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Halo ODST trailer

09.10.2009

UPDATE - Now updated with the extended trailer!

Normally, I wouldn’t be posting up a video game trailer here, as we are first and foremost a movie site. However, once you watch this new spot for "Halo ODST: from IGN, you’ll see why it’s worth a look.

The thing is shot entirely in live action, and in only a minute and thirty seconds, will have you crying out for a HALO movie. The project has fallen in and out of existence for a long while now, first dropped by Peter Jackson then (sort of) picked up by Steven Spielberg, but when you view something like this, it goes without saying that this IS a movie that should at least be attempted, for better or for worse.

Extra Tidbit: I think the missing piece to a HALO movie is that Master Chief needs to have a face to be in any way relatable.
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5:07AM on 09/12/2009
Master Chief does not need a face. Read the book "Fall of Reach". THAT is all you need.
Master Chief does not need a face. Read the book "Fall of Reach". THAT is all you need.
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6:09PM on 09/10/2009

holy...

this is the best video game trailer of all time. go ahead and challenge that.
this is the best video game trailer of all time. go ahead and challenge that.
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2:38PM on 09/10/2009
extended and now full of more win!
extended and now full of more win!
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1:24PM on 09/10/2009
I don't think we need to see his face. We can relate to him thru the ODST guys, and the Marines, as well as Cortana. Keeping his face a mystery is part of the fun and some of the challenge of making the movie.
I don't think we need to see his face. We can relate to him thru the ODST guys, and the Marines, as well as Cortana. Keeping his face a mystery is part of the fun and some of the challenge of making the movie.
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2:29AM on 09/09/2009
i agree with the thought that a movie would probably work best if it dealt more with the ODST troops with heavy cameo by MC. people wouldn't really want to see a whole movie about a soldier that is pretty much invincible. then again, we all go to movies with the thought that the main character will live until the end of the film anyway (otherwise he wouldn't be the main character of the film now would he), but you get the point. a movie would best take place beginning with the invasion of
i agree with the thought that a movie would probably work best if it dealt more with the ODST troops with heavy cameo by MC. people wouldn't really want to see a whole movie about a soldier that is pretty much invincible. then again, we all go to movies with the thought that the main character will live until the end of the film anyway (otherwise he wouldn't be the main character of the film now would he), but you get the point. a movie would best take place beginning with the invasion of Earth, then maybe ending up at one of the Halo Rings.
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11:23PM on 09/08/2009
woow...

this will spark some studio interest im sure
woow...

this will spark some studio interest im sure
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12:57AM on 09/08/2009
hey did guys see escape from city 17 . i think that waz just awesome and it cries it aloud for a half life movie
hey did guys see escape from city 17 . i think that waz just awesome and it cries it aloud for a half life movie
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5:04PM on 09/08/2009
Well, Half-Life 2 was heavilly inspired by several classic sci-fi films and b-films, and I believe that was one of them. You should also check out an old movie called "Fortress", which was cited by the creators amongst others.
Well, Half-Life 2 was heavilly inspired by several classic sci-fi films and b-films, and I believe that was one of them. You should also check out an old movie called "Fortress", which was cited by the creators amongst others.
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11:29PM on 09/07/2009
Yea that was a cool trailer. I can definitely see Neil Blomkamp making an awesome Halo movie.
Yea that was a cool trailer. I can definitely see Neil Blomkamp making an awesome Halo movie.
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11:09PM on 09/07/2009
It's insanely easy to make a good LOOKING live action PROMO for a franchise when you have a good cinematographer and do not have to worry about any actual story or the like.

As a full film, Halo would fail. It's one of the most generic mashes of a bunch of other films' ideas that I've ever seen. It's fun to play through, but if you're playing for the story you A) haven't ever seen a sci fi movie before or B) are doing it wrong.

Also, I find it hard to support Bungie in their endeavors
It's insanely easy to make a good LOOKING live action PROMO for a franchise when you have a good cinematographer and do not have to worry about any actual story or the like.

As a full film, Halo would fail. It's one of the most generic mashes of a bunch of other films' ideas that I've ever seen. It's fun to play through, but if you're playing for the story you A) haven't ever seen a sci fi movie before or B) are doing it wrong.

Also, I find it hard to support Bungie in their endeavors lately. Tired of seeing them milk the shit out of this franchise and no way in hell will I be spending 60 dollars on a 3 hour expansion pack that adds nothing new or fresh to a series that pretty much ran it's course after the first game.
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1:21PM on 09/10/2009
You're exactly right.
You're exactly right.
3:21PM on 09/10/2009
Not to be a jerk, but that's stupid reasoning. What makes Halo so compelling for people IS the story.

