I bought this DVD over the super-weekend and watched it as soon as I got home. I don’t know why I watched it right away. I don’t know why I was excited to watch it. I didn’t know much about it. When I first saw the trailer for it on Xbox Live Marketplace, I thought it was a Disney movie. It just showed 6 girls doing “Xtreme” “SportZ” stuff like climbing rocks and whitewater rafting, but something goes wrong in one of their adventures. I’ll try to describe the movie without giving too much away. They go into an unmapped cave because the alpha male of the group decides that the planned cave was a tourist trap. They end up climbing and crawling through very cramped crevices.
Ultimately, this movie is a claustrophoic’s and nyctophobic’s nightmares realized. There are other elements involved in the movie. There is a hint of an affair between the aforementioned alpha male character and the main character’s husband. If they alid it out in clearly somewhere in the movie, I missed it.
A lot of people also missed this movie when it was released. I had to explain it to everyone when I started talking about it in a conversation. I don’t know much about the movie. The production quality isn’t there. It obviously didn’t have much of a budget. It didn’t really need it, I think there were about 15-20 actors in the whole movie, maybe less. The recent trend of movies like this that doesn’t explain everything to you and didn’t cost a lot to pay for big name actors and special effects is one I’d like to see continuing in the future.
I just saw it yesterday. It was definitely the only Final Fantasy game that deserved a sequel. I still haven’t finished 1, 4, or 5 since they don’t work in my PS2 and my PS1 no longer works. Even though my favorite Final Fantasy is VIII and everyone still disagrees that it can’t be my favorite, VIII had closure. Everything ended nicely with a happy ending. I’ve never played IX, I think I was busy that year. X was excellent but X-2 was terrible, I gave it a chance but I just couldn’t play through it. I just didn’t care about what happened to Tidus after awhile. I don’t do MMORPG so I haven’t played XI. I won’t pay $120+ a year for any MMORPG, especially if I can play only one game while paying that fee. Xbox Live I could live with if I get a game worth my time to play online. A lot of those MMORPG games require a lot of time to actually start having fun with it.
VII had the best story. The moment Sephiroth killed Aerith, I was genuinely shocked and angry. I rarely get these feelings when playing video games. I don’t play a lot of video games even though I may keep up with some of the things going on in the industry. I just don’t take them as seriously as others in my generation do.
It was a treat when I found that they were working on a short movie that is going to be a sequel to VII. I didn’t think much of it when it was first announced. It was only a small blurb in a magazine. I didn’t think much of it, maybe just a short clip made by the animators for fun and for fans? Just to deepen the existing story? A month later they release more info that it will be a 60 minute movie. At the same time they released pictures of main characters for XII. I was distracted with that, but before I knew it, they announced that Advent Children would be a 90-minute movie. This is when I started to become really excited about it. Little by little, they released more screenshots, stated that Dirge of Cerebus will continue where Advent Children leaves off and the DVD will be released in the US fall 2005.
Many sleepless months go by until I stumble across a copy of Advent Children fansub. It was a joyous occasion. Of course I yelled at anyone that came near my room so I wouldn’t be distracted while watching AC. And so I watched it. A few minutes went by and I pondered the movie. 30 minutes later, I watched it again. I felt like a true nerd and I couldn’t be happier.
The movie was actually pretty good as far as action movies go, although it’s much more than that. The visuals were top-notch, really detailed and smooth. The action sequence was very fantastic but it was very fast and intense. I think the plot could have been better. What made me really like it was seeing all the old characters again. I think other fans of the series felt the same way especially when each character threw Cloud up that tower. Also when they performed their limit breaks. I didn’t think highly of the new villains. One of them looked like Scott Caan, from Ocean’s Eleven and Gone in Sixty Seconds, but with white hair. Reno and Rude took such a beating. I remember them being bumbling idiots in the game but not being this tough. Apparently, Eminem was in the voiceover actor for Mr. Coates but I don’t remember the character in the movie.
If you’re a fan, you’ve probably seen it already. If you’re not but like visually stunning movies, I’d recommend it. It is also a very good action movie as well, some people have complained about the camera angles but it didn’t bother me that much. Overall, well of course I liked it, but it has been one of the best made movies this year. It’s sad I can’t even joke like that because of how bad hollywood has become lately.
Seriously, there hasn’t been any movie I’ve gotten excited to go see in months! There’s the usual remakes of old tv shows and movies but what’s up with all these horror movies that look exactly the same? I’m glad at least that they learned a lesson that Jimmy Fallon sucks and therefore his movies will also suck. Same thing with Owen Wilson. Hollywood at least knows enough to not let him in a movie by himself with the exception of Behind Enemy Lines. Every time I see him I just want to punch him in the face, that’s probably why he has a crooked nose.
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