If there’s one thing any assassin worth his salt loves doing, then it’s battling it out with a pissed-off SWAT team in a dilapidated hallway. Jean Reno’s milk-loving ice cold killer goes to show what a calcium rich diet can do for you, as he coolly dispatches a whole squad of hardened Special Forces in the 1994 gem. Doffing his bald bonce to the French murderer, 47 is also confronted by SWATS in a dingy little apartment and quickly dons his best silverballer skills to take out his pursuers, before casually escaping Paris. Sadly, poor old Leon isn’t quite so lucky. If only he’d had a bit of cheeswire.
The most famous example naturally comes in GTA IV, as Niko, along with members of the McCreary crime family, take on the entire LCPD while robbing Liberty City’s biggest bank. The mission is a clear homage to 1995 crime classic Heat. Everything from the assault rifles, to the way they sling the massive bags of cash over their shoulders has been taken from the film’s epic shootout in downtown LA.
Niko himself also seems to have been modelled after a film character. The three people who witnessed a rare Owen Wilson dramatic turn in 2001 war movie Behind Enemy Lines are sure to have recognised Mr. Bellic modelling his look on the film’s main antagonist.
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Older games in the series have also borrowed heavily from the silver screen. San Andreas features a heist where main character CJ combines with a wide variety of eccentric characters to rob a Las Venturas casino. A clear nod to Ocean's Eleven. More obscure is the origin of Vice City’s nervous lawyer Ken Rosenberg. Who seems to have inherited his look, mannerisms and diesel-powered paranoia from David Kleinfeld, the corrupt attorney in Carlito’s Way.
So take note Mr. Game Developer. If you ever feel yourself running out of ideas, don’t bother trying to do an all nighter in the vein hope you’ll pull some megawatt innovative thought from your frontal lobe. Just get some jumbo-sized popcorn, nachos, and one of those horribly overpriced bags of Maltesers, and plonk your ass down at the movies.
Jan 13, 2009
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