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PostSubject: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children   Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:26 pm



sypnosis:
Two years after fighting the villain Sephiroth and restoring the
balance of Lifestream in their world, Cloud Strife and Tifa Lockhart
have retreated to a simpler life, running a delivery business. However,
the Lifestream rumbles once again when the Geostigma infection breaks
out, which is somehow linked to a trio of gray-haired ruffians who are
searching for their "Mother," the godlike being Jenova. The remaining
members of the once-avaricious Shinra Corporation call on Cloud to deal
with this trio and the Geostigma, and although he's resistant at first,
he soon finds himself thrown into battle. Old friends Tifa, Barret,
Yuffie, Vincent, and Cid are in for the ride, but it might be a bumpy
one as Sephiroth's specter still lingers over the world.

review:

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is undoubtedly the anime movie of the year, if not the last eight years—at least for fans of the franchise.
The sentimental favorite of an entire generation comes back with
cutting-edge animation, resulting in dramatic imagery and eye-popping
fights that raise the bar and blow it away. Underneath that glossy
exterior, however, is a superficial quest that barely lives up to the
original. Not only that, but knowing the key plot points of the
original game is a prerequisite for understanding the movie in full.
Biting into this piece of eye candy may be a delight, but watch out for
the hollow core.

To everyone who considers anime a superior form of entertainment to
American fare: Congratulations! You've just been tricked into watching
a Hollywood movie. The plot is something that you could see at any
multiplex theater between the months of May and August, and usually the
rest of the year too. It's just an excuse to get the hero involved in
some dazzling action scenes, and when it's all over, Cloud saves the
day in an unsatisfying deus ex machina that leaves everything open to
interpretation. It's a cheap win that doesn't feel like the culmination
of previous events. Where are the arduous labors? The intense mental,
physical and emotional challenges? If all it takes to save the world is
beating up a whole lot of bad dudes, it must be pretty easy to qualify
as a hero.

And who are these heroes anyway? Unless you've played the game (or watched a friend play it, or seen some cosplay,
or read some information online), there's no chance of getting to know
the characters. Most sequels have that problem, but here it's magnified
because the original was about 40+ hours' worth of gameplay. Compare
that to a two-hour movie and that's a whole lot of back-story to catch
up on. The movie tries to explain things with some introductory
narration and willy-nilly flashbacks, but after trying to advance the
story for 40 minutes, it just gives up and switches to pure action and
fighting. There are even some cute comedy bits early on, but the
lasting impression is one of fighting, fighting and more fighting. For
old-time Final Fantasy fans, it's a thrill to see various characters
reunite and join in the battle, but pulling on nostalgic heartstrings
to say, "Hey, remember THIS guy?" is no substitute for real
storytelling.

For all its flaws in the story department, however, Advent Children
is still a stunning work of animation. With enough budget to put
developing countries to shame, media giant Square throws computers and
animation staff at the project until the end result looks like nothing
that's ever been accomplished before. There's no shortage of technical
quality, especially among the character designs that take the original
anime style of the game and transform the cast into supremely
fashionable human dolls.

The real star of the movie, however, is the nonstop action that seems
to have absorbed every major blockbuster film of the last decade. If
you ever wanted to know what it'd look like to watch The Matrix,
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Fast and the Furious, Star Wars, and
their brethren all at once, it's right here. Square even contributes a
new technique to the visual language of action films: the use of
vertical space. In a world where gravity is optional, Cloud walks on
air (getting the occasional boost from his friends) and scales walls at
dizzying camera angles that could only be possible in animation.

Such fantastic sights deserve fantastic sounds as an accompaniment. Just when everyone thought they had Nobuo Uematsu
all figured out, the legendary composer breaks ground again with an
ear-pounding, rock-infused music score. Uematsu's trademark style of
symphonic bombast and heart-rending piano balladry still dominates, but
it's the roaring electric guitars and drums that make this soundtrack
distinctive. Although Final Fantasy is a ubiquitous part of every
fandom pianist's repertoire, the most exciting music in this movie is
the kind that can't be replicated on a piano.

The English dub
matches the high production values elsewhere in this movie, with a
voice cast that suits the characters surprisingly well. Even Hollywood
stars like Rachael Leigh Cook
prove their abilities in the animation world; although there's no
single standout among the cast, everyone delivers a solid performance
worthy of a blockbuster movie. The dub
script itself is easy to follow, despite the inevitable jargon popping
up, and sticks so close to the subtitles that rewordings only happen
when it's absolutely necessary to match the mouthflaps.

The main movie disc comes with a "Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII"
feature, which recaps the original game's storyline. Don't expect it to
give you a firm grounding in the story, though; the rapid pace is just
as confusing as the movie and is more of a refresher for those who have
played Final Fantasy VII. The second disc, only in the Special Edition,
is more fulfilling, with a half-hour making-of feature at its core.
Interviews with the main staff provide new insights (so, Nobuo Uematsu
was trying to channel Jimi Hendrix?) into the creative process,
although some of it just descends into pseudo-philosophy that tries to
make the movie sound deeper than it really is. Other extras include
trailers, deleted scenes, and an abridged 25-minute version of the
movie shown at the Venice Film Festival.

Ultimately, Advent Children is an act of nostalgia that feeds on a young generation's sentimental attachment to a hit franchise.
Take away the iconic names like Cloud, Sephiroth, Tifa and Aerith, and
it's just another action movie where the hero saves the world with lots
of motorcycle riding, swordfighting, and letting mysticism take over in
the end. Even so, it's a visual masterpiece that CGI animation studios
will look to as the new industry standard, even if they don't have the
money to match it. Just think, though—if some of that animation budget
had been spent on story development, this movie could have transcended
its status from high-priced fanfiction to a timeless work of art.
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PostSubject: Re: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children   Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:37 am

nlaro cuh na ung game ng ff7 za playstation 1 wen i was 9 yrs old .. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children   Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:17 pm

I love all the FFs~!!!
especially FFXIIII~!!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children   Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:34 pm

ahee ~ cute n6 xtorii n2 .
mas m6anda cun6 alam niu xtorii n6 nsa 6ame ba6u niu pnoorin 2 . ^^

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PostSubject: Re: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children   Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:31 pm

yea. ~ i love vincent valentine. ^^
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PostSubject: Re: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children   Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:06 pm

aww .. cii noctis o cii cloud ux2 cu !!!
pde dn cii red kh8 ...... anu ba xa? dii amn tao . haha !

no one can beat ff8 in my heart ! ahahaha~

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PostSubject: Re: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children   Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:52 am

c noctis lucis caelum?? FAVE ko sya.. pati ci vincent valentine. XDD
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PostSubject: Re: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children   Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:06 pm

hehe . crux cu un ee .. XD

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PostSubject: Re: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children   Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:40 am

pareho tau. all time fave guy ko siya.
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PostSubject: Re: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children   Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:46 am

cii vincent .. aus lan .. xD

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PostSubject: Re: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children   Sat Mar 27, 2010 10:54 am

NOCTiS. ^^
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