With ‘The Last of Us,’ the question of whether fidelity to a source only consists of replica screens or are we talking about something deeper has been put on the table again. Is it enough to copy the aesthetics, the design of the plans, the costumes of the actors for a good adaptation? Can a good adaptation be completely different from the material you are taking as a reference?
We are afraid there is no clear answer. But Paul W.S. Anderson, after years dedicated to completing the “Resident Evil” franchise starring Milla Jovovich, may now have another adaptation up his sleeve that serves as a mere point of reference for launching a video game. takes in Motion that moves at its own pace:’monster Hunter‘, which you can already watch on Netflix.
In this case, the fantasy world of The original Capcom game is completely left behind and we focus on a terrestrial heroJovovich again. Here a group of soldiers who are basically transported to a desert world (at least the part we see of it) and perish with the exception of their captain. She teams up with a local warrior (Tony Jaa) to defeat the ferocious local wildlife.
The result of this very different starting point is a frenetic monster action movie that’s so concise, with so few settings and characters, that there are moments when it borders on abstraction. It’s like a reduction to the minimal essence of the “what is a video game” question, only the core argument is ignored. Turning absence into virtue, filling the set with amusing nods to the original (scavenging corpses for objects for the characters to add to their inventions), Paul WS Anderson is no closer to getting a series on HBO. As far as I’m concerned, he doesn’t even need it.