Citizen Kane (and Halo isn't the Citizen Kane of games) was a mish mash of every cinema trick. That's why it was so successful and groundbreaking. Orson Welles wasn't doing anything new, he didn't reinvent the wheel. What he DID do was put all the elements that previously existed, and combined them in a unique way for the first time.

Halo did a lot of that too. It didn't reinvent the whell,
Not to be a jerk, but that's stupid reasoning. What makes Halo so compelling for people IS the story.

Citizen Kane (and Halo isn't the Citizen Kane of games) was a mish mash of every cinema trick. That's why it was so successful and groundbreaking. Orson Welles wasn't doing anything new, he didn't reinvent the wheel. What he DID do was put all the elements that previously existed, and combined them in a unique way for the first time.

Halo did a lot of that too. It didn't reinvent the whell, it just took what previously existed and expanded upon it. Without Halo, video games wouldn't be where they are today. And the promo, while a promo, reflects how far video games have come not only on a console, but in the media as well.

Halo is the game and franchise of the decade. In the hands of a capable filmmaker, it can be an incredibly brilliant film too.

Besides, it's not like they'll follow the games plot step for step any way... like this promo proves, you can do a lot with the Halo universe and create something compelling.
5:05PM on 09/10/2009
Actually, what made Halo compelling was the fantastically solid physics and programming and the plan B do or die guerilla warfare.
Actually, what made Halo compelling was the fantastically solid physics and programming and the plan B do or die guerilla warfare.
10:36PM on 09/07/2009
If they made a HALO movie in this r-rated style (seriously it would be fucked up if it wasn't rated r) then they should make it more about an ODST type special forces squad and then give the Master Chief a huge climactic cameo in the film but never be the main character. it would be awesome to see him come and go through out a movie trilogy. its like the only way to make him everybit as mystical as he is in the game.
If they made a HALO movie in this r-rated style (seriously it would be fucked up if it wasn't rated r) then they should make it more about an ODST type special forces squad and then give the Master Chief a huge climactic cameo in the film but never be the main character. it would be awesome to see him come and go through out a movie trilogy. its like the only way to make him everybit as mystical as he is in the game.
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10:11PM on 09/07/2009
I too don't play. But too, how big a character would Master Chief need to be in a movie? I know he's the main character, but what little I know he's supposed to be the unbeatable soldier, so wouldn't he be more interesting as a symbol rather than a character? I can also see how this could become "300" in outer space, and I don't know how many people want that.
I too don't play. But too, how big a character would Master Chief need to be in a movie? I know he's the main character, but what little I know he's supposed to be the unbeatable soldier, so wouldn't he be more interesting as a symbol rather than a character? I can also see how this could become "300" in outer space, and I don't know how many people want that.
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7:51PM on 09/07/2009
I don't play video games but Halo seems like a cool enough concept for a movie, especially when guys like Peter Jackson and Spielberg are interested in it.
I don't play video games but Halo seems like a cool enough concept for a movie, especially when guys like Peter Jackson and Spielberg are interested in it.
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5:02PM on 09/07/2009
Guys, his name is spelled Blomkamp. Not Blampkoff. BLOMKAMP. And hey Short Round, Carl Weathers really does look the part! That's astounding. But you're probably right about him being too old.
Guys, his name is spelled Blomkamp. Not Blampkoff. BLOMKAMP. And hey Short Round, Carl Weathers really does look the part! That's astounding. But you're probably right about him being too old.
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4:51PM on 09/07/2009
Personally, I don't think it's the lack of a face that makes Master Chief unrelatable but more the lack of a personality. We don't have any problems with Vader wearing a mask the whole movie, because he has personality. In the books, MC has this great, almost Kirk-ish, "I don't like to lose" point of view. Expand on that more with the movie and I don't think they'll be any problems with him being in the suit the whole time.

But if that doesn't work, I fully support Red4's idea of telling
Personally, I don't think it's the lack of a face that makes Master Chief unrelatable but more the lack of a personality. We don't have any problems with Vader wearing a mask the whole movie, because he has personality. In the books, MC has this great, almost Kirk-ish, "I don't like to lose" point of view. Expand on that more with the movie and I don't think they'll be any problems with him being in the suit the whole time.

But if that doesn't work, I fully support Red4's idea of telling the story through multiple perspectives. And just for the hell of it, I'm gonna toss out Carl Weathers as a candidate to play Sgt. Johnson. Though he may be a little old and by the time they actually get around to making this flick he'll probably be in assisted living.
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6:48PM on 09/07/2009
To further your point take V from V for Vendetta, always wears a mask and carries the movie with his presonality and dialogue.
To further your point take V from V for Vendetta, always wears a mask and carries the movie with his presonality and dialogue.
4:46PM on 09/07/2009

Come on Neill Blampkoff, you can do this!

