Divergent: On the Screen and By the Book

On the Screen

 

Divergent is actually a pretty good movie. It’s much better than the YA adaptions Beautiful Creatures and City of Bones. Though it doesn’t live up to the caliber of The Hunger Games, it has its strengths in its own rights. As far as being a good adaptation, the movie does pretty well till it spins out of control in the end changing the last confrontation significantly.

Divergent, like many Young Adult based plot, takes place in a dystopian future. To keep the peace the population is divided into five factions each one elevating one characteristic above any other. Tris was born in Abnegation and must focus on other’s needs before her own. But citizens aren’t forced to stay in their birth faction. As their coming of age ritual, each teenager goes through an assessment where they find out what faction they should be but they are free to choose any of the five. Tris’ results are mixed which is rare and dangerous as it challenges the fragile peace set up by the leaders. Tris chooses a new life where she has to prove she can be dauntless instead of homeless while stumbling into a government conspiracy that will threaten her home faction as well as the whole city.

Divergent is fast paced, keeping viewers engaged in the action. Neither the viewers nor Tris have time to adjust to the dark Dauntless compound. Training begins immediately and romance blooms. The movie is mainly focused on the action with the romance sprinkled in ensuring the relationship between Tris and Four does not over power the story.

Four is played marvelously by Theo James. It is he and Kate Winslet who give the most powerful performances leaving the rest of the cast to be perfectly acceptable but not strong. Before seeing the movies, I had read lots of reviews touting how wonderful James was, but I thought no one could live up to that hype. Though at first glance readers will think he’s not Four, as soon as he opens his mouth, we are convinced. James manages to easily blend the emotional complexity Four manifests. His fearlessness, his kindness, his intelligence all blend together making Four easily fit in a variety of factions. Winslet, on the other hand, is smart and shrewd making Jeanine Mathews, the Euridite’s leader, inherently conniving. From the first time she interacts with Tris, the viewer knows something is not right with this woman. Winslet’s performance lacks innocence and you would never confuse her for raise to fame character Rose.

The movie is thrilling and the music is perfect. Ellie Goulding’s haunting chords match perfectly with what is going through Tris’ head putting icing on the cake. But how does it stake up as adaptation to the book? Keep reading below the pictures for By the Book and spoilers abound.

By the Book

As with most adaptations, there are some casting issues. Jai Courtney’s casting as Eric is horrific and the costume and make-up department don’t even attempt to make him look like the book Eric. (Besides why do people keep thinking he can act?) Shailene Woodley did well with Tris but she isn’t the Tris I saw in my head. My Tris was am ordinary person. She wasn’t glamorous but she had a spirit that emanated from her at every turn. Part of the problem isn’t Woodley’s fault. In an effort to simplify a very complex book, the script cuts down on Tris’ emotional struggles. She doesn’t just choose Dauntless because she thinks the enemy won’t find her. It’s about who she is and the conflict she feels within herself and with leaving her loved ones. This takes the edge off Tris making her character relatable. We all struggle to find ourselves.

The movie falls for one of the fatal mistakes made by City of Boones: emotional and complex issues are so minimized that they should have been left out because they don’t make since. It City of Bone sit was the fact Alec is gay; for Divergent its Al’s suicide. The movie spends about four minutes on his story. As non-dauntless is under lots of pressure to not become factionless, but his plight only comes out with the attack on Tris. The movie implies that he killed himself just because of the attack. But that isn’t the case. Al is an example of breaking under the stress and how not everyone can break out of their faction. But the movie never gets this thoughtful or reflective.

On the flip side the movie makes changes that make no sense. These span from minuscule facts (they drink the elixir in the school instead of getting a shot) to major plot points. As a reader the ending was atrocious. To give Winselt more screen time, the final confrontation comes between Matthews, Tris and Four. Eric is summarily dismissed before ever reaching the Dauntless compound. Tris must attack Matthews with wit and violence creating a whole new scenario that will unbalance the relationship that the two had in further books.

Until the end, the adaptation isn’t bad but fans come out with a bad taste in their mouths–especially since the majority of the film was well done and entertaining.

 

Psych You Out In the End

Psych and USA were one of the trailblazers in the nascent idea of basic cable original program. Monk and Psych were the Friday night dream team pulling in viewers when network TV usually bombed. USA didn’t stop with these two shows: it expanded its own lines of quality programming that viewer’s love. But USA overreached, bringing in too much new materials and moving fan favorites against network prime time TV. Going against Criminal Minds, can anyone wonder why ratings dropped for Psych?  This is a damned sham because it’s the funniest show on Television.

Or it was. After eight seasons (and a musical) the show bowed out Wednesday night. But not in a spectacular Psych 55a0824c-8373-4b6a-a165-a8ed6b4aa5faway. Instead, the show ended in a romantic movie cliché (fair warning: spoilers ahead) peppered with Psych moments.

Psych started with a simple premise that could have sunken very quickly. But as James Roday and Dule Hill were allowed to be themselves and help direct the direction of the series, the show bloomed. Witty banter, pop culture references, and men screaming like girls abound, Psych took on every genre added humor and tribute and usually nailed. Take the classic episode Tuesday the 13th–hilarious, creepy, and honoring of the genre all at the same time.

But not all the episodes are this top notch, including the finale.  Shawn decides he can’t take his long distance relationship with Juliet anymore and decides to move to San Francisco to be with her. He spends most of the episode neglecting to tell Gus. In fact, he leaves with no word just DVDs that explain his parting. Then comes the romantic comedy ending: Gus goes to San Francisco! And everyone lives happily ever after. The End.

The writers tried to make it where Shawn grew up into a mature relationship. I find it hard to believe that Shawn would just up and leave Gus for a woman.  But the growth that they plan for Shawn is negated by the fact that the whole act is selfish and keeps Gus trapped under his thumb. Juliet chose work over Shawn and now Shawn chooses her over his best friend.  Once again, Gus chooses Shawn over everything else as he always does.

zap-psych-season-8-episode-10-the-breakup-photos-20140325The episode heaps on the cheese. Each DVD was something sappy and contains very little of the Shawn Spencer wit. Everything is tied too neatly.  Lassie is chief, the new detective is amazing and Woody–he’s just Woody. Even the less attractive best friend gets what’s coming to her: McNabb gets to be a detective.

But here’s what was good about the finale. There was a concrete conclusion and there were several instances where the episode felt like Psych at its best. These include Gus discovering a dead body and the two men driving  driver’s end car with two steering wheels and fighting over who is in control. These moments become less prevalent as Shawn becomes introspective and sad. Psych is always best when it’s being funny or spoofing a genre. Drama is not its best component.

What I will miss most about Psych is that laughter that get every week.  I will miss Shawn’s ignorance and Gus’s grimace. I will Lassie—hell, I’ll miss everything about Lassie. I’ll miss Henry’s wisdom (I had already desperately missed the great flashbacks). But most of all I’ll miss watching Roday and Hill working off each other. Their spark and comedy made the show. Here’s hoping that that spark doesn’t fade.

Costner vs Neeson

Aging action stars are all the rage in Hollywood right now. But how do dramatic Hollywood stars stack up?

A Movie to Kill

Director McG stays in his favorite genre: spies. Three Days to Kill attempts to add a real storyline to a shoot ‘em up but adds too much cheese for the movie to stand on its own.

amber-heard-in-3-days-to-kill-movie-2Kevin Costner is Ethan Kenner a CIA operative who opts out after he finds out he has brain cancer. He heads to Paris to spend time with his estranged wife and daughter before he dies. But he is brought back into the fold to catch a terrorist only he has seen. When he is promised a magic experimental drub as payment, he can’t turn down.

The cast is a problem. Though I give Costner more credit for this role, he’s not the one that brings the movie down the most. Hailee Steinfeld gets staring credit but her portrayal of a teenage girl is truly one dimensional and stale. Though she has more emotion in 3 Days to Kill than she did in Ender’s Game, she does have the natural talent her Ender Counterpart Abigail Breslin had at an early age. Connie Nielsen as the wife was terrible and, like the daughter, the poorly written and relying on making the mother a nag. The movie does not even use its best character to her best ability. Vivi (played by the fierce Amber Heard) is negated to small roles egging Costner’s character to do her bidding without much explanation.

