Movie makers weigh in on the E3 2014 trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
posted on 06.26.14 at 11:58 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Comments from Avi Arad, Guillermo del Toro, and more.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

A number of movie makers (and one actor) including Spider-Man and X-Men producer Avi Arad and Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro have shared their impressions on the E3 2014 trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Catch the comments, as well as a re-run of the trailer, below.

Avi Arad
Film Producer: Spider-Man, X-Men

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a stunning presentation. The trailer is full of symbolism and philosophy that we come expect from Mr. Kojima. Although cleverly disguising the story and therefore making the trailer enticing, Mr. Kojima makes sure to include enough visuals to make us comfortable that we are in for a new Metal Gear experience.

For me, the sight of the Diamond Dogs and Snake putting the ashes on his face with multiple urns make me believe that a lot of history is going to be dealt with. If one listens carefully to the amazing song, “Nuclear” by Mike Oldfield, it is fantastic story telling that gives us enough of a window to know we are about to embark on another emotional masterpiece by Mr. Kojima. Kiefer Sutherland as the voice of Snake is just fantastic while raising the drama, and makes us long to play the game.

Guillermo del Toro
Director: Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim

Kojima-San remains a massive inspiration for me and Metal Gear continues to deliver the edgy, vital, jaw-dropping world and feel that we have come to expect, but it pushes the envelope every single time. It is a window into the future of the medium and its breathless narrative and artistic expansion. Amazing!

Park Chan-wook
Director: Oldboy, Stoker

I have always been thinking that I want to see a film directed by Mr. Kojima, but after seeing the latest trailers for Metal Gear Solid V, I realized I was wrong. He has actually been making films in his own way already. Metal Gear Solid games are already films, the films of the future.

Shinya Tsukamoto
Film Director: Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Vital, Nightmare Detective

Intense, crazy, deep Kojima world. By the time you finish the game, you should be a changed into a completely new person.

Nicolas Winding Refn
Director: Drive, Only God Forgives

Watching the trailers for Metal Gear Solid V makes you wonder if the spirits of Dostoyevsky, Stanley Kubrick, and Caravaggio entered Hideo Kojima’s body because, using the art of gaming as his canvas, he boldly goes where no one has gone before.

The trailers for Metal Gear Solid V prove once again that Hideo Kojima is a master at portraying a wider and more complex view of human nature combined with breathtaking action sequences. A daring and bold move from one of the founders of the future of technology. With Metal Gear Solid V, Hideo Kojima has created the perfect marriage of cinematic storytelling and cutting edge gaming technology. For me, it all culminates into one word: Genius.

Norman Reedus
Actor: The Boondock Saints, The Walking Dead

Wow! That is AMAZING! So beautiful … So well done. You guys created such an incredible piece of art.

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  • Six

    Well, it is a damn good trailer.

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  • bloodiOS

    Imagine the crowd’s reaction if the trailer wasn’t already leaked prior to the presentation…

  • Bryce Blalex Douglas

    I love how people in other media are starting to realize the value and depth to the gaming media.

  • Northstar

    Kojima is amazing! the trailers, the games too

  • Thatguy

    Shinya Tsukamoto
    Film Director: Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Vital, Nightmare Detective
    Intense, crazy, deep Kojima world. By the time you finish the game, you should be a changed into a completely new person.

    Because nanomachines. They turn you into new person, crawling from disc/HDD, when you are playing game and watch cutscenes.

  • Wolf Star

    I just read Norman Reedus … I have nothing to say.. It’s a pure Win!!!

  • Vayne

    It was late, because Metal Gear Solid 1 and 2 had the best storylines of the series.

  • Syltique

    I always really enjoy seeing creative people compliment other creative people.

    And I just have to say guys, I have a very eerie feeling about MGS V … like it could be one of the best games we ever see. Fox Engine is just unbelievable. Ground Zeroes has fully blown my mind, and I really didn’t expect that it would at all. It’s just a very powerful experience to rescue hostages in captivity, or to escape in a helicopter battle, and to have everything run in silky smooth 60 fps.

