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The Weeknd: False Alarm (2016)

Creative music video about an intense robbery and the trouble that comes with it.


Ilya Naishuller
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Cast overview:
The Weeknd ... Protagonist (as Abel Tesfaye)
Kristine Froseth ... The Girl
Randy Irwin Randy Irwin ... Red
Sam Hale ... Yellow
Damion Poitier ... White


The official video for the song was presented on the official Vevo-account of the artist on YouTube on October 13, 2016. The video is played as a first-person shooter with a camera showing the viewpoint of one of the bank robbers during the culmination of the critical situation with the hostages, which ends with the death of most of them. The director was Ilya Naishuller, who also produced the film "Hardcore Henry." Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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13 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Great Guns,Mirror Films See more »
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"False Alarm" was released on September 29, 2016 as a promo single. See more »


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Ilya Naishuller takes a Hardcore shot at The Weeknd

I love the f- out of Ilya Naishuller's Bad Motherf-er, i may have replayed the living heck out of that video, with Hardcore Henry he had definitely outdone himself.

And with his latest hit, surprisingly a music video for another music group that is not Biting Elbows, takes an action-packed, kinetic and highly entertaining project that serves as both an insanely well choreographed bank-robbing scenario and a kick-ass dressing for a kick-ass song.

It also shows how much he liked his collab on Payday's 2 script since the bank heist scenario, while shorter than the other half and thus concentrating more on the runaway, is gritty, police forces and bystanders are getting shot at, and the POV's character, is such a cool out mix of Henry's likeliness as an anti-heroic character (not that he doesn't show to be giving a f- to people at surroundings, but neither does he look unapparent to that) and a mercilessly random GTA player, it gives a conscience to the "Hero" and the smallest emotions shared toward him and another character are well rounded and realized.

(Although i feel like between this and HH, Ilya has quite a different point of view of love.)

Also, Ilya Naishuller manages to achieve something quite odd, by giving some charisma to the main character, because he really doesn't show to be a perfect action hero, nor he does things done flawlessly on his own, it's a somewhat nice character you kinda effortlessly root for.

Expect also quite amazing stuntwork and awesome blood-thirsty gunfire-driven action that while not being as mindblowingly gory as Hardcore Henry, it doesn't stop it from being more violent than the standard music video as it genuinely feels as though you were watching a next-gen gameplay of an FPS.

And quite an excitingly blood-pumping good short action story well told in less time that a film could do so.

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