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Are You Ready For A First Person Shooter Movie? LINE OF SIGHT May Deliver!!




What’s up, Contenders? Terry Malloy here reporting live from the Waterfront.


This news broke a few days back over at Heat Vision, but I’ve been thinking about the news on and off since then and wanted to share it.


It looks like one of the two directors who were behind the action hit ACT OF VALOR has lined up his next directing deal with Warner Brothers.




Mike “Mouse” McCoy is in talks to helm another military action film (titled LINE OF SIGHT) with the hook that it will be told from a first person perspective.


What do you all think about the concept of a feature-length first person action film?


On one hand, this is kind of an eventuality. Someone was bound to make a film at some point that was entirely shot in first person. I hear rumors that the upcoming MANIAC remake starring Elijah Wood is such a film. But the first person visual perspective is pretty much owned by “shooter” games. So an action/adventure/special forces take on the first person film feels like it just has to exist.


I’m not sure this gimmick will be a successful one, but I’d like to see a director try to find creative ways to engage the audience through this perspective for an entire feature. And I’m happy to see McCoy utilize his clout from the success of ACT OF VALOR to direct another film. I personally felt that the action elements of ACT OF VALOR were riveting and well executed, even if the acting of the real SEALS was laughable at best. 



Give McCoy some real actors and let him play and I suspect he’ll deliver something interesting. I just hope his third feature is something a little more gimmick-free. I’d like to see McCoy and ACT OF VALOR co-director Scott Waugh direct a straight up action film that just sticks to the basics and maybe has a compelling action star to anchor it. McCoy and Waugh directing Statham or Stallone? I’d be in the theater on opening weekend!


Hat Tip: ScreenCrush




And I’m Out.




Terry Malloy AKA Ed Travis





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  • Sept. 13, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST


    by Lily

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    When I watch my friends play first person shooters I get motion sickness.

    by kindofabigdeal

    Dont see how this would work for a whole movie without the audience wanting a refund. I'll admit it kinda worked in Spider-man for the brief moments they used it, but for a whole movie.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Act of Valor had several first person segments

    by ATARI

    They were my least favorite part of the movie.<br> <br> So a full length movie like this? I no go see.<br> <br>

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    mrwug i was about to say the same thing.

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    This is not a new concept. not by FAR

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    there's a difference between looking through a camera's

    by JAMF

    pov and first person, through a human's eyes though. but i agree with what you're saying. nobody asked for this. nobody wants it.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Let it happen and bomb - then hopefully never again

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    Even the brief segments of DOOM were horrible to look at. First person works only when you're driving the controller, otherwise it's annoying as Hell.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    The upcoming Maniac remake...

    by josh hubanks

    ...was, to my knowledge, openly and avowedly shot from a first-person perspective.

  • And a pretty clever job at that (the actor was only visible when looking at his reflection,etc.).

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    This was done in 'Enter The Void' too....

    by spyro

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Good point, Spyro

    by GavinElster

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    FPS view in DOOM is the greatest thing put on celluloid in the 2000s

    by ImMorganFreeman

    Also, Maniac is first person. But the star system is not good for FPS pov. The whole point is that YOU and your point of view are the main character, how would Statham or Stallone be in it if they're not the main character?

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    kick ass with hit girl rescuing dad

    by oborostyle

    has the best first person shooter sequence so far i can think of. but really watching something like these for the whole action would be really tiresome. maybe a great director can pull some genius things of with these idea (and they did in some cases) but these act of valour director here ? never ever.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Even MASH did a first-person episode...

    by bagwanbob

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Won't some people get motion sickness from watching it?

    by The Dum Guy

    Sounds too gimicky.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Migraines are fun

    by Raptor Jesus

    I love being dizzy and throwing up.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 1:39 p.m. CST

    M.A.S.H. was ahead of its time...

    by BubbaDestructo

    Likely the best television show ever (all respect to many others - BSG, Firefly, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Buffy, etc.). The fact that the Korean war only lasted 2-3 years, and the show was what - over 11 years? Amazing. Nowadays, shows last 2-3 seasons tops, and wars last what - over 11 years? Sad...

  • I'm guessing there will be no mirrors, or very very few of them, in this movie. And that's on top of the basic question: can a first-person hook hold an entire film together NOW? Will our "sophisticated" modern audiences accept it or just go "God, this blows"?

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Hey, Spyro, while you're absolutely correct...

    by Baked

    Stop talking, you're distracting from how important this movie is going to be in the history of filmmaking...or some shit.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Worked in Kick-Ass..didn't work in Doom...

    by Darth Macchio

    ...but neither film had the 1st person camera all the way through. I think this is a bad idea to do it all the way through a film if the "first person" is a human (hint, hint)

  • It is found footage through the helmet cams of the soldiers. So basically expect to see a found footage FPS that is a movie instead of a game. So not really all that mind-blowing IMO. A clever, or novel idea? Sure, but it is merely stealing the FPS motif from shooter games, just as video games have been ripping off ideas from movies for decades. Kinda like Battle LA, which mashed up games like Halo, Call of Duty MW, and Battlefield with movies like Independence Day and Black Hawk Down. So I guess in that respect it is fair. Video games owe a lot to films, especially genre stuff like action, horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. A truly unique movie using video game aesthetics would be one that alternates its POV between side scroller, overhead POV, FPS, third person POV, and the God's eye view of RTS games.

  • A first person movie seen through the eyes of an android or an alien or something would be a great idea. In that case using the first person POV would actually make sense and be a way to get inside the head of the character, as well as show how others like regular old humans treat this non-human character. Reminds me of the POV scenes in RoboCop when he is being built and the scientists talking as if he isn't there because to them he is just a soulless machine. That kind of use of first person POV for an action film would actually feel earned, and not some gimmick to emulate FPS games (although I suppose the studio figures it will bring in the teenage boys and gamers). As for it working for an entire feature length movie, again, I think the story really needs it, like the RoboCop example, or something like Troll Hunter, which takes on more of a mockumentary style. For a short film though, a first person POV modeled on a FPS game style wouldn't be much of a problem.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Hmm...Not sure how i feel about this one.

    by Sean

    It would be interesting to see if they can pull this idea off and wrap in a good story at the same time. I had more enthusiasm for the idea when Affleck was attached. Still haven't seen Act Of Valour yet, though i mean to. Oddly enough, i have a massive interest in the military yet i despise jingoism, which i have heard Valour is very much all about and fear this next project will be too.

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Please, fucking do this movie right...

    by TheMachinist

    I want to see a Half-Life movie done in this style.

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    Been done before

    by Jagger1024

    Can you say Bogie-Bacall in Dark Passage, 1947? And it wasn't a first person shooter (game) film.