Borderlands Movie Trailer Promises Chaotic Fun

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The Borderlands movie has had a long journey and it’s finally coming to theaters this year, but it may have a problem. The film’s first trailer dropped online yesterday and has been received with mixed reactions from fans and newcomers. There’s a lot to love about the trailer - its quirky Guardians of the Galaxy-inspired tone and plenty of colorful gun violence, but it may not be the film that gamers are hoping it is.

Cate Blanchett plays Lillith, an infamous bounty hunter who reluctantly returns to her home planet Pandora, and is on a mission to find Atlas’ missing daughter. The trailer shows Lillith meeting new team members on her journey to find a legendary vault, with plenty of madness from the games replicated for the big screen.

Watch the trailer here:

The Borderlands movie was finished shooting back in 2021 and was originally set to release the following year. The film underwent two weeks of reshoots and has since been in post-production. While that’s routine for most big-budget feature films, what’s setting off the alarm bells for Borderlands is its contradictory tone in the trailer.

You have Claptrap (Jack Black) making jokes about excreting publicly and Roland (Kevin Hart) telling Tiny Tina (Ariana Greenblatt) to roll up the windows to not get covered in piss wash. It sounds like it’s the kind of writing right out of the games, and the production design is doing justice to the game’s art direction, but the casting is baffling.

Casting Cate Blanchett and Jamie Lee Curtis in significant action-heavy roles sure is a choice, and Kevin Hart seems to be playing himself, as he usually does. Ariana Greenblatt shows some promise of living up to the maniacal performance by Ashly Burch in the games, and Jack Black having a voice role in a video game adaptation is a winning formula. And then you have the quotes "From the producer of Uncharted, Spider-Man and Venom" in the poster. The Uncharted movie wasn't particularly loved by fans of the games, and the Venom movies, while having a cult audience, have never been critical darlings. For what it's worth, the Borderlands movie seems like a good time, just not one that would encourage you to engage in critical thinking.

Here is the official synopsis for Borderlands:

Lilith forms an unexpected alliance with a ragtag team of misfits – Roland (Hart), a seasoned mercenary on a mission; Tiny Tina (Greenblatt), a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg (Munteanu), Tina’s musclebound protector; Tannis (Curtis), the oddball scientist who’s seen it all; and Claptrap (Black), a wiseass robot. Together, these unlikely heroes must battle an alien species and dangerous bandits to uncover one of Pandora’s most explosive secrets. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other. Based on one of the best-selling videogame franchises of all time, welcome to BORDERLANDS.

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Borderlands releases on August 8, 2024, in theaters.