Awesome New Halo Video Brings Excitement For Movie

Published 6 years ago by , Updated September 10th, 2009 at 10:44 am,

halo 3 odst Awesome New Halo Video Brings Excitement For Movie
ODST brings a more realistic and fragile existence for the player

If you’re a Halo fan, you’ve probably seen the amazing videos that came out to promote Halo 3 a few years back, notably the 7-minute short by District 9 director, Neill Blomkamp. That video (watchable below) was very gritty and took advantage of the doc-style we saw heavily employed in District 9.

For comparison, and if you’ve not had the pleasure of watching it, here’s Blomkamp’s short, titled Halo 3: Landfall.

The first thing you’ll notice in comparing this to the new ODST video is that the ODST trailer is very cleanly shot and much more polished than Blomkamp’s short. I love both and I wouldn’t mind seeing one or the other, or a bit of both styles implemented in the Halo film, whenever it gets made.

For me, both of these videos go to show that the Halo film needs to be a movie about the soldiers, their experiences and their encounters with the legend that is Master Chief, as opposed to him doing everything as a one-dimensional character.

I don’t want to see the guy’s face, his love interest or him talking too much. That aspect should be kept like the game. Master Chief may be the protagonist in the game but he can’t act as that in the same way for the movie without ruining what’s special about him. It’d be much better if they include him in most of the movie but focus entirely on him only for his epic moments and fight sequences.

Either way, seeing videos like this give me hope that someone someday can make a movie based on a video game that does the game justice, and is awesome as a film itself.

Do you want a Halo live-action film and if so, how should the story be told?

There’s no official schedule for the Halo film yet but for the gamers our there, Halo 3: ODST hits shelves soon, on September 22, 2009. As for Halo: Reach, the prequel to the Halo trilogy and last Halo game to be made by Bungie, it’s planned to be released next fall.

Sources: IGN, MySpace

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  1. @Ken

    Wait… which 5% didn’t suck?


    I guess wherever principle photography was taking place, unless you’re looking to audition for any major roles in which case LA would likely be your best bet.

  2. I’m partially disagreeing about ODST. I bought it like first day because I used to be a hardcore halo gamer. I returned it 4 days later after I beat it and didn’t have any friends to play firefight with. I mean i liked the approach they went with in you being human and all but it still is the same game honestly. Yes the SMG is sweet and so is the silenced pistol (ala halo combat evolved) but the gameplay is still basically the same. Sure you gotta play a bit more tactical and hide behind cover to let your stuff recharge but did you ever play halo on legendary? you had to do the exact same thing. Not by any means am I saying the game is crap but its more of the same stuff honestly. And even tho I love the protagonist (the rookie) he is basically a human version of masterchief (strong silent type) The story is pretty cool and I like the detective feel to uncovering the plot of what happens in New Mombasa but something is missing. When i first heard rumors of this I heard they were making a Rainbow 6 style Halo game which I thought could be extremely interesting twist on the halo genre. I could go on and on about how cool it would be to have a squad of ODST to command but thats not the point since the game has already been created. I am however eagerly anticipating halo reach because bungie has said it will be familiar but also very different and that you will have to read the intstructions… whatever that means.

    Anyways, about the trailers.. both are awesome. thats so nutty that neil b directed those halo shorts because I watched those about 2 years ago when they were on xbox live and I was thinking how phat it would be if they could make that into a feature length film. I guess he did but it wasn’t halo… Anyways I love the gritty feel and shaky camera of the footage, I hope they go in this direction with the movie if they choose to make it. However I do love masterchief and would of course like to see him featured in the movie as well.

