[Stay Alive] I can’t believe I’m going to write about this film again, but I’ve been over thinking since I first wrote about it. I really need to fix my computer. Anyways, the more I thought about it, maybe Stay Alive could be the greatest idea for a movie ever! It probably will suck though.
This thing is coming out this weekend. I’m going to guess either Inside Man will be the top film this weekend or V for Vendetta will repeat as the top film this weekend. We’ll have to wait and see if the 100 million gamers in this country can spend 2 hours away from their games this weekend to see Stay Alive or if the Larry the Cable Guy movie out dos Stay Alive in the box office.
Anyways, I have a feeling this film was one of 2 things:
1) A studio exec saw something on the internet about those unfortunate WoW deaths in Asia and said “hey online gaming is scary, let’s make a movie about it” and then they got someone to write the script.
2) They made a movie about a possessed video game and then decided to stick some multiplayer stuff on it later on and market it as a MMO movie in an attempt to seem more hip.
I haven’t seen the film and there are no reviews so I have no idea what it is really about. The way they market a film can have nothing to do with the film itself. None of the commercials for UltraViolet mentioned anything about vampires. Stay Alive could be about people getting sucked into a video game TRON style for all I know. The Stay Alive trailer shows guys on headsets, a shot of the ingame avatars (which look like their real life counterparts), and has that line about video game addiction and 100 million gamers. They’re definately suggesting the game is a MMO. We’ll see when the film comes up if this is because they tried to make a MMO film or if marketing was just alluding to it in hopes of getting some EQ players to buy a few tickets.
Of course if they took approach 1 from above, they might not have any idea what a MMO is other than it is a rising trend in gaming, some guy killed his friend over Legend of Mir III, and whatever else they could learn from those Star Wars Galaxies commercials on late night cable TV. So it could be intended as a MMO movie, but deal with nothing resembling a MMO at all.
More likely though, they probably took approach 2. A line from the plot synopsis on the official website suggests this. The gamers don’t know anything about the game other than they’re not supposed to have it… and they’re dying to play it. Someone probably said “hey let’s make The Ring, but instead of a tape it’ll be a haunted video game!” Which would explain why the people in the movie are playing a survival horror as opposed to a genre more tradionally associated with multiplayer online gaming.
The fact that this is a game they aren’t supposed to have means that the “massively” part of MMO is probably not going to be present in the film. Again, maybe I’m completely wrong and we have here a great film. Maybe the people in the film are part of a beta test gone horribly wrong and must stop the release of the game or else players around the world are going to unleash the spirit of Elizabeth Báthory. Imagine if the 2.5 million or whatever the count is now WoW players in the US suddenly all got possesed by evil spirits. Or, since Hollywood Pictures is part of Disney, Toon Town Onine could be possesed. Of course that probably won’t happen. The movie will probably end with them snapping a DVD in half or something and walking off into the sunset… until we see the TV turn itself on.