This movie was entered into a movie making contest tek-9 was running and features a sizable list of legendary or well known Quake 3 players. ZeroQL is best known for QuakeLive movie about fox called "The Last iCE cLIMBER".
This might be the best contest movie ever made, if you took the contest intro off I wouldn't have known or expected that it had been created under such conditions.
Everything comes together in this movie in a way which is beautiful to witness. The soundtrack is excellently chosen and utilised. The music has a very cinematic and, at times, orchestral feel to it and this really fits well with the context of the action and creates an epic atmosphere to surround and envelop the fragging.
The frags are awesome, even sequences from seven or eight years ago still hold up because the truly great players shine in a way which isn't defined purely by the trends of the moment. They have an extra spark to their play which jolts you the moment you see it. From Stelam's robot-like machine gun and his unshakeable rail aim at any distance to Mikes' spiderman-esque reflexes and attacking style. Not only does this movie capture a lot of great TDM runs from throughout the years but it does so in a way which represents well the character of the players in the movie. Even without seeing the names on screen you can feel the difference between a fox or a proZaC or a Mikes sequence.
There are a few short sequences which are mainly the double rail kills but aside from those everything in the movie is a full run with plenty of carnage and bodies flying. There have been so many movies which featured filler frags or a large amount of single kill or two kill sequences that it is really a joy to watch extended periods of play from really good players who are in the zone and firmly on top of their games, often against high level opponents too.
This movie also captures the feeling of Quake better than almost any others I've ever seen. The method of capture gives a really immersive feeling and provides the same kind of speed and frenzy-like quality that one feels when actually playing a competitive game and racking up frags. The editing isn't excessive which I like a lot, it just sits in the background and pieces things together appropriately. Even the choice of graphics for the Quad pickup is cool.
This is very much modern day capture techniques and intelligent editing combined with great old school frags. What more could a hardcore Quake fan ask for?
Players in movie
Magnus "fox" Olsson
Sergey "evil" Orehov
Michael "xtro" Vox
Pelle "fazz" Soderman
David "DESP" Matthiasson
David "deus" Kinnaird
Eric "tech" Homberg
Ivan "mikes" Gladyshev
Johan "toxic" Quick
Pierre "l1nkje" Portier
Chris "blokey" Hoare
Fredric "GOPHER" Quick
Cyrus "proZaC" Malekani
Stefan "SteLam" Lammert
TWO STEPS FROM HELL - INVINCIBLE
TWO STEPS FROM HELL - TO GLORY
TWO STEPS FROM HELL - AFTER THE FALL