Taking place two years after the events of the thrilling RP game on Playstation, Final Fantasy VII ( 7 ).
Advent Children tells the story of reluctant and taciturn hero, Cloud Strife, who must step forward and save humanity once again from a new evil that is ariseing.
A strange illness, Geostigma(Known as the Planet Scar Syndrome)has surfaced, along with three mysterious silver haired men, and Cloud must decide if he is to face this new threat, or walk away from everything he holds dear.
With thrilling battle scenes and amazing CGI, Advent Children is a must have for any Final Fantasy fan.
Directed by Tetsuya Nomura, Advent Children enthralls, and amazes its audience with slick characters and stunning visuals. The musical score astounds, and adds more ambiance than you could shake a stick at.
While the English verison still wows, I recommend using Japanese and English subtitles if you really want to see some good voice acting, as the English voice actors leave alot to be desired.
Why do I say this? After comparing the Japanese and English several times, its clear that the Japanese has so much more emotion put into it. Each character becomes distinctive, and the voices fit each character well. However, the English version does not sit right with the characters. Their is a lack of feeling in the voices, and it seems 'off' as it were.
An FF Fanboys Wet Dream!
A MASSIVE departure from the last Final Fantasy film (Final Fantasy: Spirits Within), this is possibly one of the best 'animated' films ever created. Actually scratch that, it possibly one of the best FILMS ever created. Read on true believers...
****MAY CONTAIN SLIGHT SPOILERS!!!!****
Graphics (10/10): The most FANTASTIC graphics I have ever seen, so realistic that at points you will forget you're watching a CG movie. There is nothing that can be faulted in this department.
Action (10/10): Again, fantastically good. Completely OTT fight scenes + amazing graphics = FF7 fan boy's wet dream. Most notable fight scenes are the fight with a Bahamut type monster, the motorbike chase on the highway and the final battle with Kadaj and.... someone else ;o)
Story (7/10) Now, the reason for the 7 is that while the story itself is OK, there are a few plot holes and almost no back story for the 3 main bad guys. Now I can probably guess who they are and where they come from, but thats all, there is NO explanation as to if they really are more Sephiroth clones or something completely different. Also we don't get to find out where they got their neat toys from either (one has a GUNBLADE! Nice homage to FF8 there). Nevertheless, there are 2 main plots and while for the first half of the movie its a little hard to grasp whats going on, it does become clear by the middle of the movie, although by that time you'll be to busy picking your jaw up from the floor after seeing the amazing action (did I mention that already? Thought not)
Characters (8/10): Hmmm, little bit peeved here, but not too much. Of course Cloud and Tifa get covered pretty well, but the rest of the main characters don't really get much screen time. Vincent has a little more than the rest, but thats not saying much. Red XIII and Cait Sith come as pretty much one entity in this, Yuffie comes across as a dumb kid, Barret is pretty cool with his new hand gun and Cid doesn't really do much at all. President Rufus makes a return, along with Reno and Rude of the Turks, but those two seem to be pretty much comic relief. The other two Turks (can't remember their names at the moment) makes a very quick appearance near then end of the film. There are two other special appearances by Aeris and Zak throughout the film in some very touching moments.
Music (10/10): Ooooooh the music! So good I cried in some parts and creamed in the others lol. Seriously though, the music here is taken straight from the game and given a severe shot of juice up the a$$! The moment you hear the opening bars of JENOVA starting up you get a shiver run right through you (well, I did anyway), and when One Winged Angel kicks in... well, words cant describe it. At the other end of the spectrum, the piano tunes go right to the heart and flip all the right switches, I really did get tears in my eyes near the end of the film.
Overall (10/10): For me, this has instantly become one of my favourite films of all time. Non FF7 fans will probably not get it, but that may not mean they wont like it. I'm not gonna bother saying that anyone who wants to see it but hasn't played the game should research the background first, cuz I know that people wont. But I can pretty much guarantee that those people will look up the back story once the credits roll. Fans of the game, if you haven't already seen the movie, what the hell are you waiting for!? Go to it b!tches!
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A film you can watch again and again
The story follows the story of the game some years after the events take place. The plot is easy to follow, even if you haven't played the game ("Final Fantasy VII" on the PS1). The digital characters are believible yet ficional. On the main DVD menu there is an option which allows the veiwer to watch the events of the game so they can understand the story.
The English subtitles however look like they have been translated straight from the Japanese version. Apart from that there is nothing bad about the film or DVD.
Must-see for all final fantasy vii fans
Having played 'final fantasy vii' in the past and enjoying every second of it, I was gobsmacked to find out that a film sequel was already released. So, i bought this without hesitation and found out it was to be one of the best CGI flicks i have seen in a long time! The plot was gripping, interesting, and still on track with the original game's storyline and how the characters have evolved after the game's climax. The action sequences were immense and breathtaking and the music really helped me get to grips with what is going on in a particular scene; especially the remastered versions of the tracks from the game. I would recommend this film to anyone who has played 'final fantasy vii', even the die-hard fans, and have enjoyed playing it as much as i had. However, the 20-minute 'reminiscenece' included in the DVD didn't really cover everything important that has been mentioned in the game because i showed it to my dad before watching the film with him but he only understood the basic plot and still was a bit puzzled with the discussions that had took place in the film. Overall, an absolute masterpiece and a great reprsentation of the rest of the 'final fantasy vii' series!
Final Fantasy is best CGI film ever!
Final Fantasy advent children is jaw-dropping, completely emotional and reunites fans with thier favourite Final Fantasy VII characters. Final Fantasy VII is my all time favourite game, so it goes without saying that i would love this movie. The CGI is mind blowing with some scenes looking real!! Superb soundtrack and great storyline make this the best game to movie release ever! Final Fantasy fan or not, this is a truly great movie.