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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
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May 12, 2006 By: Sturdy
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children order
Director:
Tetsuya Nomura

Actors:
Shotaro Morikubo
Steve Staley
Toru Okawa


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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An illness is enveloping the planet as an evil gang searches for a mysterious relic that will help bring revenge on the planet. Only a former hero, now living in solitude, has the strength to challenge them.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Aside from playing a couple of the video games, I really dont know much about the world of Final Fantasy. After watching this film, its obvious the filmmakers were not trying to make a film that everyone could enjoy. The only way to appreciate this film is by being a fan of the Final Fantasy franchise. However, even then there are some problems with the film that bring it down.

The style of animation is pretty much exactly like that of the video game. As a matter of fact, at times you feel like you are playing a video game because the scenes are edited poorly and the dialogue is atrocious. Thats really where the film fails. It doesnt give you anything you couldnt get from a Final Fantasy game, except to further the adventures of the main characters. Also, at 101 minutes, it ran on way too long. There were many elongated scenes that ruined the pacing of the film and made the whole thing feel awkward.

The graphics looked like they were lifted straight from the X-Box 360 game. Good, smooth graphics, but definitely less than what most of us are used to in our animated films. The music was better than most and it didnt have the cheesy rock beats that plague many games.

Overall, it just felt like a bunch of leftover scenes from the game thrown together. Aside from true enthusiasts, I dont see what audience would get anything out of this film. There are many animated films out there that were made with more care and have much better storylines.
THE EXTRAS
Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII story digest (23:54): This is a 20 minute short story that takes place between the ending of the game and the beginning of the movie. It consists of scenes from the original Playstation game and some live action shots. Its neatI guess. However, it ran on forever and I lost interest pretty quickly.

The Distance (37:01): This is a very extensive look as to why and how the film was made. I had no idea the seventh game was so huge. I remember playing it back in the day, but thats as far as it went. Watching this made everything clear and now I understand why this DVD is high on Amazon.coms sales ranking. It still doesnt change the fact I didnt like the film.

Venice Film Festival footage (23:45): I was hoping this was going to be footage of the crew at the film festival, but it isnt. Its just the entire film condensed to 23 minutes and apparently thats what they showed at the festival. So I feel the same way about this as I do about the film, only one fourth as much.

Deleted Scenes (2:43): There are 11 scenes here crammed into under three minutes, so you know youre not going to get anything too deep. And most of these were slight extensions of current scenes. All of them were very average and kind of pointless.

There are also some Trailers.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I know there are some die-hard Final Fantasy fans out there, and this film will probably please them. However, if you dont know much about the franchise, this movie will only bore you since it doesnt have much else to offer.
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