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12 Strong Review – Spoiler Free

12 Strong is a film which comes directed by Nicolai Fuglsig and stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña,  Navid Negahban, Trevante Rhodes and Geoff Stults. The film is about the real life story of the first special forces team that was deployed into Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks. This special forces team was part of the first response attack from the United States against enemy forces in Afghanistan.

Going into this film, I hadn’t ever heard of this group of soldiers before and didn’t really know much about their operation. It’s strange really, I mean did grow up during the time of the war in Afghanistan but I really don’t know all that much about what went on there. In a way I guess 12 Strong does help to raise awareness about what the US troops were doing in that region and it’s an interesting story that it does tell. I always like learning something new and these historical films are always great for that.

I’m not always one to go along and see a terrorism/war themed movie, especially lately as the genre is one of my least favourite ones. But this one had Chris Hemsworth in it and I was in the mood for an action war film this week, so 12 Strong was there to fit into my entertainment needs.

The story is genuinely interesting. I had no idea about how the US actually first went into Afghanistan and I had no idea that when they went there they partnered with a local Afghani general named General Dostum. Dostum is a name that I have no familiarity with at all, but he is shown in this film to be a central character and ally for the US and their victories in the war. 12 Strong provides an interesting historical insight and considering that this all happened quite recently it’s an interesting watch especially if you’re like me and you don’t know anything about what happened.

Going into these types of films, I’m not always so enthusiastic because they are always in way depicting realistic violence and the people from the terrorist side are always committing some sort of gruesome act or torture and it’s there for shock value most of the time, intended to scare the audience. While 12 Strong is not without a terrorist execution scene, it’s not as vulgar as other films I’ve seen. In terms of the tone and the level of violence, it’s not as high or as gruesome as something like American Assassin. But it does have its moments. For the most part this is an action film about 12 men from the United States which group up with General Dostum and they go from base to base in Afghanistan blowing stuff up, shooting people and riding a bunch of horses while doing so. As an action film person and someone wanting an action film at the cinema this weekend, I thought that 12 Strong certainly did deliver what I wanted from the experience. I wasn’t scarred by anything I saw and it was entertaining enough for me to be happy when I left.

With these types of films in this genre, there’s always a certain amount of propaganda that comes with them. Obviously this one is very pro-American in its presentation and there’s no doubting that in the film, these are 12 good guys we are watching and they are going up against the odds against the Taliban in their own country. What I do like and did enjoy with 12 Strong was that in essence the film is a victory story. It’s not a terrorism heavy film that’s looking to shock the audience, but one of a victory story within the war of Afghanistan. I’m not sure how historically accurate the film is and as always with history films it’s best to also do some reading about the events on your own to educate yourself further. But I loved the idea of a bunch of soldiers on horseback in the modern era and the fact that it happened in real life recently and these guys were able to pull it off using horses is impressive.

12 Strong Review

12 Strong Review

Chris Hemsworth is the main star in this film and he plays the army captain, Mitch Nelson. Mitch is this overconfident captain who has a strong belief in his own skills, but also great leadership over his men. I thought Chris Hemsworth did a fine job in the role and he’s always an enjoyable actor to watch. There’s also some good performances in here from Michael Peña and Navid Negahban too.

Overall this is an interesting film about a group of 12 soldiers from the US Army during the US’s first response efforts in the war in Afghanistan. It’s a story about a great victory in the war and of working together with a local general to achieve that victory. The idea of a bunch of soldiers in the modern era using horses in their attacks is something I haven’t seen from this film genre before and it made for some interesting action moments. If you’re going in to see this movie for its action moments at the cinema this week, it will certainly deliver that to you and Chris Hemsworth does well to keep things entertaining.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Sea Of Solitude Review

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Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart

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Biggest Album Debuts of 2019

The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.

NOTE:

  • This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
  • EPs are included in this list
  • “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers

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ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

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