The thing about watching Most Dangerous Game in 7 to 9 minute chapters is that after awhile it becomes a case of “you can’t just watch one.”
As CEO of Dreamworks Animation and as chairman of Walt Disney Studios, Jeffrey Katzenberg is responsible for the following hits being made:
The Little Mermaid
Beauty and the Beast
The Lion King
Kung Fu Panda
Monsters vs. Aliens
How to Train Your Dragon
It’s therefore curious why he would start a company to stream short 10 minutes or less content that’s only available on your phone.
And then I started watching their chapter-based movie, Most Dangerous Game. It’s an action film with a handful of characters, which lends itself to distinct chapter breaks. The first two chapters set up the premise and characters; the remaining thirteen give edge-of-your-seat action and conflict.
It’s an intriguing idea to break a movie into distinct chapters of seven or eight minutes each. Enough for a cubicle worker to catch a chapter or two when the boss isn’t looking or when on a lunch break.
And watching a chapter or two at home on your phone is surprisingly not a big deal: you’ll be spending only seven or eight minutes to watch one.
I think I started watching the movie on Sunday evening and finished up the last four chapters on Thursday evening, so maybe four to five days to complete the movie.
Another dynamic, which I hadn’t considered, is personal viewing. If you’re a couple and decide what to watch together on the “big TV,” it may be a guilty pleasure to sneak in a chapter before bed.