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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)

Cast: Takahiro Sakurai, Takahiro Sakurai, Ayumi Ito, more...
Director: Takeshi Nozue, Tetsuya Nomura, Tetsuya Nomura, more...
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Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Genre: Anime, Foreign, Science Fiction , Robots & Cyborgs, Animation, CGI

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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)
A strange disease is decimating the land and it's up to the Hero cloud to emerge from solitude and defeat a new breed of enemy in the computer animated feature that picks up where Final Fantasy VII left off. It has been two years since the events of Final Fantasy VII, and though the ruins of Midger still stand to show the sacrifices made for peace, a new threat to mankind has arrived. With the citizens of the countryside falling deathly ill and old enemies rising from the ashes to seek revenge, Cloud must leap back into action and help his fellow men lest his solitude leave all of mankind vulnerable to another devastating attack. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (Bonus Disc) (2005)

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Eye Candy by jeffs May 10, 2006 - 1:18 PM PDT
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2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
FF games are always visual masterpieces, and more often than not have a good to great story to go with them. The death of Aeris (Aerith) in FF7 is still my most memorable video game moment. It seems that when it comes time to make FF movies however the focus is on the visuals and not the plot. I'm not sure this is avoidable since they only have 100 minutes instead of 40-80 hours, but its too bad they can't do a better job of capturing what really made this game stand out.

Coming up with a rating on this movie is very difficult. The visuals are absolutely stunning, and clearly the best looking CG movie ever made. The characters are so life-like that if put on a real backdrop they may fool you into thinking they are real (which they do during the closing credits). On visuals I would give it a 10.

The plot unfortunately is just ok. None of the charm that made the original game so good. I also have to say that I didn't like some of the fight scenes. It looks like they were overly sped up. Also, I know this is a fantasy story and all, but the lack of physics in some of the fights scenes made things seems way too silly. On story I would only give this a 6.

The nostalgia factor however is through the roof. If you liked the original game, you have to watch the movie. It doesn't matter if its been 8 years or not, because they have a great look back at the game. The video clip was a nice and necessary way to look back at the original story. It probably wont help those that didn't play the game, but for those that did it brings most of the story back. The chance to re-live FF7 again is worth a 12 in my book.

Less "western" than the first FF movie by rpmfla May 10, 2006 - 11:30 AM PDT
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2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The first Final Fantasy movie, Spirits Within, is a tour-de-force of "realistic" CG animation. Characters are rendered in extreme detail, down to the pores in their skin. Metal, glass, and other textures are rendered with believable 3-dimensionality. While taking place in a fantastic, surreal future with objects and environments far removed from our current world, there is a definate adherance to stereotypical "western" style science fiction art and design.

If you are expecting more of the same for Advent Chidren, you will be surprised (as I was).

While it is still quite realistic in its depiction of objects and environments, as well as the creatures inhabiting these spaces, it is a much different realism...less "western". Everything seems more stylized, more streamlined, more "fantasy", and arguably more feminine.

Having not played the series of games which gave birth to these films, I can't really comment on their actual visual or stylistic similarity to the Playstation property. However, I will venture to guess that Advent Children is much more closely related to the games. It just seems (to my western eyes) to be more Japanese in its aesthetic.

Spirits Within could have been made by Disney (if they had the skill I suppose) or Pixar, or any other high end animation studio in the west. Advent Children is very different in visual style and art direction and I would say that it is very much a product of Japanese sensibilities.

I enjoyed both films for different reasons. I enjoyed the fantastic realism and solidity of the first film, while I also was blown away by the sensual style of the second. I easily followed the somewhat simple plot of the first film, and I was excited by the frequent and frenetic action in the second. I respected the ecological message of the first, and appreciated the all-are-stronger-than-one theme of the second.

Both are excellent films, just very different artistically. One western, one eastern. Just my opinion.

Exactly what Final Fantasy should be. by jross3 April 26, 2006 - 1:01 AM PDT
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4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
The movie itself is with little doubt the best thing to come of the Final Fantasy franchise since the game it is based on was released.
The CG animation is among the best yet made. It remains true to the style of the original game while bringing it up to the state of the art in detail and expression.
The original story is good, but it helps to be familiar with the game. Luckily, the DVD has a "Reminiscence of FF7" featurette that you can watch to refresh your memory, or to bring you up to speed if you haven't played the game.
The English dub isn't that bad, but not that great, either. I think the Japanese dub is a lot better. Cloud and Reno aren't nearly as cool, and most of the side-characters... well, they don't talk a lot, so they don't need to sound great do they?
Still, the dub is mostly passable. The only really negative thing about the movie on the is the subtitling (for those watching in Japanese). It tends to deviate a bit from what they're actually saying, at least in most of the parts I can understand well with my fairly limited Japanese. But you know what? I don't care much. If you don't actually understand what they're saying, it probably isn't that bad at all.

The Disc 2 extras are kind of lame. I have never been a big fan of "making of" features, and that's pretty much the best it has to offer.
The "deleted scenes" section has a highly misleading title. None of those "scenes" were really deleted, and almost none of them are really scenes at all except by a very very flexible definition. Most of them are less than 10 seconds long. About 4 of them are barely one second, and to be honest I couldn't tell what part of them was supposedly "deleted". in fact, there were only two scenes where I could identify images that had not been in the actual movie. Most of the scenes (the ones long enough to have dialogue) were not deleted or extended at all, but the dialogue was slightly changed.

Overall, Advent Children is as good as it gets for movies based on games. Its unique styling will appeal to fans and non-fans alike, and even without its game tie-in roots, it stands strong on its own. Some of the characters won't make sense to those who don't already know them, but all the important ones are well defined within the movie itself. Its many action sequences are all smooth and very fast-paced.
Among any of its categories - CG, anime, game movies, action movies, movies with really big swords - Advent Children stands at or near the top. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone who has ever enjoyed any such movie.

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