July 20, 2004
Dr. Victor Fries (Arnold Schwarzenegger) was working on a cure for his wife's disease (MacGregor Syndrome) when he fell into a giant vat of liquid nitrogen. The accident rendered him unable to live in the normal world, but being the genius he was, he designed a cold suit that would allow him to continue living and working for a cure. However, his ice machines would require diamonds to run, and the man they call Mr. Freeze would soon enter a world of crime, stealing diamonds to keep his dreams of finding a cure - and himself - alive.
Gotham City, a home for many wealthy and influential citizens, has proven to be a good source of diamonds for Freeze. And when a charity ball announces it will feature the Wayne diamonds, Freeze crashes the party. Already in attendance, it turns out, are Gotham's own Batman & Robin, there to protect the jewels. They are distracted by Freeze's goons and by a stranger in town, the beautiful and exotic Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman). Freeze finds her holding the diamonds and she hands them over after discovering her pheremone dust is no match for Freeze's cold blood.
Freeze would meet Ivy again at Arkham Asylym after being locked up by Batman. However, Ivy was there to break Freeze out. She wanted to form a pact with the scientist to strike back at Gotham once and for all. By utilizing the new Gotham telescope and Freeze's own ice gun, the duo set out to freeze the entire planet, bringing an end to man's arrogance and beginning a new era led by Mr. Freeze himself. Poison Ivy, of course, was interested in seeing man destroyed and Mother Nature returning to power.
Things would take a terrible turn, however, when during a fight with Batman, Freeze's wife's statis chamber would be deactivated. Ivy reports this news to Freeze, who blows his top. He shows no mercy on his way to the Gotham Observatory, and immediately sets out to freeze the world. Batman would arrive, of course, and stop Freeze, but not before he revealed the truth to the scientist: Ivy unplugged his wife's chamber herself. Freeze was headed back to the cooler, but Batman promised he could continue his work on finding a cure for MacGregor Syndrome. Both men understand the importance of family, as Batman needed Freeze's work to cure his butler Alfred and Freeze was more than happy to try to save his wife. Meanwhile, he would also have the chance to exact a little revenge on his new cell mate at Arkham Asylum: Poison Ivy. Mother Nature is in for a long sentence.
INTELLIGENCE - 8: The doctor is well-read, highly-skilled, and resourceful - a good match for Batman.
POWER - 7: Has incredible size and strength, but relies heavily on his cold suit, which needs constant diamond recharging.
VILENESS - 8: Willing to freeze anyone, giving them about 14 minutes to thaw out or die.
SWAY - 5: Unleashes terrible puns with a thick accent, but no one can doubt his sincerity.
PURITY - 6: Out of love, Freeze will resort to any means to accomplish his ultimate goal, which is to find a cure for his wife's disease. All this for a good cause.
PHYSICAL - 8: Looks like a frozen RoboCop, but that's still scary enough to send most running the other way.
Posted by Destro at 03:59 PM
March 28, 2002
Regardless of whether it was the mindless loner in James Cameron's original or the cyborg who learned catch phrases in the sequel, The Terminator had a job to do and nothing was about to get in its way.
In The Terminator, it hunted down Sarah Connor, a seemingly-unimportant waitress and fashion victim of the 80s. It killed extras at will and took out an entire police station filled with That Guys like Lance Henriksen and Paul Winfield. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, it was sent back to protect Sarah's son, John, from a newer model terminator.
In the first movie, we see how deadly this machine can be. Ruthless and determined, it came within a pneumatic press of completing its mission. In the following movie, we got to see that it could learn and adapt to become more human and blend in better. In either case, The Terminator will never quit. In this case, being programmed is quite like being insane: either way, right or wrong, there's no way you can go against the inner workings of your brain... or CPU.
INTELLIGENCE - 6: It has "detailed files" on the subjects, but not much about how to act in public or blend in.
POWER - 9: Super-human strength. Very efficient killer, thanks to its study of the human anatomy.
VILENESS - 8: Will do anything to complete its mission, including offing anyone in its way: bar patrons, cops, punks, anyone.
SWAY - 3: Not charismatic at all. Later models should learn not to start their missions completely naked.
PURITY - 10: Programmed to complete a mission without question. There's NO way whatsoever to talk it out of doing its job.
PHYSICAL - 8: Bad-ass look. Very intimidating. However, once he starts to get hacked up, he can't pass well for a human.
Posted by Destro at 03:30 PM