For me, the BioShock mythos will always be focused on Rapture: that city beneath the waves of the North Atlantic, not a brightly-lit metropolis floating Lord-knows-where in the sky. The first BioShock game was and remains the most intellectual and even enlightening video game I have ever enjoyed. It's difficult even calling it a "video game". From what I've heard, BioShock Infinite's world of Columbia is a beauty to behold and has a degree of moral choice... but in the end it doesn't leave as strong an impression as Rapture.
I'll say it again: BioShock is high-brow literature of a whole new kind that hasn't been seen before. And its sequel BioShock 2 did a pretty good job continuing its themes. And I think there's plenty, plenty of room for a BioShock 3 and more past that. Maybe it could be a few years later in the 1970s and the U.S. and Soviet governments finally learn about Rapture and try to take it. I'm not the first to think that and I hope that the folks at 2K have thought of it either... or any idea that would even more terrific!
Well anyhoo, the real BioShock saga has long inspired some amazing work by its fans and now a group of filmmakers has produced a film that looks just as good if not better than anything Hollywood is likely to crank out! The Brothers Rapture (click here for its official Facebook page) is getting released next week on May 13th, but there's already a trailer for it.
And it is gorgeous to behold!
As the article at The Escapist describes it: " Set before the hidden city underwent cultural and physical collapse, The Brothers Rapture explores the people who thrived in a land without limits. It appears to take the setting and theme of Bioshock and spin them out into an original story. The trailer shows the brothers Charles and Arthur, artists newly arrived in Rapture. They seem overjoyed at the freedom that Rapture offers them, until a shady figure in a dapper hat shows up offering to turn their very hands into tools. Expect philosophical arguments and scenes of people shooting large vials of glowing goo into their arms."
Seriously, I don't know which I'm now looking forward to more next week: Star Trek Into Darkness, or this baby.
A thankful tip o' the hat to loyal reader Roxanne Martin for forwarding this along! :-)