The movie tries to become a family oriented film but cliché after cliché bogs it down. He teaches his daughter to ride a bicycle, he teaches her to dance, the ex-wife gives in and sleeps with him, and more. The only saving grace in the humor that peppers the movie bringing enjoyment in the dullest or most sappy moments. Luc Besson is often a genius but his basic story is lost in the sap and I want to blame Adi Hasak for that, but I’m sure I can.

Non-Stop Thrills

Liam Neeson has turned into an action star. Many complain that he shouldn’t be. But he is and will continue to be a bad ass. Though critics have a point, he seemed like the least likely action star candidate, he does well with the persona and is always himself.  We love to watch him kick ass.rs_560x415-131016133110-560.liam.cm.101613

Non-Stop seems very out there, but it puts itself together well. An Air Marshal must find out who is killing a passenger every twenty minutes. But things get more complicated as things turn against him. His past and life as an alcoholic works against him as staff and passengers turn against him. But Bill never gives up intent on saving those on the plan.

Non-Stop doesn’t stop. The plot is always twining keeping the audience on its toes. What you think you know you don’t. And while the reasons behind the terrorist attack are lame, the actual process is gripping and exciting. You never know who to trust, even questioning the “hero” himself.

Bottom Line: Non-Stop is one if just plain fun (no pun intended).  It’s soars over 3 Days to Kill focusing on action and not family feel good cheese.

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Is That the Sound of a Three Year Old?

No, It’s 300: Rise of an Empire

300 was an interesting movie. Zack Snyder did a fun color palate keeping true to the stories comic book origins and told an inspirational story about the Spartan people. Rise of an Empire is completely the opposite of the first movie with negative results. 

The plot to the sequel follows Xerxes’ naval admiral as she tries to conquer Greece. Artemisia attacks at roughly the same time as the Spartans’ 300 stood against Xerxes. The story flashes back to tell the story of how Xerxes become the god king and why conquering Greece is in his blood.  He sends Artemisia against the hero Themistocles who killed his father. Themistocles and Artemisia fight at sea blooding the water of Greece.

The first problem is that, like Avatar, too much time was spent on the cosmetic aspects of the film while negating the quality of the story. This might be acceptable if, in like Avatar, the movie looked was gorgeous but Rise of an Empire is over blown and often times uncomfortable. The movie has a surrealist look which is true of this movie. But Rise of an Empire goes too far. The movie is dark and grey contrasting uncomfortably with the light from the sun.  Instead of being realistic, this glare makes you squint for most of the movie.

300-Rise-of-an-Empire-ArtemisiaThe script relies too much on violence and sex to fuel the film. The nature of the movies is violent but the original was minimal on the gore. This one amps up the gore slowing down every injury and CGing massive amounts of gooey blood. And while there was sex in the first one, it propelled the story, truly making Gorgo fierce.  When the hero and the villain rip off their clothes in the middle of peace negotiations and ram into each other, it’s pointless and disturbing. The producers just wanted a reason to show Eva Green’s breasts.

The script also fails to integrate the three stories it tries to tell. The films features characters from the first movie, including the Queen and the hunchback, but these roles are small and often forced into the plot. Even Xerxes takes a back seat even though the movie spends a good chunk of time on his back story. One of the biggest roads blocks is the fact that they could not convince Gerard Butler to return. When questioned on why he didn’t return, Butler’s responses have been short and vague. I suspect he may have read the script and declined.

300: Rise of an Empire fails to live up to the quality of its predecessor. The plot suffers from lack clarity and energy from the first movie while upping the gore. Ina nut shell, this movie is a three year old screaming “look at me!”

And the Walls Kept Tumbling Down

A 3-D Foray into Pompeii

Today’s culture is saturated with science fiction disaster movies. Everywhere you turn vampires and zombies are brining and end to the human race. But Paul W.S. Anderson takes us to the past and one of the greatest tales of volcanic destruction.

kit-harington-pompeii-movie-pic-image-first-look-official-11The movie follows a slave through the last days of Pompeii. One of the few remaining Celts, Milo is used by the Romans as a gladiator and it is his anger for his people that fuels him. His performance in fights draws the attention of his slave owner who wants to take him to Pompeii to show off. Pompeii is going through a crisis of its own. The city’s ruler Severus is trying to get Emperor Titus to fund the rebuilding of his glories city. But when his daughter becomes the price, he realizes he cannot get out of the game of politics. Severus’ family and the slave cross paths as Mount Vesuvius explodes and the citizens try to make it out alive.

