Amazon is wading into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Today, the streamer released a trailer for Fallout, the upcoming adaptation of the popular video game series. Written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Fallout follows a group of characters 200 years after a nuclear war turned the world into a wasteland. Society’s elite were able to escape the worst of the damage by living in elaborate fallout shelters, but must now go out among those not so lucky – and try to survive the hellhole they can no longer escape. Fallout stars Walton Goggins (my man), Ella Purnell, Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Emerson, Xelia Mendes-Jones, Mike Doyle, Aaron Moten, Dale Dickey, and more. The series will begin airing on Amazon Prime Video on April 12, 2024, and you can see the trailer below:
Full disclosure: I’ve never played a Fallout game, so I have no idea how good an adaptation this looks like it’ll be. (They did film part of it close to where I live, though; they used a building that used to be a ShopRite, which is a supermarket if you don’t have any near you.) But as an outsider, the trailer looked pretty cool. The special effects, sets, and production values are great at first glance, better than a lot of recent movies that almost certainly cost way more. There’s a dark humor streak it’s got going as well, and I think that could be a lot of fun, sort of a respite from what is probably a scary, violent world full of monsters and mutants. The gag about two-day shipping made me laugh. Walton Goggins being in something is an automatic point in its favor, and if he’s the guy with the missing nose, which I think he is, I’m looking forward to seeing what he does with that character. Kyle MacLachlan is also a good actor, and a welcome addition. And Michael Emerson is fantastic, keeping even the lesser sections of Lost afloat. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy (who are husband and wife in real life) have written some great things, like the first season of Westworld, and some not-so-great things, like the rest of Westworld. But I think I’ll watch this; I want to see more of that world and what some of the better actors do with their parts. I guess that means it was a pretty good trailer.