Sunday, September 8, 2013

Vikingdom to Penetrate the International (B movie) Market

Release Date: September 12th, 2013
Movie Title: Vikingdom
Director: Yusry Abdul Halim
Writer: James Coyne
Starring: Dominic Purcell, Craig Fairbrass, Natassia Malthe, Conan Stevens, Jon Foo

Though they don't quite put it like that, I think it's safe to say that's the general sentiment people have about KRU Studios' latest offering, with most of their criticisms directed at the CGI. You can't really blame them because when the first teaser trailer was released, it was cut as if to show off just how Vikingdom is (supposedly) at par with Hollywood. "Look at all the special effects," it seemed to say.

While I am not one to be too particular about CGI, I have to say I can understand where they're coming from. There really is nothing there to scream about. I mean, just look at it;

While it doesn't look quite as dated as Warcraft II, it does seem to have the charm of a late-'90s video game cutscene, doesn't it?

But with the release of the full-length theatrical trailer, we get a better feel of the movie, and more focus was given on the intensity of the set pieces. This aspect, of course, I have little doubt they can pull off considering just how intense were the fight scenes in Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa. It does seem like they're making a spiritual successor to it. Here, have a looksie;

It's much too soon to say, but it does seem like it's the same story, just packaged differently, wouldn't you say?

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