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XIII - The Movie (premiering 2/8 at 9/8c)

B:LB:L Registered User regular
edited February 2009 in Games and Technology
http://www.nbc.com/xiii/

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Tonight is the premiere of the XIII movie, based on this game:

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(Well actually it's based on the comic book but who's checking?)

The game was a cel-shaded first person shooter, very cinematic for its time, with panels appearing for certain kills and visual onomatopoeias to mimic the comic book experience. The plot revolves around an amnesiac,

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accused of being involved in a plot to assassinate the President, and he's being hunted down by this guy:

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No, not David Hasslehoff.

Not Gary Coleman either.

Unfortunately.


This is the first time that a video game movie is direct-to-TV. Not even the Uwe Boll movies have that distinct honor.

Unfortunately.


But maybe this one might be good, and could pave the way for more low-budget but true-to-source adaptations of video game movies. We may finally see movies that would never have a chance if it was pitched for theatres.

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What do you think? Will you be catching XIII tonight?

I will, but I will be missing the sultry voice of David Duchovny.

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  • slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Meh, I don't care enough to catch it.

    But yeah, like you said, based on the same book as the game. Also Bourne Identity is based on the book too. So the plots are similar.

  • ZetxZetx Fixer, Lurker Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Spoiler about the endgame:
    Spoiler:

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  • B:LB:L Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Zetx wrote: »
    Spoiler about the endgame:
    Spoiler:

    I'm hoping
    Spoiler:

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  • donhonkdonhonk Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    IS ADAM WEST IN THIS? LIKE HE WAS IN THE GAME? I WOULD WATCH IT THEN

  • twmjrtwmjr Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I added it to the DVR. I'm trapped in the house for another few days so what the hey...I'll give it a go.

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  • DyvionDyvion Glorious Okinawa, JapanRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    So it's a movie about a guy who can't remember he's trying to kill the president and Kitt is chasing him down? I'm there!

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  • MongerMonger Precocious Bonertoot Dallas, TXRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    donhonk wrote: »
    IS ADAM WEST IN THIS? LIKE HE WAS IN THE GAME? I WOULD WATCH IT THEN
    All I learned from XIII is that Adam West should be in every game.

    And Duchovny should never ever do voice work ever again. Ever.

  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    XIII was a fantastic game.

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Schattenjägers Gon' SchattenjägeRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Oh, so the movie IS based off the game. Weird, considering I don't remember the game being as good as people expected.

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  • KlatuKlatu Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Adam West and Patrick Stewart (though not in XIII, for which I can't help but feel it's worse off for) should voice act in everything. Seth MacFarlane is that much more awesome for having them on FG and AD.

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  • donhonkdonhonk Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Klatu wrote: »
    Adam West and Patrick Stewart (though not in XIII, for which I can't help but feel it's worse off for) should voice act in everything. Seth MacFarlane is that much more awesome for having them on FG and AD.

    Oh god yes, The Mayor is the funniest thing in family guy.

  • Mr.BrickMr.Brick Registered User
    edited February 2009
    I worked on a small portion of this film for a while before I realized it was based off the game. It was a tiny part- i dont really know how the movie will turn out though.

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  • slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Mr.Brick wrote: »
    I worked on a small portion of this film for a while before I realized it was based off the game. It was a tiny part- i dont really know how the movie will turn out though.

    Is it based on the game or based on the comics that the game is also based on?

  • B:LB:L Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Mr.Brick wrote: »
    I worked on a small portion of this film for a while before I realized it was based off the game. It was a tiny part- i dont really know how the movie will turn out though.

    That's pretty cool, what part?

    I just finished tonight's half of the movie. Holy shit, it was surprisingly good.

    Well, a few forgivable movie cliche flaws here and there that require some suspension of disbelief, but they kept the tension tight and they had the right atmosphere throughout. It was a bit slow and choppy in the beginning (after he was Nailin' Palin :winky: ), but it pulled off enough quality to match Bourne...for a TV movie.

    For a TV movie based on a videogame. That's impressive.

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  • Rorus RazRorus Raz Waste Not, Waant Not Registered User, Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited February 2009
    Oh, so the movie IS based off the game. Weird, considering I don't remember the game being as good as people expected.
    I'm pretty sure the game was decent. The demo certainly didn't get me to buy it, however.

    Note that this was back in a time when celshading was fairly new, and thus using it was a big deal. For some games, just introducing it to a new genre was the major selling point.

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  • Unco-ordinatedUnco-ordinated Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Why's this in G&T? Both the game and the mini-series are based off the comic book.

