Listen, I don't play Playerunknown's Battlegrounds. In fact, I've never played it. I've seen enough gameplay footage (and had my ass handed to me enough times in other battle royale games) to know that I would not fare well in that hostile, bullet-riddled virtual world. My reflexes are dull, my patience worn thin by life's many, many other indignities. I do not wish to be owned.
But I'll tell you what: this short, directed by Kong: Skull Island's Jordan Vogt-Roberts, is so goddamn good that it almost makes me want to jump into the fray, even if it means getting viciously murdered within seconds of hopping into the game.
I mean, tell me this doesn't look like fun:
This short will air during tonight's Game Awards, and it's a goddamn hoot.
Some fun notes: the short stars Nick Robinson (Kings of Summer) and Jason Mitchell (Kong: Skull Island), which makes it something of a family reunion for Vogt-Roberts. It was shot by Chung-hoon Chung, the cinematographer behind Old Boy (there's definitely an Old Boy nod in there, which I'm sure you noticed) and It: Chapter One. All that fight choreography and stuntwork was overseen by the great Rob Alonzo, who also handled Deadpool and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Vogt-Roberts brought some real creative firepower to this thing!
Speaking of: I had a chance to speak with Vogt-Roberts about this one, and he was thrilled with how everything turned out, saying: "They really let me go nuts with this, and design an action scene in their world. This is me taking one more step towards bringing games to film in an impactful way."
Well done, dude. Now let's get that Metal Gear movie off the ground.