Sunday, 10 April 2016

The Week Ahead!


If you thought last week was quiet in terms of game releases, then this week must be close to absolute silence. Dark Souls 3 is the only video game coming out this week. Releasing on PS4, Xbox Ones and PCs on Tuesday the 12th, the latest installment of a franchise acclaimed for its difficulty places the player in the role of "The Ashen One" and is tasked with stopping the apocalypse. How? Fighting big things with magic or melee - oh, and rolling - lots of rolling (And dying). It's currently sitting at a 4.5/5 on Metacritic, so first impressions are overwhelmingly positive.

In terms of movies, we have 4 of them coming on the exact same date, that being the 15th of April. The biggest release is the live action remake of The Jungle Book. I for one think the remake is unnecessary, but it's getting a good reception. Basically: boy raised by animals, animals try to get boy to humans, tiger wants to eat boy. Although, that's just based on the cartoon original. Who knows, it might try something more "real" and "gritty". PS. please don't.

The next movie is the Thriller movie Green Room, where a band member witnesses a murder caused by white supremacists and has to survive in their venue which they own as they try and cover up the crime. It's a spin on the "trapped in a horrible place" trait found in so many horror movies nowadays, but I have no idea whether it would work or not.

Action/Thriller Criminal has a very Total Recall vibe about it, in that it deals with memories. Basically, a skilled CIA agent's memories are implanted into a convicts body. It's a cool concept, albeit one which has been done before. Maybe this could shake it up - it certainly has the possibility to make a great movie if executed correctly. 

Finally let's lighten the mood with a Comedy. Barbershop: The Next Cut is the third film in the Barbershop series. It stars Ice Cube and a host of others as they attempt to save their shop and 'hood from gang members. I myself have never seen any of these movies so I don't know what to expect. Here's hoping it isn't a generic cash grab or rehash. How did Ice Cube go from gangsta rap icon to comedy film star though? I'll never know. 

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