Friday, September 27, 2013

Mirai Nikki


    
     Hello folks boys and ghouls for todays review and since we are closing in on always awesome month of October I decided to do something awesome for the occasion. We going to look at a series that has everything, action, romance, horror, comedy, blood and gore, and a creepy stalker girl with a deadly obession. This is Mirai Nikki or Future Diary as it has become to be known as in the English translation. I'm serious this series is the shit just check out the opening below!

NOTE: I do not own anything of the videos or images.

     I'm usually very picky when it comes to picking a series that I want to watch from start to finish but Mirai Nikki won me over at day one. 
 

     The story follows a hapless loser named Yukiteru "Yuki" Amano who spends just about most of his days writing a diary on his cell phone and watching the world go by. He doesn't have any friends except for a pair of "imaginary" ones named Deus Ex Machina and Muru Muru the former giving Yuki a unique diary and mentions a special game. It turns out Yuki's diary is capable of predicting the near future of things around him. He survives a brush with death when he is pursued by a blade wielding masked man but manages to kill him with the timely appearance of a pink haired girl named Yuno who had her own diary.
     It turns out that Deus is far from imaginary and is the ruler of time and space and that Yuki is a participant in a survival game in which he and eleven other individuals(minus the guy he killed) must fight and kill each other in a span of 90 days. The winner will inherit the throne and take his or her place as the God of Time and Space.

     This not the first death game themed story but it does have its own unique flavors and twists that seperate it from it cousins. First each competitor has a Future Diary a powerful device usually in the form of a cell phone although there are others that take there own unique shape like a computer or a book. The type of ability of a Future Diary depends on the person who wields it. For example lets someone was working as a principal at a school which means he is responsible for a place filled with hundreds of kids. Now lets imagine he has a Diary which allows him to keep track of every student what they are doing. Something that complex would mean that the diary would need to be a bit large so something like a laptop or a a computer would be appropriate. But a common trait that several Future Diaries is the power to predict the near future in some shape or form.

     Another noticeable difference is the competitors in this death game. Usually in these types of  stories the characters forced into these deadly situations will either try to fight against the guys pulling the strings or team up to escape with the exception of the few who decide to play to save their own skins. In Mirai Nikki most are willing participants in this bloody game. We got a cult leader with a fucked up back story, a psycho toddler, a serial killer, a terrorist, a dirty cop, a super sentai wannabe, a weird ass looking woman and her squad of battle orphans, a battle couple, a dude who is a little too fond of his dogs, and a mayor with Nazi ideology. What a lovely bunch huh? But to me that's one of the strengths of the series; the cast has such a mix different flavors from fun and silly to bat-shit insane and awesome.

     While we are still on the subject of characters I guess I'll name a few of my personal favorites.

     The first one is Yomostu Hirasaki the twelfth diary user. This guy is just a joy to watch and I wished he had a bigger part. Blind and completely out of his mind the guy dresses up as a Super Sentai Hero and goes running around the streets at night fighting crime. This guy is the definition of crazy awesome plus he has one of the most kickass entrances I've seen.

                    
 
 
    My personal favorite of the bunch is Minene Uryuu a survivalist and terrorist who is determined to wipe God from the face the earth. This character saved the show for me and what I mean by that is a topic we'll get to in a bit. Minene is such a cool anti-heroine; she's a broken bird with a very tragic past but that doesn't stop her from kicking some serious ass. She also(in my opinion) has the best character development of the entire cast and has some of the best moments whether they are funny, epic, or heart warming. Not to mention her seiyu Mai Aizawa does such an excellent job in her portrayal of the character.

                        
   
     The show is a fucking blast but despite that is no where near perfect. The show starts off very strong mixing each episode and each chapter with an delicious blend of horror and action and at first I thought this show could only get better...Well I was only partly right. The stakes becoming higher yes but a couple of moments felt like complete cope outs  and the twist is so obvious that you could see it from a mile away. Remember when I said that Minene saved the show for me? Well the reason for that is because the leads Yuki and Yuno are annoying as a hornet up the fucking ass. Yuki our main character is a whiny little wimp and while I can understand his fear considering the situation but hearing him cry and cower for a third of the series was enough to make me cringe. Yuno isn't much better while a girl with an ax can very entertaining I found myself often hating her guts although I found her creepy psyche to be fascinating. I was always baffled by the obsession people had for Yanderes sure I can understand why people would have fun with these characters but some folks take it a "little" too far. It doesn't help that these two are wearing the most effective set of plot armor I have ever seen.

