My list of Top 10 Gameboy games

This list is based on games that make me go back to play them over and over again. I’ll add criteria such as music, graphics, controls etc. to make my choices as obvious as I can (because anything I think and say should be obvious by default, since I’m that great).

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In Time – Did they try to save time

Recently, being the movie junkie I am, I decided to give the movie In Time a chance. You know, the one with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried in it.

Read more to find out what I thought about it.

To start with the most important of aspects of a movie: The acting.

The acting from all parts was solid and the main characters were believable. The only character I thought was a little bit borderline believable was Philippe Weis (Vincent Kartheiser) but I assume his character is meant to be “washed out” so to say, since he, after all, has lived for a very long time (80+ years) but still looks like 25, with a suffocating personality and strict composture. I assume that I don’t have anyone to compare with in this world which lives in the same conditions, which might be what makes the character less believable.

The plot was very promising in the beginning with a very compelling story. In the future you pay everything in time. From your 25th birthday and onwards you have to pay in  time to live. You work for time and you pay in time. One days blue collar work gives you roughly 1 day to live and then you have to struggle to pay the rent and food bills. Do you want a fancy car? Then you’ll have to pay 65 years. Plus tax.

There are time zones, basically the ghetto who feeds the rich mans city complex (which is New Greenwitch). To leave the ghetto you’ll have to pay 1 year, and then everything in Greenwitch is much more expensive too (like 4 months for a nights stay in a hotel) so what’s the point of trying to escape?

In the ghetto you live from day to day and will die any minute as soon as your “money” runs out. Instant death. And it’s not uncommon to see people laying on the streets dead. In Greenwitch you’re loaded with time and there are people who have the means to live for centuries, no, even millenia or millions of years.

One day Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) loses his mother (which eerily looks to be of the same age as him) to the time system (her time tuns out, literally) and after meeting a man with a century on his hands, saving him and recieving that time as a gift, he embarks on a journey to collapse the system and to bring justice to all the people in the world (much like his own father did). He takes a cab to Greenwitch and there he meets millionaire daughter Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried) and in an attempt to escape the Time Keepers (“financial” cops working to balance the time flow and who catch time robbers) he kidnaps her and she willingly follows him and helps him in his plans.

The making of the movie In Time

One bothering thing about the world of the movie is that everyone looks 25 (in a family it’s impossible to see who’s the grandmother, mother or daughter, for example) and thus it puts a twist to reality. Even through everyone is supposed to be 25 they surely don’t look like it (Will Salas looks like 35, his mother like 40 etc.) bar a few actors, but that’s in my opinion only a minor dent in the framework of the movie.

The plot also develops very well in the beginning just to sift through the sand anticlimatically.  There’s no real climax which would give you chills and leave you awed at the end of the movie. Instead it leaves one with a confused look and a feeling of “betrayal” why the expected ending didn’t take place. This might in part be the fault of misconceptions about the ending by the viewer (that’d be me).

The movie seems to draw threads between the time system and the money system we have today. Maybe it’s some kind of critisism of the monetary financial system we have today. That’s probably why the ending is what it is, if you compare the two systems. The only difference is that you can have a plethora of different financial statuses in our world while in In Time you’re either poor as a rat or loaded like a machine gun.

 

Even though the movie is worthwhile to watch I’d say that it should be reserved to when you have nothing else in your wishlist of movies to watch. It’s not bad, but it leaves you longing for more, and fails to competely satisfy your movie junkie desires.

If you have doubts then leave it so that you can watch it In Time of boredom.

Real Steel – does it stand up to it’s name?

From Wikipedia: “Steel is an alloy that consists mostly of iron and has a carbon content between 0.2% and 2.1% by weight, depending on the grade.”

Would that mean that this movie implies that it’s really made of both iron and carbon? Is it that awesome?

To start off the story is kind of simple. The movie takes place in a not too distant future where robot boxers have taken over the boxing scene. They can’t reason or box on their own though, they need a human behind the “steering wheel” whether it’s through the conventional high tech joypad or through voice control.

Our main protagonist, that is played by Hugh Jackman, is  Charlie Kenton. He lives alone in his trashy van and drives cross country to partake in robot boxing with his trusted Ambush. It turns out he’s a jackass (no pun intended) and does anything to make money, bascially through making rash decisions and overestimating his capabilities, which leads to the destruction of his bots over and over again, and you should note that they’re not exactly cheap to begin with.

 The making of the movie Real Steel

Soon he recieves news that his son has to be assigned a caretaker, and he’s next in line since he had a thing with the childs mother and bailed out when the pressure got to big (which resulted in the brat that later would stand in front of him in court, which Charlie arrives to late by the way). This brat is streetsmart and has a lot of attitude, not to mention a big heart as well, and well, Jackman, being a Jackass (pun intended) decides to sell him off to the kids aunt (well, it’s in secret, he makes a deal with her rich and considerably older hubby). His brat Max (yeah, that’s his generic name) finds out and want his half of the money. Of course Charlie refuses but the kid reluctantly decides to stick with his old man since he, after all, has nowhere else to go (even though he offers to live on the streets with his cash).

Anyhow, the two of them embark on a trip together, that’s to last throughout the summer, after which the kid will be the property of his aunt. Why not caring for him immediately? Well, the aunts hubby wants some quality time with her over the summer. Sure, his intentions are not described as clearly as I wrote them, but come on, it’s pretty obvious when you watch that scene. And also there are some lies told about him wanting to give Charlie the chance to bond with Max. What a great man.

Alright, the plot itself, at least the part that concerns the robot boxing, was enough to make me want to see it at the movies.  Come on, it’s a young boys greatest fantasy to see boxing robots. I’m no young kid anymore, but as everyone knows boys will be boys. The robo-boxing was pretty awesome.

The rest of the plot was pretty much a standard Hollywood set-up with a few tweaks here and there, but as that was more or less expected I was able to enjoy the whole movie.

Well, except when they got in trouble with the “homeboy!” (if you watch the movie you’ll get it) where he simply could’ve unleashed his robot on him in self-defence. Or at least his son could’ve. That part is in my opinion illogically written but I understand that it was needed to make up for some father-son bonding time. After all the pace was good and the plot kept you hooked overall.

The visuals (the CGI to be more precise) were also very well done, they were a delight to watch. These days they can make just about anything look real.

In conclusion I’d like to say that even though the plot is Hollywood-ish the acting was great and the visuals, filming and entertainment values were high. So even though the plot itself seems to be of a lower quality steel, the movie overall can be said to be made of Real Steel.