After a few teasers and promo shots, the first full trailer for Paul W.S. Anderson's Monster Hunter dropped this morning. It is everything you could have expected, and yet somehow, more.
The trailer lays out the basic set-up and plot of Monster Hunter. Captain Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her team of soldiers get transported into a different world while out searching for a team that disappeared in the desert. That world? Well, it's just the world of the Monster Hunter video game series. And oh boy, there are a lot of monsters.
A Hunter, played by Tony Jaa, shows up to help Artemis and her team survive, and to presumably teach her team how to fight giant monsters in the Monster Hunter world. Later on in the trailer, we can see Jovovich's Artemis wielding dual blades and lighting them on fire, as well as shooting a rocket launcher at a particularly large beast. As much as I dig the classics, it does seem like a rocket would be well-suited to the task of Diablos slaying.
We've known for a while that this mix of games and action movie would be weird as hell, though seeing it in action is something else. Jovovich's dual blades—which are, fun fact, inspired by her weapon of choice in Monster Hunter games—look pretty cool, and also still faithful to the wild proportions of the Monster Hunter games.
Those who have seen Anderson's take on the Resident Evil series already know that this film will have a loose interpretation of the source material. Frankly, it has to be, because Monster Hunter games are already pretty slim on the kind of story needed to push a feature film's worth of monster slaying.
Considering the regular contenders for best video game movie, like Mortal Kombat, are also pretty cheesy action movies at their core, it's best to embrace that. Although, I'll fully admit that I'm bummed there seems to be no comically large food or Palico pals. Monster Hunter is headed to the silver screen this December.