Borderlands - The Movie

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  1. Nightowl1701

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    With the full cast now announced, production has been underway for a month in Hungary on this Lionsgate film 'loosely based' on the 2009 video game. Directed by Eli Roth (Hostel 1-2, Cabin Fever) and written by Craig Mazin (Chernobyl, Scary Movie 3-4, Superhero Movie), the synopsis as follows (my additions in brackets):

    "Lilith (Cate Blanchett), an infamous [red-headed, neon-purple tattooed) outlaw with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora [a hellish desert landscape loaded to the gills with ravenous monsters, psychotic bandit cannibals and mutant humans of every size and description] to find the missing daughter [Haley Bennett?] of the universe’s most powerful S.O.B., [arms manufacturer] Atlas (Edgar Ramirez). Lilith forms an alliance with an unexpected team – Roland (Kevin Hart), a former elite mercenary now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina (Ariana Greenblatt), a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg (Florian Munteanu), Tina’s musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector; [Patricia] Tannis (Jamie Lee Curtis), a scientist with a tenuous grip on sanity; and Claptrap (voice of Jack Black), a [one-eyed, one-wheeled] persistently wise-ass robot. These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other."

    Also in the cast is Benjamin Byron Davis as arms dealer Marcus Kincaid, Gina Gershon as the sultry barmaid Mad Moxxi, Steven Boyer and Ryann Redmond as Moxxi's adult mechanic children Scooter and Ellie, and Charles Babalola as big game hunter Sir Alistair Hammerlock.

    I'm not gonna lie: Talented cast aside, this is - so far - sounding like a train wreck in the making. Don't know if I'll 'Catch a RIDEEEEE!!' for this one.
     
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    Have to admit I thought this was going to be a thread about this :lol: (a v good found footage horror film btw)

    It does sound like it could be terrible, and I'm no fan of Roth but I do have a lot of time for Mazin (mainly off the back of Chernobyl and the Scriptnotes podcast he does with John August it has to be said) so if the trailer looks ok I might give it a go.
     
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    I'm kind of impressed that they got most of the main NPCs from the first two games, though the supposed plot seems a bit weirdly non-vault hunting related. I mean that's kinda the driving force of the games and the only reason *anyone* would willing go to bandit infested skaghole like Panadora. If it weren't for the presence of Tina you could almost squint and call it a prequel I guess...

    Speaking of Tina, when I googled the actress the top "question" in the results was people asking if she's single. I mean I have low expectations when it comes to humanity, but this feels like a new low. She was born in 2007! Who asks that about a 14 year old? OK, other 14 year olds I guess, but still...that struck me as very off, at least on google's part.

    Side note: why isn't Michael Rooker anywhere in this movie? The tone and content of the Borderlands franchise is 100% in his wheelhouse.

    Anyway, needless to say that despite all the talent on display my expectations are low because Hollywood has never been able to pull off a good video game based movie yet. So I'll wait and see how the trailer looks.
     
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    It's a hell of cast, but I'm not sure what to make of the fact that they hired a guy who's best known for torture porn.
    I'm not real familiar with the franchise either, I tried the first game a couple times, but never made it very far. The first time I got bored and moved on to something else, and the second time I didn't get bored, but I ended up getting distracted and forgot about it until months later and at that point I didn't want to just jump back in without starting over.
     
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    I kind of suspect Atlas and his daughter will end up being a riff on Handsome Jack (Jack Atlas?) and his daughter Angel, with the latter eventually leading the team to the first Vault. It's worth noting that this movie is explicitly said to not be connected in any way to the game's continuity; it is very much its' own animal. (With Blanchett and Curtis both 20-30 years older than the characters they're playing were in the games, that's a given.) The question is, will this be Borderlands in name only? Or something more akin to the recent Mortal Kombat film, mostly faithful to the background and details but following its' own star?
     
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    Seems weird if that is the case, because if they want to use Handsome Jack and Hyperion, why not just use Jack instead of making up some random bugger and Atlas Corp?
     
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    I'm a pretty big fan of Borderlands 1 and 2 and was "meh" about 3. As I am with most of this casting, with the exception of Gina Gershon as Mad Moxxi and Jamie Lee Curtis as Tannis. The only thing that'll make or break this movie (as well as elevate it to a must see for me) is who they cast (if he's even in it) as Mr. Torgue.
     
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