She said no. Her story started here. Her whole life, she thought she wasn’t wanted. That she didn’t belong, that every family that took her in didn’t want her to stay. Didn’t care. But all that time, it was S.H.I.E.L.D. protecting her. Looking after her. That’s what she took away from the story. Not the family she’ll never have, but the one she’s always had. Here I am telling her something that
could destroy her faith in humanity, and somehow she manages to repair a
little piece of mind.
The world is full of evil and lies and pain and
death, and you can’t hide from it. You can only face it. The question
is, when you do, how do you respond? Who do you become?
Beta Test is a 2016 science-fiction movie directed by Nicholas Gyeney and starring Manu Bennet, Larenz Tate, Linden Ashby and Yuji Okumoto. The central plot of the movie revolves around this kid, Max, who finds out that during a beta test for a video-game, he actually controls a real person.
If this plot sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve heard it before. Something similar has been done in the 2009 movie Gamer, starring Gerard Butler. It’s something really similar, only worse, and Gamer wasn’t that great to begin with either. I will be honest, I only checked this movie out because it supposedly broke the record for the longest fight scene done in a single shot in a movie. That may be true, but the scene itself is really bad, the choreography is poorly done, and there are lots of shots where you can clearly see how they fake the punches.
The acting in this movie is also pretty bad, Manu Bennet and Larenz Tate do what they can with the plot they’re given, but it’s not enough. Also, the main villain, played by Linden Ashby, is taken straight from the worst B-movie that could be on a double featurette with the Sharknado series. He even has the annoying henchman, who takes the bad acting to really great heights.
This is a really bad movie trying to sound smart. The plot is completely unoriginal, and the one thing they boast with, the action, is even worse. For the most part of the movie, we don’t even get actual action scenes, since they’re presented with bad CGI in the “video game”. For good action, there are some truly stunning martial arts movies out there, like The Raid, which are much more better. Saved by just a smudge of decent acting from Larenz Tate and Manu Bennet, I will give Beta Test a 5 out of 10.
In which we revisit our occasional series wherein I choose new, more interesting shoes for HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Lady Carrickfergus. She has the worst taste in shoes, you know?
Kate, instead of those boring beige LK Bennets, which are so boring I am typing this from my sleep, because you made me fall asleep, why don’t you try these blue suede shoes instead? They are still appropriate, they are LK Bennet a brand you love, but they coordinate better with the dress and definitely have more interest with that cool suede bow.
(as always, it’s hard to color match online. I’ve seen this shoe in the same navy colorway looking much brighter, but from sites that were harder to snag an image from. Just PRETEND this shoe matches the dark blue tones in the flowers)