    I was very into the story already. Once he adds in all the torture, the child soldiers, the piles of charred bodies of civilians like in the beginning of the trailer, I feel like we could have one of the best anti-war themed video games ever created. I think it’s going to really shock a lot of people.

    Furthermore, this could potentially be the most expensive stealth game we ever get. I don’t see Ubisoft ever investing in Splinter Cell to this degree. This might be the peak of the genre, for good.

    • Six

      I agree 100%, and I’m not even really a fan (only played MGS4). Between the various trailers and gameplay demos, I really think this is going to be something utterly spectacular.

    • PrinceHeir

      I agree that MGS has always been the game that pushes the genre, much like how games like Bayonetta/Ninja Gaiden II pushed the hack and slash genre to the limits.

      Though i’d wager the remakes will be the best in the franchise. It will be similar to Crisis Core where you already know how it’s gonna end, but you can’t help but cry because of the tragedy that’s about to unfold.

      I kinda wish Square Enix would invest this kind of money to Deus Ex. Human Revolution is amazing and one of my all time favorites last gen, but it badly needs an new engine just so we could do a lot of things in it like MGSV is doing.

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      I’m just upset about the mass of continuity issues T_T

      • Zackasaur

        MGS thrives on continuity issues.

        For all the things he does well, Kojima can’t hold a plot together.

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          Usually it’s small issues, but with this..their a bit bigger

  • PrinceHeir

    I can’t wait for this game!! I’m surprise the director of Oldboy is paying attention at these games!!!!!

  • Amir

    I didn’t watch the trailer because I thought Kojima is showing too much of the game; I want everything to stay fresh when I play it.
    I have watched the last year’s trailer (the 9 minutes one) more than 30 or 40 times, and that was enough for me.
    How much spoilerific is the new trailer?

    • MDH

      Not much at all, honestly, especially compared to trailers for older MGS games. There’s a good bit of footage, but it’s all presented in such a cryptic way that you end up seeing only the beginnings of certain plot elements and you’re not sure how it all fits together.

  • Zackasaur

    I mean, I love MGS, and this trailer was awesome, but… Dostoyevsky?

    Really? Are we serious here?

    • EnkiduV3

      He was obviously being hyperbolic and just named the most famous author, director, and painter that he could think of.

      I also doubt the writer/director of “Only God Forgives” has any idea why Dostoyevsky was so great. That movie had awful characters, story, and dialogue.

      • Karl Johan Jonsson

        Refn is, imho, one of or maybe even the single one greatest director in Hollywood today. Getting praise from both Lynch and Jodorowsky.
        I can see why people don’t like Only God Forgives. If you are not into that type of movie (movies where every scene is so filled with symbolics and deeper meaning) of couse you wont enjoy it.
        But saying that the Characters and dialouge is awful? That I can not understand.

        The dialouge is superb and manages to say so much more with just a few words than most films manages to do with so much more, on the nose, dialouge.
        The characters is also great at representing a much bigger picture. The godly cop, the devilish mother, the sexually frustrated and confused son and so on.

        As I stated earlier. I can see why people don’t like the film as a whole. But to me. Only god forgives and Refn himself is both part of the greatest that we got.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Norman Reedus lol

  • tokyobassist

    I like MGS as much as the next guy but seriously some of these chime-ins are cringe worthy.

    I’m not even gonna start popping off about the plotholes in MGS as a whole. The only games that even manage to achieve a cohesive plot were MG2, MGS and MGS3. Once it started getting into that pseudo-cyberpunk stuff with MGS2 and 4 is when they started using nanomachines as plot macguffins. Effen stupid…

    I’ll be honest, MGSV is the first Metal Gear game where I’m invested in the gameplay first and not the story.

  • Zefhar

    They should make a movie of MGS…

    Lol just kidding. It would never do it justice.

  • LunarHaven

    That’s how Hollywood works, you exaggerate your buddies work to help them, true or not. I remember some years ago Spielberg publicly praising Michael Bay for Transformers 2, one of the worst action movies of all time, saying it was excellent. lol

    I am sure MGS V will be awesome though, but Hollywood directors will praise anyone they are on good terms with.