Commentary

December 20, 2013

Fly Over: ‘Battlefield 4’, and ‘Escape Plan’

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On DVD:

‘Battlefield 4’

This “Battlefield” was hyped up over new features like destructive multiplayer game play and insanely new campaign mode.
As a new player to the “Battlefield” franchise, I was not disappointed except for a couple of minor flaws in the game system itself.
The multiplayer was nothing like I have ever experienced before in a game. I have been a huge “Call of Duty” fan for years now, and I can truly say that “Battlefield 4” blows it out of the water.
The features in this game are incredible. For instance, it has huge maps that are able to sustain jets, helicopters, tanks, boats and let us not forget the four wheelers. Oh geez!
Vehicle battles on the ground and air could affect the placement of troops on either side. Ground troops don’t get overpowered as easily as you would think as well. Whip out an RPG and shoot out a helicopter. There was one point where I was with a squadron in a field trying to gain a key position in a map and we were being held down by two squads inside a building. One of my teammates was taken out then as all hope was lost, he came back in a tank and starting taking chunks out of their building. Eventually our tank’s firepower caused their building to become so weak that it collapsed and took down the enemy squads with it … that’s pretty impressive. For a multiplayer map to be able to do something like that got me all fired up.
However, as the next map was loading the game froze. It’s a common issue that several other players have experienced. The next generation game console, which I don’t have, had eliminated this problem so if you have the next generation console then you will have a lot more fun with the newer graphics and less freezing.
I spent most of my time playing the multiplayer game modes, but I had gotten through several missions from the campaign mode. It was pretty exciting from the beginning all the way through.
The makers of this game had made the game as if you were part of the team inside of the squad … a lot of emotion was put into the game making it a little sad every time you lost someone on the American side. But it’s to be expected in times of war. The missions had a lot of thought put into them.
Overall I would have given this review the full four stars but those freezing points frustrated me at times. Other than that I enjoyed this game and will continue to play it, especially when I pick up the next generation console.
“Destruction. That is basically what the “Battlefield” series is all about, and “Battlefield 4” is no exception.
– Kaamil Ahmed

 
Escape

On DVD:

‘Escape Plan’

Most of us may remember Sylvester Stallone from his role in the movie “Rocky” and Arnold Schwarzenegger from “The Terminator,” but who would have thought decades later these two would come together and star in “Escape Plan.” I was definitely intrigued by the idea and decided to give the movie a chance.
The film begins with Ray Breslin (Stallone) in a high security prison, where his job is to identify the prison’s weaknesses in structure and security. The twist is, he is given a fake identity and those who work in the prison don’t know he’s a professional escape artist and not a prisoner.
To find the prison’s vulnerabilities, Breslin carefully watches everything that goes on in the prison, from the prison guards’ routine to figuring out the prison’s layout and identifying the best escape route. Once this is done, he begins his preparations. At first the film doesn’t give any explanation as to what Breslin is doing and how it’s going to help him escape. All the audience sees is the end result of his successful escape. After his escape, he meets with the prison warden and reveals in detail how he managed to escape.
Though most people may not want to voluntarily check themselves in a prison on purpose, Breslin makes a living going in and out of prisons. Breslin, who is also a former prosecutor, has the goal of making sure prisons are inescapable. The reason for this is revealed near the end of the movie.
After his most recent escape, Breslin is offered a multimillion dollar deal to test a prison that is so top secret it doesn’t exist within any computer database. Typically Breslin follows a set of rules but this time he disregards them and chooses the money over his safety. What makes this deal the most dangerous is Breslin and his partners cannot know the location of the prison but it’s a risk Breslin is willing to take. Once the deal is finalized, Breslin makes himself available at the pickup location in New Orleans and is given the identity of a Spanish terrorist named “Portos.”
Wanting to know Breslin’s location, his partner Hush (Curtis Jackson) injects him with a tracking device which is later removed by his captors. To make matters worse, Breslin is drugged twice on the way to the prison which keeps him from knowing his general location.
Breslin painfully wakes up in a see-through prison cell. There, he is surrounded by other prisoners’ cells which are also made of glass. During their recreation time, Breslin meets Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) and the two become friends. Rottmayer, who senses Breslin isn’t the person he says he is asks him to tell him why he is there. Breslin makes a deal with Rottmayer that if he gets him a metal plate, he’ll talk.
Rottmayer succeeds in acquiring the metal plate. Breslin then tells Rottmayer how he ended up in the prison and seeks Rottmayer’s help in making an escape plan.
I was actually surprised with Stallone’s and Schwarzenegger’s performances. Their characters were believable and at times hilarious.
What I liked the most about this movie was the cleverness behind how Breslin escaped the nearly impossible. And when it seems he’s succeeded, another problem occurs, and somehow he gets himself out of that situation too.
The film is packed with fight scenes that were really fun to watch. There was never a dull moment. I found myself constantly guessing what’s going to happen next.
“Escape Plan” is rated R for violence and language throughout.




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