  3. Ken J

    Hey buddy im no hardcore GOW fan but your talking about the bumpmapping in that game? Who notices that kinda stuff? Unless your a designer than I don’t think most people are gonna pick out the detail of some helicopter not looking real enough. I mean honestly GOW 1 and 2 are some of the best looking games period. I know its running on a highly modified unreal 3 engine but if you play it on a 1080p hdmi tv than its pretty breathtaking. I know there are games that look better like Crysis maybe but only a few I can count on my fingers. I’m just curious what titles you think the bump mapping is exceptional in…

  4. Fenix

    what kind of loser are you that you return the game four days after beating it? People like you that ruin it for everyone else el cheapo.

  5. Hey guy i beat the game and had nothing left to do…. what do you expect.. Trust me i’ve played halo to deathh over the past 5 years of my life It’s prolly a good thing I returned it. And yea im cheap I’m in college sorry I want a game that has some lasting value… Don’t be so quick to make a judgment tough guy

  6. Fenix

    you’re in college? that’s a lame excuse for buying a game and then taking it back when you’re done with it. if you need to save money because you’re in college how about you not buy the game at all tough guy.

  7. M-Cat

    Me being in college is not an “excuse” bud I thought I would just give you a little perspective on myself as to why I’m not rolling in cash… my mistake. And did you not read my earlier post that illustrates the fact that I am a hardcore halo fan. Obviously I’m going to get the game no matter what the response from fans. Oh and I’m so sorry for voicing my opinion but I just was a little disappointed by the game since I love the halo universe so much. Do you work for bungie? is that why you question my motifs?

  8. Fenix

    I did read your earlier post.

    My post has nothing to do with your opinion of the game. It doesn’t matter if you are a hardcore Halo fan or not. It’s the fact that you bought the game and took it back after beating it a week later. Do you drink a gallon of milk and then take it back saying you didn’t like how it tasted? I didn’t like the game very much either but I didn’t return it a week later. I sold it on ebay. Some people just like to take advantage of the system.

  9. I don’t see how he’s ruining it for everyone else. The console market is doing TOO well actually, allowing the game companies to charge ridiculous amounts for console games and people are still willing to buy them… If anything, Fenix helped people by adding a used game title for someone who might enjoy the game more to buy it at a reduced price that’s closer to the price of a brand new (and superior) PC game, lol.

  10. You guys want to justify it in your own way then at least I can say I tried. Nuff said.

  11. M-Cat

    Actually, what he did helped the “system” more… They earned a hefty profit from selling it to him for the “new” price of what, $60-$70 now for console games? (RIP OFF!)

    Then he sells it back for probably $15, then they resell it at “used” price of $45 probably. So the first time they probably made a profit of like $50 at least, then the second time they profit $30. Fenix is the one that lost $45 at least for a game he didn’t even get to keep.

    I’m against what he did too, but only because I think it’s a rip off for him. I’d rather just keep the game since I know I’m not going to get squat for it if I sold it back to gamestop or whatever…

    I doubt he actually “Returned” it like he said, they won’t take an opened game, he probably traded it in or sold it to them as used, so I’m sure he lost money on the deal…

  12. Ken

    not sure why you’re defending him when he clearly stated he “returned” it.

  13. Mr. Ken J is correct I did trade it in for like 25 bucks. I def lost money no doubt. The game is more like an expansion and should be priced accordingly. 60 dollars is way too much.Good looking out Ken!

  14. way to give him an excuse ken. lol

  15. @M-Cat

    I’m not defending anyone, I am using common sense. Retailers don’t take back opened games and give refunds for them. If you didn’t know that, well, you know that now in case you were thinking about trying that, lol. :-D

  16. nah sorry i don’t do crap like that.

  17. Yah, I own a lot of games that I was sorry to have paid money for, but that’s what I get for not waiting for reviews before spending my money, so it’s my loss…

  18. The only reason I'm pleased with buying ODST is that I didn't actually own copies of Halo, Halo 2, or Halo 3. This was a great way for me to get my hands on a nice little campaign and on all the maps.

  19. Other than the two sides of the argument, you and M-Cat read really similarly. If I didn't know better, I'd swear you are arguing with yourself. xD