Se7en director's Halo 4 live-action launch trailer is light on severed heads in boxes, heavy on Jesus imagery

Halo 4's release date of November the 6th is looming over us like a big Jolly Green Giant space marine looms over a squeaky purple midget alien. And we all know what that means. Another Halo, another slightly over-serious live-action launch trailer. This one is a bit different though, given that a) it's been produced by Se7en and Fight Club director David Fincher, and b) it's a fair bit less pretentious than usual.

Pretty blunt stigmata imagery at 1:13 though. And that crucifiction pose in the opening and closing shots is fairly blatant too. Hmmm, what could they be getting at with this groundbreaking visual metaphor? 

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  • santaclouse37 - October 19, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    So I'm surprised nobody's mentioned how a good chunk of this trailer is spent explicitly showing the Chief's face. Isn't that against the rules or something?
  • Aarononymous - October 19, 2012 12:42 p.m.

    I gotta say the Jesus thing is a stretch. A vaguely crucifixion-like pose and he wakes up with some scars on his wrists. Compare that to the Halo 3 marketing, which was all about how the Master Chief "died" to save Earth.
  • ObliqueZombie - October 19, 2012 9:22 a.m.

    I've never thought the Halo trailers were pretentious. Over serious, yes, but never pretentious. It IS an advertisement, afterall, and modesty isn't exactly a part of advertisement. Great trailer, though. Never a fan of all-CG enemies since I think they look much too fake.
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  • fearlessfox - October 19, 2012 5:06 a.m.

    I wish they'd make these games for PC too, I don't want to have to by a 360 just to play this...
  • KnowYourPokemon - October 19, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    I somewhat agree with you. I mean, yes I would much rather play Halo on my PC than on my 360. But... I'm sure we all remember Halo 2's great port don't we? Though it would be nice to see 343 attempt it at least.
  • ObliqueZombie - October 19, 2012 9:11 a.m.

    I think it's all a matter of time. We snagged Halo and Halo 2 for PC around the 360, yes? I think we'll get it for PC when the next Xbox comes out. And when that happens, I probably won't care as much anymore, save to get them for a collection.
  • Szethius - October 19, 2012 4:54 a.m.

    holy shit that was badass
  • spartan6431 - October 19, 2012 4:53 a.m.

    J for John 117. J for Jesus. ............ Half Life 3 confirmed!!
  • GR_DavidHoughton - October 19, 2012 5:04 a.m.

    Sometimes I wish we had a 'Like' button.
  • mark-fraser - October 19, 2012 8:36 a.m.


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