If you happened to scroll your [social media] feed this morning, you may have come across a short film named “Power/Rangers” that made a dark and dramatic face lift to one of our favorite childhood shows.
The film stars James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) and Katee Sackhoff (24, Battlestar Galactica) re-imagining the Power Rangers in a way that was visually stunning and all-around impressive. Elements in the storytelling mixed components from some of films most notable greats. It was as if they took the intensity, tragedy and fragmented scenarios from Tarentino, the dark and gritty characters from Nolan and sci-fi fanaticism of Abrams. Add in a splash of the choreography from John Woo flicks (minus the doves) and the hardcore, nightmarish, action-packed version of our Rangers is born.
Their tale is told in just under 15 minutes.
Forget about what you already know about the team, because you’ll be seeing them in a brand new light after you experience this. Much like Kevin Tancharoen’s rebranding of the Mortal Kombat franchise in film, Kahn’s film has taken the internet by storm, generating over 400,000 views in just 24 hours.
In all honesty, I wish there was more. Lots more. Sure, Power Rangers was great for what it was when I was a kid, but as an adult it was refreshing to put a little “realism” into the violence and hardcore nature surrounding the heroes. If you haven’t seen it yet, or wish to check it out for the umpteenth time because it is just that damn good, feast your eyes on its excellence and smash the like button to give your kudos to the filmmakers, cast and crew for a job well done.
Warning: due to its graphic nature, this video is NSFW and may not be suitable for all audiences.
Krys is a nerd and a proud one at that. She is an aspiring voice actress and sings for a metal band, too. She writes books, articles, scripts, stories and can be followed at @MsKrysD on Twitter for more randomness and insanity. Be sure to follow @PlayersInCTRL on Twitter as well!