Slowly but surely, Hollywood has been mastering the “first-person” gimmick; a stylistic choice that hundreds of video games have used over the years. It was only a matter of time before someone attempted to make an entire movie with such a perspective. Ben Affleck is that man.
The days of hating on this guy are long over, following the terrific double-bill of Gone Baby Gone and The Town. He’s currently preparing Argo, which sounds like one of the best films of 2012, and already has his fourth directorial effort in the pipeline: Line of Sight.
The action movie comes from Producer Joel Silver, and “centers on an elite commando squad transporting cargo while dealing with a global threat. One of the conceits of the movie is that it tells the tale from a point-of-view akin to a first-person shooter game.”
Needless to say, such a dynamic would be very difficult to sustain over a 2-hour movie, but I have complete faith in Affleck’s abilities as a filmmaker. It’s also comforting that they have a video game writer working on the script: Peter O’Brien (Halo: Reach).
This could either be a quantum leap forward for action cinema or a colossal disaster. The first-person footage in the recent Spider-Man trailer was god-awful, and the memory of a certain sequence in Doom still lingers.
But if anyone can do it, the Mighty Chin can. Go get ’em Affleck.
Source: Hollywood Reporter.