«Wow. Scary stuff! Cool vid!»
«A great film - the reason I didn't watch it earlier is that I don't like war movies at all - but I'm so glad I watched it now!
Great sets and atmosphere you created here, editing and the narration were wonderful, and a great story.
It was strange to hear the 'The Movies' music - it reminded me of how wonderful the music they provided with the program is, a thing I had forgotten when I heard it 1000 of times in the early TM days! It fitted the mood perfectly.»
The film begins by imitating a 40s propaganda cinema news reel. It's very evocative and almost indistinguishable from the real thing, right down to the jumpy footage and grainy black and white, with convincing assorted shots of the war effort.
Then the story proper begins as we follow an American sniper on a mission to eliminate a top-ranking Nazi.
The visuals are superb right down to the realistic long grass that you can almost touch.
The music used is spot on - "The Movies" shows yet again that some of its orchestral pieces, when applied to the correct setting, are hard to beat (having a live orchestra playing themes designed for war films helps!).
There were only two things that could have been better. I thought that there were some sound effects missing in places, a grenade explosion being the most obvious example. But also there was no wind or rustling of grass or any other ambient sound that could have brought the viewer further into the story. Gunshots and vehicles were handled well though.
The worst thing - one of my pet hates - was the DOG. I hope I never see the day when I go to the cinema and all through the film there's a logo on the bottom left corner of the screen "LucasArts" or "Dreamworks" or "WB" or "EoN Productions". I'll walk straight back out and ask for my money back! The movie screen should be entirely a window into an alternative world. A DOG adds a glass layer separating the audience from the story. In a film where the first-person perspective is important, this problem is accentuated. This site's own DOG (top right) has prompted me to always download the films rather than watch them here[whoever thought that would improve the viewing experience here is an idiot]. I want a cinematic experience not a trash-TV experience when I watch a film (yes, I'm spoiled - but even the BBC has started putting DOG's on its HD channel).
Having said all that, there's too much to admire in this film in its visual styles, editing, camerawork and the convincing way multiple formats were put together to make a cohesive World War II adventure film. I also liked the suspense during one scene - just as I shouted "SHOOT! YOU TWAT!" at the screen [it had that effect on me!] - he fired the gun and we saw a lovely slow-mo of the gun leaving the bullet.
Very good stuff - brilliant if you chop out the bottom left corner of the screen.
[The Disney Channel is the worst. A silhouette of Mickey Mouse's ears takes up nearly 25% of the viewable area - I forlornly look forward to when the DOG has had its day!]»
«I saw this on YouTube thanks to Ducli's post and it is a great piece of Machinima. It may be the first one where I actually internally felt the tension build for the main character as the story progressed...I was truly sucked into the story. The pacing was superb. The direction was outstanding. I loved it. I am not one to like game machinima and the tendency for some movies to have an "in game" quality. This one is genuinely great storytelling. Kudos!»
«Terrific! Great compilation of a wide variety of formats. I dont usually like "game movies" but this worked nicely. Editing was top-notch. The music worked pretty good but my only gripe is it couldve used a different song during the 'event', however I just loved damn near everything about this one. Suspensful and truly gripping all the way. Highly recommended. Nice debut, welcome to TMU, Warlord.»
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