      The worst of the flaws comes at the end of the series mainly the ending which felt absolutely rushed and without much closure which left a lot of fans pretty pissed. This was remedied by an OVA called Future Diary: Redial which help tied up loose ends and answered many of the questions left unanswered so its all good.

      I guess while we're still talking about the anime I should mention the Dub done by Funimation. I watched the first episode and it seriously left something to be desired. Now I'm not trying to sound like some kind of purist who thinks that dubs are evil and all that shit I just think that from what I've seen Funimation could have done so much better. The cast sounds pretty solid at first glance; Brina Palencia who plays Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion and Eve from Black Cat is in this but sadly she just so happens to play the very emotional and psychotic Yuno. Some people actually like the Dub version and that's cool maybe if I see a few more episodes the voices will grow on me then again maybe not.

     Overall Mirai Nikki/Future Diary is an awesome ride which I would strongly recommend that you should check out. You can find episodes online on multiple sites and all 26 episodes are available on DVD.

So ends another review thanks again for joining me and stay tuned for future articles down the road. If you have seen this show feel free to share your experience and/or opinions in the comments section below.  See you all next time!

                    

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Top 5 Worst Places to Live in Fanatsy and SCI-FI

     Hello everyone and welcome back to a Reeler Movie Reviewer! The Fantasy and Science Fiction genres have created some of the most exciting and mind blowing world in both films and novels heck I'm sure there are places that we wished we could go to even for a day to escape from reality. But then there are those worlds that at first sound pretty awesome but when you take a closer look at them that job at that boring convenience store starts to look pretty inviting. Today we are looking at the Top 5 Worst Places to Live in Fantasy and Sci-Fi.


NUMBER 5
The Jedi Temple  


       I'm sure that once or twice(and sometimes often) we imagined ourselves being Jedi Knights(*Cough* Empire for the win! *Cough*) traveling to different planets, fighting monsters and dark warriors, and saving the day. But when you sit down to think about it being a Jedi kind of...well sucks. The fucking prequels didn't help either. In order to become a Jedi who are taken from their homes and families at a very young age and raised by the Order mostly because they would be easier to brain wash. So you grow up learning how to cut people in half with a lightsaber and throw people around with the force and are pretty much a "friendly" enforcer sent around trying maintain balance and uphold some bullshit decree. Your entire life revolves around the Jedi Order and you have to give up any sort of pursuit of happiness and are bound to the ideals of democracy. Oh and while we're at it the Jedi Order frowns on strong emotions as they believe will inevitably lead to a Jedi becoming a Sith which is why they cant get laid...Yeah. The Jedi Order itself is pretty baffling as throughout the prequel trilogy they make some absolutely stupid decisions so it did not surprise me in the least when they collapsed in "Revenge of the Sith".


NUMBER 4
The World of Shingeki no Kyogin(Attack on Titan)

    

Now before any of you start freaking out let me make myself clear: I do not hate Shingeki no Kyogin. In fact I love this series its probably one of the best anime and manga that I have seen recently but the idea of spending a week behind the walls of humanity's last sanctuary is definitely not my idea of a fun-filled vacation. Think about it you are living in a enclosed society with man-eating giants roaming outside in the country side. Mankind does not know how many they are, where they came from, or why they do what they do. Your only defenses are a big ass wall, rows of rather inaccurate cannons, and foot soldiers that get eaten by the dozens. Sure you can join the army to fight for the future of your race but if you think that you would be some sort of badass think again. The characters that have survived this far are the elite the top ten badasses  while just about every grunt that we meet spouts off a couple of lines before being chewed to bits. What makes it worst is that there is corrupt governments, some sort of shadowy conspiracy and traitors in the city.


