2.O - Mirrored Confrontation Shot
Movie posters are not only for promotional and publicity purposes and their main objective is to influence the decision to see a movie or not. They possess tremendous amount of details, mainly created holding to the concept of the film. Different styles are used to portray the images under various types to provoke an interest towards the film yet to be released or for the movie proposed for the show.
2.O Movie Poster can be coined as the Mirrored Confrontation Shot, where half-face of two main characters of the film is displayed facing each other. This style should not be confused with two-face shots, as these two styles (half-face & full-face) represent different scenarios.
Half-Face facing each other are at some kind of conflict, whereas, the Full-Face beside each other are supposed to work together and more often connected emotionally.
Examples for Full-Face : Sherlock Holmes (2009) movie poster, where Mr.Holmes and Dr.Watson pose beside each other.
Exemple for Half-Face : Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) movie poster, where Wolf McQuade faces Rawley Wilkes.
The Art of making a Movie Poster lies on the liberty of the creation itself. There is no specific rule or a particular style to follow (of course the adapted style should suit the type and merge with the concept of the film), it rains down the imagination of the Artist. For instance, Avatar Movie Poster projects a full face separated into two halves - Avatar and Jake Sully. Face-Off Movie Poster show two characters, who in the film, are quite emotionally quarrelling with each other. Background over which these images sit, express the depth of the situation.
Mirrored Confrontation Shot in movie posters originated from comics. The superheroes are usually positioned before their nemesis, each showing their aggressivity in their faces. It’s basically Good versus Evil scenarios. DC Star Trek explored more to this mirror images (well, the plot revolves around Mirror Universe), where it made two identical characters face each other - Spock against his evil counterpart ... (a kind of spoiler; watch the fabulous episode Mirror Mirror (1967)).
Then there is Venom Versus Spiderman, Batman versus Superman ... so on so forth.
The basic idea behind the evil counterpart is beautifully explained as a dialogue written by Lawrence Kasdan in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) :
"Our methods have not differed as much as you pretend. I am but a shadowy reflection of you. It would take only a nudge to make you like me. To push you out of the light."
Few of movie posters with Mirrored Confrontation Shot: Anger Management, War (Jet Li versus Statham), Rocky III, Freddy vs. Jason, ... (and The Hangover III spoofs Harry Potter & Lord Voldemort).
The 2.O Movie Poster, released on twentieth day of November 2016, carries stock poses of the two main characters in dispute and displayed to be facing each other. To the left is Chitti-the robot, facing its evil counterpart who aggressively opens his mouth and aims to swallow his other half. Several tiny dark objects are circling in the background, which resemble to a chip, the item on which Enthiran story is based on. There is a creative font telling the movie name hanging in-between these two quarrelling men - Red versus Yellow - where Chitti looks from behind his red shades straight into the yellow eyes of his evil counterpart.
The individual posters introducing these two main characters were released on the same day, where Chitti is seen to be posing in a new "red-lightening-suit" showing his full face, where as, his evil counterpart covers his face with his own hands exhibiting his cat eyes between the fingers. The nail of his second finger acts as a third eye with darkened sight pronouncing the evilness (thoughts) of this mysterious character. The title font in both these poster are different, where 2.O below Chitti is bright, and the one below the evil counterpart is steamy.
2.O - Danger has Two Faces