Neill Blomkamp’s Anthem Live-Action Trailer Shows It Would Have Been Better As A Movie

You know you’re hitting rock bottom when the only cool thing about your big-budget project is a fairly unrelated live-action promotional clip put together by a special effects wizard with a penchant for mesmerizing audiences with absolute visual splendor. That’s pretty much what’s happening with the live-action trailer that famed director Neill Blomkamp directed for Anthem ahead of its February 22nd, 2019 release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

The name of the short film is called “Conviction” and it’s already a top trending trailer on YouTube. It’s not hard to see why. The trailer is literally the most interesting thing about all things Anthem. In fact, it looks like it would make for a far better live-action movie than it would a mundane third-person loot-and-grind shooter.

But don’t take my word for it, check out the trailer for yourself below, which was uploaded over on the Oats Studios YouTube channel.

It’s a shame that this isn’t a full featured length film, because the world that Blomkamp crafted within the span of just under four minutes is better than any of the footage or cinematics that BioWare and Electronic Arts have crafted for the game over the last year.

It kind of says a lot when a film director unattached to the game can put together a better promotional piece for your game than your own marketers!

Anthem - Live-Action Trailer

According to the press release, Blomkamp saw a lot of potential in Anthem and that’s why he wanted to do the short, saying…

“I was really blown away by this incredible world BioWare created the very first time I saw Anthem. Conviction sets the stage with a narrative that touches on Anthem’s beautiful and immersive world, which is ripe for exploration by these powerful Javelins. A world where danger is lurking on every ledge and in each valley.”

The comment section definitely agrees that the world that Blomkamp created is a fascinating one and that they would love to see more. There are also a ton of people absolutely drop-dead confused as to whether or not Anthem is a movie or a video game, which lets you know just how little mindshare BioWare’s new IP has among the casual crowd.

A lot of other people seem to agree that Anthem needs a movie at this point because it would probably make for a better two-hour movie-viewing experience than a 40 hour game. The main problem is that the game itself is extremely boring looking and there’s absolutely nothing about it that seems remotely engaging. If possible, think of Destiny 2 and then make it even more unremarkable. I know how hard that is, but Anthem manages to accomplish such a seemingly insurmountable feat.

Anyway, you can look for the game to launch near the end of February for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.


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