Remember the last time you saw a good video game movie? Of course you don’t — there have never been any good video game movies. That is, untill now, because Sam Balcomb‘s Metroid: The Sky Calls captures the atmosphere of the original pretty damn well.
Believe it or not, but legendary action director John Woo (Face/Off, Mission: Impossible II) was actually attached to a Metroid adaptation mid 2000s. The project eventually fell through, but there is no reason to still be sad about this. It’s been over a decade, for God’s sake!
Moreover, if Woo had succeeded, we would never have gotten Sam Balcomb’s interpretation of the popular video game. He leans heavily on the Metroid Prime series (2002-2007) for the GameCube. Touches from ’60s and ’70s science fiction are never far away, though. With its dark atmosphere and sparse dialogue, it communicates the games’s original feeling of exploration and isolation remarkably well. All we have to do now is wait for Nintendo to throw a bag of money his way for a feature film. It won’t happen, sure, but it’s never too late to hope. Or, as Metroid heroine Samus Aran always says: “I sure hope no alien creatures sticks itself to my face and sucks all the life out of me.”