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The Road director John Hillcoat's Red Dead Redemption videogame "film"

06.08.2010
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Director John Hillcoat knows his way around a Western -- check out his feature THE PROPOSITION as evidence. He also knows his way around a Western videogame, namely Rockstar's recently released time-sponge RED DEAD REDEMPTION.

The 30 minute short is a glimpse inside the life of partially reformed outlaw John Marston as he journeys through the vanishing American west seeking out his former brothers in arms, all in the name of justice. A varied cast of characters and morally ambiguous situations greet John at every turn, continuously testing his resolve and commitment. Playing out against the modernizing frontier and the emergence of the federal government, John’s story takes him everywhere from the American west to south of the border in Mexico.

Using only in-game assets and original camera work and editing, Hillcoat re-imagines the massive world of Red Dead Redemption and brings the story to a brand new audience.

(If you're still working your way through the game as I am, be warned -- the short film utilizes the story cutscenes from the game, so there could be spoilers.)

Extra Tidbit: Hillcoat has been circling another Western movie project, the pioneer revenge tale THE REVENANT with Christian Bale.
Source: Rockstar

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7:45AM on 06/10/2010
The best thing in "3:10 to Yuma" was Ben Foster. Bale was nowhere near his performance.
The best thing in "3:10 to Yuma" was Ben Foster. Bale was nowhere near his performance.
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11:17PM on 06/09/2010

THE REVENANT

After seeing The Proposition with Guy Pearce, highly underrated actor, and then The Road...I can definitely get pumped for another western starring my favorite actor Christian Bale. Bale was damn good next to Crowe in 3:10 and it seems like doing another Western would be a good fit for him!
After seeing The Proposition with Guy Pearce, highly underrated actor, and then The Road...I can definitely get pumped for another western starring my favorite actor Christian Bale. Bale was damn good next to Crowe in 3:10 and it seems like doing another Western would be a good fit for him!
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12:21PM on 06/09/2010

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Would love to see that happen. Bale was great in 3:10 To Yuma, and would love to see him in another Western.

Also, The Road was a masterpiece. Great movie. If you haven't seen it yet, GO see it now
Would love to see that happen. Bale was great in 3:10 To Yuma, and would love to see him in another Western.

Also, The Road was a masterpiece. Great movie. If you haven't seen it yet, GO see it now
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10:39PM on 06/09/2010
Agreed and agreed.
Agreed and agreed.
11:19PM on 06/09/2010
Agreed and wait a tick...AGREED AGAIN
Agreed and wait a tick...AGREED AGAIN
7:02AM on 06/09/2010
Wow, this might be the first great video game based movie and the game has barely been out. Awesome.
Wow, this might be the first great video game based movie and the game has barely been out. Awesome.
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4:17AM on 06/09/2010
I haven't seen "the road" or played the game but I sure want a cool Wild West movie!
I haven't seen "the road" or played the game but I sure want a cool Wild West movie!
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11:44PM on 06/08/2010

I was underwhelmed

I loved the concept, and I had beaten the game and was all psyched and ready.

It looked pretty amazing and the story covers about the first third of the game but I felt it was edited together somewhat sloppily. But this whole concept is still fairly new, and it was the first time something like this has been done of network TV, so I am willing to take it for what it was: 30 minute commercial.

Don't get me completely wrong, I did enjoy it I think my expectations were too high.
I loved the concept, and I had beaten the game and was all psyched and ready.

It looked pretty amazing and the story covers about the first third of the game but I felt it was edited together somewhat sloppily. But this whole concept is still fairly new, and it was the first time something like this has been done of network TV, so I am willing to take it for what it was: 30 minute commercial.

Don't get me completely wrong, I did enjoy it I think my expectations were too high.
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