I enjoyed Heavenly Sword when it came out all those years ago, but it didn't set the world on fire. Now there's a CGI only movie and everything about it feels a little bit strange. Take a gander at the latest trailer above for reference.
To begin with — why Heavenly Sword? It sold relatively well, but it was hardly memorable in the way that, say, Uncharted was. What motivated Sony to create a straight to DVD/Blu-ray release of this particular series? It's hard to tell. I suspect it might be something to do with how well done the original game's cut scenes were. I remember them being well produced — for the time at least — and containing some seriously compelling performances. Perhaps Sony thought that would translate to a movie.
But the production values are not great, barely above the quality of a current-gen cut-scene if I'm being perfectly honest. I would have expected more from a non-interactive piece of cinema. Compare it to the quality of the latest trailer for that Sly movie that's also being made and you'll see what I'm getting at.
Part of me wonders if this is some sort of experiment. Will audiences buy into this sort of product? Can something made on a lower budget still satisfy fans of certain video game franchises? I suspect I'll still watch this when it's released, but I'm not sure if I'll enjoy it. I hope I'm wrong.
The movie is set for release September 2.