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Gaming in the Universe of: Eagle Eye

VS Database review for Eagle Eye

ariaThis is your standard Hollywood action flick with one notable exception.  The ‘villan’ is a self-aware computer intent on remolding the United States government into one that it believes will be more in line with its programming.

The notion is a scary thought and one that has been explored in movies such as a Wargames and the Terminator.  Unlike Wargames in which Joshua is only playing a game initiated by Broderick’s hacker character or Terminator in which the computer is struggling for its own survival, Aria is doing what she thinks is ‘right’ for the preservation of her country.

This plot point can be dropped into any game with a technological base.  Your PCs get activated by the computer and are run through the hoops much the same way Shia LaBeouf’s character chases across the country.  An added twist is that the PCs never find out that their sponsor is in fact a computer.  It might be a fun campaign to see how long the PCs go before they start to question what it is that they’re doing.

To add this plot-point to a fantasy (read I don’t want some lawyer from WotC issuing  me a cease and desist) setting replace the computer with some enchanted object put in place by he wizard protector of the community .  The wizard’s spell takes on a life of it’s own.  It’s up to the PCs to find a way to break the spell.  The enchanted object really should to be something normally inanimate to play as then it becomes part of the challenge to find out where this thing is really vulnerable.

To use this plot point in a non-fantasy low tech setting, the DM should do some research to see if there is some sort of mythology that could be substituted.  For example if I was trying to fit this into a Pirates scenario, I might play Aria off as Kraken or or some other sea-beastie that the locals have trained to protect them.  However the Kraken has reverted to its true nature and has turned on its captors threatening the lives of all those close by.

March 27, 2009 Posted by | Fluff/Inspiration, Gaming in the Universe of..., RPG | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Vulcan Stev family movie review: Eagle Eye

Shia LaBeouf …  Jerry Shaw
Michelle Monaghan …  Rachel Holloman
Rosario Dawson …  Zoe Perez
Michael Chiklis …  Defense Secretary Callister
Anthony Mackie …  Major William Bowman
Ethan Embry …  Agent Toby Grant
Billy Bob Thornton …  Agent Thomas Morgan

Synopsis from IMDb: Jerry Shaw is an amiable slacker with an over-achieving twin brother. After his twin dies in an accident, strange things happen to Jerry at a dizzying pace: a fortune shows up in his bank account, weapons are delivered to his flat, and a voice on his cell phone tells him the police are on their way. Jerry follows the voice’s instructions, and soon he and a woman he’s never met are racing through the city, on to a plane, and eventually to the Pentagon, chased by the FBI. She is Rachel Holloman, a single mom; the voice has threatened her son’s death if she doesn’t cooperate. The voice seems to know everything. Who is behind it, what is being planned, and why Jerry and Rachel?

Reviewers: VS, PIT#1, PIT#2, PIT #3

VS – 1.85 pointed ears
Shia LaBeouf proves with this movie that he has a broader acting range than Keaneu Reeves.  The plot is a little far-fetched and implies that a computer would be able to voluntarily take steps to override its programming.  The coincidences that continue to mount can be explained by the fact that the computer is basically self-aware.  Is such a scenario plausible? yes.  That’s what makes this a good popcorn flick.

PIT #1 – 2 pointed ears
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.  Shia LaBeouf is maturing beyond his role in Even Stevens.  I look forward to a long career for this young actor.

PIT #2 – 1.5 pointed ears
Good movie.  Decent action, a little far-fetched.  Just how many movies does Shia LaBeouf make each year?

PIT #3 – 1 pointed ear
The action scenes are good.  But the rest of the movie wasn’t enough to hold my attention.

6.35 pointed ears out of 8
Rentable it’s more viewable without commercial interruption..  Purchasable only if you collect DVDs

March 20, 2009 Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment