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. Thatís really where the film fails. It doesnít give you anything you couldnít 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 didnít 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 donít 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 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 thatís as far as it went. Watching this made everything clear and now I understand why this DVD is high on Amazon.comís sales ranking. It still doesnít change the fact I didnít 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 isnít. Itís just the entire film condensed to 23 minutes and apparently thatís 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 youíre 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.