Watch: Impressive Live-Action WWII Short 'Call of Duty: Finest Hour'

October 8, 2013
Source: Machinima

Call of Duty: Finest Hour

"Our objective is to win the war." Yet another short film to feature, but this doesn't have any sci-fi or robots or CGI or anything like that. Call of Duty: Finest Hour, debuted in the Machinima Interactive Film Festival, is indeed inspired by the video game Call of Duty: Finest Hour (released in 2004) set during WWII. What makes this stand out is just how well-made it is, from the acting to the cinematography to the score to the overall direction and tone, this is an impressive short. For many very obvious reasons, it reminds me of Saving Private Ryan and how visceral and intense the action is in that. Check out the 4-minute film below.

A special thanks to GeekTyrant for the tip on this short, debuted on Machinima. Director Jared Pelletier returns with an ode to the original WWII releases in the Call of Duty series. Call of Duty: Finest Hour is directed by Jared Pelletier, produced by Pelletier and Erik Tallek, with original music by Daniel Ciurlizza and cinematography by Erik Tallek. Nice work on this all-around. Pelletier is an up-and-coming Canadian director, responsible for a number of short films including the WWII short In the Hearts of Men and the Machinima series Omega. For more on Pelletier and his work, visit his official site. What did you think?

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joe on Oct 8, 2013


This is a filmmaker to watch.

Taylor on Oct 8, 2013


Am I the only one who thinks that sucked? Difficult to follow editing, upside down flag (should be backwards, not upside down) could tell the uniforms were brand new (not battleworn like they should have been...attention to detail) and bad acting....and that's saying something considering they never even talked. I know it's low budget and the director shows some promise but impressive it was not.

Cmurder on Oct 8, 2013


i thought this was amazing and very well directed especially when it switches to black and white camera footage and audio. however the dying actor at the end was really not good, but the guy saving him was a very good actor

1337er on Oct 8, 2013


I wonder how long before Hollywood gives this Pelletier guy a budget? Always seems to happen when one of these popular shorts comes out

MovieBuffer on Oct 8, 2013


great, thanks for posting. the shorts on first showing are always better entertainment than features these days

fratpak on Oct 8, 2013


To me, this "Call of Duty" film is just a rebranded version of his other WWII mentioned in the above article, "In the Hearts of Men". Just from watching the trailer on YouTube, there are scenes directly from that movie and placed in this short. Seems like Pelletier is just trying to get more attention with the Call of Duty name attached. The cast and crew is even the same. Granted, it's a good film, but that's why he won awards in the first place when he released In the Hearts of Men two years ago.

Internapse on Oct 8, 2013

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