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Upcoming movie
« on: January 15, 2011, 12:08:22 am »
Battle: Los Angeles
Trailer at http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3180108569/

... Wishful thinking: an X-COM like game to accompany... Much more likely, we'd get a crappy FPS or RTS...

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Re: Upcoming movie
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2011, 04:13:26 pm »
Based on the trailer, it looks like UFO:AI: The 2000's America-centric edition: The movie.
+ The aliens seem to lack any weaponry different from ours. Just basic lead & rockets fired from fancy vehicles.
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Re: Upcoming movie
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2011, 11:27:49 pm »
Nnnggghhh....   I dunno, other than some modern high-budget Special FX and filming techniques, it doesn't look much different than many other "Aliens from another planet invading us" type of films that I've seen before.  I'm sorry, but other than updated SFX I don't see much that's really original or any creative twists that are pulling me in with any great interest.

Not to get on a soapbox and start a long, rambling post, but this is another sad example of how recent filmmakers don't typically come up with new or original ideas for movies, they just re-mix and re-hash old ideas and redo them with updated SFX, CGI, and eye candy.  Oh, that and they typically over-glorify many of the scenes in many of these flicks with an over-dramatic soundtrack (choirs, violin/string sections, and a few select songs from recent crap-artists that they have deals with the music industry to include as part of over-promoting them - most of which really have little to no musical talent), all to OVER-do the drama in unoriginal, boring scenes that really aren't all that exciting or tear-jerking in the first place.

I've just seen so much of this in recent films lately.

I could also go deep into the awful practice of ruining classic, well-known films from the '80s and '90s with sh*tty remakes - or worthless sequels - But I won't start that here.

BTW, Hertzilla is right, it does indeed seem USA-centered.  I wouldn't be surprised if the plot involved one or more Americans saving the day in the end, but not before some random nation overseas gets blown away to ruins first, as part of moving the plot along (with the idea in mind that they have to have some kind of tragedy at some point, complete with an over-dramatic point in the story when everyone who didn't die reflects on the ones who did).

Oops!  Did I just give the whole plot away, and spoil it?  Sorry, my bad...

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Re: Upcoming movie
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2011, 01:10:15 pm »
From what I saw so far, looks more like just a single alien terror mission :) But well, as I said, the movie is largely irrelevant... Just was noting the other trend, in addition to over-FX and remakes (both of which irritate me to no tomorrow, too... Did anyone see the new version of The Day The Earth Stood Still?..) -- making games to accompany the movie. Not that anyone would really bother to make a quality thing that way... Especially for a crappy movie.

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Re: Upcoming movie
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2011, 04:24:09 pm »
Sorry, I guess I kinda pulled things off-topic in my last post.

In my experience, most films based off of games don't come out very good.  I'm not sure exactly why that is - although there are occasional exceptions, but they are a bit difficult to find.

Not too long ago I got my hands on a DVD of that Final Fantasy movie, the expanded collector's edition or something version of what used most of the characters from FF7 in it.  Yes, I know it has been out for a while now, but I just saw it for the very first time.  I had played FF7 over and over plenty of times years ago, and I thought the movie was actually done rather well.  It may have been the fact that the film takes off at the end of the game and continues the plot in new directions that made it successful - Just about any movie-from-a-game that tries to recreate the existing game plot comes out with rather disastrous results.

Actually, one of the most successful and brilliantly well-done movies that came from a game IMO was done many years ago, all the way back to the '80s and such, and it was based off of a classic board game: Clue.  I remember that old board game, before there were modern computers like there are now, and I have to say that I ended up putting the old VHS tape with the movie in the VCR over and over again - I couldn't get enough of the gags that were in it.

That being said, Given how well-known and popular X-Com/UFO was, I'm sure it's only a matter of time before someone makes a movie based directly upon it, following the whole plot and such, but I just hope that by the time that day comes that they learn how to make films from games properly.  If some film producer did it right now, it would likely be awful.

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Re: Upcoming movie
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2011, 09:16:09 pm »
What exactly would be "whole plot"? Just the first one? Or including TFTD? Apocalypse? Ahem, Enforcer? Interceptor? :)

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Re: Upcoming movie
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2011, 12:47:39 pm »
What exactly would be "whole plot"?

Whatever suits best in regard of budget, special effects, available actors and preferences of the producers. ;D

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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2011, 12:32:42 pm »
I wonder... Given this... http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/12771/full-featurelength-film-created-with-gtaiv-the-trashmaster.html

If there are folks good at scripting, something of this kind could be pretty low-budget, but would definitely draw attention ;)