NUMBER 3
Hogwarts 


     Yeah I said it and I'm not taking it back. You know a school where one can learn magic sounds like a good idea on paper but after going through the Harry Potter series I begin to question things. Now don't think this is me bashing on the series as a whole because I'm not, Harry Potter has plenty awesome adventures, mysteries, and a very creative world but its that fucking school that drives me up a god damn wall. First off when you first enter the school your house(which you'll be a part of from here on out) is decided by a fucking talking hat that reads you and puts you into one of the following four: Hufflepuff which is basically made up of laid back and pretty decent dudes, Ravenclaw which has all the nerds and bookworms, Gryffindor which is filled with bigshots and would be heroes, and then there is Slytherin which is made up of students who would probably drive a spoon into your brain as soon as you turned your back. So if you get into one of the first two good for you. If you get into Gryffindor then your a showoff dick, and if you get into Slytherin then I guess your calling is being an asshole and a villain. The teachers and grounds keepers are so incompetent that they need their students to solve the issues at hand. The school and the areas around them are fucking hazardous from three headed dogs to giant spiders to killer trees to venomous basilisks right down to the tiny psycho pixies. And the danger of this place shows as the damn mortality rate for this place as the series went on which include broken limbs, petrification, and death by Killing Spell. By the end of it the school is in ruins with numerous students slain granted it was during the rise of a racist madman but damn if I was a father I couldn't sleep knowing that I may one day get a letter from the school saying that my kid got ran through by an angry unicorn or was killed by a mandrake because he just so happened to get that one pair of ear muffs that was broken.


NUMBER 2
The Soul Society  


     Awhile back I used to watch and read a shonen series called Bleach which kicked some serious ass. However as it went on Bleach began a steep decline in quality. The plot holes, the ass pulls, the endless filler episodes, and the biggest anticlimax I had ever seen in a manga. Needless to say I finally had enough and dropped the series. Looking back among all the problems it had one that stood out the most was one of the settings: The Soul Society. This place is pretty much a Japanese version of Heaven only its shit. So lets say you die one day whether from old age or because had a stroke of bad luck and got slammed by a truck. You are now a Whole a soul that is no longer anchored to it body. Well from here several things can occur: 1) A Soul Reaper appears and guides you to the afterlife 2) You lose your humanity and turn into a Hollow; a bloodthirsty monster and then need a Reaper to purify you with a sword to the face or 3) You get your ass eaten by the aforementioned Hollows. If you are lucky enough to have 1 or 2 happened to you then congratulations you made it to the Soul Society. Upon arrival you are assigned to one of several districts some of them are quite peaceful while others are filthy slums filled with thieves, bandits, and murderers and the best part is you are assigned to a district randomly so kiss your ass goodbye if you find yourself in a shitty part of town. Oh yeah and before you start thinking that maybe you'll be reunited with a family member or a lost friend well that's probably not going to happen because chances are they are in some other district. Many of the families in the Soul Society are made up of complete strangers so don't be surprised if your new family is made up of a former hooker, a man with a hobby for taming squirrels to dance, and that weird bum you used to see in the streets who was convinced that his name was Margaret and eats the lice from his hair. But it gets better there is actually diseases in the afterlife. The afterlife that so called paradise and resting place for the dead has lethal diseases hell one character has one that leaves him bed ridden and coughing blood while another character lost his wife to a damn fever. Now if you think that maybe you'll be one of the luck few and have spirit energy which would allow you to become a Soul Reaper. Sure sounds cool and all but as a result you need to eat and drink and essentially need to join the military fighting criminals, assassins, and of course those god damn hollows. Oh and to top it all off if you die you get reborn and get to do the whole cycle all over again. YAY SOUL SOCIETY!


NUMBER 1
The Zombie Apocalypse

   

Now this is coming from a huge zombie fanboy. I do not understand the strange obsession people have for a zombie apocalypse I just don't. It seems that a number of people are expecting to it to happen while others just cant wait to start smashing in the heads of the endless hordes of man-eating corpses. PEOPLE ITS NOT AS AWESOME AS IT SOUNDS! Not only would million die from whatever sort of virus that would be responsible but all order and society itself would collapse. What we would be left with are roaming groups of survivors, bandits, and rundown safe havens scattered across a country littered with corpses and dried blood.  Not only would you have to contend with zombies but also humans who might just shoot you for that can of beans in your backpack. Every day would be a struggle against living, the dead, and the elements. It would takes years before civilization  got back on its feet but there is also the possibility that it might not. Yeah sounds like a great fucking time....

And those ladies and gentlemen are my top 5 worst places to live in the world of Science Fiction and Fantasy! Can you think of worst places then please share your opinion in the comments section below this article. That's all for now see you next time!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Creepers



         Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome back to A Reeler Movie Reviewer. Usually whenever I do an article its usually about a movie, TV show, or a flash game but this time around once again I want to branch out. Aside from watching films another hobby of mine is reading. Books to me are a form of cinema in they re selves by using details and a strong narrative structure an author can immerse their readers into the world in which the story is taking place whether it be a fantasy world, an alien planet, a war zone, or in this case a creepy hotel. Today we look at David Morrell's Creepers
         For those of you who have never heard of him; David Morrell is a novelist whose first novel was First Blood which would later inspire the Rambo series. I have never read any of his other works and was only introduced to him through "Creepers" but if his other novels are as good as this one then I'll definitely have to start looking into some of them.
        Creepers tells the story of four urban explorers(Individuals who explore abandoned structures) and a reporter by the name of Frank Balenger who gather at a old motel with plans of infiltrating the Paragon Hotel a massive pyramid like structure built by the mysterious millionaire named Morgan Carlisle. After traveling through dark rat infested tunnels the group reaches their destination. Wandering though the silent halls and empty rooms each with a tragic tale of their own the group so learns more about the building's creator and discover that there are dark secrets hidden behind every door and around every corner soon realizing that the Paragon Hotel is not as empty as it seems. Evil lives within the building a monstrous, cruel, and malevolent force that will stop at nothing to destroy them.
          From the description you can probably guess that Creepers is a horror novel well that's only partly true. Its more of a thriller but definitely does have some elements of horror in it.  The novel starts off as a mystery adventure where our protagonists explore the hotel uncovering clues and bits of information as it goes on and slowly both the characters and the readers begin to see a much bigger picture as everything comes full circle and I definitely felt that was one of its strong points. Morrell really knows how to build up tension and suspense keeping his audience's attention until the big reveal(And holy shit what a reveal it is).
           The setting was cool. Reading the descriptions given to me it help me create a grand image of this building and its impressive structure although it can get a bit confusing sometimes when your trying to remember where everything is although the building is described as being that complex but even then you'll find yourself backtracking in these parts. Could you imagine stepping into a building untouched by man for many years being the first to set foot through its doors? The secrets and history all around you. That's the feeling I got reading this novel I wanted to know more about the Paragon Hotel and Carlisle.
            The characters are sorta of a mixed bag. You get a general idea of who they are and know enough that you can at least get attached them and care what happens to them. There are a couple that could have been fleshed out more though. In the entire novel only two characters get any development and backstory one of them being our main character Balenger.
            I cant reveal too much without risking spoilers but I can say that while it may start of slow it allows you to immerse yourself into the story slowly guiding you through the shadows of the Paragon before creeping up on you and pushing you down an elevator shaft into a sea of blood and insanity plus its quite the page turner one minute you'll be at page five and before you know it you looking down page fifty-seven.
          Over all Creepers is an awesome thrill ride I would absolutely recommend it to people who love urban exploration, horror, and mystery. There is also a sequel called Scavenger but honestly its no where near as strong as Creepers but who knows maybe you'll get something out of it. So look for Creepers by David Morrell at your local bookstore or library and get ready to journey into the Paragon Hotel but be forewarned "The darkest secrets live in places you're not supposed to be."
           Thanks for reading! Feel free to share your comments and opinions in the section below the article or if you have any requests for future reviews let me know. I know that I haven't reviewed any books until now but I wanted to branch out more. See you folks next time!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Something Random

Did You Know?

Contrary to what some people believe Evil Dead 2 is not a "remake" of the 1981 film. What happened Sam Raimi intended to use scenes from the previous film as a recap however the rights couldn't be obtained so the crew had to create a whole new opening scene where Ash(Bruce Campbell) and his girlfriend go to the cabin and the awakening of the dark spirit. Needless to say this confused many people making wonder what was canon and what wasn't. So in truth Evil Dead 2 is a direct continuation of the previous movie.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Worst Reality Show



     Everyone I present to you Rubbish or Smut or other times Shit but on the air it is know simply as Toddlers & Tiaras. I hate this show I hate it so much more than any other show that has ever crawled from the festering abyss of creativity(If you could even call it that). I don't think I need to make any sort of introduction but as usual I'm gonna for those have probably been living under a rock. Toddlers & Tiaras is a reality show about a child beauty pageant in which young girls are dressed up in slutty outfits and act like fashion models in front of judges(Most who I suspect of being pedophiles) just so they can win to please vanity and pride of their sad excuses for parents. If I were to describe this show in a single word it would be "DISGUSTING". How the flying fuck has show manage to get six seasons and even more baffling is still on?! What the hell is wrong with my country?!?! How is it that the authorities or child services haven't tried to put a stop to this crap?
     When I was deciding which show to choose for this article it came down to this show and TMZ. I hated both of these turds with a burning passion but I had to pick one. So I weighed the two. Which was worse? Bottom feeding journalism in which sad sacks of shit stalk celebrities watching their every move just so they can write ugly articles about them OR a show in which children are exploited and abused by their own parents and dressed up like dolls to be shown off to audiences everywhere. Well you can probably figure out what the outcome was. Thankfully I'm not the only one feels this way as the show has been panned by the public and critics even though the backlash wasn't enough to slay this abomination but maybe one day mankind will be victorious...One day...
     For these reasons I crown Toddlers & Tiaras as the ugliest, dumbest, rotten piece of monkey shit reality show I have ever had the misfortune to watch!

Thank God I'm pass this bullshit but there is still more terror ahead so stay tuned  as we continue our count down of the Evils of the 21 Genres! See you all next time!

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Incredible Hulk


    Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome back to A Reeler Movie Reviewer. Todays' review was a special request by Eric Webster. For this article we'll be taking a look at the classic 1970s TV series "The Incredible Hulk"! For those who may not of heard of this series it was based on the big green muscle man of the Marvel Universe the Hulk; the monstrous alter ego of the mild mannered scientist Bruce Banner(David in the show) who once anger transforms into the titular character.
 
      A pilot episode aired on November 4, 1977 which explained the origins of the Hulk. The main series began its debut in 1978 to 1982 running for 5 seasons with a total 82 episodes as well as three made for TV films. Despite ending though the series still has to this day a loyal fanbase and remains a cult classic.

     Now I wasn't born back then so I didn't necessarily grow up with the show however I did see a number of episodes during its rerun on the Sci-Fi channel before its horrible metamorphoses into what we know now as the SyFy channel(Seriously WTF?). I liked it but I wasn't really old enough to appreciate it for what it was. Thanks to the Internet I was now able to revisit it through a number of episodes put up on Youtube.

     So now that I got the chance to watch the show after so many years what do I think of it as a whole? While the show is dated I can easily see why so many people liked it and I being unbiased here since the Hulk is one of my favorite super heroes along with Batman and Iron Man. The first thing I noticed right away on the first episode is the tone. Now don't think that this show is silly and over the top like the Batman series with Adam West this show plays it straight and is serious in it mood despite it being a bit campy. It surprised me little because the show plays more like a drama with a superhero twist. Then again the power to turn into the Hulk is more of a curse than a gift sort of like lycanthropcy triggered by emotions. Throughout the series our protagonist desperately searches for a cure to his condition one that he may never find.

                    

     I only found a number of available episodes so I can only get a general feel of the show but at times it feels very formulaic meaning that it often follows a predictable narrative structure.

The typical episode goes as followed.

1. David Banner arrives at new location and meets some different characters.

2. Villains of the episode have some sinister scheme that is sure to ruins everyone's day.

3. Banner Hulks out, beats the hell out of the baddies, and saves the day.

4. Banner leaves and moves on. *Cue credits and sad piano music*
   

    Now I have not seen the whole show so I'm doubting every single episode is like that.

    Before we continue I wanted to get something out of the way. I know that the real name of the scientist is Bruce Banner however before anyone pounces me with torches and pitchforks this is not me not knowing a damn thing about the comics or lack of research but in fact David is the name that the creators of the show gave him. Why change the name? Well I did of bit of snooping around on the web and found out that Bruce was changed to David apparently because the former was a stereotypical name for gays or something stupid. So really the whole reason to change it was pointless moving on! And don't you get me started on the bright idea the creators had of changing the Hulk from green to red!



I can watch this all day.....

 
     The casting is pretty good the two major characters David(*Cough* Bruce *Cough*) Banner and the investigative newspaper reporter Jack McGee are played by Bill Bixby and Jack Golvin respectively. Both actors do a great job in their roles especially Bixby I mean seriously I cant help but feel sorry for this guy and that damn piano music doesn't help any. The other actors range from good to decent to over the top or just plain hammy but I feel that this mix bag really adds a sort of charm to the show.

