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Fun With The Call Of Duty Trailers: Is This What It Takes To Make Sam Worthington Interesting?

By TK Burton | Trailers | November 8, 2011 |

By TK Burton | Trailers | November 8, 2011 |

The Call Of Duty games are a fucking plague — a whirling, furious tornado of time suckage. They will eat away at your life. It’s not a question of whether or not you’ll become addicted to them, it’s a question of how bad that addiction will be. It’s why I resisted buying Black Ops, and why I’m avoiding Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Besides, I’m currently alternating between Batman: Arkham City and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (both are stellar so far). I’ve only got so much time in the day, people.

Anyway, I’m not here to talk about the connection between video games and movies. I’m not here to try to figure out why there are so many great, cinematic video games, and so many awful video game movies. Because really, that’s a mystery I’ve yet to figure out.

I’m here to show you the trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the game that people are anticipating more than Madden (thank god, because the Madden games really do nothing for me). Why? Why should you pay attention to this? Because there’s something brilliant in their “There’s A Soldier In All Of Us” campaign. Because Jonah Hill is pretty funny in it, Dwight Howard (the center for the Orlando Magic) is goofy and entertaining, and because somehow they did the unthinkable — they made Sam Worthington fun to watch. Yet another example of how video games are doing it right, and movies are doing it wrong.

Take a look:

I know, right? Weird.

For those who may have forgotten, here’s the trailer for last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops, featuring Jimmy Kimmel, Kobe Bryant, and a bunch of random folks.

I love the secretary with the shotgun. Love it. And some kickass music choices in both of those. Of course, many people were, and likely will be again, up in arms about the ad last year, saying that Bryant is a shitty role model if he’s going to run around onscreen shooting people. To which I say a) if you’re letting a basketball player be your kid’s role model, you should punch yourself in the junk, and b) it’s a game, people. Yes, it’s a hyper-realistic game about war, but you know what? There are plenty of hyper-realistic movies about war. Which is yet another indication of how the mainstream public is far more accepting of movies than games, and perhaps an indication as to why film makers are so goddamn lazy and careless when adapting games. But that’s a discussion for another time, right? Really, what I’d like to say to those people?

Lighten up, Francis.

(source: Ball Don’t Lie)

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