Having seen the trailer for this upcoming movie, starring none other than Sith Lord Hayden Christensen, I find myself wondering if zombies should be considered 21st century’s equivalent of bacon. Add some zombies – to whatever the movie – and it’s guaranteed to be awesome. Well, here’s a movie that just begs for our undead friends to make an appearance. The trailer feels like a sandwich with only lettuce and tomato.
Now I can see some of you rolling your eyes at the thought of Hayden Christensen being in anything after his performance in the George Lucas sci-fi movie adaption of “Who wants to be a Billionaire?”. His incessant whining in the prequels made Luke Skywalker appear to be a stone faced monk. And yes, it was kind of funny to see a guy go from chicken chest to barrel chest at the end of Revenge of the Sith, but I will say – having seen him in other stuff – he’s not a bad actor. He was given a terrible script from a guy who was intent on making the most expensive Saturday morning cartoon in ever made and being that almost every performance was a slow motion car crash, I’m willing to cut the guy some slack.
In any case, this movie looks pretty good with the idea of light playing a central premise. The trailer feels a lot like Pitch Black without a large cheesehead running around in funky goggles. Plus, I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptic movies. The beginning of this trailer sort of reminds me when everything goes to hell in awesome book, Day of the Triffids (ps … if you haven’t read it, get a copy from your library RIGHT NOW. It’s an amazing book that inspired some terrible movies. Kind of like The Postman). Here’s the synopsis I filched from io9:
A mysterious, seemingly global blackout causes countless populations to simply vanish, leaving only their clothes and possessions behind. A small handful of survivors band together in a dimly-lit tavern on 7th Street, struggling to combat the apocalyptic horror. Realizing they may in fact be the last people on earth, the darkness hones in on them alone.
By the way, if you feel want to watch another post-apocalyptic film which looks awfully similar (*cough*cough*) to this one, pick yourself up a copy of The Quiet Earth from Netflix. It’s about a dude who wakes up to find everyone around him gone. It’s well done in a creepy “thank-god-I’m-not-him” kind of way.
I’ll be keeping an eye on this one and break any news as I have it.
Hayden Christensen refuses to “Vanish,” even in the face of the apocalypse (io9.com <- new window)