      I cant necessarily review a show about the Hulk without talking about that lovable pissed off green wrestler. The Hulk is played Lou Ferrigno an ex-fitness trainer and body builder who main job in the role is to grow and smash shit which he does well even though he isn't actually ramming through real brick walls or hurling big boulders. I actually saw this gut at Spooky World many years back when I was little signing autographs which I at the time had no real interest in although looking back I kind of wished I tried. The role of the Hulk would be Ferrigno's best known performance one I doubt he could ever top even if he tried.

      I don't really know how the series ended although I got a "small" hint from the title of the third film but apparently that wasn't suppose to be the finale and the creators actually had a sequel planned out. Unfortunately that never came to be as tragically Bixby's health deteriorated and he finally lost his battle with cancer on November 21,1993 at the age of 59 thus ending the journey of David Banner and the Hulk.

       Overall I would recommend that you folks check it out. Its a cult classic that to me deserves alot more love these days. You can find episodes on web if you dig around a bit but if you are dead set on seeing the series in its entirety then I got good news for you because the show is available on DVD as are the three made for TV films. You may like it or you may hate it but at the very least you need to see an episode or two just so you can say that you had watched it.

So ends another review. I hope you enjoyed it. Please share your comments in the section below the article. What did you think of the show? Did you grow up with it?

Stay tuned for future articles and if you want me to review a certain movie or TV show just let me know! See you guys later!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Worst Comedy

 
 
     Well folks today is a going to be a tough one because we are going to take a look at a very awful and unfunny movie here. I present to you Baby Geniuses which was directed by the late Bob Clark who had written some of the most timeless films among those being A Christmas Story and Home Alone. Yes you read right! The guy who brought us those movies made THIS. I was tempted to do a double whammy by talking about this film and its sequel but I realized that evil never shares its throne with no one. It was a tough call considering that the second movie Super Baby Geniuses was Clark's last film before his death in 2004...what a way to go out. What make the original stand out though is just how ugly it looks I mean its pretty fucking freaky especially when the babies talk which done through poorly placed animated mouths saying some of the dumbest things ever to be put to script. Fuck the damn E-Trade babies didn't look as creepy as this little bastards. Several times through out the movie one of the babies says the phrase diaper gravy as if the bastards who made this thought it was a work of fucking genius(See what I did there?). The whole plot revolves around some bullshit experiment to find out the capabilities of an infant's mind which so happens to turn out that babies start of as Einsteins before degrading into average dumbass adults. Its hard to watch especially seeing someone like Christopher Lloyd degrade himself more by being in this fucking flick then again he would star in The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure in 2012 so really I'm not all that surprised. In fact along with Lloyd everyone one on this piece of crap looked embarrassed to be on screen they probably had to down a few cups of liquid courage just to get through the next scene without going insane.

Below these words before is the scene that pretty much sums the whole damn thing.

                                 

Baby Genius is bad really really fucking bad and still to this day considered to be among the worse movies made. It currently has only 2% on Rotten Tomatoes and was actually listed by Roger Ebert as one of his most hated films. While the sequel did get worse reviews and was a box office failure I honestly felt that it predecessor deserved the crown more and keep in mind my choices are not divine decrees just my opinion. With these words said I award Baby Geniuses the spot of being the worst comedy ever made.

Know a worst comedy? Share your opinion and/or experience in the comments section below. See you all next time! :D

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Worst Action Movie


     I'm usually Ok with "mindless action" but Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever is on a whole different level of the word. The film stars Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu who play our lead characters in a plot so dull, silly, and contrived that you have to stop and wonder what was going through the minds of the writers when they were putting this script together. This is a prime example of a lying title; you would think from reading it that it was going to be a movie in which these two fight each other but really that's not the story but instead involves them teaming up to defeat a common enemy and they even screwed that up as well.  The whole thing is just confusing and mind numbingly dull that I would not even recommend it to people who like bad movies. The film was a major box-office failure having a total budget of 70 million dollars and only made back 19 million of that. Rotten Tomatoes ranked it #1 on their list of worst movies and to add insult to injury the Game Boy Advanced games based off the movie were far better received than this piece of shit could ever hope to be. Say what you will about Michael Bay but he would have to try 10x harder to sink below the levels that this film does and that is why I crown this movie as the Worst Action Film ever made.