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    Dead Space

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    Engineer Isaac Clarke battles a polymorphic virus-like alien infestation that turns human corpses into grotesque undead alien monsters called "Necromorphs" while trying to survive on board an infested interstellar mining ship named the USG Ishimura.

    Dead Space: Downfall Animated Movie On Blu-Ray & DVD Review

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    Edited By get2sammyb
    Originally written for get2sammyb.co.uk. (this is allowed right?)

    I loved Dead Space. It took one of my favourite games ever (Resident Evil 4) and improved on it in every way, providing solid lighting, some amazing sound design and a decent story to boot. Dead Space: Downfall builds on the story in the game by providing some more context.

    I suppose you could argue that Dead Space: Downfall provides a little too much context -- a good portion of scares come from the sense of an unknown and having watched this movie and played the game it's fair to say I know a lot about the Necromorphs now. Necromorphs being the brutal bloody alien things that are infecting the bodies of the crew members on U.S.G Ishimura.

    The story takes place days before Isaac Clarke's arrival on the ship in the Dead Space game. The mysterious "marker" has been discovered on the planet Aegis and is being transported to the Ishimura to be brought back to Earth.

    Cue all kinds of shocking gore-moments that respectfully keep the "shock" factor the game had in tact. The problem is that the urgency of the Ishimura changing from a quaint planet cracking space craft to an outer-space haunted house kinda loses the movie it's "horror" title and turns it into more of a action flick.

    Which is fair enough because the action it provides is fast-paced, gory and exciting -- it's just worth pointing out that those expecting a tense, slow-burning flick more akin to the game might be disappointed.

    The majority of characters are well designed, drawn and animated but sadly there are some hiccups in the script - namely with the way certain characters react to circumstances on screen. In a room surrounded by Necromorphs lead protagonist Alyssa asks Nicole if she has a boyfriend to which she responds she does. Those who played the game will know she's referring to Isaac Clarke and while it ties the plot of the game and the movie together it's just a bit strained. Likewise characters seem less bothered about the death of crew or friends than you'd expect. It just lacks a kind of emotion but doesn't detract too much.

    The movie is quite a dark movie given the greys and browns you'd expect from the colouring of the Ishimura. Sadly, the movie lacks the same kind of light/dark contrast the game provides as it opts for a consistently brooding tone. However what it does well is mimic the environments you will have seen in the game and it's clear that attention has been paid to make things consistent between the two.

    This is mainly what makes Downfall a worthy purchase. It's clear that EA are trying to build a strong new franchise and are succeeding. With the characters and story in place and a sequel and movie in the works you can only commend EA for opting to support a brand new IP. There's no doubt Dead Space could have been a flop but with a critically acclaimed video game and an animated movie that will no doubt interest converts to the series there is no reason to not pick up Downfall. If you enter this movie expecting a decent action flick that ties into the game nicely you can't really be disappointed.

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    #1  Edited By get2sammyb
    Originally written for get2sammyb.co.uk. (this is allowed right?)

    I loved Dead Space. It took one of my favourite games ever (Resident Evil 4) and improved on it in every way, providing solid lighting, some amazing sound design and a decent story to boot. Dead Space: Downfall builds on the story in the game by providing some more context.

    I suppose you could argue that Dead Space: Downfall provides a little too much context -- a good portion of scares come from the sense of an unknown and having watched this movie and played the game it's fair to say I know a lot about the Necromorphs now. Necromorphs being the brutal bloody alien things that are infecting the bodies of the crew members on U.S.G Ishimura.

    The story takes place days before Isaac Clarke's arrival on the ship in the Dead Space game. The mysterious "marker" has been discovered on the planet Aegis and is being transported to the Ishimura to be brought back to Earth.

    Cue all kinds of shocking gore-moments that respectfully keep the "shock" factor the game had in tact. The problem is that the urgency of the Ishimura changing from a quaint planet cracking space craft to an outer-space haunted house kinda loses the movie it's "horror" title and turns it into more of a action flick.

