I’ve always viewed Half Life, and it’s sequel as the much anticipated Citizen Kane of video games. It’s complex mixture of interactive entertainment and artistic expressionism are everything video games can, and should be. It’s one of those properties that should never become a movie, like the videogame version of Watchmen. Wait, scratch that last part.
There are exceptions to every rule however, and Marc Spitoni’s teaser trailer for “I am the Freeman” is enough to change my tune. Spitoni, who works for WETA, the fine folks who did much of the special effects for the Lord of the Rings movies and District 9. Yep, it’s that good.
“I’ve always been in love with the PC game ‘Half-Life,’ so I decided to work out a project that would have been a trailer for a hypothetic feature film of Half-life,” Spitoni said of the project. ” The whole thing is pretty faithful to the game and based on HL2.”
“I am the Freeman” gives hope to the fact that someone could do a Half-Life movie right, but they won’t. Spitoni points out on his website that he won’t be making a full movie, just a longer trailer. Let’s just hope Valve is watching.