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  • InzignaInzigna Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Why's this in G&T? Both the game and the mini-series are based off the comic book.
    Oh don't be elitist now. :P

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  • OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? peach treesRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Why's this in G&T? Both the game and the mini-series are based off the comic book.

    Seriously, I think this is reaching to consider this video game related

    Hell, I'm sure the only reason it got greenlit was because it was based off a comic book and comic book movies are all the rage these days

    And by the way: Val Kilmer is doing direct-to-tv movies now?

    That's so sad

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  • HozHoz Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I pity him enough that I would offer to fill his position in life. Out of pity, you know.

  • OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? peach treesRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Hoz wrote: »
    I pity him enough that I would offer to fill his position in life. Out of pity, you know.

    All I'm saying is that he used to be in movies like Tombstone and Spartan, giving performances ranging from solid to downright incredible, and now he's starring in a made-for-tv movie on NBC

    I like Val Kilmer and he deserves better

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  • Mr.BrickMr.Brick Registered User
    edited February 2009
    I dont know what it is based off (re: comic or game).

    I worked on a small montage of tv news channels, news paper pages and web pages.

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  • Unco-ordinatedUnco-ordinated Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Olivaw wrote: »
    Why's this in G&T? Both the game and the mini-series are based off the comic book.

    Seriously, I think this is reaching to consider this video game related

    Hell, I'm sure the only reason it got greenlit was because it was based off a comic book and comic book movies are all the rage these days

    Pretty much. Calling this a videogame movie is like calling The Dark Knight a videogame movie, because, you know, there've been Batman games before, right?

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  • GlalGlal Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Man, that poster is terrible. What is it with movies and just sticking the star's face on the cover?

  • InzignaInzigna Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I was thinking about this, and I decided that the movie will be better animated. That's just me though.

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  • SorensonSorenson Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Dang, I only find out about this AFTER the first half shows. :(

    Though this does remind me that I've been meaning to pick up the game for a long-ass time now.

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  • BasticleBasticle Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    The game was fun.

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  • MeizMeiz Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    This was totally under my radar.

    As long as it isn't Max Payne.

  • apotheosapotheos Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited February 2009
    I don't know if any movie with this cast could ever be any good at all.

    Ever.



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  • MeizMeiz Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    What? The saint was good.

    What do you have against Val?

  • Johnny ChopsockyJohnny Chopsocky Scootaloo! We have to cook! Grillin' HaysenburgersRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Meiz wrote: »
    What? Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was fucking amazing.

    What do you have against Val?

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  • B:LB:L Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Inzigna wrote: »
    I was thinking about this, and I decided that the movie will be better animated. That's just me though.

    What kind of crazy are you talking about here!?

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I heard Val Kilmer is a hilarious asshole douchebag of comic proportions on set and in real life, throwing tantrums and everything. Maybe that is why he is making TV movies now.

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  • brynstarbrynstar Registered User
    edited February 2009
    I would have watched this if I had known about it before the first half aired. I always liked the game of XIII, never read the comic. I might watch the second half.

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  • KlatuKlatu Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    B:L wrote: »
    Inzigna wrote: »
    I was thinking about this, and I decided that the movie will be better animated. That's just me though.

    What kind of crazy are you talking about here!?

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    Nice one.

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  • LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    We should make this into a Robert Downy Jr. thread.

  • ShadowfireShadowfire Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I heard Val Kilmer is a hilarious asshole douchebag of comic proportions on set and in real life, throwing tantrums and everything. Maybe that is why he is making TV movies now.

    I hear that about a lot of stars.

    The movie.. uh... it was ok, I guess. Not good, but not bad. I'll watch the second part next week.

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  • AntibodiesAntibodies Used to live in a psychic city. Never knew what would happen in a day. Chicago, ILRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    It's funny. I own the game but never played more than an hour of it. Although I liked the comic book presentation.

    I figure the movie should be done in the style of Renaissance or rotoscoped like that Scanner Darkly.

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  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Just FYI,

    http://www.hulu.com/xiii

    It's on hulu if anyone's interested.

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  • Dodge AspenDodge Aspen Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    OOOHHHHHHH! I get it! Kilmer is the voice of KITT!!!! I could not figure out that reference in the OP.

    I was always intrigued by the game, but somehow never got around to it. They should put it on XBox Originals.

    The plot seemed like it would not be a bad movie, and since I'm okay with Val Kilmer for the most part, I PVRed it. I have a new baby, so I haven't got to it yet, but I'm expecting mild, unforgettable entertainment.

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  • brynstarbrynstar Registered User
    edited February 2009
    Oh hey, cool Urahonky. Thanks for pointing out that it's on Hulu. I'll have to check it out.

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