It’s always nice when a new producer comes on the scene. It’s even better when that producer seems to know exactly what they’re doing. Such is the case with Heroine Legends, which has just released its first video, Episode 1: Aura Control.
I’ll get into the story rundown, but for now I’m just going to go down the list of what worked for me. Now, I know that everybody has a different list of likes and dislikes, but I’ll try to stick to the basics and concentrate on what most of us agree makes a good superheroine movie experience.
1. With a well written introduction on their site (and used as a voice-over for the opening of the film), the filmmakers give the viewers a little look into the world they intend to create. If you’re going to tell an ongoing narrative, I think this is key. Here is the intro from the site itself.
2. They cast an incredible beauty as the lead actress. Want proof? Just take a look. Welcome to internet fame Kristina Hess. I think you’re going to have quite a following. By the way, there are pictures of the lead actresses for the next two episodes on the official site. I think it’s safe to say that these guys are not having any trouble finding attractive leads.
3. The incredible beauty has real talent. She can act, and she can pull off a fight scene. Let’s be honest, a lot of producers have trouble finding an actress that has one of these qualities. She’s asked to play several different emotions in this episode and she plays them all well. Heroine Legends really nailed this casting.
4. Take the incredible beauty and put her in a well designed, tight fitting costume. Remember, Sidekick sucks at identifying good costumes. (That’s right, I just went third person) Every time Sidekick likes a costume, the vast majority of site visitors hate it. However, Sidekick is going out on a limb here. Sidekick thinks most will like this one. It’s sexy, shows off plenty of skin, and just fits the actress perfectly. Tell us what you think. (Exiting third person.)
5. Put her in some peril, but make sure she goes into it fighting her ass off. More on this in the review, but even before she gets her powers, the character of Sarah Thorne is made to look like a heroine. That is to say she doesn’t back down in a dangerous situation. It makes us believe this is a girl that deserves to be blessed with super powers.
6. If you are going to have special effects, make them look good. And they do. The film isn’t overflowing with FX work but the effects they used were good. I thought the opening sequence was especially inspired and well edited. Anyway, enough of the preliminaries. Here is the review.
Sarah Thorne is just an ordinary girl. She wakes up on a Saturday morning, takes a shower, and meets her friends in the park for a little Frisbee. We learn that Sarah has a boyfriend named Brad, but for the time being, Sarah fully intends to hold on to her virginity. Sorry Brad.
Anyway, a goon who has been tracking Sarah shows up and confronts her. We get to see our first display of superhuman power as the goon stomps his foot on the ground and knocks over Sarah and her two friends. They must not be very close friends, because they run away and leave Sarah to fend for herself.
What happens next may have been my favorite part of the film. There has been a lot of discussion lately about how heroines should be represented in these films. The consensus seems to be that too many producers have been portraying these women as stupid, cowardly twits who are just begging to be captured. Heroine Legends wisely goes in the other direction. Although she’s outmatched, she stands her ground and puts up a good fight. She never waivers. Like I wrote earlier, the producers and this actress really make Sarah Thorne a character that you feel should be a superheroine.
In the fight sequence, Sarah is lifted by her throat and kicked to the ground. She gets in some shots of her own, but the outcome is never really in doubt. The goon mentions that Sarah will soon be getting her aura and that once it is bestowed upon her, he is going to take it.
Sarah meets up with Brad who quickly attempts to get Sarah in bed. Sarah shuts him down and realizes that she dropped her phone in the earlier confrontation. She goes back to the park and out of nowhere is struck in the back by a mysterious aura. Not knowing exactly what is going on, she goes to speak to her sensei. Sorry, I forgot to mention that Sarah takes karate classes.
The sensei seems to know a lot about these auras and wants to train Sarah in how to control it. The sensei puts his hand on her shoulder and teleports them both to another location for training. He also instantly puts her into a hot outfit. Thanks sensei; we were waiting for that. The reasoning he gives is that the uniform will help Sarah focus and embrace her aura. Sure, whatever works.
The two train for a bit and teleport back to their original location. Sarah returns home only to once again be confronted by the goon from the start of the film. He teleports Sarah to a rooftop where Brad is waiting for her. This was the one part of the film I didn’t quite get and maybe the producers can fill me in. It wasn’t clear to me if Brad was in league with the other goon, mind controlled, or just pissed that Sarah won’t sleep with him. Whichever it is, they start fighting.
Brad controls the majority of the fight. He lands several stomach punches and crushes Sarah in a reverse bearhug. The film ends shortly after that on a cliffhanger where the main villain is preparing to absorb Sarah’s aura.
This film is good—maybe the best pilot episode for an ongoing series since The Battle For Earth did Avalon and Next Global Crisis premiered with an episode featuring Powerstar.
Were there any shortcomings? Not really. At least nothing to get in a fuss over. Events in the film either happen very slowly or very quickly. Most of the slower stuff happens in the beginning of the film. I think this is to be expected. Being a first episode, you need to explain to everyone what the heck is going on.
Whatever your likes or dislikes, I recommend giving this company a chance. It’s only been one episode and they produced a film like seasoned pros. It looks like we have another high-end producer on our hands.