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Two bounty hunters attempt to take down a terrorist known as "The Phantom" and to save the planet, New Prime.

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Brett Driver ...
Carl
Sara Frietes ...
Brenda
Thomas Gore ...
Phantom / Hans / Bob / Emperor Laboosh (voice)
Chris Kendall ...
Gatekeeper (voice)
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Valavingee / Ferris / Daniels / Zak McSleuthburger / Bob (voice)
Starscream ...
Emperor Laboosh
Reid Sullivan ...
Dutch / Scar
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Earth is in danger of the sun dying and killing its inhabitants and it's citizens are transported to the safest planet; New Prime. Earth remains, and an inter planetary terrorist; The Phantom; threatens to assassinate New Prime if not given a ransom. A large bounty is put on The Phantom, leading two bounty hunters to capture him and split the profits. They later find that they no longer want the Phantom for the reward, but for the survival of their planet. Written by Adam Starr

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A brilliant piece of filmmaking from a rising talent
7 November 2011 | by (Rexburg, Idaho, United States) – See all my reviews

Olan Rogers is a miracle worker. That's all there is to it.

For those of us who have been watching since the beginning of BalloonShop, the sketch comedy group which Rogers was previously one- third of, it is IMMENSELY satisfying to see his talent developing. His ambitions and emergent talent have been visible since mid-to-late period BalloonShop, but since he struck out on his own, he's been growing by leaps and bounds as a filmmaker.

I was sad to see BalloonShop end. I'm of the opinion that it would be as influential to modern comedy as Monty Python was if only more people were aware of it. What BalloonShop and Monty Python have in common is a surrealist bent and a knack for distilling the purest strain of humor out of absurdity, and all three members had some of the best comic ideas and timing I've ever seen. As it slowly became apparent to everyone involved that its era was past, Olan kept going.

Rather than letting the energy and creativity that had gone into BalloonShop fade away, Olan redirected and focused it. As time went on, he built up a collection of dozens of hilarious vlogs and shorts, many with longtime friend Reid Sullivan (previously seen in several BalloonShop sketches). We as viewers felt involved in his life. We developed a sense that this wasn't just some guy on the internet; this was a friend of ours who was so eager to share his talent, and we got to see that talent develop.

When The Last Scene hit, I don't think any of us were prepared for what we were about to get into. What started as a particularly ambitious comedy short developed by the end into something as touching and emotional as it was funny. I think we all knew Olan was headed for great things, but as The Last Scene ended, something felt different somehow. We'd seen the birth, and here we were watching an artist's first step.

It wasn't long before he announced a sequel series: New Prime. A few months later, New Prime has been completed, and even days after watching the finale, I'm a bit dazed.

This series should not be possible. How did a few friends, less than a thousand dollars, and a cat accomplish this?

Much like The Last Scene, it starts off on a small scale as a series of ridiculous dialogue exchanges with hints of something larger to come. By the time the credits roll, it's transformed into something massive, an epic story filled with big ideas and bigger characters. Olan plays most of the roles himself, and if he hadn't previously proved himself as an actor, he does here. Ferris goes from a parody of several well-known archetypes to a deeply sympathetic character. Sullivan and Thomas Gore, also of BalloonShop, fill out the other primary roles (except, of course, for the implacable Emperor Laboosh, played with measured placidity by Rogers' cat Starscream and voiced by Gore). Brett Driver and Sara Frietes take on a couple of smaller parts with little to no dialogue, and play them convincingly (and amusingly, in Driver's case) while on screen.

The soundtrack is excellent, and features music by Andrew Goodman, Zack Hemsey, and indie band Awake! Awake!, all of which sets the tone perfectly and underscores the proceedings beautifully. Other music was written by fans (I myself wrote a theme which was ultimately not used) and several other independent musicians. None of the music ever draws you out of the moment; it always enhances the action.

Rogers' skill as a director shines through every pixel of every frame, especially in the fifth and final segment. New Prime outshines its budget. New Prime 5 was filmed on a budget of $500, about as much as a Hollywood studio executive might find in the pocket of his jeans, but somehow, it never feels like it. The visual effects are stunning for a project that, by all accounts, probably should be held together with duct tape and string. They're frequently more impressive than what you might see on television shows whose per-episode costs are exponentially greater than that of this entire series.

A sense of infectious enthusiasm bubbles throughout the entire production, just under the surface. You can feel Rogers and his crew's deep love for what they're doing every step of the way. New Prime has everything. A fantastic cast, sharp writing, strong characters, gorgeous effects lending life to a hugely creative and consistent visual aesthetic to match the beautifully-composed shots, intelligently and honestly directed, coherently and intuitively edited, with a hungry energy found only in the work of creators who genuinely love what they're doing so much that they would NEED to do it no matter what. All of this combines to form a definitive statement of purpose and herald the exciting arrival of an auteur. You WILL know Olan Rogers' name, there can be no doubt of that. If there is any justice in the universe at all, his name will be at the top of credits rolling down a big screen near you very, very soon.


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