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Red Faction II (2002)
Red Faction II (PC)
When Volition released the first Red Faction-game back in 2001, it created quite a stir because of the Geo-Mod Engine. Suddenly gamers could mould the game environment with rockets and grenades; for example, shoot holes in walls and walk through those holes; things we don't think are particularly exciting these days.
Released only one year after the first game, Red Faction II (2002), is surprisingly bad in almost every category. Most obvious is the edgy graphics and the somewhat short campaign. The story has its flaws as you can imagine. To be honest it is quite bad and you never really get to know the characters very well. I don't know who wrote the script, but a sexual innuendo like:
"Hey Alias, let's get wet ..." - is pretty dumb coming from a female character in a sub.
I had no trouble at all playing this PC-version on my Windows 8 OS. Everything worked very well. I experienced no crashes or any problems at all. (I played the STEAM-version of the game).
+ Voice actors Lance Henriksen and Jason Statham are fun. + Some memorable moments. + Easy to play and get a hang of.
- Bad graphics. - Bad character control (especially the menu system). - Boring plot.
I would only recommend this game to people who want to find out what happens in the Red Faction-universe.
The Spy Next Door (2010)
The true philanthropist...
Any long time Jackie Chan fan will not like this movie out of several reasons; first and foremost because of the character Jackie plays - Bob Ho - who is made of paper-mâché. Based upon some stereotypical "funny guy" Bob Ho comes across as human being out of sync in every possible way. He does not look like an agent, he does not talk like an agent, and the producers and the director really made sure that he doesn't show his martial arts skills like an agent, but rather gives the appearance of a monkey that is trying to reach a banana on a far away branch. And the fact that he somehow has managed to entice a woman's heart and being her lover, well, that is ridiculous.
There is no doubt in my mind that kids will love this movie, but even so, we should not encourage them to see such poorly done films, especially not when there are CGI-movies that are so much better and done with passion and love for the craft; like many of Jackie's previous films.
Whether we like it or not, Jackie is not 25 years old anymore, neither is he inclined to risk his own life to make us gasp in front of our LEDs, LCDs, Plasmas or worn out silver screens, but rather intent on entertaining us with projects that he hopes are as fun to watch as they are stimulating for him to make. Whatever we feel about some of his movies, we should not forget that Jackie Chan is a big hearted man, if you know anything about him, you know he is philanthropist, people like him love to make other people smile, and from what I've gathered throughout the years, that is the essence of his being. Even if I didn't smile during this movie, I know he made somebody else laugh, and I guess that was the point of this whole project.
Most certainly Jackie Chan is no fool. He is no longer "just" an actor in martial-arts-slap-stick-action-movies, he is the center of a large corporation with many employees that depend on him, and as such, some dreams have to make way for other dreams. Jackie made it to Hollywood, he showed everybody he could do it, we have to give him credit for that, and as much as I hate to admit it, I want him to continue making movies that he feels are right, because if I could chose, we'd see Police Story IX next year.