Dead Space: Downfall Reviews
As a loving Dead Space fan myself, (I'll admit I'm being a little biased) I loved this movie. Provides a perfect prequel story to the events leading up to the first game. And also surprisingly enough contains a likable and cool protagonist as well. Dead Space: Downfall is nothing short of terrifying, gory, disturbing, and absolutely entertaining with it's well written and interesting sci-fi story telling.
Shen (Kelly Hu): Sounds like one of your parties.
Dobbs (Jeff Bennett): Or your sex life!
God, as much as I love anime/animated films, it's pains me to admit that this animated "film" was a PoS. The voice-acting was mediocre, the dialogue was incredibly laughable. I've seen better acting on Saturday morning cartoons. With the exception of Dr. Kyne (voiced by Keith Szarabajka) all the other characters made stupid choices and lame generic stereotypes, especially the protagonist Alissa Vincent (voiced by Nika Futterman). This movie was a waste of time, don't even bother, save you're hour and thirteen minutes for something more worthwhile.
If there's one thing that Dead Space does well it's killing almost every character until it's just left with one. Stuck with that feeling of helplessness and despair. Of course that leaves very little character development or chemistry to be made.
Although the animation is an odd choice, it fits in very well with the Dead Space universe. Allowing as much blood and guts to be in a cartoon as possible.
This movie is recommended only for fans of the video game series of the same name. Otherwise, you won't be in for any particular treat.
The movie is pretty straight forward within the time frame that it has. Crew finds something, crew goes crazy, and crew fights space monsters in order to survive. Simple as that. You don't really get to know about any of the character's backstories other than the simple stuff like "I remember this one time..." and "When I use to be..." and other stuff that just becomes benign by the end of this movie. Voice acting is okay for the most part, however there are times where it feels like you can tell that the voice actors are reading from the script which sets me back a bit. The animation is pretty well done along with the violence and gore that goes with it which can be pretty bloody at times. You also have your group of cannon fodders, er...I mean security guards who are mostly the main protagonists of badasses who are in the thick of things trying to kill as many space zombies as they can. There is nothing really special within this group other than them shouting off a few one liners, cuss every now and then, and the less people that they have the smarter they get. Overall this is your standard horror flick with lots of blood, guts, & carnage that has an Easter egg or two from the video game. If you are a fan of the video game franchise then by all means watch it, otherwise it is your popcorn filler for the hour. Which is why I give this film three stars.
A terrible script fill with plot holes and continuity errors like 'Plot device' in the area it was found in.
The acting is lifeless and generic in most cases, they seem to have been written with the purpose to fill the ship with as many unlike-able people as possible so we don't feel bad when they get killed.
I've seen better animation from a Saturday morning cartoon.
Avoid this and just play the original game
The side characters are also interesting to follow. "Shen" and the rookie of the group have some good back-and-forth banter, "Samuel Irons" is believable as a character that is a "Unitologist" but doesn't let his faith cloud his judgement and is a nice counterpart to the captain of the ship who quickly becomes unhinged and blinded by his faith. There is some good gore and the movie isn't afraid to show people getting disemboweled or killed by the creatures and in something you almost never see in animated horror films, there's actually some full frontal nudity in the shower scenes (though this isn't the sexy kind of nudity you'll be leering at, this is more of a praise for realism).
You'll have to understand that is a made-for-TV/Direct to home video animated film to enjoy it. The animation is decent but there are times where the characters are a bit off model or people receive injuries that don't quite match up with the way they are being attacked. The voice acting is about average and the written dialogue ranges to good and memorable to pretty bad ("I'm not a hero, just a man" will make you roll your eyes at least a little). There's no denying that this is familiar territory if you've seen any of the classic science fiction horror films but even if you have not played the "Dead Space" games, it's self-contained enough that you won't be lost watching it and you can have a good time with the movie without it ever blowing your mind with an original story. (Dvd, April 30, 2013)