Watch Yoshua Sudarso Kick All Kinds Of Ass In Steve Petersen’s Action Sci-Fi Short, EREBUS

Director Steve Petersen has quite a few projects on his Vimeo channel but the one that stands out the most is his most recent action sci-fi short, Erebus. It’s all mainly conceptual courtesy of Petersen via his Big Machine banner, although I’d be lying if I said it didn’t pack a helluva punch, because THAT it does, in spades!

The following is a short film based off Craig Fernandez’s feature script EREBUS. It was directed by Steve Petersen and produced through his studio Big Machine. It is intended to show his vision and approach to the material.

The action sequence is choreographed by Aaron Toney who is involved in Marvel’s biggest films. The unique and complex characters are brought to life by an ensemble of incredibly talented actors. And the artists at Big Machine helmed the visual effects sequences.

Beneath the layer of action and sci-fi – the core story is one of a person trying to find himself and find his place in the world. Who am I? What is my destiny? How do I fit in? With a dash of dealing with love for the first time. …all themes that deeply resonate with filmmaker Steve Petersen.

Aaron Toney is definitely a name to remember when you want to look up great fight pieces online or in Hollywood. He’s done some amazing work both in front and behind the camera as a top tier stuntman in Hollywood, and he surely makes a case for the latter with actor Power Rangers: Dino Charge co-star Yoshua Sudarso front and center.

Watch Erebus now with Lindsey McKeon, Phil Daddario and famed Star Trek thesp Walter Koenig also starring.

~Lee B. Golden
Ballistic Cinematheque, founder and editor

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Fight Faves: DREDD (2012)

It’s February of 2016 and less than four years since director Pete Travis graced us with Dredd 3D, possibly the single best out of two cinematic film adaptations inspired by its 2000 A.D. comic book publication. Alex Garland’s script was a miracle work that pits actor Karl Urban in the title role along with actress Olivia Thirlby as a humanoid clairvoyant serving as a rookie Judge for the Hall Of Justice.

The two ultimately end up heading to a delapidated slum in Mega City One known as Peach Trees, owned and controlled by its biggest drug lord, Ma-Ma, played by actress Lena Headey. When our Judge and his assigned rookie get there, they get more than their money’s worth when Ma-Ma traps them, essentially waging war with our protagonists.

The film garnered huge critical support, but after bombing in the box office, sequel hopes deteriorated, and despite support for a second installment, the film’s producers and even Garland and Travis have gone on record saying that Dredd 2 would be a no-go. This is a disappointment I will never live down as it just goes to show what happens when a good thing falls victim to its past demons; I suspect that l peoples’ ire toward the previous Sylvester Stallone starrer had an affect on peoples’ judgement, on top of the film’s light marketing…either way, I seriously hate that more people didn’t show up for this movie.

Urban’s performance is the most signature to date on top of the overall vision and tone one can easily akin to Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 crime epic, Sicario. The visuals were amazing, the action is blistering and brutal, and we got characters and a script that gave this film the seriousness it needed to work next to some of the most far out and explosive action sequences by far.

This, as slow as it has come to pass, has evidently led to fans’ hopes for at least a Netflix series that can carry over what the film gave us. Will it happen? That’s entirely up to the powers that be. Otherwise, Travis’s 2012 masterpiece is one to bookmark for the ages.

Moreover, I’m glad I saw this film in 3D, because the fools who chose not to support this film really missed out on some of the film’s most fantastic moments like this:

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I purely suggest you prioritize it as of this article. It’s on DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital HD and VOD wherever it is sold. And buy it too. Don’t just rent it, BUY it.

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~Lee B. Golden
Ballistic Cinematheque, founder and editor

Fight Faves: Wu Jing V. Scott Adkins In WOLF WARRIORS (2015)

Action star Wu Jing’s solo outing last year in the jungle commando thriller, Wolf Warrior, certainly lended some appeal with Brit-kicker Scott Adkins added to the fray. However, the film itself was much more disappointing than preferred with respect to its structure throughout, especially regarding the action, and I say this bearing in mind the final fight scene in which Wu and Adkins go toe-to-toe for the first time.

HK veteran action director Nicky Li coordinated the fights as per his usual partnerships with Wu, and having seen Li’s previous work, my most favorite being the 2007 thriller, Invisible Target, at present, clearly Li knows how to direct solid action.

Alas, I was left wondering what went wrong here. Apart from the strenuous and enduring challenges of the production, Wolf Warrior was a let down regarding its most key fight scene. It’s got some moments that look great, but when watching this fight, I simply wanted more than what was already in the trailers before, and unfortunately, this was all we got.

Well Go USA has a clip of it available, and to be honest, what you see is pretty much the entire fight scene with exception to its brutal finish. At the end of the day when all the gun battles were had, it would’ve been nice to see a better fight scene. But, for better or worse, it’s Wu V Adkins, and it’s a fans’ delight, generally. What are your thoughts?

~Lee B. Golden
Ballistic Cinematheque, founder and editor

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