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Watch This: Vintage Sci-Fi Metroid Fan Film 'Metroid: The Sky Calls'

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November 3, 2015
Source: YouTube

Metroid: The Sky Calls Fan Film

"We hope you enjoy our take on the adventures of Samus Aran." This is awesome! There's a fantastic new fan film called Metroid: The Sky Calls going around the internet that everyone needs to see - watch in full below. It's an adaptation, or a fresh new take really, on the video game series Metroid, which is about a kick ass female bounty hunter named Samus Aran who wears special futuristic armor to fight with. Actress Jessica Chobot plays Samus in this short, reminding me a bit of the way Robert Downey Jr. plays Iron Man in the suit. There's a very impressive, old school, gritty deep space sci-fi vibe to this that makes it so fascinating. Plus, I love a really good sci-fi short. Whether or not you're a Metroid fan, this is worth a watch.

Metroid: The Sky Calls

Thanks to ComingSoon for the tip on this film. Original description for Metroid: The Sky Calls from their YouTube: "Rainfall Films and director Sam Balcomb present a live action short set in the Metroid universe, starring Jessica Chobot (Nerdist) and America Young (Halo 5)… This non-profit film is not associated with or endorsed by Nintendo or its subsidiaries." The film is written and directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Sam Balcomb (@SamBalcomb), who is currently part of Rainfall Films: rainfall.tv. This is not a direct adaptation of any of the games or any story, but rather inspired by everything that made up the original game. The first Metroid game was released on NES back in 1986, following Samus Aran on the planet Zebes.

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  • mzungu
    Those huge shoulder pads are more distracting in a movie than I remember from a game.... 😀 Needs a better actress with more facial expressions than just rolling her eyes around too....
    • OfficialJab
      I don't think Samus should have a face visible to the viewer at all. Things started going wrong for Metroid once they started introducing personality and not to mention other characters. Fusion got away with it because it was some mostly harmless internal dialogue and was just text. Her character was at its strongest when she was a stoic warrior who did the job without any visible emotional attachment but was still brave and a hero. And then being reminded at the end that it was a human.
      • Gooniesmurf
        You certainly hit the nail on the head.
      • avconsumer2
        YUP. Concur. We're probably old school though.
  • Matthew
    The sound effects and HUD made me smile. I'll probably go replay the trilogy boxset again, this franchise should not die.
    • OfficialJab
      Motion controls? Barf.
      • cvam1985
        Barf indeed. It's why I never finished the third Prime.
  • OfficialJab
    Remember when John Woo was going to make this
  • NoblesseOblige64
    DAAAAYUM!
  • DAVIDPD
    SAMUS has never really intrigued me as a character. Almost certainly because she was a part of the Golden Age of Nintendo, right before I was born. // This film looked nice and to be honest, is probably best at this length. I am not sure I could handle a feature length version of this concept.
  • Armitall
    I could watch a full movie of this. Just the visuals and the soundtrack got me hooked immensely. It did devolve into being a bit campy video game style feature with laser guns and swarms of flying atack ships quickly tho. Which is unfortunate as it looked more compeling and serious at first. True, I didn't know it was based on a video game, which made sense afterwards, I guess. But still!
  • Cyberdine
    Would be cool if they could implement some of the sound effects from the game.
  • avconsumer2
    Maybe a tad less illumination from that mask.
  • John Staples
    Justin Bailey, you youngsters don't know about that....!

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