Damn, that was fuckin' incredible. Don't get me wrong, I've casually played Halo before and am no way a fanatic but that has to be one of the best live action video game trailers I've seen in some time.

We shouldn't have to settle just for Blampkoff's short film.

PS - What language were they speaking though?
Damn, that was fuckin' incredible. Don't get me wrong, I've casually played Halo before and am no way a fanatic but that has to be one of the best live action video game trailers I've seen in some time.

We shouldn't have to settle just for Blampkoff's short film.

PS - What language were they speaking though?
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3:48PM on 09/07/2009

cant wait

for september 22nd XD
for september 22nd XD
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3:32PM on 09/07/2009
I think what gives Halo a bad rep are the obsessive online gamers. They use it for mindless fun, completely putting the campaign aside. I am a huge fan of Halo because I love the story and the characters. And I make it a point to stay far away from online gameplay. At any rate, I have been really excited about ODST, and this trailer only makes me more furious that the movie is not being made. THIS THING LOOKS FUCKING SWEET!!!! I had an idea about how the Halo movie could work. It could be
I think what gives Halo a bad rep are the obsessive online gamers. They use it for mindless fun, completely putting the campaign aside. I am a huge fan of Halo because I love the story and the characters. And I make it a point to stay far away from online gameplay. At any rate, I have been really excited about ODST, and this trailer only makes me more furious that the movie is not being made. THIS THING LOOKS FUCKING SWEET!!!! I had an idea about how the Halo movie could work. It could be sort've like Babel or Crash, you see bits of the story from various perspectives, and they meld together, and culminate in one big climax. That would help to eliminate the lack of relatability due to Master Chief's face not showing - since it would give him less screen time, but not less importance.
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2:24PM on 09/07/2009

wow

Although I enjoy the games, I am not a HALO fan. I think it's way overrated. But that trailer was awesome! They really should put some more effort into getting a HALO movie off the ground. If its done right it would be amazing.
Although I enjoy the games, I am not a HALO fan. I think it's way overrated. But that trailer was awesome! They really should put some more effort into getting a HALO movie off the ground. If its done right it would be amazing.
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2:17PM on 09/07/2009
sounds sick.. where are the Halo haters? They'll be out soon I guess.
sounds sick.. where are the Halo haters? They'll be out soon I guess.
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12:51PM on 09/07/2009
You know, I was against making a Halo movie a while back. Then I was ok with it. Now, with this, I'm HOPING they make one......as long as it looks like (or is similar to) this.
You know, I was against making a Halo movie a while back. Then I was ok with it. Now, with this, I'm HOPING they make one......as long as it looks like (or is similar to) this.
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12:35PM on 09/07/2009
please, for the love of god- MAKE THIS A MOVIE ALREADY. this trailer was just as good as deception trailer for The Old Republic
please, for the love of god- MAKE THIS A MOVIE ALREADY. this trailer was just as good as deception trailer for The Old Republic
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12:06PM on 09/07/2009

HOLY SHIT

THAT WAS F*****G AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why the hell don't a company just grow some balls and front the cash for a movie already!!
THAT WAS F*****G AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why the hell don't a company just grow some balls and front the cash for a movie already!!
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12:06PM on 09/07/2009
Now, THAT was a tasty morsel.
Now, THAT was a tasty morsel.
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12:01PM on 09/07/2009

Intense

If a Halo movie is anything like this I would be extremely satisfied.
If a Halo movie is anything like this I would be extremely satisfied.
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11:54AM on 09/07/2009
that was pretty damn awesome.
that was pretty damn awesome.
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11:18AM on 09/07/2009
after i watched this trailer a few days ago on a gaming website, i thought to myself that this would probably show up on film sites too. reminding us just how much a halo movie would rock.

i dont see what the problem is with getting this off the floor. Why does the budget need to be huge?? Give it to Neil Blampkoff, or those guys that made that short Halflife film...low budget good looking action films are totally possible
after i watched this trailer a few days ago on a gaming website, i thought to myself that this would probably show up on film sites too. reminding us just how much a halo movie would rock.

i dont see what the problem is with getting this off the floor. Why does the budget need to be huge?? Give it to Neil Blampkoff, or those guys that made that short Halflife film...low budget good looking action films are totally possible
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11:14AM on 09/07/2009
That gave me goosebumps. Imagine sitting in a theater experiencing that..Good Lord, where are you Neil?!
That gave me goosebumps. Imagine sitting in a theater experiencing that..Good Lord, where are you Neil?!
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