While the first-person-shooter genre gives video gamers an immersive approach to traversing game environments and battling enemies, there’s still an undeniable understanding that what you’re doing is playing a game, no matter how good the graphics are. The found-footage genre similarly gives film fans unparalleled points of view on a story’s narrative, but most of the films in said genre lack the budget or story variations to give the perspective the respect it deserves. (See: Most of Doom.)
In just a minute’s time, the high-octane choreography-based Stunt Team out of California have repurposed one of the most famous fights in cinema’s history, and its scene blocking makes it almost as exciting as most of Chronicle. Have you ever wanted to be Darth Vader in a lightsaber battle, Force-choking a Jedi like the big-belted bitch he is? Or are you more virtuous, choosing instead to use the Force to try and knock the black off Vader’s mask? Get a taste of both worlds in the video below, and be wary of the gigantic groan factor when the video fades out.
After all these years of iterations of famous lightsaber battles, as well as having a few of my own battles — mostly free of sexual metaphors, I assure you — this is a nice change of pace. The Stunt People have been pretty active as of late, and they’ll hopefully return to this concept again for a longer video, with more arm-severing glory.
In the meantime, check out another one of their recent videos, which tells the strange video game story of Lemonade Jeff. If you’re a fan of Double Dragon, they do a great version of that as well.