What I really liked about the movie was that it spanned only days of time. There was no long, drawn out love courtship, and used only minor flashbacks to set up the story. In a short period of time, the writers managed to get many heavy points across. There is exploration of the Roman and Gladiator slavery system as well as looking at corruption of Roman generals. But the story also looks at love, friendship and duty. This keeps the movie from having a Titanic moment where everything is about sacrificial love. The movie also explores the many aspects of the natural disaster. It wasn’t just boom and poof everything was gone. The movie constructs the true impact of nature: earthquakes, tidal waves, and fiery debris, smoke that debilitated and fire charred people in an instant. This is was what really happened to these people.

The acting is perfectly fine, but the movie does not necessarily lend to great performances. The exception is Kiefer Sutherland playing the corrupt Senator. He is gloriously contrite and uppity. You delight in his wickedness. But Kit Pompeii 2014Harrington and Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje don’t have to do much more than look good being scantily clad and miming being a badass. While they are badass, it doesn’t give them much depth in their roles. I was glad to see Sasha Roiz in a pivotal on screen, as well as Anderson’s typical strong women characters that don’t just get kidnapped and scream.

The most disappointed thing about this movie is the 3-D aspect. Anderson is great at using 3-D to bring viewers into the action and often making them feel like they have been showed in zombie guts. But Pompeii only makes use of the technology as the volcano explodes. While the flying rock and ash make you cringe, these sequences are short and do not the rest of the movie.

I really enjoyed this movie but there isn’t anything special about it. It’s probably more of a Red Box rental if you don’t have an inclination to see Harrington’s glorious abs on the big screen.

Watch This Not That- Oscar Leading Man Edition

Leonardo DiCaprio

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DiCaprio is amazing in The Wolf of Wall street no doubt.  He does well with the humor and cockiness, but to see him really delve into the human psyche watch Shutter Island. Based and well adapted from Dennis Lahane’s novel, this haunting movie has a Sixth Sense ending so it will take two viewing to truly understand what a great job the cast and crew did with the material. Dicaprio never falters easily moving his character from situation to situation. The movie would have suffered with a lesser cast, but DiCaprio leads marvelous ensembles through the dark world of mental health.

…Not That

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We’ve all seen it. We all know its crap. Like Pearl Harbor, it’s not truly about the actual historical event that took place. Instead, it’s cliché movie romance a sucky ending. The whole movie is totally unbelievable. While it was great start for a young Leo on the big screen, it shouldn’t be remembered fondly.

Mads Mikkelsen

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This Foreign Language Nominee is emotionally powerful, even if the ending is a bit obtuse.  Mikkelsen plays Lucas, a kindergarten teacher who is falsely accused of sexual abusing his students. The plot is well thought out and viewers see the consequences on the accusations on not just Lucas but on several of the key players. Mikkelsen plays no one stereotype blending together a variety of emotions and feeling. He shows how deeply complex the situation is and how society actually reacts to even the allegations of abuse. The movie is moving and you easily side with Lucas from the beginning.

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As Far as Daniel Craig’s James Bond movies goes, this is the best one in the lineup. This was probably the first time most American ever saw Milkklensen. While many are now familiar with him as the creepy Hannibal, this movie really proved that he was a great villain. But it only gave you that one side to his acting ability. Plus, whoever truly cheers for the Bond villain?

Bradley Cooper

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Silver Linings Playbook was all anyone could talk about last year and with good reason. The movie is both funny and serious and worked well with both aspects. Cooper gave the performance of a lifetime with a relatable protagonist with bi-polar disorder. From subtle tics to full blown outburst, Cooper managed each with ease and often it was painful to watch his character go through these emotions. The empathy he made us feel for his character was powerful.

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Sure, Cooper easily glides into the role of the overly ambitious FBI agent with a perm. But it lacked the nuance of those as his character in Silver Linings. While it easy to argue that the issue is the character itself is the problem, it does not let Cooper shine. His character is just one of many characters where the roles are reversed. We are supposed to feel sorry for the bad guys and hate the good guys. But the movie doesn’t manage to do that, and Cooper’s character is an overblown hardass.

