Category: 5 Monkey Reviews

Mass Effect 2

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I finally got around to playing Mass Effect 2 and must say it is a
great game. It is one of the few games in recent years that anally
kept me playing until the end. I love it when s game mixes a great
story with great game play.

The graphics in the original Mass Effect were pretty good and the graphics in the sequel are amazing. Loading times are not all that bad and speed up significantly if you unseal the disc on to your Xbox 360. The environments were very detailed and really made the locations that you visit seem like they could really exist in the world of Mass Effect.

I only played through about a third of the original Mass Effect so I didn’t know how it ended until I got a few details through the story in part 2. So if you care you may want to play and finish the first game before playing this one. If you do play through the first game you can import your character and gain some sort of bonus in part 2. Once you beat Mass Effect 2 you also gait he option to import that character and restart the story with your skills and weapons. The story was good enough that I may actually do this to try to go renegade this time.Your choices in the game change how others see you and give you more options in conversations. You can make good or bad choices called Paragon or Renegade choices. Depending on which path you choose you can take different actions in the game.

Now there were a fee things I didn’t like about this game, but the
good outweighed the bad for sure. I didn’t like how long it took to
find minerals on planets. The mining and probing bits were a nice
feature at first, but after your fiftieth planet or so you get pretty
tired of scanning planets for minerals. The other part I could have
done without is the part where you have to spend a few minutes running
around the ship as Joker. Running may be an overstatement, you limp
around the ship at a fair clip. The game play in this portion of the
game seems like it doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the game.

I give Mass Effect 2 5 out of 5 Monkeys:

Up In The Air

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Up In The Air follows Ryan Bingham through several major life changes and how he deals with these changes. Ryan Bingham works for a company that fires people for other companies. He is also a motivational speaker on the side.

The theme behind his speeches seems to be one of happiness through isolation with the big question being what is in your backpack and what weight are you carrying around on your shoulders. Bingham’s happiest times are in the air while traveling for his work and to his speeches. Bingham’ s life choice as a bachelor comes into question when he meets a woman much like himself and eventually falls for her. He must choose to follow his chosen path or to follow his feelings.

The other major change in his life is at work where they want to try firing people over web cam instead of in person, which means no more travel for Bingham. This is where we meet Natalie Keener a hot shot just out of college who wants to revolutionize the way their company fires people. Keener doesn’t understand the personal side of what Bingham does. He takes her on the road with him to try to show her that the personal touch is indeed required for what they do.

I don’t want to give away too much here, but Up In The Air is definatly a must see. You can really feel the humanity of the characters and the conflicts that arise when they are forced to make decisions that go against who they think they are. This is a well acted and beautifully shot movie.

 

DVD: Up in the Air
Blueray: Up in the Air [Blu-ray]

 

I give Up In The Air 5 out of 5 Monkeys:

Avatar

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Went to see Avatar this afternoon, and it was great, probably the best movie I have seen in a while. Despite all the hype I went into this movie with no expectations, I just wanted to see a movie. Saw it in 3d and enjoyed that as well. This was my first modern 3d movie. I like how they didn’t go overboard with the ooo look you can touch it 3d effects, the 3d was used more for layering the scenes.

The plot of the movie as most of you know is the humans visiting an alien world and trying to take what they want first by negotiations and then when that fails by force. We get characters that we can care about, a great good guy and a great bad guy. The special effects were top notch. It felt like I was watching a live action animated movie. Everything was blended together well. It never felt like you were watching cgi effects and people on a green screen, everything just worked mixed together. If you have not seen Avatar yet, go see it.

I give Avatar 5 out of 5 Monkeys:

Zombieland

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Those of you that know me, know that I am a big fan of zombies. Having said that I really enjoyed Zombieland. I wan’t expecting much from the movie, but it proved to be quite enjoyable. It is a movie of the same ilk as Shaun of the Dead, a zombie comedy. Where Shaun aims more at the comedy of the people trying to survive in the zombiefest, Zombieland takes a look at the comedic ways of taking out the zombies. Zombies have taken over the world.

Our main characters start out looking for a safe place to ride out their lives, but end up seeing how many zombies they can take out along the way using various tools of destruction. Woody Harrelson plays a great role as Tallahassee the bad ass zombie hunter. Jesse Eisenberg plays Columbus, to tell the truth it could have been any one of the teenish stars of the present day. Emma Stone plays the part of Wichita and she comes across well as a strong yet brooding female lead. Abigail Breslin plays Little Rock and does well at the little sister role.

I loved the visual effects as Columbus goes over his zombie rules throughout the movie. We could all use some zombie life lesson tips just in case the swine flu gets out of hand. If you are a fan of zombies in general this is a must see.

I give Zombieland 5 out of 5 monkeys.