Ghost Recon


Back before Michael Bay directed his Transformers films, Transformers were just weird toys and cartoons that children of the 80s fondly remembered as being basically the best thing ever. People like fast cars, and people like giant robots, so why not create a bunch of fast cars who turn into giant robots and then fight each other? The idea is elegant, it’s simple, and as far as we knew, it was timeless. Then Bay and his crew went and turned the whole thing into modern, big budget movies and made us realize that Transformers was a thing best nostalgically remembered from childhood. Turns out the whole idea, complete with aliens, energon cubes, and plucky kid sidekicks, is kind of stupid, and lacks the elegant simplicity of cars turning into giant robots and then fighting each other. These days kids don’t play with toys anymore though, they play video games, so if Bay is going to continue making billions of dollars turning things that kids like into movies, a smart bet for him would probably be to adapt a popular video game into a movie. Enter Ubisoft’s ‘Ghost Recon’ series of games, which are popular shoot ‘em ups inspired by the work of Tom Clancy. There are no aliens in ‘Ghost Recon,’ no energon cubes, and no plucky kid sidekicks, so could this be Bay’s chance to redeem himself by adapting something young people like that’s actually cool, something that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike?

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published: 01.28.2015
published: 01.28.2015
published: 01.28.2015
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