Do you really need more? Thankfully, Pacific Rim is directed by geek god Guillermo Del Toro so MORE is exactly what’s coming next July. The world (outside of Comic Con) finally got a look at these beasts and bots in action and it… Is… Glorious!
Here is the official synopsis:
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
“Rage, Inspired by Steven Spielberg’s film classic, DUEL, tells the story of a man who unintentionally provokes the wrath of a dark, mysterious, homicidal motorcyclist and must fight for his very life.”
The multi-award winning film has screened in festivals around the world and most recently won top honors at the 2011 Horror Quest Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out the trailer below.
Bioshock, in terms of story and atmosphere, is by far my favorite video game. When you explore the incredible world of Rapture for the first time, it’s impossible not to admire the creativity and passion poured into the game.
I wouldn’t even know where to start explaining the complexity of the horrifying underwater paradise to those who haven’t experienced it.
What an ending!
To summarize, Bioshock is about an underwater city called Rapture where the world’s brightest minds gather to advance human knowledge free of limitations and restraints. This eventually leads to the discovery of Adam, a substance that allows the city’s inhabitants to rewrite their DNA. These ‘Splicers’ gained incredible powers but soon lost their minds and turned violent as their thirst for more Adam consumed them…
That thirst leads them to little girls who seek out and gather the Adam but they are protected by huge armored guardians called Big Daddies. You play as ‘Jack’, a man who tries to unravel the mysteries of Rapture. Especially the mysteries surrounding the city’s creator Andrew Ryan and the truth about your past.
Sounds like a decent setup right? As you can tell by the trailer, the game is full of violence and horrors. Even the children use giant needles to collect Adam from the bodies of dead Splicers. You can see how this might limit a potential movies audience a little bit.
Gore Verbinski’s Bioshock
The twisted tale takes place in an incredibly detailed 50′s style environment that’s full of character and depth. (no pun intended) It’s a haunting yet gorgeous place to set this bloody tale and this was ultimately the film’s undoing.
When I found out that Gore Verbinski, director of The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean and Rango, was attached to the project I was literally giddy. Who better to bring the world of Rapture to life. It seemed like a dream come true for fans of the game.
Months passed without any official word that the Bioshock movie would move forward. Most of the time, no news is good news but in this case it was worse case scenario.
The Bioshock movie wasn’t happening.
NOT Gore Verbinski’s Bioshock
“I couldn’t really get past anybody that would spend the money that it would take to do it and keep an R rating. Alternately, I wasn’t really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version. Because the R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing. I just wanted to really, really make it a movie where, four days later, you’re still shivering and going, “Jesus Christ!”… It’s a movie that has to be really, really scary, but you also have to create a whole underwater world, so the pricetag is high. We just didn’t have any takers on an R-rated movie with that pricetag.” comingsoon
I have even more respect for Mr. Verbinski now. You can’t do the story justice with a PG-13 rating. It has to be a hard R but I understand the risks. Will enough people outside the core group of fans show up to a 200 million dollar Bioshock adaptation? I get that it’s tough to invest such a huge amount of money on what studios probably determined was a gamble but common!
So we won’t get to see Gore Verbinski’s vision of Rapture but where do we go from here?
The Bioshock Movie
You really do need a considerable amount of resources to pull off an epic film set in an underwater city. Just the practical water effects would be a massive undertaking. I couldn’t even begin to estimate what the visual effects would cost.
Yet these days, movies like Gareth Edwards’ Monsters proved that a lot can be done with a minimal budget and a lot of passion and talent. At the end of the day, this is one area that HAS to work or the whole story falls a part. Nobody wants to see a complete CG movie either. This is one time when a live action movie is the ONLY option.
Overall, the game is pretty much presented as a movie with constant twists and turns along the way. What concerns me about an adaptation is the lack of surprises for those who know what’s coming. But I think fans of the game will rather pay and sit through a story they already know then watch someone else butcher a video game adaptation.
I’d prefer they stay faithful to the narrative myself but I also understand that movies and video games are different mediums and require different approaches. Still, I’d love to see an mysterious man roaming those leaky halls, throwing bees at everyone while outrunning giant mechanical drills and murderous drug addicts.
Casting Call: Who should play the lead character? Some rumors hinted at Wentworth Miller a while back and I can’t say I disagree with that theory. He’s a decent actor and I loved Prison Break. To be honest, I’ve never been that great at speculating who should play who in the movies. I’d rather take the easy approach and criticize other people’s choices.
