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Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children (SE)
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03.07.2007 By: Scott Weinberg
Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children (SE) order
Director:
Tetsuya Nomura

Actors:
Takahiro Sakurai
Ayumi Ito
Shotaro Morikubo

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
I have no freaking idea. Pretty to look at and lots of action, though!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I was lost after about seven minutes of the beautifully-animated but dramatically inert FINAL FANTASY 7: ADVENT CHILDREN, and it's not like I don't have vast experience with this particular universe. As far as the games go, I've spent many a sleepless night battling through the FINAL FANTASY role-playing games -- and had a pretty good time doing it. Plus I thought the theatrical FF flick, THE SPIRITS WITHIN, was halfway decent .... even if it does fall into the same traps its sequel does.

Basically these movies are 90-minute collections of all-new "cut scenes," and by cut scenes I mean "plot-heavy exposition segments that run throughout the video games which you always skip over by pressing the B button." And no matter who seriously beautiful the animation is (and it sure is in this flick), the bottom line is that the "cut scenes" simply aren't all that interesting.

When ADVENT CHILDREN focuses on its numerous and expansive action scenes, there's some solid fun to be had -- but once the characters start spewing out reams of dialogue about "geostigma," "sephiroth," and "genova," my eyeballs involuntarily start to glaze over. I watched ADVENT CHILDREN holding a large cup of coffee and still I was yawning by the 25-minute mark.

THE EXTRAS
As far as the actual discs go, the extras are pretty much the same as the first release. (The new goodies lie elsewhere!) On disc 1 you'll find a nifty little gimmick called "Reminiscience of Final Fantasy 7," in which a lot of the footage from the video games (the stuff that pertains to the actual plot) is included for your geek-tastic enjoyment. Moving over to disc 2 we get "The Distance," an all-new 'making of' featurette in which the English-speaking voice actors. Also new is a mini-movie called THE LAST ORDER, which seems to bridge a few gaps in the story, and is definitely something the hardcore fans will dig -- especially because it wasn't included on the first ADVENT CHILDREN DVD.

Ported over from the previous releases are a whole bunch of extra doo-dads: trailers, deleted scenes, promotional material for the games, etc.

But the real selling point of this double dip seems to be the in-package material: In addition to the 2-disc DVD set, you'll also get ten FINAL FANTASY postcards, a hundred-page script (in English), and a 72-page character bio booklet that absolutely reeks of geek heaven ... provided you're a big fan of this particular series.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Were I an established FF nerd I'd be all over this package without batting an eyelash.
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