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Shedding Light on Hilter’s Art Theft

Monuments Men is fun, clever look into a particular assignment of troops during World II.  The war is deadly serious but the film injects humor and humanity into a time period that is known for its lack of thereof.

Monuments Men follow a small troop of art scholars and crafts men as they try to keep priceless cultural items from being destroyed during the war. Their biggest assignment, though, is to rescue to the art that Hitler has been stealing for his own museum. While the story seems outlandish, it’s a true tale. Hundreds of men and woman in a variety of countries participated in securing and returning thousands of pieces to their rightful homes. The film follows a group of seven men as they struggle to find paintings, sculptures, and other great works of art.

Based on the book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Edsel, George Clooney stars and directs this comedy-drama. Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, and Matt Damon are the core group of Monuments Men that the movie follows as they investigate the stolen artwork from all across Europe. But they have more to worry about that the Germans. The Russian troops are taking any artwork they find during their campaign as reparations for the war.  So the troops have little time to save some of the most precious artwork, especially after they find out that Hitler will destroy the art work instead of letting it fall into Allied hands.

The movie has not received many good reviews from critics because this isn’t your standard warfare movie. This isn’t on the front lines, in your face, killing and shooting. This movie is about a more subdued set of troops whose goals were not to be in the war, but to protect the culture that was being destroyed. Its content led to the humor ingrained in the movie. And the humor was taken very seriously. The movie’s release date was pushed back to make sure the comedy didn’t over power the drama, just added to the story line. I say they succeeded helping break the tensions with jokes. In fact, though their death and sadness, it is the least depressing war movie I have ever watched. The story is fun, but deep always considering the worth of human life as well as that of a civilization’s culture.

It sad that is the movie has had such a poor reception. In the end it has the same goal as Lone Survivor; these men will live on because of their story. Their sacrifices will be remembered. A lesser known aspect of the war, the movie really brings to light that normal citizens cared enough about the cultural of the world to become make-shift soldiers and enter that war zone.

Serious when it needs to be, and fun when it doesn’t have to, Monuments Men is a war tale with a happy ending.

Jack Ryan Still Not On His A Game

Hollywood is obsessed with repeating itself. Chris Pine helped kick off a new reboot? Let’s put him in another one! Let’s take a franchise ruined by Ben Affleck and hope that Pine can do his magic again. This results in a very mediocre espionage movie.
Jack Ryan. That name should be familiar with to most. He is the star of a string of novels by Tom Clancy many which have been made into movie. Jack Ryan come to the big screen in Alec Baldwin’s shoes, but hit his peak with Harrison Ford. Then in 2002 Affleck stared in a reboot that removed itself from the chronological events in the first movies. This movie failed to bring Jack Ryan back.
jack-ryan-shadow-chris-pine-kevin-costner-bench-600-370Pine’s version in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit brings Ryan into our generation. He joined the military after 9-11 and was injured in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan which ended his military career. Ryan is brought into the CIA by Thomas Harper, played by Kevin Costner who is viscously trying to reboot his career. Ryan starts off in office work, tracing accounting and national security threats with in big money. When he stumbles across a grand scheme involving Russia, Ryan must go out to the field and see if he still has what it takes.
This whole movie is confusing. I am curious as why Russia was once again chosen as the villains in this piece when they are updating Ryan’s story. Russia figures prominently in earlier works especially during those during the Cold War. Are they just going from this or trying to make us see that Russia is still a valid threat while we are concerned with the Middle East and North Korea? Or is it simply, just an un-thought-out plot idea?
Then of course is the actual threat to the American government that only someone with a PhD in economics can understand and decode. When Harper says dumb it down, the script should have dumbed it down. Somehow, Russia is selling off American money and coordinating a terrorist attack so the American dollars sinks so low the Great Depression will look like drop in the bucket. Not that I understood any of that, but I nodded my head and went with it. There are various other things along the line, but let’s look at other aspects of the movie.jack-ryan-shadow-recruit
Ryan fiancée Cathy Muller is played by Keira Knightley with a horrible American accent. Once again, Knightly plays a rather bitchy female with no empowerment that seems to have become her staple character. Not all of the horribleness of this character is her fault though; she is written horribly and in a very ant-feminist way. She thinks Ryan is cheating on her throughout the movie though he is begging her to marry him so he could confide everything to her. Cathy is moody, week, and unrealistic.
Pine does attribute something positive to the movie. Ryan is given some very complex emotions. While these do not last long, Pine actually makes the audience feel how upset Ryan is with having to kill someone. His Ryan is not all swaggers. This is probably his best role to date.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit leaves a lot to be desired. Kenneth Branagh dos double duty playing the villain and directing the film. I think it may have gone better, if he had chosen one role. But I do have to admit Jack Ryan looks really good up on that IMAX screen.

