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The Fall Guy Features Best Easter Egg Inspired by Real Movie

Key Points: 

  • The Fall Guy features a clever Easter egg in the form of a fictional movie called “Metalstorm,” which is inspired by a real-life movie from 1983.
  • Metalstorm is presented as a reboot of the 1983 film Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn, a critically panned sci-fi flick.
  • This meta-commentary serves as a brilliant self-aware nod to The Fall Guy’s own status as a reboot and the monetization of 1980s nostalgia.

The Fall Guy, the recently released action-comedy film, is full of inside jokes and meta-references, but its most brilliant Easter egg comes in the form of a fictional movie-within-the-movie called “Metalstorm.”

What is “Metalstorm” in The Fall Guy?

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The Fall Guy

According to CBR, in The Fall Guy, the character Tom Ryder (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is an egotistical actor starring in a retro-futuristic sci-fi film called “Metalstorm.” This fictional film is presented as a reboot of the 1983 movie Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn, a widely panned post-apocalyptic sci-fi flick that flopped at the box office.

The existence of “Metalstorm” in The Fall Guy serves as a clever meta-commentary on the film’s status as a reboot itself, as well as a self-aware nod to the current trend of monetizing 1980s nostalgia in Hollywood.

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A Brilliant Self-Aware Commentary on 1980s Nostalgia

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The Fall Guy

The original Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn was a derivative and lazy attempt to capitalize on the success of Star Wars, replete with clunky visuals and a hackneyed plot. The Fall Guy’s decision to reference this obscure and critically derided film as a modern reboot is a brilliant way to poke fun at Hollywood’s tendency to recycle old IPs instead of creating new ones.

Moreover, by making “Metalstorm” a central part of the plot, The Fall Guy acknowledges its own participation in the ongoing trend of 1980s nostalgia while simultaneously satirizing it. The film even includes a faux trailer for the completed “Metalstorm” reboot, further cementing its meta-commentary on the recycling of 1980s properties.

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The Fall Guy is now playing in theaters.

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