Hey folks, Valkor here. Well I'm back after my 4 day E3 2010 journey (3 days of E3 and 1 day of rest) and oh yea I've brought back the goods; some you will probably not find anywhere else and oh yea… Booth Babes! But let's kick things off with a little videogame movie goodness that fits smack dab into the world I love to call MediaView. So check it, as far as fanflicks go, I've seen my share of good and bad – mostly good, but this is the first time I've sat and watched a fanflick and said "Holy shit! This needs to be full-on theatrical!!" I'm talking about the live-action fanfilm of "Mega Man", based off of and featuring characters from the popular NES game series. And let me just say, it's freakin awesome and also has the potential to be so much more.
In the film Megaman, Dr. Thomas Light (Edward X. Young) is a renowned robotics engineer who is about to unveil unto the world his latest creations – The Robot Masters, who were created with the assistance of Dr. Albert Wiley (Dave Maulbeck) and also his robotic assistant Roll (Jeanie Tse). The Masters Gutsman (SonicMega), Bombman (Andrew Decrescenzo), Cutman (Daniel William Clark), Fireman (Hugo Salazar jr.), Iceman (Wayne Chang) and Elecman (Alan Fung), would be used to aid humanity, making the world a better place. After the unveiling, Dr. Light has another robot in mind, but doesn't want the assistance of Wiley, which pisses him off immensely. So much so that he leaves Light and sets out to plot his revenge, not just against Light but also the world.
The robot that Light creates, is a take off of an older prototype he called Blues (Sung-Mo Cho). Introducing Rock (Jun Naito). He's a curious bot that wants to learn about… well everything. But also feels the need to do more. His time comes when Wiley breaks into Light's lab, reprograms and unleashes the Robot Masters. Now It's up to Rock now Megaman to face these creations and end Dr. Wiley's road to chaos, all with the help of Dr. Light's protosuit (equipped with a Plasma Buster arm cannon) that not only allows Mega to go toe to toe with the bots, but also adapts their powers once defeated so that he can use them to defeat the other bots. Oh, and he's not alone. Blues aka Protoman (at this point he has the Protoman armor) steps in for the assist much like he does in the game, popping in at just the right moment; there's even the whistle playing in the background when he first appears. Ultimately it's up to Rock to step in and defeat Dr. Wiley and... well.. you know how this film will end right?
Before we jump into the meat of this review, I just want to give major props to director, writer, producer Eddie Lebron and his team for putting this film together. I can tell it took a lot of work and it pays off immensely. But Megaman is a small film that SCREAMS to be so much more. The story, characters, plots; everything begs to be done on such a larger scale! There's just so much potential for an awesome Hollywood backed, theatrical film, because as it stands, everything looks and feels… contained. That's not a negative towards the film, I completely understand that this is a fanflick with a limited budget and resources, but to have it done on a grand scale would be truly epic. I can see the world these characters inhabit being more than what this film entails – Dr. Light's lab, his home, the city, the battles, are just too small! Just thinking of how cool it would be to see Mega not only fight the bots but other Wiley creations, or to see a bigger lab of Dr. Lights with little robots scampering about. I would FLIP to see that! I hope that Capcom and/or even big Hollywood production company sees this film, step up to the plate and take this Megaman movie under their wings, because honestly Eddie and co have made me a believer that a Megaman film, which I thought could never be adapted into a theatrical film, can in fact be done. And given the proper backing, it can be awesome.
And now on to my review… but I think you know what I'm gonna say right?
For starters we have the story, which is a pretty straightforward, good vs. evil tale; there's no crazy twist, save for one where Wiley creates his own, evil version of Megaman. But his on-screen time is too short to make a difference. Pacing is well balanced, though in the first 45 minutes there's little to no action, it's still fun to watch the interaction between Rock and Roll; it's cute, even if the film is a tad dark in the feel (not a minus, definitely a plus). The acting is first rate for a fanflick. When compared to other fanfilms I've review previously reviewed (Tomb Raider Ascension and Return of the Ghostbusters), the acting in Megaman ranks as high quality. Kudos goes to Jun Naito as our main hero, who has the perfect look of the character, who also plays the role of a curious bot that wants to find his place in this new world he has awakened in to. But PerfectView kudos goes to Jeanie Tse as Roll, who not only looks damn cute, but also has a bubbly attitude and a super cute voice. And I can't forget Edward X. Young who does an amazing job as Dr. Light. I didn't know Light could look and sound so… cool! Finally you'll notice some nods to the videogame in the film such as the enemy select screen, Dr. Wiley's castle, Megaman teleporting in and out of battle, Megaman charging up the plasma buster, even the costume is awesome! (Yes Protoman gets his costume as well) Oh and how classic is this - Rock and Roll playing Contra? Now THAT was funny!
There's not too much I can say that won't sound like I'm picking on the film – and essentially I would be, i.e. the quick battles between Mega and the bots (save for Elecman), the stiff CGI, and the fact that when the Robot Masters attack the city… well it doesn't look like they do much damage. I mean great job in trying to make us believe they are doing something, but in the end you don't feel the devastation. But this is because of a limited budget. With a bigger budget bad assery can be had! But I will point out that Dave Maulbeck's Dr. Wiley… well I mean if you can get an older guy to play Light, then why not an older guy to play Wiley? I mean the fake moustache and the added touches of gray? Yea, that's not workin.
Overall Megaman is an ambitious project that you can tell was created by someone who apparently has major love for the characters and the videogame world that encompass them. I really do hope beyond hope that a major studio looks into this and backs an amazing film that has the potential to be more than what it is now. So out of TOV 5 stars I give Megaman 4 stars and it's been Valkor tested, TOV Approved!