry making a hefty buck as well. Especially taking major trilogies and turning the last book into a two parts movie. Genius!

Let’s face it, the truth of why this has become so popular is because you have individuals who would never pick up a book and would never know anything about the book if it wasn’t for the movie. Perfect example would be “To Kill a Mocking Bird” by Harper Lee. Mandatory read in most high school English classes and most would not pass it or would have a clue about it if it wasn’t for the 1962 film. Let’s not forget the classic “Romeo and Juliet” which has been produced numerous time and the last being the most ridiculous in my opinion. Yes, yes I know…….. there are cliff notes and the internet to provide enough information for a person to look at, but most of these individuals don’t like to read in general.

Most novels turned movie usually stay true to the novel (or as close as possible) and the actors do their best to stay true to their character but sometimes there are changes that must be made in order for the movie industry to appease society, like in the movie “Troy” based off The Iliad by Homer. The box office made several changes to the movie, such as Achilles living past the point of the Trojan Horse entering the city because lets face it Brad Pitt had to rescue Briseis, who technically did not live in Troy in The Iliad to begin with, nor was she Hector’s cousin. However, to capture the audience they made a romance for Achilles (Brad Pitt), any chance to show case Brad Pitt at his best is a must! Sometimes they must make changes for set reasons, reasons beyond the directors control. A perfect example of this is the lower part of Troy was protected by a trench not a 50 foot high wall.

When the idea of taking a novel to the big screen was established, it was the best plan put into action. This has allowed individuals who don’t read to participate and enjoy the creation. It has allowed heroic fictional characters come to life for children and adults alike. It has provided people a reason to pick up reading again and to enjoy it with a greater sense of purpose and let’s not forget boosting the sale prices for novels and movies alike.



Top 3 Movie Posters Dad Will Enjoy Having This Father’s Day

Don’t know what to get Pops for Father’s Day? Tired of giving the same old traditional gift of a tie, golf balls, or a book?

If either of these situations apply to you, why not give Dad something unique this year like a movie poster that he can hang with pride in his man cave? If you’re not sure what Dad’s favorite movie is, use one of our top three suggestions to ensure you give him the perfect gift for Father’s Day.

Father’s Day Movie Poster #3: Pursuit of Happiness 

Who doesn’t love a feel good story based on real life? Especially one about a father doing everything in his power to lift him and his son out of poverty. The Pursuit of Happiness exemplifies exactly what it is to be parent by showing us the trials and tribulations that our parents go through on a daily basis not only to provide the daily essentials we all need as human beings, but to give us anything and everything that they didn’t have as a child. I’ve never heard a of a father that didn’t absolute love this movie and what it represented to be the head of household. It’s a perfect option, especially if he’s a fan of Will Smith.

Father’s Day Movie Poster #2: Field of Dreams

This movie, based off the book ‘Shoeless Joe’, is a classic for any father that enjoys sports. The movie represents much more than the fantasies of a grown man attempting to build a baseball field with a corn stalk wall as a fence. It represents a time in a man’s life when he looks back on being a young boy and that he is no longer that person. It allows a man to remember the “good old days” but to remember that we should live for each new moment of each day as well. It’s another one of those movies that just simply sits well with the soul.

Father’s Day Movie Poster #1: Father of the Bride

The top slot in best Father’s Day movie posters goes to the unforgettable laugh out loud comedy of Father of the Bride. This movie poster is best suited as a gift for any daughter that was and still is Daddy’s little girl. As a father, it represents everything that you have gone through or will go through when your little girl grows up and wants to marry some guy that you’ve never even met. You might not remember all those nights that your father was sitting up late waiting for you to get home after your first date or the time he sneaked your boyfriend into another room to have a little talk but he certainly does. He’ll get a kick out of this poster.

If you’re still undecided as to which poster to get, just click here for all your options.



Top 3 Sequels You Wanna Go See!

Summer is the time for going to the pool, having a backyard party and going to the movies. And speaking of the movies, you don’t want to wait until it’s almost over to decide which movies you’re gonna see. So get your pen and paper, or get your Moviefone app ready, because here are the Top 3 blockbuster sequels that you’ll certainly want to put on your summer movie must-see list.