It’s Funny When Your Friends Get Old

Grudge Match isn’t your typical sports movie. Sure there is some boxing, but the movie focuses more on the relationships of life instead of the sports.
 Grudge Match pits Robert De Niro against Sylvester Stallone. The two are retired boxers who have held a grudge even though they game is over. Stallone’s character Razor has spent the majority of his money on his coach and makes animals out of scrap metal in his spare time. When he is laid off, Razor makes some money with a video game. The easy money gig gets complicated when he comes face to face with his rival Kidd. The two exchange blows and their fight go viral. The hype gets the two a real gig: facing off in the boxing ring to still who is really the champ.
Critics complain that the movie relies too much on old people jokes, but the whole idea of age and humor is central to the story. It’s hard not to make constant cracks when the boxing stars are 67 and 70. The brilliant Alan Arkin is unapologetic and a more vulgar and male version of Betty White. The combination of Kevin Hart and Arkin is especially funny as the young and old collide. The movie is just pure fun. The only trouble with the humor is Stallone. He is not good at witty humor and his lines would have sound better coming out of Ray Ramon’s mouth.
For something so fun, it does have some depth and drama. The drama is best handled by Jon Bernthal. Bernthal is Kidd’s estranged son who deals with the tension between his real father and his mother. Bernthal is full of emotion and love and gives fierceness as a coach that Razor’s side does not have. In fact, during the fight, Bernthal looks like he would gladly beat up Razor himself. He and De Niro have great chemistry and their scenes are touching.13091901_Grudge_Match_20
Grudge Match is like Real Steel; the theme is not about winning a sports match. It explores the relationships between men and women, parents and children, colleagues and co-workers. These movies are often off putting to sports fans. Sure, most of the story is easily deducted: relationships are rekindled, families are reunited but it all ends happily. And sometimes we need that happiness as an escape from real life.
Grudge Match is a fun movie that has a plot. The characters develop and we learn even old men can change their ways.

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Devastation is All That Remains

Fans have eagerly awaited Telltale Games Season Two of The Walking Dead. The first episode doesn’t disappoint. The game has actually improved from the first season with better control and ramped emotional impact.
“All That Remains” is one of the most emotional episodes to date. After losing Lee in Season 1, Clementine has caught up with Omid and Krista, and the trio travel through the zombie wasteland. But the reunion is short lived.  Within minutes, a beloved character is dead, and Clementine is on her own to face the zombie hordes. Creating this loose so soon in the beginning of the episode truly drives home what a devastating and lonely world it is. Not only do you lose humans, but an animal friend turns foe.  The level of violence in this turn of events is quite shocking. Truly, Clementine (and the players) can trust no one, human or animal.

This episode also contains one of the most cringe worthy scenes. Between the comics, the show and the games, zombies are common place and it takes much creativity to gross viewers out. Telltale goes a different route. Instead of goring up the zombies, Clementine has to sew a gash in her own arm. Players must do this stitch by stitch listening to Clementine pain and shrinking away as if it were their own arm. I haven’t cringed this much since Rick and Glenn put on zombie guts in the first season of the TV show.

Finally, the controls have been updated allowing players to use both hands to guide the action and attacks. Gamers also move Clementine in new ways, ducking under objects and side stepping walkers. This rounds out the game play and makes the game less clunky.

The Walking Dead Season 2 is set up for success. But the biggest question is this: can Telltale produce nonbuggy episodes on a timely basis. Time delays and buggy episodes will be it’s only down fall.The-Walking-Dead-Game-Season-2-game