"Sol" is the gritty Stargate movie we want

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A gaggle of teen boys pass through a "gate" and wind up stranded in a mysterious land in Sol. It looks like Alive meets Stargate, so watch the trailer. Plus, here's the first official live action adaptation trailer for Gantz.

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Sol

The Obsidian Collective's feature film Sol has our interest piqued. While the plot synopsis is rather sketchy, I think we've pieced together the general premise from these concept pictures and the trailer. Basically a group of kids get stuck on another planet, and now they're screwed. We love these types of Lord of The Flies flicks, but every time they say "gate" we die a little inside. How amazing would this kind of Stargate series have been?

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Synopsis:

Sol tells the harrowing tale of five young adults that find themselves stranded further from home than they ever thought possible. Everything goes wrong for the children as the comforts of home grow increasingly distant and the technologies they rely so heavily upon fail just as painfully as their hopes of ever getting back.

Sol is a character story about camaraderie overcoming adversity, sacrifice, having to grow up quickly, and finding happiness in the worst of situations. It's a universal and relatable look at young people trying to find their place in a world while being forced to face obstacles that even few adults ever have to...

[via Quiet Earth]

Gantz

Big news, Gantz fans. The trailer for the live action adaptation of Hiroya Oku's work is online! Get a firsthand look at life after death for Kei Kurono and Masaru Kato.

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Synopsis:

Gantz tells the story of Kei Kurono and his friend Masaru Kato who die in a train accident and become part of a semi-posthumous "game" in which they and several other recently deceased people are forced to hunt down and kill aliens armed with a handful of futuristic items of equipment and weaponry.

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DISCUSSION

I was really excited about Gantz because I hadn't heard they were making a live-action film and then saw it was a Japanese movie.

The Japanese really aren't that good at making live-action films... Sure, there are some exceptions, but most of them don't even reach... eh, can't think of anyone that's a genuinely bad director.

I was going to say Michael Bay, but he's not actually a bad director. He just makes bad films because he seems to enjoy filming bad scripts, which generally aren't his fault. For camera technique and so forth, he's actually really good. Not as engrossing as Finch, Cameron, or Spielberg, but better than McG (who himself isn't a terrible director, but seems to love making bad films, also Chuck.).

But you get the point, right? That the Japanese film industry just isn't that good.