IGN has the exclusive online premiere of A Short Film Made from Red Dead Redemption, created by John Hillcoat, director of The Proposition and The Road. It’s an interesting prospect for such a director to make a film out of bits from a videogame, but here it is nonetheless.
While there are of course cinematic sensibilities being carried over into sections of recorded gameplay not taken from clips (some of the earlier landscape shots seem reminiscent of The Road), a lot of the film will be familiar to you if you’ve played the game, as a good deal of it takes various cutscenes from it and splices them together. So some of that cinematic-ness can actually be credited to Rockstar, creators of Red Dead. And you’ll of course remember the familiar faces like West Dickens and Seth. There could be considered minor spoilers for the first act of the game, if you’re thinking about playing it but haven’t yet.
That said, the short will probably be more exciting for those of you that haven’t played the game it’s constructed from, because you won’t be watching stuff you’ve already seen. At 30 minutes it’s a big long, but is probably worth a watch. If anything, it’s a testament to how good a game Red Dead Redemption is. The brilliant landscapes, the exploration, the wildlife, the characters, and the story. The game is probably better than any western film that I’ve seen (and coincidentally, my favourite western movie is Hillcoat’s The Proposition). Maybe watching the film will persuade you – if you haven’t picked up Rockstar’s masterpiece already, you should. I implore you.