Editor Vadzim Khudabets mashed together hundreds of epic moments from recent Hollywood blockbusters to create this stunning piece of motion continuity.
“Eterna” serves as an exciting editing experiment, a comment on the simplicity of Hollywood genre storytelling, and — in my pretentious opinion — an analysis of humanity’s apocalyptic/hopeful view of existence.
“Eterna” is broken up into several segments. In each part we see that the destruction is terrifying, the action is breathtaking, and the recovery is an embrace of the majesty of life and an awakening into a brighter tomorrow. This trailer is a perfect example of Joseph Campbell’s theory of the hero’s journey, or the monomyth. From Campbell’s “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”:
A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.
Also, “Eterna” could be viewed BY SOME as an example of a creatively bankrupt Hollywood machine that simply churns out movies that are carbon copies of carbon copies. A machine that is constantly bringing nothing new or interesting to the table aside from small idiosyncratic elements like character quirks or differently staged action sequences. But I wouldn’t know anything about that. I like when things go boom.
See the full list of movies featured in “Eterna” here.