Starring: Bruce Boxleitner, Kelly Hu, Keith Szarabajka, Jim Cummings, Kevin
Directed by: Chuck Patton
Story: When a deep space mining operation discovers a mysterious alien
Marker they believe they have finally found evidence of our creators. However,
the removal of the Marker unleashes a horrific alien species, which had been
entombed within a remote planet, and a desperate fight for survival ensues.
I picked up the video game Dead Space about a week after it was released. I
can honestly say that it was one of the most goriest and frightening games
I've ever played. It took me a good nine hours to beat (which doesn't sound
like much) but the overall experience made it well worth the purchase. You
get your moneys worth, and that's all I really cared about. If you have yet to
pick up the game, I suggest you try it out. You may get hooked like did. The
game was released by EA, who did a remarkable job in marketing the film with
cool commercials, creepy trailers and an animated film; which I am about to
review for you. Dead Space: Downfall is the prequel to the game. Needless to
say, it's not your typical animated movie. This film ties in perfectly with the
game. It tells the story of what happened on the USG Ishimura before the
rescue team arrived (which is where the game starts).
When a deep space mining operation discovers a mysterious alien Marker
they believe they have finally found evidence of our creators. However, the
removal of the Marker unleashes a horrific alien species, which had been
entombed within a remote planet. Somehow, one of the creatures ends up
on the USG Ishimura, where a desperate fight for survival ensues. The story
follows a select group of miners and crew members as they are confronted
with an evil like none ever encountered by man. These alien beings use
human bodies as hosts, and can be taken out quickly by dismemberment.
Removing limbs is the key to survival. The fight for survival becomes more
challenging as the creatures begin to take out passengers one by one, and
using their bodies to grow in numbers. If you've played Dead Space the
game, then you already know what to expect.
In the game you pick up audio logs which tells the story of what happened on
the ship from the mouths of those who were on board. Downfall is an
animated version of that story. All the references to the church and the
marker are all here. Unlike most animated movies based on a particular
franchise, Downfall actually feels like it's apart of the Dead Space universe.
The story is cannon, and you'll feel right at home when you get to see the
Ishimura in animated form. The set pieces and creatures are all the same.
Everything you see in the game is in the movie, minus the zero gravity bits.
As a fan of the game, I was immediately hooked to the movie. If you've
played the game in its entirety, you'll love this animated feature. Not just for
the story, but also for its content. If you're a fan, then there's no excuse for
you not to have this on your shelf. This truly pushes the boundaries of
Dead Space: Downfall is the animated equivalent of Peter Jackson's Dead
Alive. It's the bloodiest animated movie I've ever seen. The gore factor in
Downfall is astounding. The game is really gory too, but it's nothing when
compared to the stuff in this movie. This pushes the envelope as far as
animated violence goes. There is no way in hell this movie would ever receive
an R rating. Limbs get lost, rivers of blood spill on the ground and characters
get chopped to pieces. That's not even the half of it. The violence is grisly in
tone and nature. To put it as lightly as I can, it's fucked up. My jaw hit the
floor nearly ten times in my first viewing. It's sick, brutal and fun to watch. If
you've played the game then there's no way in hell you can skip this. The
movie is a little on the short side, running for about an hour and fifteen
minutes, but that's all the time you need to enjoy it. Trust me, if you're a
Dead Space fan then this is a must have for your collection.
Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi,
Runtime: 74 minutes
Studio: Anchor Bay
Review done by: Nightmare Child
Online since: February 20th, 2006