Halo short film : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BaVb2TlWb0
When Blomkamp made District 9, like the rest of world I saw it as innovative and really exciting. His short film on Halo only added to that excitement. The combination of Blomkamp as director and Peter Jackson as producer was a mouthwatering prospect.
Alas, it never came to be. Blomkamp in the meantime has delivered Elysium and Chappie. Visually both beautiful films, but that’s where the praise stops. Characters in both films felt underdeveloped. Plots and stories felt disjointed.
This has created a worrying trend. District 9 is a clear career high. But ever since, Blomkamp is struggling to match that. A recent interview with Total film revealed a lot about his thinking.
Blomkamp in the interview stressed how much he loves illustrations and concepts. But he wasn’t interested in reading stories at all. Stories meant nothing to him.
George R.R. Martin in a interview with the Sunday Times a few months back stressed anyone can come up with an idea, it’s the execution that marks people out.
That’s Blomkamp’s weakness. He has wonderful ideas and concepts. Elysium screamed potential, but the execution just wasn’t there to match the potential. Blomkamp has a brilliant mind, but he needs a serious scriptwriter that will bring balance to his concepts.
He can go to be a one of the top Sci-fi directors of all time. Potential is there. However, if he doesn’t match his concepts with solid stories. His vision for a new Alien film will flop despite serious promise with his illustrations.
Otherwise, he will be on borrowed time and will only be able to point back at early promise of District 9. There is only so long he can do that.
Skin Trade is a new film that is expected to be released on April 23rd 2015. The trailer does nothing but scream Taken all over once again.
To boil it down to it’s essence. The main character Nick played by Dolph Lundgren goes out for revenge once his daughter and wife is killed. Goes on to hunt Eastern European terrorists. They really don’t get a break there. At least the film is based in Bangkok.
Nevertheless it’s nothing original. Then again, the film is written by Lundgren himself.
You can somewhat understand Lundgren’s logic in pursuing this. It’s a formula that has worked for Neeson and Luc Besson, three times. As a ageing action star, it is a perfect vehicle for Lundgren. No doubt his fellow action star Sly told him it was a no-brainer.
Lundgren though is a highly educated man with degrees in Chemistry and Masters in Chemical engineering. Maybe it was naive hope that Lundgren might stray from his predictable role of action star and branch out into more serious territory.
Unfortunately for us though, Lundgren judging by this trailer wishes to stay in his comfort zone and follow the rapidly tiring Taken formula.
Barely a few weeks ago, It was announced that Spider-man was once again was being rebooted. Not even a decade before being rebooted again previously.
Reboots are very much the trendy thing to do these days. As are remakes. Problem with remakes, is the aim quite often is to replicate the original success. Which 9/10 times doesn’t work.
In the information age, people can be notified instantly if a film is worth going to. The real question to be asked is why keep trying? the success rates of remakes aren’t pretty.
Surely a possible route to go is remake the failures! Yes on paper it sounds insane. But on further reflection, it could work. Think Waterworld. It was a failure, no debate. But it is an ample opportunity. You can walk in and tear up the original script and no-one is going to protest about it.
Why would they? it gives you the chance to twist the film to your likening. People will naturally say ” Waterworld was terrible.” The simple response is to say,” it can’t get worse” .
Everyone has talked about at length as to why it was bad.You know what to avoid as a result. Consult the original cast and crew. They will surely help you in order to help eradicate the original memories.
The original pushed to the back of the mind as the new one goes on to flourish. Win-win for all. The original Judge Dredd was terrible with Sly. But the new one with Karl Urban was nothing short of fantastic. Let’s hope it’s start of a trend.
The Interview wasn’t a great film. It wasn’t a good film. But it was a film that didn’t go unnoticed. For a bizarre moment Sony were threatened by unspecified groups to not release the film or have cinemas blown up. Sony naturally didn’t want to take chances.
After public outcry, Sony came around to the idea of giving a limited release. According to BBC news report on 29th December 2014, the film made back 15 million dollars out of 44 million dollar in the space of four days. Part of the limited release was limited cinema. But another part was releasing it online. It became one of the most downloadable films of all time in such a limited time space. It just begs the question. Is this the way forward?
Studios complain that pirating is wrecking the film industry. But this is unexpected success for Sony shows there is another avenue. People will always flock to the cinemas for the major films. Hunger Games, Avengers, Batman. But for the smaller comedies like The Interview. Studios could release online and if there is a pickup, proceed to a broader release in the cinemas. Instead of a broad release and fighting for leftovers from the blockbusters and Oscar hunters. This avenue could be a dry-run for the smaller films. The interview being a mediocre film probably would have fallen flat on broad release. Instead it has done better, admittedly not a whole lot better.
We should be thankful to the North Koreans for stumbling across this, sorry the “unspecified groups” we should thank for this.