    Which is fair enough because the action it provides is fast-paced, gory and exciting -- it's just worth pointing out that those expecting a tense, slow-burning flick more akin to the game might be disappointed.

    The majority of characters are well designed, drawn and animated but sadly there are some hiccups in the script - namely with the way certain characters react to circumstances on screen. In a room surrounded by Necromorphs lead protagonist Alyssa asks Nicole if she has a boyfriend to which she responds she does. Those who played the game will know she's referring to Isaac Clarke and while it ties the plot of the game and the movie together it's just a bit strained. Likewise characters seem less bothered about the death of crew or friends than you'd expect. It just lacks a kind of emotion but doesn't detract too much.

    The movie is quite a dark movie given the greys and browns you'd expect from the colouring of the Ishimura. Sadly, the movie lacks the same kind of light/dark contrast the game provides as it opts for a consistently brooding tone. However what it does well is mimic the environments you will have seen in the game and it's clear that attention has been paid to make things consistent between the two.

    This is mainly what makes Downfall a worthy purchase. It's clear that EA are trying to build a strong new franchise and are succeeding. With the characters and story in place and a sequel and movie in the works you can only commend EA for opting to support a brand new IP. There's no doubt Dead Space could have been a flop but with a critically acclaimed video game and an animated movie that will no doubt interest converts to the series there is no reason to not pick up Downfall. If you enter this movie expecting a decent action flick that ties into the game nicely you can't really be disappointed.

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    #2  Edited By super_machine

    It was ok, the game was actually way better. I also noticed some inconsistant parts in the movie. For instance the movie has things go from bad to all hell breaking loose very fast. But in the game the story logs tell they had some time to study the bio-growths before the necromorphs killed everyone. Even some of the necromorphs were kept in stasis and being studied in the Cryogenics lab. This could be a deeper part of the story where there was already research being done on the necromorphs before the Ishimura arrived at the colony. I think the colony was a test done by the church to see how to implement the necromorph infection onto a human populace and the Ishimura was there to recover the marker and observe the chaos. We know now the infection came from the surface to the ship on accident and the marker just worked to control people into going crazy.

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    #3  Edited By zitosilva

    What is this Downfall? Is it those animated comics or is it something else entirely?

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    #4  Edited By brukaoru
      


    Wow that looks pretty awesome. Will have to check it out sometime.

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    #5  Edited By AndrewJD

    Looks ok, although I think the game is good enough on it's own tbh.

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    #6  Edited By get2sammyb
    zitosilva said:
    "What is this Downfall? Is it those animated comics or is it something else entirely?"
    It's an anime "movie" that provides more context to the situation the Ishimura is in when Isaac arrives. Basically.

    If you're a real fan of the game it's well worth checking out, if you just want to stick with the games then it's not essential.

    It's a good little animated film though. Just suffers at times from some bad script writing.
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    #7  Edited By Linkyshinks

    Where could I acquire the anime movie, surely I don't nave to buy it?

    EDIT:

    Just bought it on AmazonUK, it was cheap enough. They could do with your review if your a member.

    Variety are reporting a film could be in the works, a proper Hollywood one.


      

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    #8  Edited By get2sammyb

    Yeah EA announced they were looking for a director recently. The movie is supposed to bridge the gap between the game and it's announced sequel.

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    #9  Edited By kush

    I'm loving the game so far (just got to Ch.7) and I actually want to give this film a shot and hopefully it will at least be decent. I even bought the comics, but that was because I love Ben Templesmith (the artist)...still haven't even read them though.

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    #10  Edited By Leingod

    I actually refused to play dead space until I finished both the comic things from live and the Downfall DVD and I did that last friday and played Dead Space till chapter 3 yesterday..I was hoping to find some easter eggs on the game that relates to the movie so thanks for pointing out that the girl that has a boyfriend was Nicole..she looked so young..lol..Is there anything in the game that you can find that was shown in Downfall other than that? Movie and Comics were both great btw and the game was so good, I hope Resident Evil 5 is as good or better than it.

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    #11  Edited By TheGTAvaccine

    Damn, I want this really bad.

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