Director Ang Lee seems determined to not repeat himself.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker behind such works as The Ice Storm, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi is back with an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s bestselling novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
The film tells of 19-year-old private Billy, played by newcomer Joe Alwyn, who we follow during a victory tour. Flashbacks inform of the harrowing Iraq battle Billy experienced and what really happened to the squad – stark contrast with the celebrations in this stadium.
It certainly looks like an emotional film, and an experience made all the more immersive thanks to Lee’s decision to shoot using new technology, in 3D, in high resolution 4K, and at a huge 120 frames per second, which is the highest frame rate for a film to date.
“The high frame rate and the very high resolution, 4K, creates clarity and a hyper realism,” explains producer Marc Platt in the featurette below. “It takes a virtual reality experience to a different level.”
We’ll find out if Lee has another winner on his hands when Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, also starring Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin and Chris Tucker, hits US cinemas on November 11 and arrives in Australia on January 12.
Synopsis for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk:
Director Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin. Lee used new technology, shooting at an ultra-high frame rate for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before.