Power Rangers fan film pushes the envelope with dark approach
In the entertainment industry, where every second summer movie is a blockbuster reboot of an old favorite, it was only a matter of time before the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers got a new approach. Power/Ranger, the new "bootleg" fan film produced by Adi Shankar and Joseph Kahn, takes Hollywood's penchant for making dark, gritty blockbusters to the extreme with a film that definitely isn't for kids anymore.
In the 14-minute film, we see a new perspective on the Power Rangers, where the battling teens have grown up into scarred adults facing the consequences of their violent youth. James Van Der Beek of Dawson's Creek fame and Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica star as Rocky, the (second) Red Ranger and Kimberly, the Pink Ranger. Rather than the child-friendly Rangers we're used to, however, this R-rated version is filled with blood, drugs, explicit language, and implied sex.
In an interview with HitFix, Kahn said that he intended this version to be a satire, explaining, "the dark and gritty reboot thing is such a cliché that the intention was not only to make it dark and gritty but make it even darker and grittier than you could possibly imagine, hence the brains, the blood and the violence and the sex." While some fans enjoyed the film, saying that they would love to watch a full-length version of an R-rated Power Rangers, others, including former Green Ranger Jason David Frank, feel that the violence and language take away from the spirit of the original.
You can see the gritty take below. Be warned, though, that the content is not appropriate for everyone.
What do you think of this new take? Do you think it satirizes the movie industry well? Would you like to see more of this type of Power Rangers? Share your thoughts in the comments.