MOVIE SEQUEL #3: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is sure to kill it this summer as we revisit the lives of Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) as they battle it out with a sorority who moves in next door. Zac Efron reprises his role as Teddy and attempts to aid the girls, led by Chloe Grace Moretz, in their feud with Mac. As things start to get out of control, the sorority turns on Teddy, causing him to switch sides and join forces with Mac. Hilarity ensues with special appearances from Kelsey Grammer, Selena Gomez, Billy Eichner and more.

MOVIE SEQUEL #2: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Rounding out the 2 spot in this list of summer sequels is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. In this latest installment of the TMNT saga, Shredder joins forces with a mad scientist, Baxter Stockman, played by none other than Tyler Perry. Together they attempt to use a serum to take over the world. The turtles team up with April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Casey Jones (Stephen Amell) and Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett) to thwart this evil with amazing action scenes and brotherly bonding. Krang, voiced by Brad Garret, will make an appearance as well, only with a scarier appearance than we remember from the cartoon. TMNT: Out of the Shadows promises to bring action packed nostalgia you won’t want to miss.

MOVIE SEQUEL #1: Independence Day Resurgence
Leading the pack for the top summer sequels is Independence Day Resurgence. Two decades after the first Independence Day movie, the aliens have returned. Despite Earth’s advances using left behind alien technology, nothing could’ve prepared the global nations for their advanced attack. Human ingenuity is the only thing that’ll save the world. With a star studded cast including, Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, William Fichtner, Vivica A. Fox, Sela Ward and more, this sequel is sure to blow the competition away.

It’s common to hear critics proclaim that the sequel didn’t live up to the original movie or you should just wait for the DVD. Not with these top three summer sequels! They’re sure to live up to the hype. With excellent casts, stellar story-lines, and amazing action packed scenes, these sequels may just do better than their original counterparts.



Who Will Be The Next Generational Spielberg?

The movie industry is a constant change of flux and evolution. The technology changes as does the appeal toward audiences, what is attractive to the eye. Having the right director or producer in place is key, and often times those directors and producers often lead the charge for those big changes in the industry.

Take Steven Spielberg, who through the ’70’s and ’80’s revolutionized the movie industry with fellow director George Lucas. Spielberg through his many movies was able to take a story and tell it in a way that captivated audiences and brought fiction to life. So who’ll be the next Spielberg? Who’s the next director and producer that’ll come along and introduce a whole generation to the movie industry and take them on a journey of story telling unknown before in the movies?

For the last 15 years, one such director has been making a name for himself, not only as a director but also as a producer through his production company, Bad Robot. J.J. Abrams hasn’t only set a new standard for directing, but continues to be one of the leaders in the movie industry, leading the charge toward continual change and innovation.

J.J. Abrams has been in the industry for over 25 years, but it has been in the last 15 years since he took the helms of director that he has really made an impact. A testament to his ability came when he was asked to direct the new Star Wars movies. This after and during continual directing of the Star Trek franchise. Fans were concerned that you couldn’t have the same person directing both franchises, but Abrams has proved them wrong. The new Star Wars film became the third highest grossing film of all time.

Also, with the use of his production company, Bad Robot, Abrams has created or helped create a number of popular television shows. Some of those productions include mega hits like Lost, Fringe, Alias, and Person of Interest.

Abrams not only has been given many opportunities to direct or produce, but also he has capitalized on those opportunities by introducing creative and innovative ways to tell the story through advanced special effects and improved cinematography. His works leave audiences wanting more. Even the vomit inducing motion-sick monster flick Cloverfield still told a good story even if the approach fell flat.

To define who’ll be the next Steven Spielberg requires a leader of innovation and the ability to carry the evolution of the film industry to the next level. J.J. Abrams has been doing that for the last 15 years and continues to show audiences that one day people will ask, “Who will be the next Abrams?”



Top 3 Summer Movies You Gotta See!

Everyone knows that summertime is the best release time for blockbuster hits. And if you’re a movie buff like so many other people, you’re certain to not be disappointed by the movies being released this summer in theaters everywhere!

