Knights of Cydonia
"I think this video is ultimately, in its own way, a tribute to 1980s
action films. There was this really cool era of films that came out after 1979, you know, after Spielberg
had come out with Jaws
and Close Encounters
. This is the story of the people who were trying to be George Lucas
and Steven Spielberg
with a tenth of the budget, and came up with the craziest, weirdest Science Fiction
films. They were American movies like westerns and science fiction, but usually funded by some European arms dealer, and directed by a crazy, completely coked-out director.
— The director, Joseph Kahn, describes the video's influences
is a music video
from the band Muse
. The video is a six minute Cattle Punk
film, complete with beginning and ending credits.
It features a Badass Longcoat
in the Old West, kung-fu, laser guns, laser blades
, dirt-bikes, execution by hanging, androids & robots, birds of prey, seduction, a holographic rock band, Communist imagery, and a heroine in a Chainmail Bikini
on a unicorn. It ends with the hero using a CD to kill the corrupt sheriff, then riding into the sunset on a motorcycle.
It is apparently set in a gold-rush town named after the Martian region of CydonÓa—or possibly a gold-rush town in
the Martian region of CydonÓa.
Not to be confused with Tsutomu Nihei
's new ongoing series Knights Of Sidonia
, which has fewer cowboys and more Humongous Mecha
This video provides examples of:
- After the End: Implied by the Statue Of Liberty sticking up in the middle of a desert. Also, the Big Bad is seemingly worshiped for having a car.
- Anachronism Stew: The video mostly appears to be in the wild west but as stated, there are holograms, lasers, robots, and 1970's era cars and motorcycles.
- Badass Longcoat: The main character and villain sport long coats and are quite skilled at martial arts.
- Bring It: The hero makes this motion while fighting mooks.
- Chainmail Bikini: The love interest appears in one during a hallucination.
- Chekhov's Gun: The Muse CD provides the hero with the tool needed to deflect his laser.
- Concept Video: The video takes the form of a cheesy 70's B-movie.
- Crossing the Desert: The hero is banished to the desert and has to make his return.
- Epic Rocking: Muse's general style.
- Great Balls Of Fire: The hero strikes a fighting stance called "Flaming Energy Ball".
- He's Back: The hero makes a grand Big Damn Heroes moment at the end.
- Heroic BSOD: But he ends up seeing his girlfriend in a metal bikini on a white unicorn, so we're good.
- Holographic Terminal: The jukebox creates a hologram of Muse. The CD seems to be capable of doing this on a smaller scale.
- Hollywood Mirage: The hero drinks what he believes is water... it isn't.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Evil Sheriff is killed by his own laser blast when it was reflected by a disc.
- Laser Blade
- Lecherous Licking: The villain licks the love interest... a lot.
- Lock and Load Montage: This is done at the beginning when the hero gears up and before the climax after being banished to the desert. In both instances, he is getting ready to fight the villain.
- The Man They Couldn't Hang: The love interest is almost hanged near the end.
- My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: Unfortunately for the hero, this is invoked when he first goes up against the villain.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The hero is a laser-dueling, martial arts mastering, cowboy on a motorcycle.
- Painting the Medium: A camera crew can be seen reflected in the mirror.
- People's Republic Of Socialist Romanistan is credited as the location of filming.
- Refuge in Audacity: The video is so out there in Stylistic Suck that it is really awesome.
- Rule of Cool: The purpose of the video.
- Schizo Tech: We have lasers and robots amongst old cars and a Western setting.
- Shoot the Rope: The way the love interest is saved from hanging.
- Shout-Out: See below
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: A very literal invocation thereof.
- Space Western: Emphasis on the Western.
- Spaghetti Western: Obviously, there are strong elements of this throughout.
- Surreal Music Video: If you've read this far, you'll know why.
- Stock Punishment: The hero is placed in the stocks as children Come to Gawk and throw feces at him.
- Training Montage: The hero receives one in the desert from a series of experts.
- Troperiffic: It seems to be on a mission to cram as many tropes into six minutes of music video as possible.
- Unicorn: One is seen in the desert.
Works that the video references include: