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April 1, 2010 8:11 PM   Subscribe

Law Abiding Engineer: an action trailer starring the cast of Team Fortress 2.
posted by graventy (30 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
That's...I mean...what?...why would you...but...I mean it's well done...but...hunh?
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:16 PM on April 1, 2010


That was insanely well executed. Goddamn.
posted by middleclasstool at 8:16 PM on April 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


But yes with the WTF.
posted by middleclasstool at 8:16 PM on April 1, 2010


What movie is that originally?
posted by Lord_Pall at 8:22 PM on April 1, 2010


Law Abiding Citizen, it was.
posted by kbanas at 8:25 PM on April 1, 2010


Daddy! What happened to your jaw??!
posted by dunkadunc at 8:26 PM on April 1, 2010


That was just plain amazing.
posted by Xoebe at 8:28 PM on April 1, 2010


I never saw it myself, but I believe the reviews were largely negative. I read the spoiler because I do that for movies I don't want to see and I do not recall the particulars but I do recall that I was fairly underwhelmed - taking into account, of course, how much someone else transcribing a movie from memory for a free website conveys the original experience.

I like Team Fortress 2 a lot, so that video was great. The animation was very good. Totally absolutely fucking random, though. Kind of arbitrary. I think the creators time could have been better spent making something original - or, well, original with the Team Fortress "universe" if you like. Those movies Valve has released as little "introductions" to each character are a great. I never get sick of those.
posted by kbanas at 8:29 PM on April 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yeah, my WTF reaction does not come from a place of displeasure. Very well executed. Still, though!

Side-by-side with the original from this person's YouTube channel.

Weegee Revolutions, also from the same user.

Thinking more about it, though, it does make sense: he (she?) chose a tight, professional trailer from a movie not many people recognize or have a strong emotional attachment to. The Matrix Revolutions sequence is also from a very professionally-done movie, but without the risk of anyone crying "sacrilege!" or being tainted by anything else the movie did well.

Man, kids today.
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:29 PM on April 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Sticherbeast: "That's...I mean...what?...why would you...but...I mean it's well done...but...hunh?"

That's a solid question, and I think it's mainly because the original trailer is pretty well-edited. And, it's one of those "show the entire damn movie" trailers, which gives him most of a story to work with.
posted by graventy at 8:34 PM on April 1, 2010


Wow, that is insanely well executed.
posted by absalom at 8:40 PM on April 1, 2010


That's a solid question, and I think it's mainly because the original trailer is pretty well-edited. And, it's one of those "show the entire damn movie" trailers, which gives him most of a story to work with.

Yeah, I think you're right. It's a very good trailer to practice this kind of stuff on, and the end result was definitely entertaining.

Reminds me of an article I read some years back about well-made trailers for not-great movies...the author fixated on the trailer for The Grudge 2 as being very well-constructed, even though the advertised movie is probably not very good.

Hrm. Wish I could find that article.
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:41 PM on April 1, 2010


I hear a TF2/Doctor Who crossover is in the works
posted by vrakatar at 10:13 PM on April 1, 2010


I now want to see that movie.
posted by Decimask at 10:19 PM on April 1, 2010


Resist that urge, Decimask. Resist it with all your might.
posted by Justinian at 11:24 PM on April 1, 2010


Very impressive.
posted by Skygazer at 11:55 PM on April 1, 2010


The animations were pretty stiff, but it's impressive nonetheless.
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:47 AM on April 2, 2010


That was impressively well-done, but I would object to that movie's worldview were it actually made.
posted by DU at 4:34 AM on April 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


This kind of mad, obsessive creativity, this kind of sheer unbridled madcap love for a game that would inspire people to do things like this: this is why I love TF2 so much, and it is a big part of the reason that Mefight Club exists.

Goddamn, I love Valve with a love pure and strong (while hating them for making me break every goddamn anticorporatist grar rule I made for myself WHY CAN'T I QUIT YOU VALVE) for making me laugh and smile so much over the last few years, because they inspired so many people to spend days and weeks and months making things like this video.

It's a beautiful thing. I will buy you a burger, Gabe Newell, any damn time.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:10 AM on April 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


I now want to see that movie.

