Lucy Review

Lucy

The initial thought going into this was finally a film where Scarlett could be a superhero without being the Black Widow. I was a bit skeptical also because it wasn’t needed in a sense that she was already an Avenger. This film took me by storm. It’s all calm at first then hits you in a way you never expect. There was a moment where I felt like I was watching either Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman or COSMOS with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Lets dive a little further into the breakdown of Lucy.


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Lucy

Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers, Ghost World)

Morgan Freeman (Se7en, The Shawshank Redemption)

What did I like about it?

The mind was blown in a way I can’t really describe. I like movies that make me think. The only way this film could be any better is if Neil deGrasse Tyson joined Morgan Freeman in conversation about the mind and universe. Seriously, this movie read like an episode of Through the Wormhole with Johansson being a badass throughout the entire movie. It’s like having a free acid trip while someone narrates what going on in your mind.

What didn’t I like about it?

The beginning was a bit slow. I was waiting for something big to happen, that one plot changing moment when things start to get better or worse. For me, it doesn’t pick up until the scene where she was chained to the wall and the drug kicked in. That was a good 15-20 minutes into the film. From there, it only got better. High concept films, like this one, can make or break it.

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Would I buy/watch again?

This film is worth adding to my collection. I get into scientific documentaries about the universe and the human psyche. Completely high concept but worth it. The film truly was an experience.

Favorite part (if any)?

When the drug first kicked in. Watching that transformation with the digital rendering of the cells reacting to the drug and her body reacting to it.

Recommend?

Yes. Morgan Freeman, enough said. Also, if you are into documentaries about the universe and/or the human psyche, this should work for you.

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Last Words?

This movie was amazing. It will leave you thinking about everything. There could be a chance for a sequel, possibly expanding on Morgan Freeman’s character where he could take what he has learned and go further with it. A drug like that, surely someone else has eyes on it and not just the antagonist of the first film. Freeman and Johansson did a great job. People should definitely watch this film.

An “Irrational” Decision?

Ken Levine

There was much confusion and sadness surrounding the news that Irrational Games, the studio behind BioShock and BioShock Infinite, will be “winding down” leading to layoffs for all but 15 employees. Co-founder and creative director Ken Levine has been somewhat ambiguous for his reasons stating that he’ll be “starting a smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor” in order to focus on “narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable.” Is the reasoning behind this decision to downsize operations sound or does Mr. Levine have more to answer for ending a beloved games studio?

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Meet the Guardians of the Galaxy

Meet the Guardians of the Galaxy

The Internet was blowing up last night when the first officially released trailer of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was finally shown. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and watch it now. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Excited yet? What’s that? You don’t know who any of the characters are? That’s understandable considering the likes of Star-Lord, Groot, and Drax the Destroyer aren’t household names like Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man. That’s why Marvel decided to release character specific mini-trailers to give the world a taste of this oddball group.

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Should You Get: 9.03m [Contributed]

The following is a contributed review by Speedyard AKA ShotgunButterfly9. He continues into his Should You Get series by taking a look at the esoteric indie title 9.03m. Be sure to check out more of his videos on YouTube.

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9.03m describes itself as a memorial to victim’s of the tsunami that hit Japan in March of 2011. So far so good. Every other medium has been used to explore tragedy, to remember those who lost their lives, to evoke empathy, so it’s great to see games try the same.

It’s just, they shouldn’t do it THIS way.

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Should You Get: Receiver [Contributed]

The following is a contributed video by Speedyard AKA ShotgunButterfly9. He delves into whether you should pick up the title Receiver. Be sure to check out more of his videos on YouTube.

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Taken from the video description:

Receiver’s “high detail gun mechanics” is one of the most original and compelling ideas I’ve seen in a game. The game requires you to master them and to exercise a degree of vigilance, planning, forethought, and awareness of your environment that most games, especially shooters, never demand from you, and learning to do so is wonderfully fulfilling.

It has that glorious sensation you always get when you find a genuinely challenging game where the path to mastery is clearly laid out, truly demanding, and satisfying to accomplish.