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Redline
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02.08.2012 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Takeshi Koike

Actors:
Takuya Kimura
Yu Aoi
Tadanobu Asano

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In the distant future, beings from around the galaxy gather for the biggest, most dangerous underground race.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I’m not really an anime guy, but I enjoyed REDLINE for what it was: animated insanity.

REDLINE is a jarring mix of the Wachowski’s SPEED RACER, DEATH RACE and even Mario Kart. It's a high octane ride that man-handles your senses—hyper-kinetic, wildly colorful; boasting a manic energy and blasting hard rock and techno until your speakers implode. Story wise, it’s a little convoluted and "out there" as you’d expect. There's a Roboworld with mad military men and the mafia, a walking biological weapon called Funky Boy, hyper-disintegrator canons, cyborg whales, and something called steamlight. But none of that really matters.

What matters are the visuals and they're gorgeous. Hand-drawn, REDLINE took seven years to produce and it's worth every second. The animation is fluid and amazing, accomplishing that intangible quality that computers could never reproduce. The design for the various creatures, cars and worlds are pretty creative and well-executed. Everything is so ADD and visually and audibly intense that I can't imagine seeing it on the big screen.

Besides that, the film is your standard racing movie. You can pretty much guess all the beats when it comes to the race and the love story. However, the action is handled very well and is non-stop exciting. The pacing drags in the second act as everyone prepares for the final showdown, but the race at the end is over half and hour and balls-to-the-wall crazy. If you're a fan of anime or racing, it's definitely worth the price of the rental.
THE EXTRAS
Guide to Redline (24:07): This is essentially a plot summary of the film, but it’s narrated by a manic crazy person who yells a lot, so it’s kind of funny.

2006 Trailer: Yes, that’s how long this movie has been in production.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you’re not a fan of Japanese animation, REDLINE’s probably not going to convert you. But the action should keep you entertained and it’s worth checking out just for the sensory assault alone.

Extra Tidbit: The film boast over 100,000 hand-made drawings.
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