HALO 4 – A Review by Film Nerd

Developer: 343

Console: 360

Synopsis: Bungie may not be back, but 343 takes over and returns us to the world of grunts, brutes, Cortana, and of course, the Master Chief.   While following on from the events of Halo 3, this game does also do a lot more to investigate Master Chief’s origins.   At the same time, a new threat to humanity is revealed, the Prometheans, ultimately leading to the discovery of our new big bad, the Didact.

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Great Treasures at Gametraders – 9th March 2012

New and recently discounted games

Mass Effect 3

Easily the biggest release this week was Mass Effect 3.   The trailers for this game have been absolutely awe-inducing, not that they were really needed for those whom were already fans of the franchise.   I have not yet picked up my copy, as some of you may have realised that my review of Mass Effect 2 is not yet up, indicating I haven’t finished it.   After all, I need to import my saved character!!   For those that do not already have a model of the Normandy as well, Gametraders Blacktown is doing a bundle where you can get the game and the model for a total of $119.95!

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Great Treasures at Gametraders – 2nd March 2012

New Games

A few franchises have release their latest gaming instalments over the past week, and these are a few of what are available at Gametraders Blacktown.

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Great Treasures at Gametraders – 11th January 2012 (this week with extra Tripod)

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Revenge of the Film Nerds author SchmandaRose was fortunate enough to post a review of beta testing The Old Republic, and now it is available for the wider community as whole, with the  software for this anticipated MMO now available at Gametraders Blacktown, and in all Gametraders stores.   Read SchmandaRose’s review, then grab a copy for yourself!!

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Great Treasures at Gametraders – 16th November 2011

Anyone who has not been into Gametraders Blacktown in the last week, be prepared to be amazed.   In one short week there has been an abundance of new stock delivered to the store, ready to transport any pop culture enthusiast to Nerdvana.

New Games

Assassins Creed: Revelations

This is the latest instalment in the insanely popular Assassin’s Creed franchise, and not only do Gametraders have the game on offer, but also a wide range of merchandise to complement the release of the game, including the figurines pictured below.   As in store, and you can get some great deals bundling any of these items with the game!!

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Great Treasures at Gametraders – 26.10.11

Welcome to the new weekly segment of Revenge of the Film Nerds, where I share with you new stock available at Gametraders Blacktown that has me excited, curious, or just generally interested.   There is a lot to share, so I will jump straight into it!

 

Harry Potter wands

Who wouldn’t want one of these exquisitely crafted replicas from the block-busting film series.   With both Halloween and the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 just around the corner, this would be great for any kid, big or small, especially if planning to attend a cosplay event in the near future.

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District 9 (2009)

Director: Neill Blomkamp

Cast: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt

Synopsis: An alien mothership has arrived on Earth, not at Manhattan, Washington or London, but at Johannesburg.   unable to leave the aliens settle in the city, but prove unable to co-exist with humans, leading to segregation in “District 9”.   This is not enough for the citizens of the city though, leasing to an initiative to evict the aliens into a community 200km distant from the city.

A review by Film Nerd

Okay, yes I admit it.   I only just got around to seeing this film despite it being a stand out piece of science fiction.   In my defence, I was a bit busy when it came out.   Having seen it now though I realise I only robbed myself.   This is a film that uses sci fi exactly how the original authors of the genre used the art.   As a form of social commentary on more contemporary events.   And still it gives you plenty of explosions and visual effects to prevent boredom seeping in.

Peter Jackson has been active in getting the director Blomkamp noticed, originally hiring him to direct the cinematic adaptation of popular X-Box game Halo, a project now long defunct.   So instead he supported the director’s own script, set in his own South African homeland.   From the synopsis above it must be clear exactly therefore what the film is commenting on.   The apartheid parallels are numerous, right down to the aliens often being given the derogatory term “prawns”.

To ensure the success of this commentary, however, we are treated to at first an interesting documentary style of filming, which breaks into the action set pieces in the second and third acts.   For the human element, the film rests on the shoulders of Sharlto Copley, next to be seen in a much anticipated film (for me, anyway, a child of the 80s) the A-Team.   His range and skill in portraying a man in an impossible position is amazing, particularly considering this is his debut acting role, having been a film producer up until this point.   I guess that means not all producers are mad dolts interfering with the integrity of a director’s vision!!

A word of warning, this film is not for everyone.   At times the violence is visceral, to a point where I would recommend that Bride of Film Nerd avoid it.   But if you can handle visceral battle scenes and some intelligence in your action blockbuster, give this film a look.

4 stars (out of a possible 5)

District 9 on IMDB

District 9 on Rotten Tomatoes

Trailer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjihaK7HfGs]