Don't. I watched it and it is lame, unsatisfying shit. A veritable crapburger served with shit fries on plate made from dung, with a shit-flavored shitshake with shit sprinkles on top.

It is so awful that I'm going to spoil it for you, because it has such a lame, horrible ending that if you had any fun in the first parts of the movie, the ending will steal it back from you.

So anyway. Spittle the Wonder Spartan's wife or something gets killed and blah blah travesty of justice one of the killers walks or something. Whatever. Death Wish, dude is angry. So Spittle the Wonder Spartan starts killing the bad guys and whoever's in his way, gets caught, in jail, and it turns out that he's some sort of spook or some shit like that. Anyway, at this point you can almost tolerate the lame Death Wish stuff and the endless stream of speechifying about the Eeee-vils Of The Justice System because, hey, at least it's turned into maybe a solid "They Just Fucked With The Wrong Mexican" movie.

So he's in jail and people keep dying and stuff keeps blowing up. OMG BADASS HOW IS HE DOING IT?!?!?!

It turns out that he bought a building next to the jail and tunneled under some of the jail cells, so he's been doing it by sneaking out and doing it. This is the extent of his badassitude: he sneaks out. LAME LAME LAME LAME LAME. Burn it with fire.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 6:14 AM on April 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


Wait, there's a real, predictably shitty action movie that this is mocking? That apparently ROU_Xenophobe hates a lot? I guess that makes sense -- I was focussing on the Team Fortress 2 aspect of the whole thing.

Fuck it, though, I don't care about all that. I don't those kind of movies anyway.

But I do like things that make fun of them, and TF2, a whole lot.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:20 AM on April 2, 2010


don't like. Damn you, enthusiasm!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:22 AM on April 2, 2010


Spittle the Wonder Spartan

Dude, his name is Stavros, and he's a chicken get it right, and he's in this thread. Not cool.

Also? Holy moly I want to play that game. Don't want the movie though...

Also also? This is the extent of his badassitude: he sneaks out. WTF Hollywood, you could at least give us a Kaiser Soze or something...
posted by This Guy at 7:30 AM on April 2, 2010


Thanks, This Guy. Metafilter's become such a hive of bile-laced negative douchebaggery these days that I'm doing my best to be duck's-back-rolling-offy, mostly, now, species-defying as it may be.

I appreciate you getting my fluid-repellant back, though!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:42 AM on April 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


Dude, his name is Stavros, and he's a chicken get it right, and he's in this thread. Not cool.

In case it wasn't clear, I was referring to Gerard Butler, who's the star of the meatspace movie "Law Abiding Citizen." No insult to our esteemed avian intended.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 7:56 AM on April 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


It wasn't clear: I thought you were pooping on me.

All good, then!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:59 AM on April 2, 2010


Just to be double-clearer, I feel bad for writing that. If I'd noticed that the comment above mine was stavros's, which I ought to have, I'd have given Butler a different derogatory name. These are the perils of going through life as an unobservant clod.

(See, Butler once played a Spartan, and Lainey of laineygossip just calls him "Spittle.")
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:48 AM on April 2, 2010


I was pretty clear on the Butler-reference. But the close proximity to another "____ the wonder ____" didn't feel like it should go unacknowledged.

Plus Xenophobes are notoriously bad about wonderchicken-bashing...
posted by This Guy at 11:37 AM on April 2, 2010


Dude, I'm a Rapid Offensive Unit. I don't even *have* a "wonderchicken" to "bash," or a "bishop" to "choke," or whatever you Earthlings say. And SC has assured me that there's still only one of me and that those copies they made of my mindstate were just for my own use and TOTALLY NOT to hunt me down and kill me if I went rogue. They were oddly emphatic about that last.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 12:17 PM on April 2, 2010


LAME LAME LAME LAME LAME. Burn it with fire.

Wow, I agree (and I didn't see it). Even the secret twin brother would have been better.

About the trailers, though, it's interesting how much the acting makes a difference even there. Butler manages a haunted look that the sunglassed TF2 avatar won't manage (unless he had a new face programmed, I suppose). And it's one thing to have a character shrink bodily from an explosion, and another to see the shock in their eyes.

Plus, hey, Colm Meaney.
posted by dhartung at 2:35 PM on April 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


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