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The Division movie director announced

The Division is set to hit the silver screen and be made into it’s own movie adaptation. Like most rumours of up and coming films the spot light often jumps to who is going to be responsible for making and bringing a video game to life. Today Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the film and TV part of Ubisoft has announced that the same person will write and direct The Division movie.

If you’re like me then you’re passionate about how video games are portrayed once they are created into a movie and it’s no secret that there have been some really bad game related films made, Uwe Boll I’m looking at you!

However it looks as though The Division movie will be in some really good hands because the writer and director of the movie will be the one and only Steven Gaghan. Chief Executive Officer of Ubisoft Motion Pictures Gerard Guillemot said,

We are really excited to bring Stephen’s unique vision of the game to film audiences around the globe,”

The Call of Duty: Ghosts director has been handed the gantlet and is taking on the task of bringing disease ridden New York to life. I you’re not familiar with Steven Gaghan then check out his IMDB page right HERE for more information, it won’t be long before you recognise something that he’s done.

Ubisoft announce 2 books for the Assassins Creed film

With the impending release of the Assassins Creed movie, Ubisoft have announced 2 books to accompany the film. The first being the official film tie in which tells the story of Callum Lynch as he discovers his ancestry and his descendants part in the secret society of assassins.

The second book is entitled Assassins Creed: Into The Animus. This is a behind the scenes look into the making of the movie and gives a unprecedented insight into recreating 15th century Spain. Along with interviews from the cast, set and costume designers this is definitely something for the avid Assassins Creed fan. The movie and the book are set for release at the end of the year and from the trailer it looks amazing.

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The Call Up film review

I got the pleasure of Heading along to a pre-screening of The Call Up a new film out on the 20th of May that blends cinema and games together. Now wait, I know what you’re all thinking

“ah, jeez. Gamer films are normally rubbish, so few hit the mark”

and I am inclined to agree. Coming from a gamer’s perspective on the film, I went in with very low expectations. Films and games have a turbulent past: remember Gamer with Gerard butler or Doom with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson *shudder* these are two examples of films that could have been great, but once again proved that sticking a star on the screen and telling people it’s about games, well, that ain’t enough, sir. However, with The Call Up I was pleasantly surprised. It was good. Now it has some faces you may recognise but no super stars, and the director, Charles Barker – who also wrote the screenplay – you may not know, nevertheless, this was an enjoyable film that blends cinema and games well.

The film is about a group of gamers who win the ultimate gamer experience, to go into a fully immersive virtual reality environment and compete. They are all strangers and top level, hard-core gamers, who meet for the first time at the location of the experience. And then off they go. I’m not going to go in to too many details, so not to reveal spoilers, but I’ll give you a rough idea of why I liked it and why I think you should go see it.

As a gamer, there are subtle nuances that I appreciated that may have been missed by non-gamers. Throughout the film there were certain lines and visual references that rung very true for anyone who has played games, especially first-person shooters. The intro was an especially good homage to the start of modern first-person shooters, I thought. It sounds silly to say, but I noticed and appreciated these little references, it’s nothing inherent to the script or story but they highlighted to me that the people behind the film really do know games. Things like the slightly off NPC movement that can happen, and the cheesy one-liners and speeches often made in games, all provided a terrific nod to the medium. Whilst many of these references focused on the lighter side of the medium, and included one or two that made me laugh out loud, the film was very brutal in places and didn’t shy away from violence. Which is great, because who doesn’t like a nice graphic electrocution or bloody gun battles, Right? Right. No worries here.

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On top of clearly knowing the medium of games, The Call Up’s filmmaking was also very strong. The shots used, the framing and a plethora of other cinematic techniques where used to great effect and added to why the film was so enjoyable and immersive. One of the things I think matters a lot in film is the music. It can shape your emotions perfectly to amplify the feeling of a scene, but in the same way it can destroy it if done badly. I’m happy to report the music worked very well. It was very ‘Tron’, that deep synth, almost 80s style that I found very theme appropriate.

The characters had all the bases covered for your different gamer archetypes, your jock, loner, etc. all with suitable Gamertags that matched their personalities. The archetypes where a little predictable but it was saved (for me anyway) by the realisation that I had at least one gamer friend to fit most of them. I thought the cast where all quite good, with a couple of standout performances from individuals who could go on to have strong acting careers, and they helped add to the gravitas of the film. As skilled as an actor might be, however, it very much relies on the strength of the script, which I found pretty engaging. It did have some lines that I couldn’t place as being either a hint towards the somewhat clichéd writing in games, or meant as serious, but they were few and far between, maybe two or three in the film, the rest of it was enjoyable. Put it this way: it didn’t have me rolling my eyes in the way a lot of other videogame themed films do.

All in all, I liked it. I Think the director shows real promise for the future as do a few of the cast members. This certainly won’t win any Oscars and it probably won’t get the recognition it deserves, but it was enjoyable cinema. The concept for the film is brilliant and executed very well. If you play games then go see this film. If you don’t, then go see it anyway, you don’t have to be a gamer to enjoy this film, but it definitely adds to it.

Need for Speed Movie Trailer

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I am not overly keen on game to movie adaptations. Do remember watching the $48,000,000 production from Hollywood Pictures of Super Mario Bros.? No, there is a reason for that, it was rubbish. It was slammed by the critics and lost a shed load of cash.

But granted, there have been some OK’ish game to movie projects. The Resident Evil franchise (removing my bias against the films) has been extremely successful over the years. Silent Hill, Max Payne, Hitman and Tomb Raider have all experienced degrees of success. A handful of these movies even launching the careers of new actors and actresses.

However I can almost guarantee this particular movie will make its money back on box sales thanks to the success of the Fast & Furious franchise. Orange Wednesday’s down your local theatre are likely to be filled with 20 something males and their reluctant girlfriends… oh the joy!

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