This is the fifth entry into the Hidden gems series, looking at the lesser known forms of enterainment that may tend to get lost in the shuffle.
Who were your childhood heros? was it the turtles battling shredder? perhaps it was the forgotten Biker Mice from Mars ….. Whomever you watched, the chances are at somepoint you watched the Power Rangers in one of thier many different sagas.
It the moderna age all of our heros have been given the gritty, dark and more realistic treatment over the past few years. A whole generation who grew up watching the light hearted cartoon versions of thier heros now crave that film studios focus on the more brooding, conflicted part of thier personalities.
So why the Power Rangers be any different? …..
Although the property has been around for 20 years, the world has never had a “grim” version of the formerly Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers until now. But while this new take isn’t an officially sanctioned Saban product, that doesn’t mean it’s merely a fan film, as the presence of Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff demonstrates.
Power/Rangers is the work of director Joseph Kahn, repped by Paradigm and Bryan Brucks from Luber Roklin, is a music video director known for independent movies Torque and Detention. He has been quoted as saying that the short isn’t intended as a pitch for a “real” Power Rangers feature, but instead a finished project in and of itself.
“The irony here is that I wouldn’t even want to make Power Rangers: The Movie for real,” he said. “If I had to make a Power Rangers movie, this is it. It’s 14 minutes long and it’s violent and this is what I have in me.”
Power/Rangers is produced by Adi Shankar, the man behind similar unofficial shorts The Punisher: Dirty Laundry and Venom: Truth in journalisum, as well as the movies The Grey, Dredd and A Walk Among the Tombstones ….. to put this short, these are no amuatues with an Iphone camera and some cheesy effects.
It was Shankar who brought the cast onboard, Kahn explained. “The first person I thought of to play the main role was Katee Sackoff, and she signed onboard because Adi happened to know her,” he said. “Then when I was looking for her nemesis, it was Adi who pitched James Van Der Beek and I think they’re friends or something.”
The result is something unexpected, but oddly compelling: an alternate world version of the childhood favorite that we’ll likely never see again. Filled with tension, ultra violence, blood and passion, which is truly amazing to capture within 14 minutes.
Meanwhile, the official Power Rangers movie is due for release in 2016
so out of a possibel five stars Power/Rangers earns:
Its harder to give this a higher rating simply because of the run time, whist potenally an entire genre is given a new edge here sadly its just cut short before we have a chance to explore it a little deeper.
See the full 14 minuite film below and let us know at Film and TV nerd your opinion
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