Although we’ve already witnessed some major record breakers in theaters this year already, hits like “Captain America, Civil War.“Deadpool,” and “Batman Vs. Superman,” will look pale in comparison to the top 3 summer movies we have named on this list.

Must-See Summer Movie #3: Independence Day Resurgence
For 20 years we’ve all waited for a sequel to the original Independence Day starring Will Smith, and now after much ado fans will be satiated as “Independence Day Resurgence” brings the aliens back to once again conquer and destroy the world. Although this time Smith isn’t playing the role of Captain Stephen Hiller, actors formerly cast in the original such as Jeff Goldblum, Vivica Fox, and Bill Pullman all make a significant appearance. The first one was incredible with action, thrills, and a bit of comic relief. And according to critics, this one promises just as much entertainment, but with better graphics and special effects. This much awaited reboot is set to break records at the box office come its release date of June 24th.

Must-See Summer Movie #2: The Legend of Tarzan
Throughout the past decades, there have been many adaptations of Tarzan released. But there has never been an adaption with a superior story-line like the one that this summer’s “The Legend of Tarzan” is promising. From the looks of the trailer, this movie has impressive graphics and also boasts all of the features one looks for in a family movie. You’ll get a little mystery, a love story, and tons of cool action. Whether you’re just curious about the newest Tarzan to hit box offices on July 1st or just want to find out what the hype is all about, this  is sure to be the modernized remake of a classic that your entire family will appreciate.

Must-See Summer Movie #1: Suicide Squad
The highly anticipated Suicide Squad is one of those movies that you’ll be constantly hearing about from all of your friends. This movie caters to the crowd of fans that liked this winter’s Deadpool. It’s not necessarily a movie about super-heroes, but instead sheds new light on a group of super-villains that set out on a secret black-ops mission that’ll grant them clemency from their past crimes. If you like movies about villains, super-heroes and love comic book characters, as well as an all-star cast, the geek in you cannot afford to miss out on this film which is set for release on August 5th.

Top 3 Summer Movies You Gotta See: Bottom Line
Whether you enjoy adaptations of classic movies, reboots of former blockbusters, or like to indulge in super-villain films, you won’t find any shortage of movie genres this summer that’ll provide you with the most enjoyable entertainment that you’ve experienced this year.



Some Movie Stars Aren’t Cut Out to Be in Comic Book Movies

With the popularity of comic book movies on the rise today, finding actors/actresses that have the ability to not only play the role of hero or villain, but have the ability to connect with their audience is a very important thing. It can be the one factor that’ll make or break a potentially great comic book movie in the end.

The connection made between a superhero, or villain, and the audience can be key to a movie’s success and the inability to make that connection can be detrimental to all involved. Audiences may start into a comic book movie completely clueless as to the affect of the connection that is about to be made. But this connection is inevitable and is one of the biggest factors leading to the success of any comic book movie. It has the ability to draw an individual into the movie and creates a kind of bond between the actor/actress and audience that’s not easily broken.

Unfortunately, there are so many actors/actresses out there who simply don’t have what it takes to make that all important connection. For some, the reason can be as simple as the image they portrayed in the many movies they have played in over the past. Image is something that sticks with audiences and isn’t an easy thing to break. Image cannot be simply turned on or off like the light switch on a wall.

If a female actress has been known for the kind, gentle, non-aggressive role she has played in all of her previous movies, and has never deviated from that role, it’ll be difficult for audiences to see her appear in the villain role of a comic book movie today. Much the same, if a male actor has only been associated with angry, aggressive, selfish roles in all of the movies he has ever played in, making a switch to the superhero role in a comic book movie might be a far reach for comic book movie fans today. This can be a factor that sticks with an actor or actress for life.

For some actors and actresses, it’s not simply the fact that they have portrayed an image, in past movies, that can’t be easily broken. For others, it can have a lot to do with the fact that playing a part in a comic book movie takes a special kind of actor/actress. It takes one who isn’t so much focused on immediately making that all too important connection, but more-so focused on being the character they’re playing.

