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Watch the Anthem prequel short film Conviction from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp

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Neill Blomkamp! A director so visionary, that he has an extra L in his name to prove it. He’s the fella that made an alien prawn apartheid film in the form of District 9, introduced the world to the idea of assassin Afrikaaners in exo-suits with Elysium and the less said about Chappie, the better. Seriously, why would anyone want Die Antwoord in their movie?

You already had everything in place to create the perfect spiritual successor to Short Circuit, including Hugh Jackman in a mullet. That movie could have been perfect were it not for that awful duo. Anyway, while Blomkamp may be hit or miss with his movies, there’s no denying that the man knows how to actually make a good-looking film. Kervyn has actually mentioned this before, highlighting the fact that Blomkamp is a genius behind the camera, but the last person you want actually writing the script for a flick.

Heck, give him somebody’s else material, and Blomkamp can create something magical. Like this glorified trailer slash short film for Anthem which is named after the best Splinter Cell game, Conviction:

Even if the game turns out to be entirely okay, Anthem still has one ace up its sleeve in comparison to that other hybrid RPG loot ‘n shooter which rhymes with Endlessly Poo (I’m kidding I still love you Bungie): Actual proper lore. If the recent demo was any indication, Anthem wants to share its legends and myths with players.

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It wants to build a solid foundation of story with which to create new adventures within its universe. Tales which actually make sense and contain information, instead of being vague waves of the hand that sprout gibberish in an effort to sound all mystical and smart and stuff. That’s something that I can appreciate, and while I doubt we’ll ever see Hollywood thrust a $250 million blockbuster budget into the hands of EA and Bioware to bring Anthem to the big screen, I’m more than happy to see smaller projects like this crop up from time to time.

Anthem is out today for EA Access Origin members, or at least I think so because when you need an Excel spreadsheet to understand who gets what and when, that’s not usually a good sign for a game.

Last Updated: February 15, 2019


  1. And fyi, official access is 5pm today for us here in SA. Just as I get home. 😀


    • Guz

      February 15, 2019 at 09:36

      Let us know how it goes this weekend, Im on leave next week so if its any good I’ll get premier and jam it next week


      • Pariah

        February 15, 2019 at 10:08

        Oh you’ll hear about it on the relevant Anthem articles tbh. I’m not exactly quiet. XD


  2. Guz

    February 15, 2019 at 09:36

    Still waiting for the sequel to district 9 🙁


    • Admiral Chief

      February 15, 2019 at 09:43

      Yeah man, true dat


  3. Gavin Mannion

    February 15, 2019 at 09:59

    I must be the only one who didn’t love this “short film”, it’s not a short film it’s just a trailer with some live action. I want to see the actual film this trailer is marketing.

    As for Anthem, I played both the demo’s and it’s a hard pass from me. Nothing grabbed me about the game at all


    • Pariah

      February 15, 2019 at 10:09

      They corrected themselves, it’s meant to be a live-action trailer for Anthem, not a short film. They labelled / advertised it incorrectly initially.


  4. CrAiGiSh

    February 15, 2019 at 10:52

    Looks better than the actual game …


  5. Caveshen Rajman

    February 15, 2019 at 11:59

    So what exactly is this? Is it just a glorified live-action game trailer with some gameplay bits carefully blended in? Because for a second there I was wondering if this was a trailer for an actual movie that went entirely unannounced until now?


  6. For the Emperor!

    February 15, 2019 at 13:14

    I would be more hyped for a movie like that from him than the actual game!!


  7. DragonSpirit009

    February 15, 2019 at 08:39

    I have to say… that trailer has gotten me curious


  8. Pariah

    February 15, 2019 at 08:49

    I watched this last night when it dropped. My jaw followed suit. Incredible.

    As a side note – the OST is I think my new favourite OST.



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