The beauty of Bioshock is in the details. The world is one of the most original and entertaining settings I’ve ever seen. Every piece of music, every sound effect, every object fits perfectly in this imaginative world and that detail is perfectly suited for the silver screen.
We just need someone to step up and either find a way to make it cheaper, or a studio to take a chance.
It Would Be Awesome.
A Bioshock movie would be incredibly intense and full of action but more than that, it would be a chance to discover a new world we’ve never seen before. One of my favorite aspects of James Cameron’s Avatar is how much fun it was to learn about Pandora and it’s inhabitants. I think a Bioshock movie could have a similar feeling until all hell breaks loose.
Everything about the game is new and unique. A film adaptation would be quite welcomed in a world filled with remakes and sequels. Something different shouldn’t be feared.
On a personal note, I thought the big twist in the game was one of the best story moments in video game history. Clever storytelling at it’s finest.
So, would you kindly find a way to make a Bioshock movie already!?
Here is a trailer for the third installment in the Bioshock franchise that frees itself from the underwater city of Rapture and introduces us to infinite freedom in the sky.
This post is part of James Bond January. For reviews of every single James Bond film from various movie bloggers head over to Paragraph Film Reviews.
When it came time to decide which film I would be reviewing for my contribution to James Bond January, it was an easy decision. I adore Casino Royale. It’s my favorite Bond film and I LOVE James Bond movies.
Goldeneye and the accompanying Nintendo 64 game dominated my life for years. I thought Pierce Brosnan was an okay James Bond but by the time Die Another Day’s over the top action came along, I was over it. I think it was the giant Ice Castle.
I think that’s why Casino Royale is my favorite Bond film. Daniel Craig’s portrayal is a lot grittier and realistic. This is MY Bond. I don’t want to take anything away from the 007′s of the past but I was absolutely blown away by the film.
I’ve always been fascinated when new filmmakers breath new life into established franchises. Especially when it comes to arguably the biggest movie character of all time. I think it was brilliant how they reintroduced us to the famous spy in their own way while still retaining all the elements we expect in a Bond film.
The Incredible Opening Scene
The first scene in this movie is beautiful. What a fantastic way to establish a new James Bond and kick start one hell of a ride.
He is James Bond now. I wasn’t a massive fan of Quantum of Solace but his performance is outstanding in each of them. This version of Bond is vulnerable. He can be hurt and people get the best of him. That’s why it’s a more accessible way to portray the spy. You know James Bond will always come out on top but this is much more of a struggle and in my opinion, much more interesting.
A big part of the Bond world is the women. I think this element was another stroke of genius. Gone are the wacky (yet awesome) names for Bond’s beauties. They are replaced by complex and emotional characters that aren’t just there to boost James’, ahem… Stats.
Eva Green’s Vesper Lind is the perfect woman to grab a hold of James Bond’s heart. It adds a level to Bond that we have never seen before. A vulnerability that’s fascinating to witness.
What would a James Bond movie be without action? Casino Royale delivers a ton of tense moments including chases, fights, guns, explosions and more. The highlight here is the ‘free running’ (or Parkour) chase in the first act. It proves yet again that this is not a traditional Bond movie. Can you picture Sean Connery pulling off those moves as Bond?
… Actually, that would have been pretty sweet.
Regardless, Craig displays a high level of ability when it comes to stunts that rivals his considerable acting talent.
It’s Bond! I signed up for action and got exactly what I wanted.
I’m actually not a huge fan of Le Chiffre. He’s a decent villain I suppose but when there is a larger force at work, the smaller pawns get lost. I’ve always loved stories about criminal organizations. This isn’t anything new to the series but it shows a tremendous amount of confidence that the filmmakers simply hinted at the bigger picture here.
I can’t wait to learn more about Quantum in the newly announced “Bond 23″.
Batman and Robin achieved the impossible and made Batman lame. But then Christopher Nolan came along with a brand new approach that changed the way we looked at The Dark Knight forever. The caped crusader was cool again.
I’m not saying previous Bond films are comparable to Batman and Robin but I do think Casino Royale made James Bond cool again.
Martin Campbell’s film is an extremely entertaining adventure that inspired the action fan in me.
Still, I do want to go back and watch EVERY Bond film again. James Bond January definitely brought back fond memories of some of the best spy movies of all time.
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