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DEAD SPACE: AFTERMATH
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Reviewed by: Dave Murray

Directed by: Mike Disa

Starring:
Christopher Judge
Peter Woodward
Graham McTavish

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What's it about
Set after the events of the first video game, Aftermath sees another ship traveling to the planet that Isaac Clarke brought down hell on, with a crew looking to stabilize the dying planet and secretly recover pieces of the Marker. Naturally, they start to go mad and bloody mayhem ensues. Told through the flashbacks of the four survivors (in four separate animation styles) as their interrogated, can this movie live up to the absolute terror and kick assery of the original game and it's sequel?
Is it good movie?
Unfortunately, No. Where the first game rocked my arse hard and had me cowering like a little wimp in a corner, and now the second game is blowing my mind, the animated movies so far have left me not only feeling indifferent, but a little unhappy. The games themselves are gorgeous to look at, with production values and visuals that rival any blockbuster sci-fi or horror movie. So why, oh why do the movies look like the animation was done by amateurs on their home computers that have to be at least a decade old? I think I can sum up the visual aspects of this entry into the Dead Space franchise with one word - disappointing.

Story wise, the movie has a nasty little vibe going on, with the flashbacks of four different survivors and their experiences on the planet and on another doomed ship, all tied together with a plotline that they are being interrogated by a sadistic f*ck who wants to harvest the power of the Marker for the powers that be. I've got no beef with the story, even though it is a little generic, but it's got horror, it's got human cruelty, it's got sex, blood and spacesuits. My main issue is with the animation. Seriously, I don't know how the makers of the games would allow this to be released alongside a product that excels at both visual representation and atmosphere. Whatever dread or horror the story tackles is diffused and promptly executed by the horribly dated and unfortunately amateurish animation work. Outside of the four segments, it's the animation of the bridge pieces that is the worst offender. For the main arc of the story they decided to use computer animation that looks like it predates the first season of the old CG TV show Roboot! Hell, the infant animation in the original Tron was smoother. I didn't care much for the four different styles of animation in the flashback segments either. Sure, it was passable, and the four styles worked to make the perceptions of each character different, but they were so different that if it wasn't for the great voice acting I would've lost track of which character was which. They look so radically different from sequence to sequence, and the in between animation certainly doesn't help.

No sir, I certainly cannot recommend this one. If you're a fan of the games, you can watch it for the story alone, as it does tie the two games together, but only in he most basic ways. Read about the plot on the internet, and leave this one alone.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen 1.85:1. Crappy animation aside, the flick looks awesome, especially on an HD TV.

Audio: English Dolby 5.1. The sound is what it needs to be - audible. Great voice acting and music.
The Extras
There are Trailers for the awesome Dead Space 2 game, as well as the animated movie based on the game Dante's Inferno.
Last Call
Dead Space in name and story only, the movie fails completely in the animation department, which I've been told is very bad for an animated movie. If I was anyone involved in the games, with the massive amount of work, love and craftsmanship that went into them, I would be embarrassed to have this turd out there with the Dead Space name on it. I still can't believe that EA let this one out of the gate, because this necromorph needs to be dismembered and put down for good. Seriously, it's 2011, and most decent animators can do better than this on their home computers. I'll give it some credit for the story, but otherwise there's nothing else here for me to enjoy.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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