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This is not your father’s Power Rangers movie. All the goofy, brightly colored costumes, and rubber monsters are gone. Blasted away by this dirty, gritty, re-imagining of one of our childhood favorites. I’m not really a fan of the gritty reboot-type works that Hollywood seems infatuated with these days. Not everything needs to be darker, hell some humor every now and then has a place in film. So I found myself surprised that my anti-gritty-re-imagining radar wasn’t flashing and making that weird repeating klaxon noise in my head as I watched this fan film by Joseph Kahn. Throw in Katee Sackhoff and James Van Der Beek and you’ve got my full attention.

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Word of warning though, this is NSFW because there are boobies in it.

*Updated: It appears the Vimeo video has been taken down, here’s the YouTube version.

Here’s something very interesting about the production of this fan film. In an interview that HitFix writer Drew McWeeny had with director Khan, McWeeny pointed out this:

Last fall, there was a momentary controversy around Katee Sackhoff shooting something, and people went nuts guessing what it was. The most popular choice was that she had been cast as Captain Marvel in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” I couldn’t share at the time that she was shooting her role as the Pink Ranger in Kahn’s “Power/Rangers,” a 14-minute film that pushes every blockbuster stereotype to a weird sort of singularity.

That explains a few things doesn’t it? While I still hold out hope that Sackhoff will end up getting the Captain Marvel role, I loved seeing her in this short film.

Now many directors are using the short film format as a testing and proof of concept method of attracting Hollywood Studio attention. Khan on the other hand had this to say about Hollywood taking notice of this version of the Power Rangers:

The irony here is that I wouldn’t even want to make Power Rangers: The Movie for real. Like 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. If they offered me the $200 million version, the PG-13 version, I literally wouldn’t do it. It’s just not interesting to me.

I’d like to see him given the chance to work on any other Sci-Fi or superhero project that he is interested in doing in the longer feature film size though. I really liked this short and would like to see what he could do.

What did you think?

Via: Vimeo

Category: Film, TV

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