To be the superhero or villain, in a comic book movie, is to do much more then just act out a part. It’s to feel the part and feel it so strongly that the part becomes the actor/actress involved. This is how connection is made and this is the ability that so many actors/actresses lack today.



What Attracts Movie Audiences to Psychological Thrillers?

A psychological thriller is a film in which the plot largely is based on the personality and psychology of the characters. This type of film emphasizes the mental danger of the characters rather than a physical one. Although psychological thrillers will often introduce physical dangers, the mental challenges of becoming or remaining safe is emphasized.

Audiences like to view this type of genre largely because they can experience the same psychological threats the actors or actresses do without the danger. They enjoy the thrill of of unknown dangers and how characters deal with psychological ones. To view characters in a situation wherein a they must try to reason with a villain is completely engaging to audiences. A physically dangerous scenario is exciting to many, yet so many horror films in which the protagonist is escaping a maniacal character have been made. In these films, the antagonist is most likely chasing the character or characters with a weapon that can cause serious physical injury. Once those scenes have either passed or a character has succumbed, the plot resumes seeking out other victims or a denouement and resolve has been acquired by the end of the film.

In a psychological thriller, the viewer can never be sure where the plot is going. Oftentimes, the villain is not always obvious. The ability to keep the audience members guessing as to who the villain is can be a roller coaster ride of movie viewing emotions. In many cases, the antagonist, or villain, turns out to be who the audience thought was the protagonist, or the good guy. Languid changes in the development of a psychological thriller become purposeful and intense. In fact, the fun of a psychological thriller is less about blood and gore and more about the changes and developments in character identities.

Alfred Hitchcock was probably the most recognized director of the original psychological thriller genre. He has stated that if you build the excitement, rather than just show it, the effect is a far more tension filled scene. He has stated that showing a timer on a bomb and cutting to the clock ticking down several times is a far more satisfying psychological tense scenario than just showing a bomb exploding and its immediate aftermath.

The fact is that people enjoy being thrilled and frightened while they know they’re in a safe environment. They can experience the adrenaline rush and resolve while being completely safe while being thoroughly entertained.

The psychological thriller allows audiences to be scared, surprised, shocked and anxious and yet, safe at all times. It can be similar to a roller-coaster ride where all the reactions to fear can be realized, yet safety isn’t compromised.



What Went Wrong With The Ratchet & Clank Movie?

The Ratchet & Clank movie is a good adaptation of the PlayStation games bearing the same name, and that’s part of its problem. The story itself is perfectly fine and accomplishes what it sets out to do: To tell the story of Ratchet, a Lombax who longs to leave his lowly life as a mechanic on an equally lowly planet and to join Captain Qwark in his fabulous adventures among the stars. We journey with Clank as he realizes his dreams of entering the great battles of the universe. Does this premise sound a bit familiar? It recalls Luke Skywalker’s journey in A New Hope.

While moviegoers can and often do tolerate unoriginal story plot-lines, Ratchet & Clank wasn’t good enough to become more than a game film adaptation. In addition, all of the characters that’re both good and bad are pretty shallow, lacking any real depth. All of this is why this moderately well-made movie, which actually has some really good voice acting, is only really interesting for fans of the PlayStation game. Regular moviegoers recognized it as merely an ‘A New Hope’ rip-off. The gaming fans were probably also at least somewhat disappointed in this halfheartedly adaptation of a what’s considered a classic game.

Ratchet & Clank fails to grasp at an age level. It looks a bit juvenile, but usually seems to take itself a bit too seriously. However, it’s a seriousness that’s still too juvenile for adults and too adult for juveniles. This is one of those movies that would’ve done well as an all-out children’s movie that adults still enjoy. Unfortunately, the producers didn’t take this route, but still managed to make an adultish movie without any meaningful depth or dialogue whatsoever. What makes it even worse is that they inexplicably decided to tame the originally fantastic action with the even more fantastic weapons.

This is definitely not the worst video game film adaptation ever made-not even close. There are some real stinkaroos out there. While decent, it’s still little more than a shallow video game remake that’ll only interest gamers and will also disappoint them to some degree as well.