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Rebel Moon Director's Cut Is "Way More Brutal, More Bizzare"

Rebel Moon director Zack Snyder is starting to tease what people can expect from the director's cut, saying it is "Way more brutal. More bizarre."

Article Summary

  • Zack Snyder teases a "more brutal, bizarre" director's cut of Rebel Moon.
  • Initial release criticized; director’s vision could hold redemptive potential.
  • Futurama quote highlights the possible misguided maturity in added extremes.
  • Uncertain impact of extra violence and sex on film’s shallow characters debated.

People are not being kind to Rebel Moon both critically and commercially, and we have spoken about why its number-one debut is not nearly as "strong" as some other outlets are trying to make it seem. The focus will likely shift now to damage control and trying to say that the PG-13 version is the way it is because it had to be PG-13, and all will be fixed once we see the director's cut. We'll have to see if that is the direction it takes since director Zack Snyder has said the director's cut is very different from the cut that was just released on Netflix. Snyder is teasing said director's cut right now; it currently doesn't have a release date with Yahoo UK (via SFF Gazette)

"Way more brutal. More bizarre. Verhoeven-esque. More RoboCop than you know… in the way that it uses violence as another character. And there's a lot of sex in it, and sci-fi fantasy."

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REBEL MOON. Sofia Boutella stars as Kora, the reluctant hero from a peaceful colony who is about to find she's her people's last hope, in Zack Snyder's REBEL MOON. Cr. Clay Enos/Netflix © 2023

There is a quote from the second episode of Futurama; after Bender is thrown out of the theme park on the moon, he says, "Yeah, well, I'm gonna go build my own theme park with blackjack and hookers. In fact, forget the park." Before the film was even released on Netflix, people made that joke on social media regarding Rebel Moon. There is something very juvenile that something is more adult by adding sex and violence (or, in the case of the Futurama joke adding blackjack and hookers). Snyder seems to be leaning into this idea once again for the director's cut of Rebel Moon. We can hope that the sex and violence add some depth to the paper-thin characters and world that are on screen instead of just being there for the sake of being there.

Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire: Summary, Cast List, Release Date

A new universe awaits on Netflix starting December 22. From Zack Snyder, the filmmaker behind 300, Man of Steel, and Army of the Dead, comes Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire, a 2-part movie event decades in the making. After crash landing on a moon in the furthest reaches of the universe, Kora (Sofia Boutella), a stranger with a mysterious past, begins a new life among a peaceful settlement of farmers. But she soon becomes their only hope for survival when the tyrannical Regent Balisarius (Fra Fee) and his cruel emissary, Admiral Noble (Ed Skrein), discover the farmers have unwittingly sold their crops to the Bloodaxes (Cleopatra Coleman and Ray Fisher) — leaders of a fierce group of insurgents hunted by the Motherworld.

Tasked with finding fighters who would risk their lives to defend the people of Veldt, Kora, and Gunnar (Michiel Huisman), a tenderhearted farmer naive in the realities of war, journey to different worlds in search of the Bloodaxes and assemble a small band of warriors who share a common need for redemption along the way: Kai (Charlie Hunnam), a pilot and gun for hire; General Titus (Djimon Hounsou), a legendary commander; Nemesis (Doona Bae), a master swordswoman; Tarak (Staz Nair), a captive with a regal past; and Milius (E. Duffy), a resistance fighter. Back on Veldt, Jimmy (voiced by Anthony Hopkins), an ancient mechanized protector hiding in the wings, awakens with a new purpose. But the newly formed revolutionaries must learn to trust each other and fight as one before the armies of the Motherworld come to destroy them all.

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