REDLINE (BLU RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
JP, a real crash and burn artist believes he's destined to win Redline, an insanely violent and illegal drag race that takes place every five years or so.
Is it good movie?
We all know that Michael Bay has the market covered on big, loud and
stupid. Excess is his business, and business is good. Unfortunately for
us, there are times when we grow tired of the limitations of live
action and CGI. Have you ever considered where animation can take
excessive, ridiculous and over the top concepts?
Well, consider Redline because it's pretty nuts. I'll be the very first
to admit, I'm not really an anime guy. Even after this film, I can't
say I'll be running out to snatch the stuff up, but this was hard not
to be captivated by.
This movie is filled with weird and crazy characters, from human to
alien. JP is our wild and driven main character who's driven to win a
yellowline race until he explodes and his crush Sonoshee takes the
crown. This is all well and fine until the Redline committee takes
measures to move the next Redline race to Roboworld, a planet that
doesn't wish to host it.
So yeah, there's dudes with bombs and guns strapped to their vehicles
and now they're racing on a planet equipped with nothing but massive
superweapons (wait until you see the weapon known only as Funky Boy).
Anyway, this movie is nuts and moves at a breakneck pace. There's
always a lot going on and the film is animated beautifully. The designs
of the vehicles, the atmosphere and setting and even the costumes are
really breathtaking. The whole thing is so dynamic and heavy with great
visuals that it's hard not to get mezmerized by it.
The ending of the film seemed to come awfully quickly, and wasn't
overly satisfying, but I must say that didn't really stop me from
really enjoying this unique and dazzling film. There isn't much meat on
the bones, but boy does it taste good.
Video / Audio
Redline is presented in 1.85:1
widescreen and really can't be touched in terms of video
quality. Everything practically pops off the screen and is so sharp
it's incredible. Amazing!
Audio comes in Dolby TrueHD 5.1
English and Japanese. I listened in Japanese (dubbing is usually a
no-no for me) and found the track was a bit more muted than I expected
but remained quite impressive. The soundtrack really blares too, I hope
you like techno music!
First up is a 5 minute 2006 trailer,
which features different animation and characters than the film but
it's neat to see the origin.
The Perfect Guide to Redline
is a making of feature that runs over an hour long that is very well
done. There's lots of behind the scenes stuff, premiere footage, plenty
of animation info and interviews with voice actors and other key
The Quick Guide to Redline is
only 24 minutes long and while it is more of the same idea, it doesn't
directly repeat anything from the last feature and tends to show a lot
more stuff from the completed film.
Redline is a blazing visual smorgasbord of a film that grabs your guts
and doesn't let go. All you need is a nice, big display to watch it on
and a sound system you can crank. The story isn't overly original, but
is told well. If you like animated films at all, you're going to love
and appreciate Redline. It's fast, it's absurd and full of huge
explosions. Check your suspension of disbelief at the door.