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It's Not a Bug, It's a Feature: The Prototype Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | June 27, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | June 27, 2012 |

There’s something fantastic about low budget science fiction coming from directors with little experience under the belts. They can certainly be crap, but even the ones that are tend to go down swinging, taking risks and doing things differently even if they don’t work out. It’s like inexperienced directors don’t know yet what they’re not supposed to do, so they have more freedom to forge new directions. Andrew Will, whose most interesting IMDB experience before this point was as a production assistant on the second unit for Star Trek, got to write and direct The Prototype.

Here’s the trailer:

The look of the prototype itself is fantastic, and even though you can tell it’s being accomplished by a guy in a rubber suit, that doesn’t quite detract from its appeal: the lean not-quite anatomically correct muscles twining around limbs, the loping movement that’s graceful but inhuman, the bug-eyed empty gaze.

There’s story there too, which is always nice, though not always apparent in trailers. Kind of a Frankenstein crossed with Old Man’s War sort of vibe. Although I couldn’t help hoping someone would yell “Johnny Five is Alive!” And though I inwardly cringed at the overhead shot of that Los Angeles building with the star-shaped top that every damned movie set in LA has to coast over at night at least once, the contemporary, near-future setting works for it.

The Prototype is slated for a release in 2013, though I cannot tell you how close it makes me to not wanting to live on this planet anymore that searching for “The Prototype” on the Google brings up a bunch of results about John Cena before anything else. Look Google, I learned more about professional wrestling this morning than I did in fourth grade when I asked that violent kid with a mullet why the Hulk on his lunch box wasn’t green. Don’t make me use Bing.

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