Maybe not new news, but for those who haven’t seen it yet, Joseph Kahn’s Power/Rangers is the best thing that could happen to the long dormant TV series.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this movie, as it was shortly removed from video site Vimeo because of copyright issues with (surprise) the original company Saban. It’s available again and can be watched on YouTube as well, featured in producer Adi Shankar’s channel (who was also the producer of the uber-violent and also uber-awesome Dredd).
Before posting the link, just a few words of caution. It’s violent, very violent, but it’s also good, very good. So good in fact that only in parts does it become apparent that it’s not a big budget production. For those who’ve known the series about some US teenagers who can transform into robots (and then forming a giant robot) to fight evil aggressors from another planet, this might come as a shock. It’s a brave attempt to show what happens in an alternative time frame when the Power Rangers have lost the battle. A dark tale with enough twists to keep its 14 minutes runtime interesting, even for those who’re not familiar with the source material.
There have been quite a few fan-made projects, but to be honest, they always lacked a bit of direction and vision, coming across as, well, just fan fiction. Nothing wrong with that, or those people writing them, as they obviously demand some commitment. But even the official Halo animated movies or anything else just came across as cheap fan service. Power/Rangers provides more and is actually an improvement of the often childish fighting of old. Granted, it was for children back then, but this short film is probably the best thing that could happen to a reboot, with many great special effects, awesome fight scenes and lots of blood.
You’ve been warned, so without much further ado, here it is, the full movie:
Both the director (who’s also responsible for the decisive but in my opinion also great Detention) and producer are certainly people in the indie movie scene who have to be followed for more interesting productions in the future (especially since Shankar did quite a few fan movies I’ll check out and write about if possible).
So what are your thoughts about this movie? Did you watch the original series? How do both compare? Any other recommendations of fan films which also work for those not familiar with the source material?
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