Blockbuster Video Compilation Exhibits All That’s Right (and Wrong) with Today’s Big Budget Movies

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Eterna Epic movie trailer
Photo: Warner Bros.

Using 99 different movies from the works of directors such as Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder, Joss Whedon, Michael Bay, the Wachowskis, Neill Blomkamp, James Cameron, Danny Boyle, Guillermo del Toro and even Darren Aronofsky and Terrence Malick, video director Vadzim Khudabets (official site) delivers the following 6:10 minute compilation of “epic” moments from a slew of recent movies (all listed below the video) for a video titled “Eterna”.

I’m featuring it here for two reasons; 1.) because it’s very well done and 2.) I think it highlights the issues I have with today’s blockbuster cinema.

The first point is self-explanatory, but to the second point just watching this reminds me of every problem I have with so many of today’s big budget spectacle features from the fact they are more style and size over substance and, like the video, overstay their welcome. For as well made as this video is, at the 2:30 mark it could easily be over and yet it still has almost another four minutes left.

Give it a watch below.

Films Included

  • 300
  • 2012
  • 10,000
  • 300: Rise of an Empire
  • 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  • After Earth
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Angels & Demons
  • Armageddon
  • Avatar
  • The Avengers
  • Batman Begins
  • Battleship
  • Broken Hill
  • Bunraku
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Clash of the Titans
  • Cloud Atlas
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Divide
  • Dragonball Evolution
  • Dredd
  • Elysium
  • Ender’s Game
  • Eragon
  • Fast & Furious
  • The Forbidden Kingdom
  • The Fountain
  • Getaway
  • Ghost Rider
  • Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  • The Golden Compass
  • A Good Day to Die Hard
  • Gravity
  • Green Lantern
  • Green Zone
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • Hitman
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • I Am Legend
  • I Am Number Four
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Inkheart
  • Jack the Giant Slayer
  • John Carter
  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  • Knowing
  • The Last Airbender
  • Legion
  • Live Free or Die Hard
  • The Lone Ranger
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Lovely Bones
  • Man of Steel
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  • The New World
  • Next
  • The Nutcracker
  • Oblivion
  • Pacific Rim
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  • Priest
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Real Steel
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife
  • Resident Evil: Extinction
  • Resident Evil: Retribution
  • The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
  • Skyline
  • Solomon Kane
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Star Trek
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Sucker Punch
  • Sunshine
  • Super 8
  • Takers
  • Terminator Salvation
  • Thor
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • To the Wonder
  • Trance
  • Transformers
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  • The Tree of Life
  • TRON: Legacy
  • Underworld: Awakening
  • Upside Down
  • Watchmen
  • World War Z
  • Wrath of the Titans
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine