Sunday, 16 March 2014

Cinematic Bioshock

After the release of the game last year, there have been many rumours and speculated conversations concerning the cinematic adaptation of Bioshock: Infinite, and there is no real reason why it wouldn't work.

Although some dedicated gamers may be quick to disagree due to the fact of previous game to movie adaptations which were not so true to the game or successful, such as Resident Evil; there were an awful lot of mixed opinions of the movie, gamers seemed to not be huge fans of it whereas general action movie goers seemed to give positive feedback. But a Bioshock movie would require a whole different audience for it to be appreciated, of course the fight scenes would be generic, high budget action scenes; but a deep, complex storyline will also need to be understood to take the movie in completely.

Many people appreciate that the game in itself is almost a movie experience, it's a complete mind-grabbing experience, I myself had to complete it in the course of one day as I didn't want to stop and distract myself from the story line. This leads to one of my main concerns; what would be done with the script? Would it be adapted by already established script-writers or would it be left to the creators of the game? I feel as if the game creators should write it themselves should the opportunity arise, in case they try and turn the script into an average action blockbuster instead of the story it is. The script in my opinion should also show the audience a tiny bit more into Booker's life just before he is sent to Columbia, a short history lesson about Columbia should also be described to Booker when he arrives by a local, with a focus on the political and religious intentions of the civilians in the floating city.

Cinematography will play a big part in this movie, the visuals could make or break it. The movie would need to be very bright to capture the beauty of Columbia, a shot that I was keen to share that should be included is an almost identical shot from "Man of Steel", where Jor-El (Russell Crowe) looks over his burning planet. A re-enactment of this with Elizabeth looking over Columbia once released from her captivity would be fantastic.

One of the main questions is who would play the two main characters. In my opinion Courtnee Draper, the voice actress, could just as well play Elizabeth phsyically as she did with her voice; she looks just like her and is already a proven actress in many films and television shows. 
Booker DeWitt has many more options in terms of who could play him; my two favourite for the role would be Michael Fassbender or Jake Gyllenhaal, both immense actors who genuinely have a physical resemblance to the character and can hack the seriousness of the role.

"The mind of the subject will desperately struggle to create memories where none exist…"
―R. Lutece, Barriers to Trans-Dimensional Travel, 1889

Friday, 14 March 2014

Remember the Monsters?

Remember the Monsters?

Pure disappointment. The writers of the show seem to have become less and less interested as the show progressed, after an incredible first 4 or 5 seasons, they decided to create pointless plots that seemed to end with no dramatic tension or reason.

As the show goes, it could have been my favourite; even over Breaking Bad (I dare say). Dexter seemed so new and original when it first started, and it was executed perfectly up until season 5. Many seem to agree a perfect ending would have been in an alternative season 5 to the one that was created, where instead of Dexter killing the "Trinity Killer" in season 4, the next season could have been based on him avenging Rita's murder and finally being caught by Debra's (very odd and unconventional) "lover"; Agent Lundy. But no, we were almost forced to watch Dexter's now not so exciting life drag on.

The whole of season 8 was terrible in my opinion, although the introduction to Dr. Vogyl and her impact of the way Dexter has lived seemed as if it were a good idea, it turned out to be rather pointless. In the end she seemed to have no real link with the finale and a character created just to buy time throughout the season. Every viewer could have recognised the writers had no real plan how to end the show (much like "Lost") and just opted for a cheesy B-list rated ending, involving bad special effects for a storm and a serial killer lumberjack.

First of all; it was inevitable that Debra was going to die before the end of the series, so why were we giving the bad, false hope that she was going to survive for a split second? Again, to buy time to ride out the rest of the season as there was no real game plan to fill it up.  How was Dexter allowed to unplug a life support machine and wheel a dead woman through a completely packed hospital, you cannot tell me a storm allows people to just rob a dead patient from a hospital. The writers seem to think that they could use the storm as an outlet to all the stupidity shown in the episode, as if a storm means you can do anything you want without any consequences.
Now the thing that bugged and confused me the most, is why did Dexter Morgan dispose of Debra, one of the only people he ever loved, in the same manor as he had when killing paedophiles and murderers? Surely you'd want your closest family members deceased body to remain somewhere more respectful than a body bag buried into the sea? Obviously not in the curious case of Dexter Morgan.

Hannah. Just, Hannah. Dexter has now given custody of his young child to a crazy murderer who is wanted by federal police and whom attempted to murder his very own sister, to allow her to live with Harrison in Argentina. Great parenting I must say. But that's the least of Dexter's problems; he's busy somehow avoiding an inevitable death by a massive storm in Miami and becoming a Clark Kent like lumberjack. I have no words to describe how angry and disappointed I was at this ending, it was so useless and plain for the creative and exciting show we as viewers once loved.

Some people have suggested they ended it like this to make way for a return in the next few years, I deeply hope this isn't true. "Dexter" is now broken, trying to fix it will only make the memory of the show worse.

I remember the monsters.