After watching this movie I thi my DVD player needs a vacation, because not only does it push the limits of awesome in computer animation and sound, but I watched it three times before writing this review. Based on the highly successful Final Fantasy video game series, this movie is set two years after the events of Final Fantasy VII. The world is in ruins and its people are suffering from a mysterious and incurable ailment called geo-stigma. The people responsible for the planet’s condition are feverishly seeking a remedy, but are met with opposition by three rebels named Kadaj, Loz and Yazoo. The three brothers are convinced that their mission is to fight back with the planet and find their “mother.”
Cloud, one of the heroes who fought and beat Sephiroth before the world was left in ruins, wanders aimlessly and is haunted by his past. It is not until Cloud is asked to suppress the rebels and help save the world again that he finally starts believing in himself. With the help of his friends, Cloud must face his darkest fears to save the world and its people.
Even though I play video games, I have never played nor been interested in the Final Fantasy series. I saw the two trailers for this film at E3 and was absolutely stunned by how cool it looked. The computer animation that Square Enix brings to the table is gorgeous. The film is not only a work of art, but also a new benchmark for what to expect from our digital future. The picture and sound were to die for. Even if you don’t care for the movie itself, if you have a HDTV or a home theater system, you NEED to buy this DVD. The detail presented by CGI is unmatched by any other film I have ever seen. To sum it up, imagine if the coolest and most original fighting sequences you have ever seen were compiled into a 100 minute feature film and you will have Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.